If you have read Dave's update in the Latest Chart News thread under News Discussions, Hayley has achieved a milestone which is very rare, if not unique.
Her debut international album, PURE, has been in both the Classical Artists chart and the Classic FM chart (top ten) for 52 consecutive weeks. No mean feat when we consider that the Classic FM chart also includes soundtracks and compilation albums. This has not happened even in her home country of New Zealand.
Another interesting statistic as well. Hayley had the top selling classical album of 2003 in the UK. So far this year, PURE is also the top selling classical album of 2004.
It is indeed wonderful and truly outstanding that Hayley has stayed an entire year in the Classic FM charts. Plus Decca are planning to rerelease PURE in the UK in mid-November. Three cheers for Hayley!
Well, How much better can it be? Pure has been there now for 70 weeks.
Someone, I can't remember who, said that she would never be successful here (in the UK). That was back in 2003, before PURE was released. I knew before it was announced she had signed an international deal with Decca that she would be a top world class artist.
I would like to send my own personal congratulations to Hayley for the success of "Pure". I remember the first time I ever heard it, on a listening post in Borders, Oxford St, London, and I immediately knew Hayley would be a world-beater!
I wasn't at all surprised when, six months later, I saw (and met) Hayley for the second time, starring in her own concert at the London Palladium, just round the corner from where I first heard her.
Now I'm really looking forward to Hayley's next album, and I very much hope it will be even more successful than "Pure"!
I hope everyone will look at the "Songs for Hayley" section on this Forum, and please make your suggestions for songs and a title for the new album.
Hi Mods. Once again, I really did look around and decided this was the best thread. i just didn't feel it warranted a new one. Having written it perhaps Cadogan Hall revisited might have been a better choice?
So, according to Dave's report on the Songs of Praise recording at the Royal Albert Hall, courtesy of G4, she's back home but perhaps whacked out from the trip.
Take your time Hayley getting back into harness. i hope you really did have a good break that has done you the world of good. Welcome back to what we are pleased to think you are happy to call your second home.
Okay, we're not your family and leaving them after what was really a very short time must have been a tremendous wrench, but you know we here love you to bits. We hope that when you see us around, like that moment at Gawsworth Hall when you arrived, waving at us energetically through the windscreen, and stopping to chat on the way home; or that moment last time at Cadogan Hall, when 'an international star stepped out on to the side walk, just off London's Sloane square, to say 'hi' to some fans she knew well enough to be that casual with'... in such moments, hopefully we make you feel at home again .
Much love Hayley.
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Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
WELCOME BACK TO THE UK HAYLEY!! AND CONGRATULATIONS ON PURE'S CONTINUING SUCCESS!!
I hope you managed to do all the things you wanted to do back home and that you enjoyed a refreshing break with your wonderful family.
It's very reassuring to have you back in our midst now, and although I know your "HWI Family" isn't quite the same as 'the folks back home', you are always in our thoughts and prayers because we love you, and WE will always be there for you.