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Classical-rock crossover violinist Lindsey Stirling is making big noise with her sophomore album, "Shatter Me" -- in fact, it's expected to debut at an impressive No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, with first-week sales of 50,000 copies or more. It's being helped in no small part by the title track and first single, which features vocals by Halestorm's Lzzy Hale. Stirling told us it wasn't a collaboration she envisioned prior to making the album: "I was looking for a singer who's just a powerhouse singer...women who can belt out those power ballads. I started to dig into (Halestorm) videos and thought, 'Wow, this girl is powerful,' almost a perfect mix between a little bit of (Evanescence's) Amy Lee's style and the power of Hayley Williams from Paramore. So I reached out to (Halestorm's management) and immediately they responded; it was funny, because Lzzy had never heard of me and I'd never heard of Lzzy, but we immediately became fans of each other's music and respectful of each other. We have similar stories; they're a self-made band that paved their way through touring the world over and over again and working their records, where I did it through YouTube. It's just cool how we can have this respect for each other as self-made artists who did it their own way. And I absolutely loved Lzzy; she's one of my favorite people in the world." Hale also appears in the video for "Shatter Me." The album follows Stirling`s self-titled 2012 debut, which spent 37 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Classical Crossover Albums chart and two at No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and sold 321,000 copies along the way according to Nielsen SoundScan. Stirling begins a concert tour on May 13 in San Diego with special guest Dia Frampton, who sings on the "Shatter Me" track "We Are Giants."
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