Set now second-biggest-selling N.Z. album
Teenage New Zealand classical singer Hayley Westenra's debut album "Pure" hit the 1 million global sales mark on Thursday (Jan. 8), according to her record company Universal Music New Zealand. The album, produced by Giles Martin and his father Sir George Martin, was issued in other territories through Decca.
Following its release in September 2003, the set became the best-selling debut album in the history of the British classical charts. It remained at No. 1 on the New Zealand pop charts for 15 weeks -- setting a record there -- and has shifted 135,000 units, according to the label. Universal says "Pure" is the second biggest-selling New Zealand album, after Crowded House's hits set "Recurring Dream" (Capitol), which has sold 1.2 million worldwide.
Westenra heads to the U.S. this month to prepare for the March regional release of the album. She is booked to perform a showcase at Times Square in New York, sing on a Disney animated feature and appear on 20 million packs of Doritos snacks.