“BEST OF” HALIE LOREN TOPS
BILLBOARD JAPAN JAZZ CHARTS
#1 JAZZ ALBUM TWO WEEKS IN A ROW
For a jazz recording artist, spending day after day making music in the studio feels like a gift. What could be better than waking up to a cup of coffee and an endless array of creative possibilities to explore that day? Well, how about also waking up to the news that their most recent album release just debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart?! And then it gets even better the second week when the album stays at the top of Billboard Jazz charts at #1.
North American jazz singer/songwriter Halie Loren experienced that very sort of morning when it was announced that her new “best of” compilation album, the aptly named Best Collection, debuted at the top of the Billboard Jazz chart in Japan. “It felt a little bit like lightning striking twice”, says Loren, as her previous studio release Simply Love also debuted at #1 on Billboard Jazz. Once could be called a beautiful stroke of luck. Twice? Well, that sounds more like a trend.
After releasing half-a-dozen albums that have enjoyed countless weeks at #1 on Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere both in albums and singles, her releases still remain very much at home among the top-100 bestselling albums next to chart neighbors Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Michael Buble at any given time, as they have consistently over the past 4 years. In addition, her 6 tours to-date in Japan have brought Loren and her band to many a sold-out venue in cities across the nation. Yes, in Japan and Asia, Loren has been prolific and commercially successful enough in her twenties to already have garnered her the kind of body of work and avid fan base to warrant her a “best of” album.
The September 17 release, Best Collection, is an eclectic blend of 17 fan-favorite tracks and lesser-known gems from Loren’s previous album releases, along with a bonus track – a 1970’s Japanese hit titled “Goodbye Morning”, translated for and lyrically adapted by Ms. Loren. Distributed by JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment, the album is currently only available in Japan.
For her fans elsewhere in the world, this autumn is also finding Loren in the studio crafting the songs that will be featured on her new album, scheduled for release worldwide in early 2015, aptly timed to coincide with her biggest Japan tour to-date next February. “Fans can expect something fresh and new to get excited about, as we are infusing many of these new tunes with a warm soulful vibe and old-school horn section features, while maintaining that lovely balance between classic and modern sensibilities that we enjoy so much… and we’ll be sharing significantly more original material with our fans this time, too”, says Loren.
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