NEW YORK (Billboard) - Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile's
self-titled 2005 Columbia debut had a relatively quiet rollout.
Released on the label's Red Ink imprint, the album, which has
sold 74,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, never made
it onto the charts.
Two years later, Carlile's follow-up disc, "The Story," is
a completely different, well, story. Released April 3, the
album opened at No. 76 on the Billboard 200 and made an
impressive jump to No. 41 in its second week.
Three songs from "Brandi Carlile" were licensed to ABC's
hit drama "Grey's Anatomy," creating a "great sampler" for new
fans of the pop/rock/alt-country/folk artist, according to Sony
BMG vice president of marketing Greg Linn.
"They came to us with this wonderful opportunity to take
the video for the first single (the album's title track) and
intercut it with footage from the first three seasons of the
show," Linn said. "The images worked phenomenally well
The "Grey's" montage aired April 12 and was made available
as a free download on iTunes the next day. "It was amazing to
have that happen when it did," Linn said. "To have album sales
jump in the second week is such a rarity in these market
Carlile also got a boost when the first single was made the
Download of the Week March 13 on iTunes. The cut debuted at No.
75 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has found support on college,
triple-A and, most recently, adult top 40 stations.
Carlile will keep up her heavy touring schedule through
spring and much of summer, and a three-month fall headlining
tour is in the planning stages.
"This is the best tour I've ever been on," she said. "I had
heard so many major label horror stories, but so far it's been
a nonissue for me. They haven't been forceful in any way.
They've just let me do my thing the way I want to do it."