Susan Boyle : I Dreamed a Dream

I can’t help but to be absolutely amazed at the success of this woman!

You’ve had a good week, Susan Boyle. The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ star sold an astounding 701,000 copies of her debut album, ‘I Dreamed a Dream,’ in the U.S., giving her the best first week sales of 2009 and the best-selling debut album by any woman since SoundScan began tracking in 1991.

It’s also the biggest debut album by any artist since Snoop Dogg’s ‘Doggystyle’ in 1993.

Her record label, Columbia, said Wednesday that ‘Dream’ has moved a whopping 3 million copies around the world in its opening week.

Also amazing is the way people purchased the album. Although digital sales have grown for years — with iTunes being the main beneficiary — consumers headed back to the record store for Boyle’s debut.

Columbia chairman Steve Barnett told the New York Times that only about 39,000 of Ms. Boyle’s total in the United States were sold through iTunes. Consumers could also purchase the album on shopping network QVC.

“The reason that this record really did what it did,” Mr. Barnett told the Times, “was that people wanted to get it and own it, to feel like they’re a part of it.”

Before Boyle, the biggest seller of the year was Eminem’s ‘Relapse.’

It was not, however, a record-breaking week for a decidedly different reality star: Adam Lambert. The ‘American Idol’ runner-up opened at No. 3 with 198,000 copies sold.

It’s wonderful to see a dream come true for such a nice person.

P.S. – I gave a copy of Susan’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream‘ Album to my parents for Christmas too!


About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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