Barry Gibb’s “Greenfields” Album Tops Charts

Barry Gibb ’s collaborative album enters at #1 spot on the Billboards Americana/Folk Albums. The album also ranked at the #3 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums.

A Chart-topping Hit

Barry Gibb ’s album “Barry Gibb & Friends: Greenfields – The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1” debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart.

It reportedly sold 24,000 copies in the U.S. as of January 14th, according to a data source. This is Barry Gibb’s best sales week as a soloist since his music sales recorded from 1991.

The songlist features Barry Gibb reinterpreting classic Gibb brothers-penned songs alongside such acts as Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, and Dolly Parton. This will be the singer-songwriter’s first visit to both charts, i.e., Americana/Folk & Country.

“Greenfields” also entered the #12 spot on the all-genre Billboard top 200 list. This makes it the highest charting solo album, and first top 40-charting set.

Among the songs covered are the hits “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” “Too Much Heaven,” “Jive Talkin’” and “How Deep Is Your Love,”. All of the tracks were written by Barry Gibb and his late brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb.

Disco To Americana

Though known for his groundbreaking pop and disco work with the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb, now 74, is a self-described “country music freak.” The Bee Gees wrote Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ landmark duet “Islands in the Stream” in 1983, which Gibb produced. Gibb said, This is where I belong… This is a new era, and I’m no longer that other person”. 

A special collaboration also worth mentioning is Olivia Newton John and Barry Gibb’s cover ‘Rest Your Love On Me’. The ‘Grease’ star originally sang the song with Andy Gibb in 1980. On “Greenfields”, the romantic synths are replaced with the strains of lap steel, making for an uplifting collaboration between two old friends. The singer also posted a heartwarming note to Olivia on his Twitter feed.

By: Aatira Kakroo