Susan Boyle has become the first solo artist to reach No 1 in the UK and US album charts at the same time twice in a year.

SuBo made history yesterday when her latest album, The Gift, topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Susan Boyle's second album The Gift

Her first album, I Dreamed A Dream, achieved the same success a year ago.

Simon Cowell, who signed Susan to his label Syco, calls The Britain’s Got Talent runner-up his “superwoman.”

“I’m thrilled for Susan, she has once again defied the odds,” says Simon, 51.

Only The Beatles and The Monkees have equalled single 49-year-old Susan’s incredible feat.

Her popularity exceeds Madonna and even Elvis Presley.

“I’ve never felt happier in my life,” says Susan. “This is an amazing result and one I never expected.”

Boyle released  “The Gift” (Syco/Sony) in the United States on Nov. 9 and a day earlier in the United Kingdom, with Sony Music Entertainment planning an initial U.S. shipment of 1.2 million units. First-week U.S. sales is projected to be about 300,000 units, less than half the 701,000 that her debut, “I Dreamed a Dream,” sold during Thanksgiving week last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The continued slump in recorded-music sales means that it may be impossible for “The Gift” to match the phenomenal sales of “I Dreamed a Dream,” which benefited from the YouTube-fueled frenzy over Boyle’s April 2009 debut appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

The debut album has sold 3.8 million units in the United States and 1.8 million in the United Kingdom, according to SoundScan and the Official Charts Co. (OCC), respectively. Sony says “I Dreamed a Dream” has sold 9 million units worldwide, and IFPI cited the album as the global best seller of 2009.

Boyle will also be making a flurry of U.S. TV appearances. She appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Oct. 19, with further appearances to follow on “Today,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” special and more, although international appearances will be more limited than on the last campaign.

“American TV plays to her strengths,” says Shack, who cites Australia, Canada and Japan as priority international markets. “She’s not that comfortable engaging with European chat show presenters.”

“The Gift” contains 10 tracks, a mixture of seasonal standards like “O Holy Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” and covers of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Performing for the Pope was a huge accomplishment for Susan Boyle, but on yesterday’s (Oct. 19) episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the singer gave what Oprah called the biggest performance the show has ever seen.

Boyle took over Oprah’s stage with a 60-person choir to perform the Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which appears on her second album “The Gift,” for Winfrey’s “The Next Big Thing” episode. All of the guests, including Boyle, 10-year-old “America’s Got Talent” sensation Jackie Evancho, and “You Light Up My Life” singer Debby Boone, were named as the “next big thing” when they first took the spotlight.

Boyle was 47 when she catapulted to fame in 2009 after her audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” went viral and paved the way for her debut album “I Dreamed A Dream” to start at  No. 1 on the Billboard 200 a little under a year ago with 701,000 and spent six weeks at the top. The album became the world’s top selling album last year.

You can also read more about The Gift at this earlier post of mine.

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The winner of America’s Got Talent 2010 has been announced, after a showdown between soul crooner Michael Grimm and 10 year singing sensation Jackie Evancho.

Jackie Evancho has received high praise all round for her mature singing talents, as well as her mature attitude towards life and performing, unlike some other performers twice her age. She is America’s favorite, and the most talked-about contestant this season. She was America’s choice from YouTube, and has effortlessly moved forward in the competition ever since. She seems really sweet and grateful and angelic and special. Special enough to be crowned this season’s America’s Got Talent winner? I have been rooting for her to win too!

Jackie Evancho

No! In a surprise ending, Mississippi singer Michael Grimm beat Evancho to win America’s Got Talent, $1 million and the chance to headline a show in Vegas.

After losing, the ever-poised Evancho showed her respect and maturity, saying “This experience has been amazing,” she said, without showing any sign of disappointment. “I have loved every single moment that I’ve been doing it, and I just really hope that I’ll be able to sing for you guys again.”

Grimm, the winner, was in disbelief and shock at the announcement, saying “Is this really happening, is this real?”

“It’s an unbelievable achievement to get this far,” said host Nick Cannon, addressing the four America’s Got Talent finalists — Prince Poppycock, Michael Grimm, Jackie Evancho and Fighting Gravity.

Prince Poppycock

Fighting Gravity

The “Finale Results” show got off to a disco start as Prince Poppycock sang “Last Dance” with Donna Summer. Next up, Michael Grimm did “Me and Bobby McGee” with Jewel, followed by Lionel Richie singing “Dancing On the Ceiling” as Fighting Gravity performed.

After some audition recaps and a Nick Cannon montage, Jackie Evancho performed a goosebump-producing duet “Time To Say Goodbye” with opera star Sarah Brightman.

“It was amazing because I’ve been dreaming of this day all my life. And to be singing with the girl — the woman — who has been helping me with all the songs, it’s just amazing to be here with her.” Evancho said after her performance with Sarah.

Sarah Brightman has this say about Evancho : “Jackie is a beautiful, wonderful little girl with a wonderful voice. I want her to save it and preserve it and enjoy her life with it because I think her life is going to be very, very special.”

This YouTube video features a performance by each of the four finalists but it is not from the America’s Got Talent grand finale. Enjoy!

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Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho, a cute 10-year-old young blond girl from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gave an amazing performance on America’s Got Talent, singing the aria “O Mio Babbino Caro” (Oh my dear papa) from the opera Gianni Schicchi. The judges loved her and she got a standing ovation. Jackie said that she wanted to prove to America that the best things come in small packages. And she has done just that!

I am a fan of  Charlotte Church and watching Jackie Evancho sing immediately reminds me of Charlotte Church. Jackie said that she started singing when she was  eight years old. Seriously, this little girl has immense talent.

The August 10 show featured acts that auditioned on You Tube for the opportunity to perform on the America’s Got Talent show with a chance to advance to the semi-finals. In fact, Jackie was the contestant who actually received the most votes on the You Tube competition, winning a trip to Orlando for her family. She was truly the gem of the show.

She may look like an average kid, but she has an amazing set of pipes. She is one of those weird children who sound like they’re 40 years old. Watching Jackie sing felt surreal. How could such an amazing, deep opera voice come out of a 10-year-old.

Will she win America’s Got Talent? Is she the next Charlotte Church? Hmmm….I think she’s got a good chance.  Enjoy her rendition of “O Mio Babbino Caro.”

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