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‘Full Circle’ Earns Loretta Lynn Career-High All-Genre Debut

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Loretta Lynn has something to celebrate: Her new record, Full Circle, has earned the country icon her highest-ever debut week spot on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Full Circle (The Boot’s March Album of the Month) debuted at No. 19 on the all-genre chart. Its only the second album from throughout Lynn’s five-decades-long career to break into the Top 40 on that chart; the first was 2004’s Van Lear Rose, which hit No. 24. Full Circle sold 21,000 units and had 20,000 pure album sales in its first week. It also debuted at No. 4 on Billboard‘s country albums chart.

Lynn’s new album was a labor of love for the singer. Full Circle, her first studio record with Legacy Recordings, was recorded at Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., over a period of eight years. Throughout those eight years, Lynn recorded more than 90 songs, eventually culling them down to the 14 that made Full Circle‘s track listing.

According to a press release, Full Circle “takes listeners on a journey through Loretta’s musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly written for the project.” Included on the record are a duet with Willie Nelson (“Lay Me Down”) and “Everything It Takes,” a song featuring Elvis Costello.

Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, as well as John Carter Cash, produced the project.

Full Circle dropped on March 4. It is available for purchase via Amazon and iTunes.

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