Singing sensation Boyle celebrates double chart success
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has become the first female artist to notch up a simultaneous number one album in the US and Britain twice in less than a year, her record company said.
Her album "The Gift" hit the top spot in Britain on Sunday just days after its release, and went to number one across the Atlantic on Wednesday.
Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed A Dream" achieved the same success in both countries following its release in late November last year.
Only The Monkees in 1967 and the Beatles in 1969 have also achieved this feat, according to Sony.
Boyle, 49, who shot to worldwide fame after being discovered on British reality TV show "Britain's Got Talent", said: "I've never felt happier in all my life. This is an amazing result and one I never expected."
The singer became a star after her performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables" stunned the audience and judges on the ITV show.
"Britain's Got Talent" judge Simon Cowell said: "I'm thrilled for Susan, she has once again defied the odds. She is my superwoman."
In 2009, "I Dreamed A Dream" became the biggest-selling album in the world and has sold nine million copies.
Steve Barnett, Chairman of Columbia Records said: "The overwhelming positive response to Susan's new album is a powerful testament to her unique talent.
"She's able to touch the hearts of her fans around the world who continue to show their loyal support and devotion."
© 2010 AFP