SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

August 10, 2005 13:25 ET

Faith Hill's "FIREFLIES" Lands at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 and Country Album Chart

Hill Becomes First Female Artist to Ever Simultaneously Debut at #1 on Top 200 and Country Album Chart 3 Consecutive Times

"FIREFLIES" Becomes Highest Selling Country Album Debut for 2005

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 10, 2005 -- Faith Hill's "FIREFLIES" not only debuts this week at #1 on both Billboard's Top 200 and Country Album Charts, it does so in grand fashion setting a country album debut sales high for 2005 as well as a brand new industry chart record. First week sales of 329,000 units solidifies the Grammy Award-winning singer's place in music history as the only female artist to ever simultaneously debut at #1 on both Billboard's Top 200 and Country Album Chart with three consecutive album releases.

"We are so proud and privileged to have an artist like Faith Hill," said Warner Bros. Records Nashville Executive Vice-President Bill Bennett. "She has made an absolutely fantastic recording that is worthy of all of the accolades that it receives."

Faith Hill received the news of her #1 debut in Nashville while taping her one-night only concert event celebrating the songs on "FIREFLIES" and the songwriters who made them possible. The filmed concert will reveal the stories behind the songs and is expected to be the first and only time that Faith will perform all 14 tracks from the album in one night.

Following the taping, Faith will head to Los Angeles for two sold-out performances at Los Angeles' Pantages Theater on August 15th and 16th. The concerts, which sold out in minutes, will be recorded as part of her forthcoming television special.

Released on August 2nd, "FIREFLIES" is Faith's sixth studio recording featuring her 14th Top 5 single, the autobiographical smash, "Mississippi Girl," which is still climbing the charts. Her career has seen the sale of nearly 30 million albums, four Grammy Award wins, as well as three Country Music Association Awards and twelve Academy of Country Music Awards.

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