Susan Boyle has been presented with three Guinness World Records – cementing her status as of one of music’s biggest singing sensations.
Featured in the new Guinness World Records 2011 edition published this week (16.09.10), her impressive accolades include Fastest-selling Album by a Female (UK), Most Successful First Week UK Debut Album Sale, as well as Oldest Artist to Reach No.1 with a Debut Album (US & UK).
Boyle’s debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” sold 411,820 copies in its first week in the UK (133,599 on the first day), trouncing the previous record held by the Arctic Monkeys (“People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” sold 363,735 copies in 2006) to become the Most Successful First Week UK Debut Album Sale.
It went on to sell more than a million copies in just 21 days and making it the Fastest-selling album by a female (UK), breaking the previous record held by Dido for her album “No Rent,” which reached sales of one million copies in 50 days, in 2006.
Aged 48 when the album debuted at No.1 in the US and UK, she also managed to break the record for Oldest Artist to Reach No.1 with a Debut Album previously held by Jane McDonald for her eponymous album in 1998 aged 35.
Reflecting on the latest chapter of her story, the record-breaking singer, Susan Boyle said: “This is a real honour. I used to read this book as a wee girl. I never dreamt that one day I would actually appear in the Guinness Book of Records. I only ever wanted to sing and perform. This is truly fantastic.”
Craig Glenday, Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records said “As a fellow Scot, I’m proud to watch record-breaker Susan Boyle enjoy such fantastic acclaim not only here about around the world. Her success is testament to her great talent and she embodies the very spirit of Guinness World Records – anyone prepared to dedicate themselves and strive for success can be a world beater. Well done, Susan!”
Susan Boyle is also the second British solo singer in the 55-year history of Guinness World Records to appear in the new book on the back of breaking three records. Only fellow reality TV star-turned-pop star Leona Lewis can rival these achievements, when in 2007 she notched up an unprecedented five world records within a 12-month period.
Other British singers to make the Guinness World Records 2011 Edition are Pixie Lott (Biggest jump to No.1-UK) and Sir Tom Jones (Oldest No.1 singles act -UK).