On This Day: LeAnn Rimes’ Self-titled Album Goes Platinum in 2000

by Katie Maloney

Twenty-one years ago today, LeAnn Rimes’ self-titled album became the first record to go platinum in the 2000s.

LeAnn Rimes was her fourth studio album and her fourth disc to be certified platinum. Upon its release, the album hit number one and also held its own in the Top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

The album features Patsy Cline covers including including “Crazy” and “Leavin’ on Your Mind,” as well as Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Additionally, the album featured Rimes’ own hit single, “Big Deal.” The song is about a woman who has to endure her best friend talking about falling in love with Rimes’ ex-boyfriend. Although she tries to be supportive she finally blurts out, “Big deal. So what? Who cares? Ya just got lucky that’s all it was.”

LeAnn Rimes’ “Big Deal.”

2000 Was A Big Year For LeAnn Rimes

The same year she released her hit album, Rimes also successfully crossed-over to the pop genre with her song, “I Need You.”

The song is about a woman who confidently states that she doesn’t need a lot of things. She can make it on her own for the most part. However, she needs love. During the song she sings, ” I need you like water, like breath, like rain…There’s a freedom in your arms that carries me through. I need you.”

Additionally, in the same year, Rimes appeared as herself in the blockbuster hit Coyote Ugly. During the movie, she performs the song “Can’t Fight the Moonlight.” The song was released in August of that year and became her only number one hit.

LeAnn Rimes’ “I Need You.”

Most recently, the two-time Grammy-winning singer won The Masked Singer and released her newest single, “Throw My Arms Around The World.”

During the song, Rimes sings about hoping she may be able to heal the world through her love and embrace. She sings, “If I could throw my arms around the world, maybe I could love it back to life.”

LeAnn Rimes’ most recent single, “Wrap My Arms Around The World.”