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Blue is the debut studio album by American country singer LeAnn Rimes, released in the United States on July 9, 1996 by Curb Records.[1] It reached No. 3 on Billboard 200, and No. 1 on Top Country Albums.

Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 1996 (1996-07-09)
ProducerWilbur C. Rimes, Chuck Howard, Johnny Mulhair
LeAnn Rimes chronology
All That
You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
Singles from Blue
  1. "Blue"
    Released: June 4, 1996
  2. "Hurt Me"
    Released: August 13, 1996
  3. "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)"
    Released: October 15, 1996
  4. "Unchained Melody"
    Released: December 24, 1996
  5. "The Light in Your Eyes"
    Released: April 1, 1997
"Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart"
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Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart bonus CD-single
Single by LeAnn Rimes
B-side"Unchained Melody"
ReleasedNovember 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
FormatPromotional CD single
Songwriter(s)Greg Wojohn, Roger Wojohn, Scott Wojohn
Producer(s)Wilbur C. Rimes, Roger Wojohn

Singles released from this album include, in order of release: "Blue", "Hurt Me", "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)", "Unchained Melody" and "The Light in Your Eyes". These songs all charted on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts between 1996 and 1997; "Blue" and "The Light in Your Eyes" both reached top 10, while "Hurt Me" fell short off top 40. "One Way Ticket" is Rimes's only No. 1 hit on the country music charts.[2]

When purchased at Target stores during the 1996 Christmas season, the album included a bonus single of "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart", with "Unchained Melody" on the B-side.[2][3][4] "Unchained Melody" peaked at number three on the Country Songs chart[5] while "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" peaked at number 51 on the same chart in 1997.[6]



Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
Los Angeles Times    [9]
Robert Christgau [10]

The album was met with some positive reviews. Allmusic rated Blue four out of five stars. Shawn M. Haney, who reviewed the album, called it "a glorious 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 good listen and a half."[7] Similarly, Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ and stated that "such raw, old-fashioned country music, with such a big, twangy, sexy voice at the center, wouldn't be making such a stir in bland '90s Nashville if LeAnn Rimes weren't 13. In other words, the hype machine has inadvertently coughed up a gem."[8] Los Angeles Times gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of four and said that "Rimes displays the unbridled power and freshness you'd expect from a teenager. In an ideal world, she'd bring all that to bear on songs that tap her youthful zeal. Instead, too many on this major-label debut require a level of experience that's clearly beyond her years. There's no question Rimes has been blessed with a magnificent voice. Let's hope she'll be given a few years--say, at least until she's out of high school--to let her natural talent mature."[9] In his Consumer Guide, however, Robert Christgau gave the album a "neither" score,[10] and said it "may impress once or twice with consistent craft or an arresting track or two. Then it won't."[11]

Track listingEdit

1."Blue"Bill MackWilbur C. Rimes2:49
2."Hurt Me"Deborah Allen, Bobby Braddock, Rafe VanHoyW. Rimes2:54
3."One Way Ticket (Because I Can)"Keith Hinton, Judy RodmanChuck Howard, W. Rimes, Bob Campbell-Smith (assistant)3:44
4."My Baby"AllenW. Rimes2:50
5."Honestly"Christi Dannemiller, Joe JohnstonHoward, W. Rimes, Campbell-Smith (assistant)3:22
6."The Light in Your Eyes"Dan TylerHoward, W. Rimes, Johnny Mulhair (co.), Greg Walker (assistant), Campbell-Smith (assistant)3:21
7."Talk to Me"Ron Grimes, LeAnn Rimes, Jon RutherfordHoward, W. Rimes, Campbell-Smith (assistant)3:12
8."I'll Get Even With You"Coweta HouseW. Rimes, Mulhair (co.), Walker (assistant)3:18
9."Cattle Call" (duet with Eddy Arnold)Tex OwensHoward, W. Rimes, Mulhair (co.), Walker (assistant), Campbell-Smith (assistant)3:09
10."Good Lookin' Man"Joyce HarrisonW. Rimes3:11
11."Fade to Blue"Jim Allison, Anne Reeves, Lang ScottW. Rimes, Mulhair (co.), Walker (assistant)3:02


Compiled from liner notes.[12]

  • Chuck Howard – production
  • Johnny Mulhair – production
  • Wilbur C. Rimes – production


Blue debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200 with 123,000 copies sold in the week ending of July 27, 1996,[14] it peaked at No. 3 in its second week with 129,500 copies sold.[15]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b " Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart: LeAnn Rimes: Music". Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Flippo, Chet (November 23, 1996). "Movie Roles Abound For Country Artists; Mark Miller To Shoot Hoops". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
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  6. ^ "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart – LeAnn Rimes". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
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  9. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (July 27, 1996). "Rimes Needs Time to Grow". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: LeAnn Rimes". Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG 90s: Key to Icons". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
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  13. ^ a b Put a Little Holiday In Your Heart (CD single). LeAnn Rimes. Curb Records. 1996. Curb D-1308, PRCD-6945-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Albums 1996". Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  22. ^ "RPM Year End Country Albums ~Top 50". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
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  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 1997". Retrieved October 7, 2011.
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  27. ^ a b [2]. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
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  30. ^ Paul Grein (November 7, 2008). "Chart Watch Extra: Ropin' The Biggest Country Hits – Chart Watch". Retrieved May 13, 2011.
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