FLYLEAF's third studio album, "New Horizons", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Memento Mori", opened with 56,000 units in November 2009 to enter the chart at No. 8.
"New Horizons" was released on October 30 via A&M/Octone. The CD's cover artwork was designed by FLYLEAF bassist Pat Seals, who also created a fold-out poster as part of the packaging.
Longtime FLYLEAF lead singer Lacey Sturm last week announced her departure from the band. Kristen May, formerly of the group VEDERA, will join the remaining members of FLYLEAF on the road to promote "New Horizons".
Sturm stated about her decision to leave the band, "I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack.
"You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase 'Memento Mori.' I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for FLYLEAF."
FLYLEAF's debut self-titled album has now sold 1.4 million units and is certified platinum. "All Around Me" reached the Top 10 on Top 40 Radio. FLYLEAF has also charted six singles at modern and rock radio.