MCA Records Toasts Trisha Yearwood On #1 Chart Debut
Friday, September 05, 1997. PRNewswire
Songbook: A Collection of Hits Enters Billboard Country Album Chart At The Top Garth Brooks Adds His Congratulations
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 5-- MCA Records/Nashville held an impromptu reception Wednesday, September 3, honoring Trisha Yearwood after learning that her greatest hits album, ``Songbook: A Collection of Hits,'' will debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Label executives Katie Gillon, Senior Vice President of Production & Creative Services; Pam Russell, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing; and David Haley, Vice President of National Promotion, hosted the reception and toasted Yearwood on her success. This is the first time Yearwood has debuted an album at #1 and with first week's sales of over 1.2 million units shipped, it is the biggest selling week of her career so far. Yearwood remains the first female country artist to have her first four albums hit Platinum status, giving her overall career sales of over 8 million.
MCA Records/Nashville Chairman, Bruce Hinton, who was out of town for an international meeting, states ``Congratulations on your #1 debut, and the explosive reaction to your duet with Garth. Clearly this debut of your album Songbook at #1 signals another long run at the top of the charts.''
Yearwood said, ``When things take a while to happen, they're sweeter. This is the sweetest day of my career so far. I'd like to thank everyone at MCA - most of the people here are the same people who were here when I signed my deal. They're doing their job, so I do mine. And I'd especially like to thank Garth Brooks. He's been a great friend to me in a lot of ways you don't see in the press every day.''
When called upon, Brooks said to Yearwood, ``You've been a good friend to me, and you've been a good friend to the songwriters here and in L.A. You've had a career of silent grace -- strong, not blown out in the media. You said this is the sweetest day of your career. Well, your career will only get sweeter because you've invested in the music. There will be nothing but better days ahead because of your belief in the music and the people around you.''
Yearwood and Brooks also spent a few minutes fielding questions from the local media. Yearwood called Brooks ``a true artist, which means you make music because you have to, without thinking of anything else.'' Brooks credited Yearwood with teaching him patience, saying ``She keeps her head down and keeps working, and totally blocks out anything that's not important.''
The two also said they hope to release a duet album, something they've talked about since they met ten years ago; however, no formal plans have been set.
The Yearwood/Brooks duet, ``In Another's Eyes,'' climbs to #16 on this week's Radio & Records country chart and #21 on Billboard's country airplay chart. They will perform the duet on ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'' on September 11. While in Los Angeles, they will also tape appearances on ``Entertainment Tonight,'' ``Access Hollywood,'' ``CNN Showbiz Today'' and ``The Home Team With Terry Bradshaw.'' In addition, they will guest on the syndicated radio show ``After Midnite With Blair Garner'' airing at midnight on September 10.