is the debut album
by American country singer LeAnn Rimes
, released in the United States on July 9, 1996 (see 1996 in music
) by Curb Records
. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 200
album chart, and number-one on Hot Country Albums. The album has been certified 6× Platinum
by the RIAA
for shipments of six million copies in the US.
Singles released from this album include, in order of release: "Blue", "Hurt Me", "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)", and "The Light in Your Eyes". These songs all charted on the Billboard
Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs
) charts between 1996 and 1997; "Blue" and "The Light in Your Eyes" both reached Top Ten, while "Hurt Me" fell short of Top 40. "One Way Ticket" is Rimes's only Number One hit on the country music charts.
When purchased at Target
stores during the 1996 Christmas season, the album included a bonus single of "Unchained Melody
," with "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" on the b-side
. The former peaked at #3 on the country charts in 1997.
Allmusic rated Blue
four out of five stars. Shawn M. Haney, who reviewed the album, called it "a delightful free-for-all of sassy pick-me-up country", and stated that "perhaps people of any age or style of interest will feel youthful again after a... Read More