NEW YORK: The new album from Norah Jones, daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, has shot to the top of the US charts, selling more than a million copies in its first week.
â€˜Feels Like Homeâ€™ is the first album to break through the one-million barrier in its debut week since Nâ€™Syncâ€™s â€˜Celebrityâ€™ in 2001.
The album is her follow-up to her enormously successful 2002 debut album â€˜Come Away With Meâ€™ â€” a collection of old and new torch songs sung in a sultry jazz-pop vocal style that sold 17 million copies worldwide and garnered eight Grammy awards.
According to her recording label, EMI, the new album charted at number one in 16 countries. â€œThis is the kind of achievement that one can only expect from a truly original, extraordinary artist like Norah,â€ said Bruce Lundvall, head of EMIâ€™s Blue Note label.
â€œItâ€™s not very often that an artist can span so many genres and enjoy such broad appeal. But thatâ€™s what happens when the music is this good.â€
Ironically, Jones, 24, thought she was avoiding instant fame and megabucks when she first signed with Blue Note.
The Texas-raised New Yorker was so stunned by the success of â€˜Come Away With Meâ€™ that she reportedly approached Lundvall and requested stop promoting the album lest it was overplayed. â€” AFP