Now that is interesting! I bet you're eagerly waiting to hear Hayley's version of 'Whispering Hope' too. It's going to fit in perfectly, judging by the clips we've heard so far. i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
"Hayley Westenra releases her 3rd studio album on February 26th. Hayley has already sold over 3 million records worldwide. 'Treasure' will be available 1 week early online so don't forget to get your copy of the album from 19th Feb right here".
This means that YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM TREASURE AS FROM FEBRUARY 19TH!
Obviously this is no excuse to not get the "real" cd, but how great is this? This shortens the wait with one full week!
I made the link clickable by adding url tags. These are necessary with links that start with https. Richard
Thanks for that information, jeroen. Actually, you may be able to hear a little of the album even sooner than that!
HWI has received Decca's approval to show imagery from the EPK and 30-40 second clips from the album but - and this is important - not before they appear on the official site. That condition, I believe, is more than reasonable.
They have also promised to send me some official photographs. I assume these will be the ones that will be shown at hw.com and along the lines of the official set for Odyssey but I won't know for sure until I see them.
They told me they should be launching in "a couple of weeks" but that was two days ago. I therefore hope we will be adding them by about Wednesday 14th February.
BREAKING NEWS !!!!"Hayley Westenra releases her 3rd studio album on February 26th. Hayley has already sold over 3 million records worldwide. 'Treasure' will be available 1 week early online so don't forget to get your copy of the album from 19th Feb right here".
Hi Jeroen, thanks for this information.
I have to say that I am baffled by this decision. None of the digital album sales will count towards the UK charts in that first week (from the 19th)... they will be lost forever as far as the charts are concerned. UCJ did the same thing for All Angels with their Album release and I cannot see that it helped the actual CD in any way, as the ultimate chart position it reached in its first full week was slightly lower then I'd expected. I hope the same doesn't happen to Treasure.
According to the January 2007 edition of the official UK Chart Rules, Digital sales will first be added to the physical CD sales for the charts, in the week of the actual CD release. That means starting on (and including) Sunday February 25th... so everything downloaded before then will be lost to the charts (apart from the Digital Album chart which is never given any publicity).
I really am baffled by this decision. Why do we think they may have done it? Could it be an attempt to break the classical album downloads record and generate a nice juicy press release? Is it an attempt by the record company to tempt Hayley's core fanbase (like us) into buying the album twice? Or is it something else?
I've seen the preliminary video and already know those bits of the songs off by heart! can't wait for the album! Do you think she will tour with this album, and is there any news on the ole' grape vine! Lol
This does seem a strange strategy as chart position in itself is usually good publicity. I, like you, wonder at the logic of an early digital release and hope this doesn't put the chart sales in jeopardy.
I saw tonight a copy of Treasure on Ebay (the full album) It is amazing how these things get "out"!! There is also a Press kit ending in 1 hr that hasn't been removed. There doesn't seem to be any consistency.
In regards to one promotional pack being removed and others not, I would have to wonder if that has anything to do with eBay. If you search around on eBay it is easy to find many illegal items (coupons that are not for resale, video tapes and DVDs that are obviously illegal copies). Even if Decca told them to remove all Treasure promo items, it would be easy for this request to get lost as more and more items are posted. This could equate to a liability for eBay, but based on all of the other illegal items that are posted it wouldn't surprise me.
Thanks for posting the details of the promo CDs/press packs etc., offered on eBay as I know some fans are very interested in these. But the fans most interested will be checking eBay themselves anyway... and not all Hayley fans are interested in them!
The number of Treasure promo CDs etc. offered seems to be increasing too, so to avoid cluttering up the actual album threads, please post any further details about them in the Treasure Promo CDs on eBay etc. thread (I've renamed it from "5 Track Promotional CD on eBay". This will let "eBayers" find the details quickly and will keep the main album threads more on topic, thanks!
Does anybody know how many songs will be Hayley's, and if they will be of the Classical or Crossover/Pop variety... from my In the Treasure - US version thread
Does anybody know how many songs will be Hayley's, and if they will be of the Classical or Crossover/Pop variety... from my own perspective I would love a bit more POP and a bit less Classical! Lol! Love and Light People!
It looks as though Hayley was involved in writing four of the songs but in each case, they were in collaboration with other people. She certainly wrote some of the words. Whether she also wrote any of the music is, so far, unclear.
We are assured that the album will qualify for the UK Classical Charts. Having said that, the indications are that the overall *feel* might be a little more pop than Odyssey was. I guess we shall know more in three weeks' time! Roger
Hi Roger, MJ and everyone,
My sense is that it's a bit less classical in feel too - more traditional, perhaps somewhat along the same lines as Bryn Terfel adopted for Simple Gifts - but Hayley is more suited to that syle than Bryn! Both seem to be sufficiently classical to qualify for the UK classical chart - but (and MJ will like this) Hayley seems to have a few definitely 'poppy' songs on there, unlike Bryn!
I do think the advance promo is overdoing the Irish thing though - they (Decca and Hayley!) seem to have selected everything 'Irish' to comment on and have largely ignored the large majority of definitely 'non-Irish' songs. I can see at least two, possibly more, with strong Italian influences for example.
I don't think this will sound like an album of Irish music and in fact, I'd be disappointed if it did. One of Hayley's strong points for me is the sheer variety of music she likes and performs and to concentrate on one style or variety such as Irish, Celtic or whatever on any one album would, I think, be a big mistake. But I don't think Hayley has done that with Treasure UK. There is an Irish influence though... and that's fine. One thing I was fascinated to learn from Hayley's comments is that the lyrics to Danny Boy were written by an Englishman to an American folk tune!
We will all know the full story in less than two weeks when the UK digital album is released... there is already a page up for Treasure at www.classicsandjazz.co.uk but at present, the page is blank!
It is my guess that there will be a Special Edition of UK Treasure released in time for the Christmas 2007 market - and that if it doesn't go platinum the first time round, I bet it will then!