Monday, November 30, 2009

Making music history...

I can't imagine the profound excitement Susan Boyle must be feeling now. Her dream has, indeed, come true...resoundingly true. The following article is from Susan's official website.

Susan Boyle Makes Music History as the Fastest Selling Worldwide Female Debut Ever!

As Susan Boyle’s album, ‘I Dreamed A Dream,’ confirms its place at the top of the UK, Australian and Irish charts today and continues to race to #1 in the US, Canada, New Zealand and hits #1 iTunes status in France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Japan, the message across the world is clear - Susan Boyle has validated her place among music giants.

In Britain, Susan Boyle’s debut album was confirmed as the fastest selling UK debut album of all time selling 411,820 copies beating the previous fastest selling debut of all time, Arctic Monkeys in its first three days. I Dreamed a Dream also outsold the rest of the top 5 albums combined.

In America, Susan is already outselling young mega-sellers Rihanna, Lady Gaga and 50 Cent with a projected first week sales figures of around 1 million (American chart announced next week), defying them all with an expected number 1 position. In doing so she is set to break Eminem’s previous record for highest first week (US) sales this year. Susan has broken retail records around the world including selling 80,OOO copies in four short sales windows on QVC and becoming the biggest pre-ordered album in the history of Amazon.

As I Dreamed A Dream finds its way into over 2 million homes across the planet in 7 short days, it is time to crown a new worldwide musical phenomenon.

A delighted Susan Boyle said, “It’s fantastic.”

Simon Cowell congratulated Susan yesterday saying, “I’m incredibly proud of Susan and delighted for her. This success couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. Susan Boyle quite simply has broken the rules, her story is like a Hollywood movie but this time it’s real life and a really talented, nice lady who has won.”

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo says: “People of all ages seem to be buying it, and it’s clearly going to be one the must-have gift items this Christmas. Susan’s accomplished performance on The X-Factor has given the album a massive, timely boost. It now has the momentum to challenge for the Christmas No.1”

The Official Charts Company’s MD, Martin Talbot, adds: “Susan Boyle’s achievement is quite phenomenal. After all of the excitement surrounding her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, everyone expected her to make a big impact when she released her first music – but to arrive with such a bang is exceptional.”

The statistics:

-Fastest Selling Global Female Debut Album
-Number 1 album in UK, making it the ”Fastest Selling Debut Album in UK Chart History” - beating previous fastest selling debut of all time, Arctic Monkeys, in first three days. Its also the highest one week sale for a female act in chart history.
-Projected 1 Album in US, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and many European countries
-Most pre-ordered album in Amazon history
-#1 iTunes Japan, Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland
-First album of the month in the Italian #1 account by a non-Italian artist ever

‘I Dreamed A Dream’ is released in the UK by SYCO Music and is available everywhere.

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's here at last!

Susan's debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, was officially released TODAY!

Although I have pre-ordered several albums, I have a confession: I couldn't wait for the postman! So, I purchased a downloaded copy from Amazon and I began to listen. Song after song after song...I was amazed. What a beautiful voice...beyond the voice though is the feeling and emotion she puts into each song.

I can't decide which is my favorite...maybe Up To The Mountain...but I love them all. With this debut album, Susan has truly proven she can sing it ALL. I loved the fact there's a little bit of blues here...of course, I am a Memphis girl at heart.

Susan performed on the Today show this morning...evidently, the first entertainer EVER to be given a full 30 minute concert!
Click here for the Today website and links to the songs she performed so beautifully on the program this morning.

As I'm typing this, the song Who I Was Born To Be is playing on my desktop speakers. What an astonishing gift Susan has been given and I am thankful she is sharing it with the rest of us...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just five little days...

On November 24, 2009, Susan Boyle's debut album will be released. If you haven't preordered it, you can (hopefully) get to your local music shop early enough to buy a copy. I wouldn't wait too long! Personally, I'm looking forward to sitting down with a cup of hot Lyons' Irish tea and listening to every single track...

On Monday, November 23, Susan will be performing live on the Today Show in New York City! Supposedly, she will be performing a 30 minute concert (we could only hope it would be uninterrupted!). Check your local listings for times.

Susan has been officially nominated for the People's Choice Award in the "Favorite Breakout Music Artist" category! Please take the time (often) to VOTE for Susan here. You can refresh your browsers and vote as often as you'd like! Let's help Susan win this award!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Another dream come true...

We were all teenagers at one time...with a teenage crush on a recording star. I stood in line on an icy cold February day in Memphis, Tennessee, to have almost a front row seat in an Elvis Presley concert...and then Fabian came along.

Susan Boyle grew up in a small village in Scotland with her own teenage crushes. She loved the music of a young Donny Osmond, as well as the soundtrack from the movie Grease. Her brother Gerry has told the story that Susan spent hours alone in her room as a young teenager singing along with these favorite stars of hers.

Little did Susan know then that one day in her future, she'd be brave and audition for Britains Got Talent. Little did she know then that one day she'd be famous as Donny and all the stars in the movie Grease. I wonder if she ever dreamed about it...

One dream of Susan's has come true. During her last trip here to the United States for her Dancing With The Stars appearance, she met Donny Osmond. Not only did she meet him, she was invited to their home. Susan commented, "it was a dream come true. Donny was lovely". Supposedly, there is talk of a duet between the two as well. In several sources, Donny has been quoted as saying, "I would die to do a duet with her"!

Don't you just love the way life ebbs and flows?! I love the fact that Susan's dreams are coming true for her and that she's sharing her beautiful voice with the world...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another beautiful performance...

If you missed Susan's outstanding performance on Dancing With The Stars, you can see it here or click play below. Not only did Susan look beautiful, but she also gave a stunning performance...once again! The only disappointment was that she didn't sing TWO songs as Michael Buble did! Along with the rest of her millions of fans, I'm looking forward to a total Susan Boyle Concert!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tonight's the night...

Be sure to check your local listings and watch Susan Boyle perform tonight on Dancing With The Stars! I confess I never watch this show, but I will be watching tonight.

Be sure to read my other blog Thinking About It for a chance to win a free copy of Susan's debut album, "I Dreamed A Dream"!

Blessings to you,

Monday, November 9, 2009

Afternoon tea with Susan...

If you've dreamed of visiting London and are one of the millions of fans of Susan Boyle, then you just might want to enter Amazon's Susan Boyle sweepstakes! Two lucky people will be awarded a trip to London and the opportunity to spend the afternoon having tea...most likely "high tea"...which would be so much fun!

Win an afternoon tea with Susan Boyle...enter here at Amazon!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dancing With The Stars...

Susan Boyle is back on American soil! She arrived at L.A.X. on Saturday, November 7, a few days prior to her appearance on Dancing With The Stars this upcoming week. Susan will be singing "I Dreamed A Dream" and Michael Buble will be performing as well.

When asked by a nearby reporter at L.A.X. what she thought of Sharon Ozbourne, Susan replied with poise and a gracious smile, "she's very nice". Given Sharon Ozbourne's untrue, unkind and uncalled for remarks about Susan earlier this week, one could hope that Susan would remain in the U.S.A. and Sharon Ozbourne would go back to Britain!

What I saw in that video clip of Susan was a lovely, confident, talented star with a big gracious heart...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Seventeen days...

Just seventeen more days and Susan's debut album hits the stores...and my mailbox! I can only imagine the sheer excitement she must be feeling. On Susan's official site, you can now hear CLIPS of the songs on her new album. A clip is just a few seconds long, but definitely long enough to tell me that each and every song is just as special as I'd anticipated! Just click on the word "clips" above and you'll find the audio player on the right side of that page.

On this page of Susan's official site (or try here) you can hear her personally answer questions which her fans have sent to her. It was neat to see that she's having fun with this whole process...and enjoying it.

If you haven't ordered Susan's debut album yet, just click on either of the two links on the right side of this page...Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

One thing about it - you will want your own copy of this special lady's debut album!