Susan Boyle, the forty-nine-year-old Scottish singing sensation who shot to prominence in last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, is back at the top of the Official Albums Chart this week as her Christmas themed album The Gift leap straight to number one, the Official Charts Company confirms today.
The Gift features tracks as diverse as Lou Reed’s Perfect Day and the traditional Christmas carol Away In A Manger. The album also features Do You Hear What I Hear a duet with thirty-three year old single mother of three and paramedic Amber Stassi from upstate New York, the winner of a worldwide ‘Susan-Search’ on YouTube in which unknown singers were encouraged to send in videos of themselves singing.
“Amber’s been struggling to bring up her family,” says Boyle, “I wanted so much to give her the opportunity for people to see what she can do.”
Boyle herself started 2009 as an unknown and ended the year with her debut album I Dreamed A Dream recording the biggest first week sales for a debut album in chart history and becoming the fastest-selling global debut of all time. I Dreamed A Dream was number one in no less than 21 countries and was he UK’s biggest album of the year after just six weeks in the shops. Worldwide sales are now some 10 million.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says, “It is a great achievement by Susan Boyle, who has now scored two Official number one albums in the UK in less than 12 months – not bad for someone who was unknown outside of her home village little over 18 months ago. The Gift is one of the first big albums of Christmas, which is now just a few weeks away, and is sure to sell right the way through the festive period.”
A delighted Susan Boyle said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported me all this time – my dreams just keep coming true.”
There are just two other new entries in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10: James Blunt’s third album Some Kind Of Trouble, which follows his previous number one albums All The Lost Souls (2007) and Back To Bedlam (2005), is straight in at number four and Cee Lo Green’s solo debut album The Lady Killer, which includes his recent number one single Forget You (Oct 2010), is straight in at number ten. Cee Lo had two previous hit albums as one half of Gnarls Berkley, the number one St Elsewhere (2006) and the Top 20 The Odd Couple (2008).
In the Official Singles Chart, Rihanna holds firm at number one for a second week with Only Girl (In The World) denying Take That a twelfth number one single with The Flood, which is a new entry at number two and the band’s sixteenth Top 5 hit single. The Flood is Take That’s first single for over fifteen years with their original line-up complete and comes from forthcoming album Progress which is released next week. Earlier this month, ticket sales for next year’s Progress tour broke all records to secure Progress as the fastest and biggest selling tour in UK history.
Elsewhere in the Official Singles Chart Top 10, McFly secure their fifteenth Top 5 hit with Shine A Light feat Taio Cruz straight in at number four while Adele’s Make You Feel My Love is a re-entry at number nine this week, up from last week’s number nineteen, having featured on last weekend’s X Factor, performed by Rebecca Ferguson. The track which first entered the Official Singles Chart at number twenty-six in 2008, peaked at number four in October this year, again having been featured on X Factor.
Notes to Editors
1. Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2. The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
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