Let’s face it, 1 year ago Susan Boyle would have been given a mop and a bucket and pointed to the nearest bathrooms to clean if she walked into a record label. Had she stated she was looking for a deal, record label execs would have literally never stopped laughing. Almost 50 years old, overweight, not easy on the eyes and the MOST unlikely cand idate for a record deal or a 1st smash hit record Boyle, 48, scored massive numbers on the Billboard sales chart breaking new ground that even makes Fantasia, Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson’s signings result in a mere yawn. According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Dream moved just shy of 701,000 albums in its first week on the charts, which gives Boyle the 2009 sales crown in the U.S. over Eminem’s Relapse, which sold 608,000. Boyle also topped the record for the highest debut by a female solo artist in the SoundScan era, Ashanti’s self-titled 2002 debut, which held the previous record at 503,000.
How did all of this happen? She came out of her shell and took a chance… to amazing results. The once lonely, middle-aged woman admitted her life was once a whirlwind of nothing more than going to work and taking care of her cat. Look how that has changed. Jennifer Hudson opened the door for the impossible when not even a winner on american idol she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls. So these days, it just boils down talent, exposure and how much the audience likes you. Isn’t that the way it should have always been?