Susan Boyle
British Singer
Susan Boyle
Susan Magdalane Boyle is a Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
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How The 2016 Presidential Election Became A Reality Show
Huffington Post - 5 months
If the 2016 election seems to be more like a reality TV show than an election, it is for a simple reason: it is. I should know. I spent years producing reality TV, and this one is a ratings winner, even if it is a disaster for the nation. How did we get here? It started with a simple yet compelling plot line: the story of how Donald Trump, a complete political unknown, came within one step of the presidency -- and maybe even gets to be the president. We'll have to wait for the end-of-season episode where you, the audience, get to vote!!! Nate Silver, Editor in Chief of FiveThirtyEight recently reinforced this 'politics as entertainment' idea when he tweeted: Some people (and some very good friends of mine) claim that the political parties don't mean a thing, and that events are being orchestrated 'somewhere else.' And they are right. They are. They are being orchestrated by the media, but not for some nefarious 'political' end, but instead for the oldest motivat ...
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Susan Boyle 'fine' after police incident at Heathrow
Yahoo News - 11 months
LONDON (AP) — Susan Boyle's spokeswoman says the singer is at home and fine after an incident involving the police at London's Heathrow Airport.
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REVIEW: 'One Chance' ★★&#9733
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Singer climbs ev'ry mountain en route to greatness Before Susan Boyle there was Paul Potts, a schlubby car-phone salesman from Wales who blew Simon Cowell and his fellow judges away on the first episode of "Britain's Got Talent" with his rendition of Puccini's aria "Nessun Dorma." The son of a steelworker with a chipped front tooth and the voice of an angel won that first season of the reality show, but his progression through the competition is just an afterthought in "One Chance," the story of his life leading to the life-changing moment that's been viewed on YouTube more than 110 million times.     
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Susan Boyle applies for minimum wage job
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle is hoping to make some extra cash after applying for a part-time job at a betting shop in her hometown.
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SuBo applies for minimum wage job
Cairns - about 3 years
BRITAIN'S Got Talent star Susan Boyle is gambling on an odd new career choice that pays just $10.65 an hour.
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'The Christmas Candle' Movie By Max Lucado, Rick Santorum, And Susan Boyle Focuses On Hope
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK (RNS) Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and popular Christian author Max Lucado have paired up with singer Susan Boyle for a Christmas film in the trio’s first theatrical release, which hits theaters on Friday (Nov. 22). “The Christmas Candle” features a minister who struggles with his own faith and belief in miracles as he ministers to the English village of Gladbury. The film is a first for Santorum, who is now CEO of distributor EchoLight Studios. “The greatest thing I have going for me is that people always have low expectations,” Santorum said after a film screening. Religion News Service spoke with Lucado, whose book inspired the movie and who has a cameo in the film, on the film’s tensions and why December can be so difficult for so many. Some answers have been edited for length and clarity. Q: What do you hope to accomplish with this film? A: Our hope is hope. Our hope is that we can have a creative way of retelling the Christmas story about the birt ...
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<i>The Christmas Candle</i> Has Flickers of Entertainment
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As we enter the holiday season audiences should be receptive to a movie about miracles. After all who couldn't use a miracle every now and then? The new film "The Christmas Candle," which is based on a book by Max Lucado, is about miracles, faith and hope. It is aimed at a family audience and includes Susan Boyle in the cast. In the film the time is the 1890's. David Richmond (Hans Matheson) is a minister who has lost his way. He has left the pulpit and is working with the Salvation Army. Lady Camdon (Barbara Flynn) from the town of Gladbury has heard him preach and now invites him to become the reverend at the Gladbury Church. Something about her touches him and he accepts her offer. The town of Gladbury is a special place. It is said that every twenty-five years an angel selects a special candle from the local candlemaker's shop and gives it the power to grant a Christmas wish. This is that special year in Gladbury and all of the citizen's of this small town are excited. When he l ...
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Review: 'Christmas Candle' beams with holiday spirit
LATimes - over 3 years
Hammy histrionics of a Hallmark movie are present, but its message of community and faith shines brighter. A religious parable wrapped in a holiday gift basket featuring Susan Boyle, "The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey.
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Meryl Streep To Play Susan Boyle In Upcoming Biopic?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Susan Boyle reportedly has a huge star lined up to play her in the biopic about her life. The 52-year-old singer, who rose to fame as a contestant on "Britain's Got Talent," recently spoke to Metro about the upcoming film. Boyle voiced her resistance to appearing in the movie, saying, "I wouldn’t like to be in the film myself." As to who is up for the role, Boyle revealed, "I’d like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep -- I understand she has been approached." While Streep has yet to comment on the rumored casting, the celebrated actress has earned Oscar nominations and awards for her past portrayals of real people, such as Julia Child for 2009's "Julie &amp; Julia" and her part as Margaret Thatcher in 2011's "The Iron Lady," which won Streep the award for Best Actress. HuffPost Entertainment contacted Streep's representatives for more information on Boyle's quote; this post will be updated if and when they respond. Due out from Fox, the upcoming biopic was confirmed by Boyle ...
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Susan Boyle to release Elvis duet - over 3 years
Reality TV star Susan Boyle is to release a 'duet' with Elvis Presley as a Christmas single to raise money for charity. Edward Baran reports.
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Susan Boyle in new Christmas film
Monsters and Critics - over 3 years
Susan Boyle is in a new film.
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Susan Boyle To Become First British Artist To Duet With Elvis Presley On Christmas Album
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Susan Boyle has scored another musical first, becoming the first British artist to duet with Elvis Presley on a record, since his death in 1977. The Sun reports that the Scottish songstress will follow in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion when she shares vocals on 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful', for her Christmas album out later in the year. More...
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9 Incredible Women Who Succeeded Later In Life
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Our society perpetuates the idea that success can only be obtained in youth -- or, if it's obtained later in life, it's the product of years of linear, single-minded effort. Despite the many articles touting prodigies and 'OMG This 20-Something Did Something Amazing' headlines, many women accomplish far more in their later years than their early ones. This youth-obsessed conception of success is unnecessarily discouraging for anyone who doesn't find their passion at a young age. But, as the following nine women prove, the idea success is only possible in youth is, quite simply, a myth. These women, most of whom were focused on domestic responsibilities in their 20s, 30s (and, in one case until her 70s), decided to pursue dormant dreams or discovered their callings later in life. Their stories remind anyone who would laugh off the idea of a second act: never say never. 1. Louisa May Alcott Though her most famous literary accomplishment, the Little Women series, c ...
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12 Reality Shows That Are Past Their Prime
Best Week Ever - over 3 years
With the 20th season of America’s Next Top Model set to premiere on August 2nd and the return of shows like Project Runway and America’s Got Talent, we’ve come to the realization that some of TV’s longest running shows are reality series. That’s right, most of these shows have lasted longer than Cheers, Friends, and M*A*S*H. But unlike those scripted programs, some of these have worn out their welcome. 1. America’s Got Talent Number Of Seasons: 8 When It Jumped The Shark: Season 8, with the addition of Heidi Klum as judge. As much as we love Heidi, she’s not really a judge of talent (see Seal). Sharon Osbourne was the kind of spitfire the show needed, but now that she’s gone, there’s really no point. Why We Still Watch: To find the next Susan Boyle. Everyone wants to see that unexpected, underdog performance or at least to be the first to share the YouTube video of it. 2. America’s Next Top Model Number Of Seasons: 20 (including the the new season, Guys vs. Girls) ...
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Susan Boyle is looking for love, preferably in Scotland
USA Today - over 3 years
Susan Boyle dislikes her SuBo nickname but she likes men and wants to meet one.
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Susan Boyle is ready to tour &mdash; and date!
LATimes - over 3 years
Looks as if Susan Boyle has a lot on her plate.
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Hsin-Chuen Lin's online ceramics lessons
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Hsin-Chuen Lin's online ceramics lessons In the hierarchy of Internet sensations, Fremont-based ceramic artist Hsin-Chuen Lin isn't quite in the same league as "Gangnam Style" or goats that sound like humans. [...] late in February, off any radar, Lin's series of self-produced instructional ceramics videos of him at his throwing wheel demonstrating the secrets of his art, passed 1 million views on YouTube. The videos were shot in a shed behind the one-story home he shares with his wife, Meei-Ling Yu. Lin, 50, said he was performing a demonstration at a local college when the idea came to him that if he put a video online people could revisit it later. Oddly, it was the YouTube videos of Susan Boyle, the unemployed Scottish woman who found viral fame and fortune after her appearance on "Britain's Got Talent," that prompted him. Some people make pieces along with him, while others watch and then purchase what he's made. Lin watched episodes of "The Cosby Show" ...
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Jason Russell: Kony2012 and the fight for truth
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
In March 2012, US charity Invisible Children launched a film, Kony2012, in a bid to highlight the barbarity of a Ugandan warlord. It became a viral hit online, but the media frenzy proved too much for campaign organiser Jason Russell, who had a very public meltdown. In his first press interview since, he explains why his campaign must continue Exactly a year ago, Jason Russell was a nobody. Not a nobody, precisely, but just ordinary. Normal. He was a healthy father of two, living in San Diego, and was happy and fulfilled in his work as a director for Invisible Children, a non-profit organisation he'd helped found. And then, on 5 March, he released Kony2012, a 30-minute film that explained why the world needed to catch and bring to justice Joseph Kony, a central African warlord, who, over the previous 26 years, had abducted 30,000 children and turned them into soldiers and sex slaves. Russell directed and starred in the film, and within hours it was on its way to becoming what was th ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Boyle
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In 2016 Susan made a cameo appearance in Zoolander 2 where she is ambushed by paparazzi.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012 Boyle was awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the creative industries from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University, where she obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in caring.
  • 2015
    Age 53
    In 2015 Boyle was awarded an honorary doctorate in the field of music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details Guinness World Records In September 2010 Susan Boyle was presented with three Guinness World Records which were featured in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition published 16 September 2010. The three records were for Fastest-selling Album by a Female (UK), Most Successful First Week UK Debut Album Sales, as well as Oldest Artist to Reach No.1 with a Debut Album (US & UK). On 20 November 2010 Boyle achieved another World Record for Oldest Female at No.1 on UK Albums Chart with her second album The Gift. On 20 November 2010 Boyle received two other Guinness World Records due to the success of The Gift, one record being "Only British female artist to top both the US and UK album charts with two releases" and the other being "Most successful Christmas album in the UK" - "On 20 November 2010, Susan Boyle's (UK) album The Gift became the first Christmas album to ever top the UK chart."
  • 2014
    Age 52
    As of November 2014, Susan Boyle is dating her first boyfriend who is 'around the same age' as she.
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    On 23 July, Boyle performed "Mull of Kintyre" at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen.
    More Details Hide Details Boyle was raised in Blackburn, West Lothian. Her father, Patrick Boyle, was a miner and veteran of the Second World War who also worked as a singer at the Bishop's Blaize; her mother Bridget was a shorthand typist. Both her parents were born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, but also have family links to County Donegal in Ireland. Born when her mother was 45 years old, Boyle was the youngest of four brothers and five sisters. She was raised thinking that she had been briefly deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth resulting in a learning disability. However, she was told in 2012-13 that she had been misdiagnosed and has Asperger syndrome with an IQ "above average". Boyle says she was bullied as a child, and was nicknamed "Susie Simple" at school. After leaving school with few qualifications, Boyle was employed for the only time in her life as a trainee cook in the kitchen of West Lothian College for six months, took part in government training programmes, and performed at local venues.
  • 2013
    Age 51
    Boyle released a music video 8 December 2013 featuring children from the FAST program singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" with Elvis Presley.
    More Details Hide Details All royalties will go towards Save the Children UK and money raised in the USA will be donated to the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation. The American cartoon show South Park made a reference to the Susan Boyle craze in the episode "Fatbeard", which aired on 22 April 2009. The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show aired a comedy sketch showing the "feel good" effect that Susan Boyle's performance has had on people. The Simpsons aired a new commercial for its 20th-anniversary show "Springfield's Got Talent", in which Homer Simpson talks about his dreams "to be a great singer like Boyle". A European trailer for the video game The Sims 3 includes a character mocked up as Boyle. In June 2009, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a short story called "I Dreamed a Dream" that was based on a combination of Boyle's appearances on Britain's Got Talent and the political difficulties of the then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
    It was announced 28 October 2013 that Boyle is a new ambassador for Save the Children UK.
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    Also in June 2013 Susan Boyle donated for auction a performance dress which she had worn on The Oprah Show on 19 October 2010, with proceeds of the auction going to Metro Radio Newcastle England's Cash For Kids Campaign, with all funds raised going to disadvantaged kids across the region.
    More Details Hide Details The winning bid was £400. Prior to performing at the International Music Festival "White Nights of St. Petersburg", at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 13 June 2013, Susan Boyle visited Children's Hospital Number 17 and presented to the hospital a gift of an anesthetic machine.
    As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations.
    More Details Hide Details On 21 July 2014, Boyle carried the Queen's Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which would be held in Glasgow. She picked up the baton at Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children and then took it to show to children in one of the wards.
  • 2012
    Age 50
    In November 2012, when asked if she had tried to find love through Internet dating, Boyle said she was too scared, saying: "Knowing my luck I'd go out on a date and you'd find my limbs scattered around various Blackburn dustbins!"
    More Details Hide Details In July 2013, Susan Boyle endorsed the Better Together campaign to keep Scotland as part of the United Kingdom in the 2014 independence referendum. In so doing, she stated, "I am a proud, patriotic Scot, passionate about my heritage and my country. But I am not a nationalist", going on to say, "We have still been able to retain our proud identity whilst being a part of Britain."
    In July 2012 Susan Boyle donated a performance dress designed by Suzanne Neville, which she had worn at performances in Madrid on the Ana Rosa Show on 12 February 2010 and in Paris on Vivement Dimanche on 17 February 2010. £6,523 was raised and presented to the Prince's Trust.
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    In January 2012, Susan Boyle donated a performance dress, which she had worn on America's Got Talent on 31 August 2011, to The Laura McPhee Memorial Fund (Asthma) UK Charity.
    More Details Hide Details The dress was sold at auction for £521 and helped raise awareness of the charity.
    On 24 October 2012 Susan Boyle, together with the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Garrison Military Wives choirs, launched the Poppy Scotland appeal on the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 May 2013 it was reported that Susan Boyle was backing the public appeal to help rebuild the fire-hit Five Sisters Zoo with a "substantial donation" to the fund to repair the West Calder attraction."
    In May 2012 it was reported that Susan Boyle would become patron of the struggling Regal Theatre, Bathgate where she first performed "I Dreamed a Dream".
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  • 2011
    Age 49
    For three years Susan Boyle has launched the Wee Box campaign for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) in Glasgow, on 9 March 2011, on 21 February 2012., and on 12 February 2013."
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  • 2010
    Age 48
    In the 2010 episode of Futurama, Attack of the Killer App, it is revealed that Leela has a singing boil named Susan on her butt, who sings "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Amazing Grace".
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    On a 2010 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Boyle summarised that her daily life was "mundane" and "routine" prior to stardom.
    More Details Hide Details Boyle has purchased a £300,000 house but also plans to keep the council house where she grew up. In 2012, Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. She made her diagnosis public in a BBC interview in December 2013.
    Boyle still lives in the family home, a four-bedroom ex-council house in Blackburn which she purchased from her earnings in 2010.
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    There was also earlier controversy, when Boyle was not nominated in any of the categories for the 2010 Brit Awards.
    More Details Hide Details A stage musical of Boyle's life was originally planned with Boyle appearing as herself. She said she hated "having to sit watching people up there" who are actors. However it was later decided that actress Elaine C. Smith would portray her and Boyle would join the cast of I Dreamed a Dream for a cameo appearance. I Dreamed a Dream opened on 27 March 2012 with fans from all over the world occupying the Theatre Royal, Newcastle for the opening week. The musical received generally warm reviews. The musical toured the UK and Ireland in 2012. Boyle said she was initially upset by the show, because she was "not used to it". She called it "surreal", but later changed her mind and found it "clever and amusing". Fox Searchlight have bought life rights to Susan Boyle along with rights to the musical I Dreamed a Dream. They plan to develop a film version of the musical.
    Although Boyle was not eligible for the 2010 Grammy Awards, its host Stephen Colbert paid tribute to Boyle at the ceremony, telling its audience "you may be the coolest people in the world, but this year your industry was saved by a 48-year-old Scottish cat lady in sensible shoes."
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    In October 2010 Boyle's autobiography The Woman I Was Born To Be - My Story was published.
    More Details Hide Details Emeli Sandé was reported to have written a song for Boyle's third studio album, which was released on 31 October 2011. Boyle performed on the second semi-final results show of the sixth season of America's Got Talent, which aired on 31 August 2011. Boyle made her first appearance in Australia, on X Factor Australia, on 8 November 2011 and sang "Autumn Leaves". Boyle released her fourth album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage in November 2012. She reportedly took piano lessons as she planned on playing it for the album. A reporter told The Sun "Susan loves the piano and always dreamed of being able to reach a standard which would allow her to play on stage and on her albums." In two of the songs, she collaborates with Donny Osmond. In October 2012 renowned opera star Placido Domingo released his album Songs which included a duet with Boyle of Shania Twain's "From This Moment On".
    On 30 November 2010, in the United States, Boyle performed on ABC's The View singing "O Holy Night" and then on NBC's Christmas at Rockefeller Center program performing "Perfect Day" and "Away in a Manger".
    More Details Hide Details During her appearance on The View she was unable to finish her song, stating that she had a "frog in her throat"; she wanted to start the song over but was not allowed to. The audience applauded her anyway and she later performed an unaired version of the song which was uploaded to The View's YouTube account.
    In November 2010, Boyle became one of only three acts ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year.
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    On 9 July 2010, Boyle announced that her second album would be a Christmas album entitled The Gift.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the lead-up to the album, she held a competition called Susan's Search, the winner of which sang a duet with her on her new CD. The album was released on 8 November 2010. The album was produced by Steve Mac, who said that "Now Susan's used to the studio and the recording process, this time round we might go even further down a traditional route of recording by getting a band together and rehearsing songs before we go into the studio to see what works, how she reacts with certain parts, and so we can change the arrangements that way. I think that's going to work much better.With Susan it's very important she connects with the public and the public connect with her. She doesn't want to sing anything that hasn't happened to her or she can't relate to." Boyle has suggested the album will include some jazz numbers now she's "a bit more content" within herself. "My next album has to have an element of surprise in it again. I'm hoping to make it better and a bit extra special."
    Boyle's original song "Who I Was Born To Be" was the theme song of anime film Welcome to the Space Show, which opened in Japan on 26 June 2010.
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    In May 2010, Susan Boyle was voted by Time magazine as the seventh most influential person in the world.
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    Boyle performed for Pope Benedict XVI on his tour of Britain in 2010.
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    On 16 September 2010 Susan Boyle sang at the Papal Mass performed for Pope Benedict XVI in Glasgow at Bellahouston Park in front of a crowd of 65,000.
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    On 10 November 2010, Boyle performed at the Pride of Britain Awards in London and on 16 December 2010 at the Royal Variety Performance held at the London Palladium.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 March 2011 in Glasgow at the Scottish Variety Awards Boyle performed; the money raised was donated to Cash for Kids Charity. On 28 August 2013 Boyle travelled down with the Lothian Special Olympics Team to the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer games in Bath. In the evening she performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics GB at the Royal Crescent in Bath, England and also stayed to watch the events and hand out medals to the first day's winners. On 14 August 2013 it was announced that Boyle would sing at the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice 30th Anniversary Variety Performance at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 October 2013.
    She has performed for BBC Children in Need telethon five times thus far: on 19 November 2010; on18 November 2011, and on 16 November 2012. on 16 November 2013. on 14 November 2014.
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    Boyle has appeared on the three major UK charity telethons. On 19 March 2010 she sang for the Sports Relief charity on BBC1.
    More Details Hide Details On 18 March 2011 she sang a duet of "I Know Him So Well" with Peter Kay on the BBC's Comic Relief; in addition to the television performance, the duet was sold on CD, DVD, and MP3 download to raise more money for charity. The CD was #21 on the all-time Comic Relief CDs sold.
    On 30 January 2010, Boyle performed at the Indsamling Charity Gala, a telethon for Haiti and Africa held at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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    On 26 January 2010, Boyle sang together with other major artists on the charity recording "Everybody Hurts" put together by Simon Cowell for Haiti Relief for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
    More Details Hide Details Boyle's initial appearance on the talent show fired public imagination when her modest stage introduction left audience, viewers and judges alike unprepared for the power and expression of her mezzo-soprano voice. Before she had finished the song's opening phrase, a standing ovation for Boyle had erupted. She received an international media and Internet response. Within nine days of the audition, videos of Boyle—from the show, various interviews and her 1999 rendition of "Cry Me a River"—had been watched over 100 million times. She eventually finished in second place on the show behind dance troupe Diversity. Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream (2009), became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis. I Dreamed a Dream set a record for biggest first week sales by a debut album, according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US. In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million (£ million today) with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Wild Horses". The success was continued with her second album, The Gift (2010), where she became only the third act ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year, and was followed by Boyle's third album, Someone to Watch Over Me (debuted at #1 on UK charts, #4 on US charts), released on 31 October 2011.
    In November 2009 it was reported that Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" would be the theme song of the anime movie Eagle Talon The Movie 3 which was later released in Japan on 16 January 2010.
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    Boyle gave a U.S. promotional tour in November as a lead-up to the album release. On 13 December 2009 she appeared in her own television special "I Dreamed a Dream: the Susan Boyle Story", featuring a duet with Elaine Paige.
    More Details Hide Details It got ratings of 10 million viewers in the United Kingdom and in America was the TV Guide Network's highest rated television special in its history.
    Boyle's first album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released on 23 November 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes covers of "Wild Horses" and "You'll See" as well as "I Dreamed a Dream", and "Cry Me a River". I Dreamed a Dream became's best-selling album in pre-sales on 4 September 2009, nearly three months before the scheduled release. In Britain, Boyle's debut album was recognised as the fastest selling UK debut album of all time selling 411,820 copies, beating the previous fastest selling debut of all time, Spirit by Leona Lewis. I Dreamed a Dream also outsold the rest of the top 5 albums combined in its first week. In the U.S., the album sold 701,000 copies in its first week, the best opening week for a debut artist in over a decade. It topped the Billboard chart for six straight weeks and although it narrowly failed to become the best-selling album of 2009, with sales of 3,104,000 compared to 3,217,000 for Taylor Swift's Fearless, it was one of only two albums to sell over 3 million copies in the U.S., and was also the top selling "physical" album of 2009, with only 86,000 of its sales coming from digital downloads. This has in turn garnered more media attention, as mentioned by People magazine.
    She appeared last on the first semi-final on 24 May 2009, performing "Memory" from the musical Cats.
    More Details Hide Details In the public vote, she was the act to receive the highest number of votes to go through to the final. She was the clear favourite to win the final, but ended up in second place to dance troupe Diversity; the UK TV audience was a record of 17.3 million viewers. The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) became concerned by press reports about Boyle's erratic behaviour and speculation about her mental condition and wrote to remind editors about clause 3 (privacy) of their code of press conduct. The day after the final, Boyle was admitted to The Priory, a private psychiatric clinic in London, Talkback Thames explained, "Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained." Her stay in hospital attracted widespread attention, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown wishing her well. Cowell offered to waive Boyle's contractual obligation to take part in the BGT tour. Her family said "she's been battered non-stop for the last seven weeks and it has taken its toll but her dream is very much alive," as she had been invited to the Independence Day celebrations at the White House.
    Boyle sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables in the first round, which was watched by over 10 million viewers when it aired on 11 April 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Boyle was "absolutely gobsmacked" by the strength of the reaction to her appearance. Afterwards, Paige expressed interest in singing a duet with Boyle, and called her "a role model for everyone who has a dream". Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" was credited with causing a surge in ticket sales in the Vancouver production of Les Misérables. Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of the musical, also praised the performance, as "heart-touching, thrilling and uplifting". Jennifer Byrne, an 18-year-old Glasgow girl who was filmed rolling her eyes at Boyle before she sang, was subjected to an aggressive hate campaign, receiving "horrible" online threats from around the world. She defended herself by saying that her reaction reflected the initial perception of most of the audience. Boyle was one of 40 acts that were put through to the semi-finals.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    In August 2008, Boyle applied for an audition for the third series of Britain's Got Talent (as contestant number 43212) and was accepted after a preliminary audition in Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details When Boyle first appeared on Britain's Got Talent at the city's Clyde Auditorium, she said that she aspired to become a professional singer "as successful as Elaine Paige".
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Boyle has never married, and she dedicated herself to caring for her ageing mother until her death in 2007 at the age of 91.
    More Details Hide Details A neighbour reported that when Bridget Boyle died, her daughter "wouldn't come out for three or four days or answer the door or phone." Boyle is a practising Roman Catholic and sang in her church choir at her church in Blackburn. Boyle remains active as a volunteer at her church, visiting elderly members of the congregation in their homes.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, Boyle recorded three tracks—"Cry Me A River", "Killing Me Softly", and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"—at Heartbeat Studio, Midlothian.
    More Details Hide Details She used all her savings to pay for a professionally cut demo, copies of which she later sent to record companies, radio talent competitions, local and national TV. The demo consisted of her versions of "Cry Me a River" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song"; the songs were uploaded to the Internet after her BGT audition. After Boyle won several local singing competitions, her mother urged her to enter Britain's Got Talent and take the risk of singing in front of an audience larger than her parish church. Former coach O'Neil said Boyle abandoned an audition for The X Factor because she believed people were being chosen for their looks. She almost abandoned her plan to enter Britain's Got Talent believing she was too old, but O'Neil persuaded her to audition nevertheless. Boyle said that she was motivated to seek a musical career to pay tribute to her mother. Her performance on the show was the first time she had sung in public since her mother died.
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, her audition for Michael Barrymore's My Kind of People at the Olympia Shopping Centre in East Kilbride was filmedthe amateur video shows Barrymore was more interested in mocking her than in her ability to sing.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Boyle submitted a track for a charity CD to commemorate the Millennium produced at a West Lothian school. Only 1,000 copies of the CD, Music for a Millennium Celebration, Sounds of West Lothian, were pressed. An early review in the West Lothian Herald & Post said Boyle's rendition of "Cry Me a River" was "heartbreaking" and "had been on repeat in my CD player ever since I got this CD " The recording found its way onto the internet following her first televised appearance and the New York Post said it showed that Boyle was "not a one-trick pony." Hello! said the recording "cemented her status" as a singing star.
  • 1961
    Born on April 1, 1961.
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