Susan Boyle’s First Album Makes Amazon CD Sales History

By Sadie Bass

Nov 20, 2009 12:00pm

ABC's Christina Babarovic reports from London: Susan’s done it again: taken the world by storm one more time, defying her critics that her success was just a fluke this year. Susan Boyle’s debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” to be released on Monday, has produced pre order sales which are off the charts. Her album has the biggest CD pre-order sales in the history of global online retailer Amazon.com. And that shouldn’t surprise many. The 48 year old singer from Scotland, was an overnight sensation when she  sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables on “Britain’s Got Talent,” which was watched by over 10 million viewers in April. Her audition set a new YouTube record racking up an astonishing 100 million hits, as tens of millions of fans and the curious flocked to the internet to hear what all the fuzz, I mean fuss was about. The world was stunned and enthralled when they heard the frumpy West Lothian spinster sing like an angel. Her initial appearance caused some to dub her the “hairy angel” due to her frizzy greying hair and dark bushy eyebrows. And people snickered as she stood to audition on national television in an old fashioned beige gown. But her recent makeover shows Ms. Boyle as a very different angel — all smiles with dark hair and elegant dress befitting such a singing sensation. Boyle still lives in the family home, a four-bedroom in Scotland, with her 10-year-old cat, Pebbles. "Just eight months ago, no one was aware of the talents of Susan Boyle," Julian Monaghan, head of music buying at Amazon.co.uk, said in a released statement. "Now, she has generated more Amazon pre-order CD sales globally than any other artist. That is an incredible achievement and is testament to the fact that she has captured the hearts of people all over Britain, America and the rest of the world." Her first album, to be released by Sony Music Entertainment, will include  "Wild Horses" (scheduled to be her first single) and "You'll See" as well as "I Dreamed a Dream", "Memory" and "Cry Me a River". Steve Barnett, chairman of Boyle's record label, Columbia Records, part of Sony Music, said: "One of the things that is so unique about Susan Boyle is her ability to touch people around the world. "We're excited that I Dreamed A Dream holds the new record for global pre-orders and that Amazon's customers have supported her album in this way.”

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