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Boyle re-imagines Lennon classic

Susan Boyle is preparing for the wrath of rock fans by tackling classic tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd and John Lennon for her new album.

The global singing star has stamped her mark on Floyd's Wish You Were Here as well as Lennon's hit Imagine, which has gone on to become a global peace anthem, for her sixth release Hope.

Susan admitted that some of the choices on her album were "a risk" and she knows there will be criticism but she hoped that people would like her "personal take".

"I hope I've done them justice in my own way," said the singer who found fame on Britain's Got Talent.

"John Lennon's Imagine was one of the hardest to record, not because of the music or the vocals but because I wanted to do his song justice. Of course the die hard Lennon fans will probably criticise, but I hope that people like my personal take on the song.

"I themed this album around inspiration and hope because those are two elements we all need in our life to drive us forward and inspire us to go out and capture our dreams - they worked for me after all."

Also on the album, to be released on November 24, are Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon And Garfunkel, and Sarah McLachlan's Angel, in addition to songs such as Abide With Me and Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

Susan, who has previously covered Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones during her five-year recording career, is preparing to tour the US for the first time next month.

She said: "I have really enjoyed making this album. I had a huge input in music suggestions and finally have been able to record one of my all time favourites, Angel, originally by Sarah McLachlan.

"I also am pleased to be able to sing some up tempo songs, that show variation in my repertoire."

Her previous five albums have amassed sales of more than 22 million. Hope is available to pre-order on Amazon and iTunes from tomorrow.

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