Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist Sarah McLachlan has claimed the # 11 spot with her first ever"greatest hits" collection entitled CLOSER: THE BEST OF SARAH MCLACHLAN (available on Arista) with a total of 39, 564 albums scanned, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This album marks Sarah's 5th Top 15 charting album, joining the ranks of Mirrorball, Surfacing, Afterglow, and Wintersong.
Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan contains 14 classic tracks personally selected by the artist from her award-winning catalog, as well as two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs, "U Want Me 2" and"Don't Give Up On Us," working with her longtime producer Pierre Marchand. Additionally, a deluxe limited edition 2-Disc set was also released, which includes a 20 page booklet insert featuring rare photos and original pen and ink drawings by Sarah, and boasts 11 additional recordings from Sarah's discography.
Sarah performed her new song and Top 5 AAA radio hit "U Want Me 2" on Good Morning America, Regis and Kelly, CBS Early Show, Late Night With Conan O' Brien week of release and was featured on MSN, AOL, Yahoo, and MySpace, Imeem, Quicktime, and Clear Channel Online. People Magazine calls Closer "'The Reissue of the Week' ... This disc reminds us why Sarah never goes out of style." Billboard raves: "U Want Me 2" is the best song she has issued in this decade, a glorious return deserving ... a Grammy Award bidfor best female pop vocal performance."
Since joining Arista two decades ago, every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums and videos have been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA, starting with Touch (1988) and Solace (1991), both gold sellers. Her 1993 breakthrough, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy(triple-platinum) was followed by the digitally enhanced multimedia version of The Freedom Sessions (1995, gold). Sarah's landmark fifth album, the 8x-platinum Surfacing (1997), contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks, as "Building a Mystery" won for Best Female Pop Vocal, and "Last Dance" was voted Best Pop Instrumental. 1999's triple-platinum Mirrorball, and its platinum long-form video counterpart, were both culled from that year's Lilith Fair tour, and spun off Sarah's third Grammy-winning performance, as"I Will Remember You" won for Best Female Pop Vocal.
The double-platinum Afterglow followed in 2003, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while its opening track, "Fallen" was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal. 2007's Wintersong, was the #1 best seller on the HolidayAlbum charts that year, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional PopVocal Album, and was certified Platinum, marking her 15th release to becertified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA.