Move over Beyonce. The US has a new queen of pop and her name is Susan Boyle.
The British talent contestant-turned-singing sensation sold just over 700,000 copies of her debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, debuting at number one.
Her record label, Columbia Records, said yesterday that not only gives her the best first-week sales of 2009, but also the best-selling album debut by a woman in the Billboard SoundScan era.
SoundScan is an information system that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada.
It has been a whirlwind year for 47-year-old Boyle, who became an instant star when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent.