Candice Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," was released Tuesday and rose to No. 8 on iTunes' top albums chart -- right behind Beyonce -- and No. 1 on the R&B chart.
The "American Idol" season 12 winner and St. Helena Island native tweeted excitedly to her more than 140,000 followers the moment the album came out:
Music Speaks was just released to iTunes!! SO PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WENT INTO THIS. ENJOY AND LET ME KNOW WHAT U THINK :)— Candice Glover (@CandiceGlover) February 18, 2014
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Fan reactions in the Twittersphere have been positive, with congratulatory tweets coming from Target employees in Bluffton to professionals in Vancouver to fashion bloggers in Sweden.
Working away, listening to the silky smooth voice of @CandiceGlover. Such a supremely talented singer. #musicspeaks https://t.co/0ULKaDyh57— Trevor Boudreau (@tb_comms) February 18, 2014
The first truck of MS GONE! Second truck coming in at 2-2:30 jus giving y'all a heads up #TargetInBluffton @CandiceGlover #MusicSpeaks— JamRock (@FloeticKyee) February 18, 2014
@CandiceGlover giiiiiirl I'm in love with every single track on this album! It was sooo worth the wait.— Gabriella â,¢Sweden â™' (@GabJ_TeamMinaj) February 18, 2014
Glover expressed her gratitude for her fans' love and support in her CD's liner notes. She quoted three bible verses, Ephesians 3:20, Proverbs 22:6 and Matthew 7:12, and thanked God, her family and her friends.
"First and foremost, I want to thank God for giving me the ability to express myself through music," Glover wrote. "I thank God for showing me myself and allowing me to humble myself before I made it. When I gave up everything to leave home and try one more time, I had faith that He would bring me through it. Nothing is too hard for God."
Glover then thanked her parents, John and Carole Glover, for raising her the way they did. "Thank you for keeping me lifted in prayer even when it seemed like I was making the dumbest decisions ever. As a child you guys disciplined me the right way, and it has made me the young lady I am today. You guys believed in me and stood by me no matter what, and I would literally not be here if it wasn't for you guys."
She also recognized her aunts, grandmother, siblings and friends individually.
As of Tuesday evening, "Music Speaks" was No. 29 and rising on Amazon’s top sellers list, which is updated hourly.
Many have questioned whether the long wait would affect album sales, but Glover said she would not have been as proud of her love-driven album if she had had to rush to release it. So far, critics seems to agree.
In his review of the album, Los Angeles Times writer Michael Wood said "Music Speaks," was better than past "Idol" albums, and "one that doesn't sound like its quirks have been ironed out in an attempt to satisfy the show's once-enormous audience."
The official iTunes review of the album was that the dominance of slow material was "a bit stifling" but that Glover sings with "complete conviction" and "should be around for a while."
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