Siti Nurhaliza sells 5,000 album units despite pandemic


'ManifestaSITI2020' has been awarded a gold certification four months after its release. Photo: Handout

When singer Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza rolled out the physical release of her 18th studio album on July 3, it was seen as a risky move.

Not only are physical album sales on the decline in this digital age, Siti had the additional challenge of the pandemic, which has ravaged the country's economy.

But the 41-year-old has beaten the odds.

Four months later, ManifestaSITI2020 has been awarded a gold certification for album sales surpassing 5,000 units.

"I'm grateful because in this digital era, my physical album is still well-received," she told mStar, The Star's Malay-language portal.

"This is a big achievement and I hope album sales will continue to rise after this."

Aside from commercial sales, ManifestaSITI2020 has garnered critical acclaim, with one of its 11 tracks, Anta Permana, placing third on the prestigious song competition Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) this year.

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