Susan Boyle set to be 2009 top British album

Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:00am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Susan Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream," released four weeks ago, looks set to be Britain's top seller of 2009, the Official Charts Company (OCC) said on Tuesday.

The album by the runner-up of the "Britain's Got Talent" TV show has sold more than 1.4 million copies, overtaking Lady Gaga's "The Fame."

In third place are Kings of Leon ("Only By The Night"), fourth is Michael Buble ("Crazy Love") and fifth Black Eyed Peas ("The End").

The OCC called Scottish singer Boyle's sales tally an "extraordinary achievement," given that the 48-year-old was unknown before her appearance on the talent show in April.

Her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables," which surprised viewers who were expecting the frumpy church volunteer to flop, was the most-watched video of 2009 on YouTube, and turned her into a global celebrity overnight.

More good news for Boyle and Sony Music Entertainment which released the album came from the United States, where Boyle has also topped the charts.

Last week Billboard magazine said her U.S. sales had reached 1.8 million, behind Taylor Swift's "Fearless" which had sold 2.7 million copies.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison)

<p>British singer Susan Boyle performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York, November 23, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>