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Susan Boyle
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Susan Boyle in front of fans and paparazzi, November 2009
Background information
Birth name Susan Magdalane Boyle<ref name="GerryBoyle"/><ref>Susan Boyle: Albums, Songs, Bios, Photos from with middle name spelling 'Magdalane'.</ref><ref>The Correct Spelling of Susan's Middle Name email from Gerry Boyle on Archived 17 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.</ref>
Born (1961-{{padleft:4|2|0}-01) 1 April 1961 (age 56)<ref name="GerryBoyle"/>
Origin Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland
Genres Operatic pop
  • Singer
  • actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961)<ref name="GerryBoyle">"Interview with Susan's brother Gerry Boyle on RadioLive NZ". Radio Live. Retrieved 23 February 2011. </ref><ref>Scottish genealogist Caroline Gerard found her official birth entry at New Register House in Edinburgh Susan Boyle's Astrology Horoscope</ref> is a Scottish singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.

Her first album, I Dreamed A Dream, was released in November 2009 and became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis.<ref name="nme">"Susan Boyle beats Leona Lewis, Arctic Monkeys to 'biggest first week sales for UK debut album' title | News". NME. UK. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2012. </ref> I Dreamed a Dream set a record for biggest first week sales by a debut album, according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom.<ref name="nme" /> Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US. In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million (£Template:Inflation million today) with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Wild Horses".<ref>"Singer Boyle made £5m in first year of her fame". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 23 August 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2016. </ref> The success was continued with her second album, The Gift (2010), where she became only the third act ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year, and was followed by Boyle's third album, Someone to Watch Over Me (debuted at #1 on UK charts, #4 on US charts), released on 31 October 2011.<ref name="transatlantic"/><ref>"'Someone To Watch Over Me' Will Be Released November 1". 3 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. </ref> Boyle subsequently released her fourth album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage (reached #7 in UK, #12 in US) in 2012,<ref>"Susan Boyle Announces Tracks for Upcoming Album Standing Ovation". Playbill. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref> her fifth album Home for Christmas (fifth consecutive top ten on UK charts) in 2013,<ref>"Susan Boyle Announces Special Christmas Chorus Competition". Broadway World. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref> and her sixth album Hope (sixth consecutive top twenty on UK and US charts) in 2014.<ref>"Susan Boyle announces new album 'Hope'". Pressparty. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref>

On 12 May 2012, Boyle returned to Britain's Got Talent to perform as a guest in the final, singing "You'll See".<ref>"Britain's Got Talent Final: Susan Boyle Returns To The Stage Where It All Began". Huffington Post. 13 May 2012. </ref> The following day, she performed at Windsor Castle for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant singing "Mull of Kintyre".<ref>"Queen Elizabeth watches huge jubilee horse pageant". AFP. 13 May 2012. </ref> Having performed "I Know Him So Well" in a duet with one of her idols Elaine Paige in London in December 2009, Boyle performed with her other musical idol Donny Osmond in Las Vegas in November 2012, singing "This is the Moment", a duet from her album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage.<ref>"Susan Boyle performs 'dream' duet with Elaine Paige". Telegraph. Retrieved 14 August 2015</ref><ref>As she meets her idol Donny Osmond in Las Vegas. Mail Online. November 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013</ref> Boyle played her first Susan Boyle in Concert solo tour in July 2013 with 7 concert dates in Scotland.<ref>Singing sensation Susan Boyle wows crowd. Daily Record. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013</ref> Boyle's net worth was estimated at £22 million in April 2012.<ref>"News: exclusive stories and unique insight - Mirror Online". </ref> She is known for supporting various charitable causes, and has appeared on the UK charity telethons BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations.<ref>Munro, Alistair. "Susan Boyle's first live tour nears sell-out". The Scotsman. Retrieved 26 July 2013. </ref> On 21 July 2014, Boyle carried the Queen's Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which would be held in Glasgow. She picked up the baton at Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children and then took it to show to children in one of the wards.<ref>"Susan Boyle Relishes Baton Journey". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 December 2015. </ref> On 23 July, Boyle performed "Mull of Kintyre" at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen.<ref>"Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle perform at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony". NME. Retrieved 6 December 2015. </ref>

Life and career

Early life and childhood

Boyle was raised in Blackburn, West Lothian.<ref name="Shewholaughslast">Harris, Gillian (19 April 2009). "She who laughs last – songstress Susan Boyle". The Sunday Times (London). </ref> Her father, Patrick Boyle, was a miner and veteran of the Second World War who also worked as a singer at the Bishop's Blaize; her mother Bridget was a shorthand typist. Both her parents were born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, but also have family links to County Donegal in Ireland.<ref name="origin">Anderson, Niamh (16 March 2012). "SuBo considering a move to Ireland". Deadline News. Retrieved 21 May 2014. </ref><ref name="STprofile">Bremner, Charles (19 April 2009). "Profile: Susan Boyle – Britain's got the unlikeliest angel". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 24 May 2010. </ref> Born when her mother was 45 years old, Boyle was the youngest of four brothers and five sisters.<ref name="Shewholaughslast" /> She was raised thinking that she had been briefly deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth resulting in a learning disability.<ref name="Holmwood"/> However, she was told in 2012-13 that she had been misdiagnosed and has Asperger syndrome with an IQ "above average".<ref name="asperger">Deveney, Catherine (8 December 2013). "Susan Boyle: my relief at discovering that I have Asperger's". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 8 December 2013. </ref> Boyle says she was bullied as a child,<ref name="Shewholaughslast" /><ref name="YahooNews">McConville, Ben (16 April 2009). "Singing 'spinster' strikes chord in talent contest". New York Times. Retrieved 19 April 2009. [dead link]</ref> and was nicknamed "Susie Simple" at school.<ref name="TheyCalledMeSusieSimple">Clarke, Natalie (17 April 2009). "'They called me Susie Simple', but singing superstar Susan Boyle is the one laughing now". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref>

After leaving school with few qualifications,<ref name="Shewholaughslast"/> Boyle was employed for the only time in her life as a trainee cook in the kitchen of West Lothian College for six months,<ref name="TheyCalledMeSusieSimple" /> took part in government training programmes,<ref name="STprofile" /> and performed at local venues.<ref name="Holmwood">Holmwood, Leigh (18 April 2009). "Susan Boyle: a dream come true". The Guardian (London). </ref>

Early musical training and career

Boyle took singing lessons from vocal coach Fred O'Neil.<ref name="Shewholaughslast"/> She attended Edinburgh Acting School and took part in the Edinburgh Fringe.<ref name="Holmwood"/> Prior to Britain's Got Talent, her main experience had come from singing in her local Catholic church, Our Lady of Lourdes, in local choirs, and in karaoke performances at pubs in and around her village. She had also auditioned several times for My Kind of People.<ref name="angel">Martin, Stephen (19 April 2009). "Singing Angel Susan Boyle's family photo album". Daily Mirror (UK). Retrieved 18 April 2009. </ref> She also long participated in her parish church's pilgrimages to the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, Ireland, and sang there at the Marian basilica.<ref name="tiw090422">Sammon, Angela (22 April 2009). "Susan Boyle has Mayo connection". The Irish World. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2009. </ref>

Boyle's repertoire through the years included songs such as "The Way We Were" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him." British tabloids claimed "exclusives" of video clips of some early performances.<ref name="dr090430">"Video exclusive: Susan Boyle's earliest singing performance on film revealed". Daily Record. 30 April 2009. </ref><ref name="aged25">"Susan Boyle singing aged 25: World exclusive video of Britain's Got Talent star performing at family party". Daily Mirror (UK). 23 April 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009. </ref> In 1995, her audition for Michael Barrymore's My Kind of People<ref name="Holmwood"/> at the Olympia Shopping Centre in East Kilbride was filmed – the amateur video shows Barrymore was more interested in mocking her than in her ability to sing.<ref name="dr090426">"Exclusive: We reveal Susan Boyle's first TV talent show audition – for Michael Barrymore". Daily Record. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009. </ref>

In 1999, Boyle submitted a track for a charity CD to commemorate the Millennium<ref name="Shewholaughslast" /><ref name="HarrySmith">Template:Cite video</ref> produced at a West Lothian school. Only 1,000 copies of the CD, Music for a Millennium Celebration, Sounds of West Lothian, were pressed.<ref name="dstar090418">"Sue Bigger than Britney!". Daily Star. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009. </ref> An early review by Amber McNaught in the West Lothian Herald & Post said Boyle's rendition of "Cry Me a River" was "heartbreaking" and "had been on repeat in my CD player ever since I got this CD..."<ref name="Ind">Parry, Chris (24 April 2009). "Susan Boyle charity CD auction price hits $2000 on eBay". Vancouver Sun (Canada). Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. </ref><ref name="amber2000">McNaught, Amber (2000). "Amber's Reviews". West Lothian Herald & Post. Retrieved 20 April 2009. </ref> The recording found its way onto the internet following her first televised appearance and the New York Post said it showed that Boyle was "not a one-trick pony."<ref name="nypb090417">Wieselman, Jarett (17 April 2009). "Susan Boyle: No One-Trick Pony". New York Post. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. </ref> Hello! said the recording "cement[ed] her status" as a singing star.<ref name="hello090417">"New recording cements Talent show sensation Susan's status". Hello!. 17 April 2009. </ref>

In 1998, Boyle recorded three tracks—"Cry Me A River", "Killing Me Softly", and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"—at Heartbeat Studio, Midlothian.<ref name="heartbeat">"Heartbeatstudio". Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. </ref> She used all her savings to pay for a professionally cut demo, copies of which she later sent to record companies, radio talent competitions, local and national TV. The demo consisted of her versions of "Cry Me a River" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song"; the songs were uploaded to the Internet after her BGT audition.<ref name="tele090420">Leach, Ben (20 April 2009). "Early recording of Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle unearthed". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 20 April 2009. </ref>

After Boyle won several local singing competitions, her mother urged her to enter Britain's Got Talent and take the risk of singing in front of an audience larger than her parish church. Former coach O'Neil said Boyle abandoned an audition for The X Factor because she believed people were being chosen for their looks. She almost abandoned her plan to enter Britain's Got Talent believing she was too old, but O'Neil persuaded her to audition nevertheless.<ref name="McGinty">McGinty, Stephen (20 April 2009). "Campbell has new spin on Susan Boyle phenomenon". The Scotsman (UK). </ref> Boyle said that she was motivated to seek a musical career to pay tribute to her mother.<ref name="Shewholaughslast" /> Her performance on the show was the first time she had sung in public since her mother died.<ref name="times090412">MacDonald, Stuart (12 April 2009). "Secret sadness of Britain's Got Talent star". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref><ref name="AP"/>

Britain's Got Talent (2008–2009)

Main article: Britain's Got Talent

In August 2008, Boyle applied for an audition for the third series of Britain's Got Talent (as contestant number 43212) and was accepted after a preliminary audition in Glasgow. When Boyle first appeared on Britain's Got Talent at the city's Clyde Auditorium, she said that she aspired to become a professional singer "as successful as Elaine Paige".<ref name="paige">Davies, Caroline; Kelbie, Paul (19 April 2009). "Reality TV star Susan Boyle set for duet with idol Elaine Paige". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref> Boyle sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables in the first round, which was watched by over 10 million viewers when it aired on 11 April 2009.<ref name="Playbill">"Producer Mackintosh "Gob-Smacked" By Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream"; Song Is YouTube Hit". Playbill News. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref> Programme judge Amanda Holden remarked upon the audience's initially cynical attitude, and the subsequent "biggest wake-up call ever" upon hearing her performance.<ref name="vsun090418">McMartin, Pete (18 April 2009). "Beautiful blondes, a Boyle and lingering ideas about sexuality". The Vancouver Sun (Canada). Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009. </ref>

I know what they were thinking, but why should it matter as long as I can sing? It's not a beauty contest.

Susan Boyle, The Sunday Times<ref name="Shewholaughslast"/>

Boyle was "absolutely gobsmacked" by the strength of the reaction to her appearance.<ref name="cnn090417">"Scottish singer 'gobsmacked' by overnight stardom". CNN. 17 April 2009. </ref> Afterwards, Paige expressed interest in singing a duet with Boyle,<ref name="paige"/> and called her "a role model for everyone who has a dream".<ref name="bbc090419">"Paige salutes Talent star Boyle". BBC News. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009. </ref> Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" was credited with causing a surge in ticket sales in the Vancouver production of Les Misérables.<ref name="vsun090417">Jackson, Bart (17 April 2009). "YouTube sensation Susan Boyle sends ticket sales rocketing for Vancouver Les Misérables". Vancouver Sun (Canada). Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. </ref><ref name="tgam090417">"Susan Boyle sensation sends sales of Vancouver production of Les Miserables through the roof". The Globe and Mail (Canada). 17 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. </ref> Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of the musical, also praised the performance, as "heart-touching, thrilling and uplifting".<ref name="Playbill"/> Jennifer Byrne, an 18-year-old Glasgow girl who was filmed rolling her eyes at Boyle before she sang, was subjected to an aggressive hate campaign, receiving "horrible" online threats from around the world. She defended herself by saying that her reaction reflected the initial perception of most of the audience.<ref>Smith, Steve (22 November 2009). "Exclusive: Agony of TV teenager filmed sneering during Susan Boyle's debut". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 27 April 2014. </ref>

Boyle was one of 40 acts that were put through to the semi-finals.<ref name="bbc090523">"Singer Boyle reaches Talent semis". BBC News. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. </ref> She appeared last on the first semi-final on 24 May 2009, performing "Memory" from the musical Cats.<ref name="tele090524">Johnston, Ian (24 May 2009). "Susan Boyle sings again on Britain's Got Talent". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 24 May 2009. </ref> In the public vote, she was the act to receive the highest number of votes to go through to the final.<ref name="dmail090524">Smith, Lizzie (24 May 2009). "Susan Boyle thrills as she joins dance group diversity in Britain's Got Talent final". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 24 May 2009. </ref><ref name="ew090524">Tucker, Ken (24 May 2009). "Susan Boyle wins first 'Britain's Got Talent' semi-final singing 'Memory' from 'Cats'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 May 2009. </ref> She was the clear favourite to win the final,<ref name="presswarned">Brook, Stephen (3 June 2009). "Susan Boyle: press warned to back off Britain's Got Talent star". The Guardian (London). </ref> but ended up in second place to dance troupe Diversity; the UK TV audience was a record of 17.3 million viewers.<ref name="prioryforweeks">Jamieson, Alastair (3 June 2009). "Susan Boyle could be in Priory clinic for weeks, says doctor". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 24 May 2009. </ref>

The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) became concerned by press reports about Boyle's erratic behaviour and speculation about her mental condition and wrote to remind editors about clause 3 (privacy) of their code of press conduct.<ref name="presswarned"/> The day after the final, Boyle was admitted to The Priory, a private psychiatric clinic in London,<ref name="prioryforweeks"/> Talkback Thames explained, "Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained." Her stay in hospital attracted widespread attention, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown wishing her well.<ref name="bbc090601">"Talent star Boyle taken to clinic". BBC News. 1 June 2009. </ref> Cowell offered to waive Boyle's contractual obligation to take part in the BGT tour. Her family said "she's been battered non-stop for the last seven weeks and it has taken its toll [...but...] her dream is very much alive," as she had been invited to the Independence Day celebrations at the White House.<ref name="prioryforweeks"/>

Boyle left the clinic three days after her admission<ref>Schmidt, Veronica (5 June 2009). "Susan Boyle leaves The Priory". The Times (London). Retrieved 24 May 2010. </ref> and said she would participate in the BGT tour. Despite health concerns, she appeared in 20 of the 24 dates of the tour,<ref name="BGT Tour">"'TALENT' Star Susan Boyle Records First Song For Debut Album". 8 July 2009. </ref> and was well received in cities including Aberdeen,<ref>"Talent show stars wow Granite City audience". Press and Journal. 24 June 2009. </ref> Edinburgh,<ref name="Edinburgh">"Susan Boyle live performance". Edinburgh Evening News. 12 June 2009. </ref> Dublin,<ref name="Dublin">"'TALENT' Star Susan Boyle Records First Song For Debut Album". IrishCentral. 30 June 2009. </ref> Sheffield,<ref name="Sheffield">"Touch and go as Boyle joins tour". BBC News. 13 June 2009. </ref> Coventry,<ref name="Coventry">"Britain's Got Talent stars wow Coventry's Ricoh Arena". The Coventry Telegraph. 26 June 2009. </ref> Birmingham<ref name="Birmingham">"Susan Boyle on form on Britain's Got Talent tour in Birmingham". Birmingham Mail. 17 June 2009. </ref> and London.<ref name="London">"Fans Hail Subo For Live Show". The Sun (London). 22 June 2009. </ref> The Belfast Telegraph stated that "Despite reports of crumbling under the pressure..., she exuded a confidence resembling that of a veteran who has been performing for years".<ref>"No theatrics, just a spotlight and Susan Boyle's soaring voice". Belfast Telegraph. 2 July 2009. </ref>

I Dreamed a Dream and tour (2009–2010)

Main article: I Dreamed a Dream

Boyle's first album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released on 23 November 2009.<ref name="playc">"Susan Boyle (Britain's Got Talent)- I Dreamed A Dream". m/ 24 November 2009. </ref> The album includes covers of "Wild Horses" and "You'll See" as well as "I Dreamed a Dream", and "Cry Me a River".<ref>"Susan Boyle / Music". Retrieved 29 November 2009. </ref> I Dreamed a Dream became's best-selling album in pre-sales on 4 September 2009, nearly three months before the scheduled release.<ref>Jefferies, Mark (4 September 2009). "Susan Boyle's debut album at number one – three months before its released". Daily Mirror (UK). Retrieved 4 September 2009. </ref> In Britain, Boyle's debut album was recognised as the fastest selling UK debut album of all time selling 411,820 copies, beating the previous fastest selling debut of all time, Spirit by Leona Lewis.<ref name="fastest">"Leona Lewis's 'Spirit' becomes Britain's fastest-selling debut album". m/ 17 November 2007. </ref> I Dreamed a Dream also outsold the rest of the top 5 albums combined in its first week.<ref name="selling">"Susan Boyle Makes Music History as the "Fastest Selling Worldwide Female Debut Ever"". 30 November 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. </ref>

In the U.S., the album sold 701,000 copies in its first week, the best opening week for a debut artist in over a decade.<ref name="fastest2">Sisario, Ben (2 December 2009). "Susan Boyle, Top Seller, Shakes Up CD Trends". New York Times. Retrieved 24 May 2010. </ref> It topped the Billboard chart for six straight weeks and although it narrowly failed to become the best-selling album of 2009, with sales of 3,104,000 compared to 3,217,000 for Taylor Swift's Fearless, it was one of only two albums to sell over 3 million copies in the U.S., and was also the top selling "physical" album of 2009, with only 86,000 of its sales coming from digital downloads.<ref>Caulfield, Keith (6 January 2010). "Taylor Swift Edges Susan Boyle For 2009's Top-Selling Album". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2010. </ref> This has in turn garnered more media attention, as mentioned by People magazine.<ref name="people stats">"Who'll Lead Record Sales, Susan Boyle or Taylor Swift? - Music News, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift :". People. Retrieved 24 June 2010. </ref>

In Italy, it was the first album of the month in the Italian No. 1 Account by a non-Italian artist ever. In only a week, it sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, becoming the fastest selling global female debut album.<ref name="selling"/>

Boyle gave a U.S. promotional tour in November as a lead-up to the album release.<ref>"Susan Boyle set to take US by storm". News. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. </ref> On 13 December 2009 she appeared in her own television special "I Dreamed a Dream: the Susan Boyle Story", featuring a duet with Elaine Paige.<ref name="Paige Duet">"US TV special details Boyle's Cinderella story". The Press and Journal. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. </ref> It got ratings of 10 million viewers in the United Kingdom<ref name="TV special">Plunkett, John (13 December 2009). "The X Factor: more than 19m watch Joe McElderry win". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 15 December 2009. </ref> and in America was the TV Guide Network's highest rated television special in its history.<ref name="TV Guide">""Dexter" Season Finale Slashes Records". ABC News. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. </ref>

In November 2009 it was reported<ref name="anime">"Britain's Got Talent's Boyle Sings in Eagle Talon Anime". Anime News Network. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009. </ref> that Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" would be the theme song of the anime movie Eagle Talon The Movie 3 which was later released in Japan on 16 January 2010.<ref name="talon">"Eagle Talon The Movie 3 Moviegoers Get 10,000 Free DVDs". Anime News Network. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009. </ref> Boyle performed for Pope Benedict XVI on his tour of Britain in 2010.<ref>"Susan Boyle To Perform For pope During UK Tour". Billboard. AP. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2011. </ref> In May 2010, Susan Boyle was voted by Time magazine as the seventh most influential person in the world.<ref name="timepoll">"Boyle beats Obama in 'most influential' poll". The Scotsman (UK). 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. </ref><ref name="Time7th">"Susan Boyle more important than Obama". News of The World. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. [dead link]</ref> Boyle's original song "Who I Was Born To Be" was the theme song of anime film Welcome to the Space Show, which opened in Japan on 26 June 2010.<ref>"Susan Boyle Sings Welcome to the Space Show". Anime News Network. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref>

The Gift (2010–2011)

Main article: The Gift

On 9 July 2010, Boyle announced that her second album would be a Christmas album entitled The Gift.<ref>"Susan Boyle Recording Christmas Album: Sources". Billboard. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2011. </ref> As part of the lead-up to the album, she held a competition called Susan's Search, the winner of which sang a duet with her on her new CD.<ref name="competition">Reuters. "Susan Boyle launches contest to find duet partner". Vancouver Sun. Canada. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  </ref> The album was released on 8 November 2010.<ref>"Susan Boyle: Gift (2010)". HMV Group. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010. </ref>

The album was produced by Steve Mac, who said that "Now Susan's used to the studio and the recording process, this time round we might go even further down a traditional route of recording by getting a band together and rehearsing songs before we go into the studio to see what works, how she reacts with certain parts, and so we can change the arrangements that way. I think that's going to work much better....With Susan it's very important she connects with the public and the public connect with her. She doesn't want to sing anything that hasn't happened to her or she can't relate to."<ref name="Mac">Bouwman, Kimbel. "Interview with Steve Mac, producer for Susan Boyle, JLS, Il Divo, The Saturdays". HitQuarters.  </ref> Boyle has suggested the album will include some jazz numbers now she's "a bit more content" within herself. "My next album has to have an element of surprise in it again. I'm hoping to make it better and a bit extra special."<ref name="Jazz">Robertson, Colin (15 April 2010). "Intruder Scared The Living Daylights Out Of Me". The Sun (London). Retrieved 9 July 2010.  </ref>

In November 2010, Boyle became one of only three acts ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year.<ref name="transatlantic">"Susan Boyle album is transatlantic No.1". BBC News. 18 November 2010. . The others are the Beatles and Monkees.</ref> On 30 November 2010, in the United States, Boyle performed on ABC's The View singing "O Holy Night" and then on NBC's Christmas at Rockefeller Center program performing "Perfect Day" and "Away in a Manger". During her appearance on The View she was unable to finish her song, stating that she had a "frog in her throat"; she wanted to start the song over but was not allowed to. The audience applauded her anyway and she later performed an unaired version of the song which was uploaded to The View's YouTube account.

In October 2010 Boyle's autobiography The Woman I Was Born To Be - My Story was published.<ref>"The Woman I Was Born To Be My Story". Amazon UK. Retrieved 27 November 2010. .</ref>

Someone to Watch Over Me (2011)

Emeli Sandé was reported to have written a song for Boyle's third studio album, which was released on 31 October 2011.<ref name="thesun">Gordon Smart (13 August 2011). "Susan Boyle on R&B adventure". The Sun (UK). Retrieved 13 August 2011. </ref> Boyle performed on the second semi-final results show of the sixth season of America's Got Talent, which aired on 31 August 2011.<ref>"'America's Got Talent' Snags Nicki Minaj, Tony Bennett and Susan Boyle". Hollywood Reporter. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. </ref>

Boyle made her first appearance in Australia, on X Factor Australia, on 8 November 2011 and sang "Autumn Leaves".

Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage (2012)

Boyle released her fourth album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage in November 2012. She reportedly took piano lessons as she planned on playing it for the album. A reporter told The Sun "Susan loves the piano and always dreamed of being able to reach a standard which would allow her to play on stage and on her albums."<ref>"Shows". STV Shows. </ref> In two of the songs, she collaborates with Donny Osmond.<ref>Anisiobi, J J (6 October 2012). "'I still can't take it in... he was awesome': Susan Boyle is emotionally overcome after duet with idol Donny Osmond". Daily Mail (London). </ref> In October 2012 renowned opera star Placido Domingo released his album Songs which included a duet with Boyle of Shania Twain's "From This Moment On".<ref>"Placido Domingo On Pop Singers And Karaoke". NPR. Retrieved 28 November 2015. </ref>

Acting debut and Home for Christmas (2013—2014)

Main article: Home for Christmas

Boyle made her first acting appearance as Eleanor Hopewell in The Christmas Candle. The film is based on a book written by author Max Lucado about a 19th-century village of simple people in the English Cotswolds in need of a miracle.<ref name=TCC>"EchoLight Studios to Release the Next Holiday Classic, 'The Christmas Candle,' in Theaters this November". Standard Newswire. Retrieved 25 September 2013. </ref> The film was released on 22 November 2013 in the U.S. and 29 November 2013 in the U.K. Talking about her first acting role, Susan Boyle said, "I can't believe I'm making a film. I'm very excited to be a part of The Christmas Candle. Everyone on set is a delight to work with and it's a fantastic experience to be part of the team."<ref>Wiseman, Andreas (28 February 2013). "Samantha Barks and Susan Boyle start shoot on Christmas Candle". Screen Daily. Retrieved 3 March 2013. </ref> In the movie Boyle sings an original song, "Miracle Hymn", the anthem for the film and a track from her album Home for Christmas, which also featured a duet with Elvis Presley singing "O Come All Ye Faithful".<ref>"Syco/Columbia Records to Release Home For Christmas the Highly Anticipated Fifth Album From Susan Boyle Featuring a Duet With Elvis Presley". PR Newswire. Retrieved 25 September 2013. </ref> The album was released on 29 October 2013 in the U.S.<ref>"Susan Boyle to Release Christmas Album - Featuring Elvis Presley". The Scene Magazine. </ref> Previously in television, Boyle starred as herself in I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story and in a 2011 documentary titled Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar.<ref name=autogenerated2>"US TV special details Boyle's Cinderella story". The Press and Journal. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2013. </ref><ref>"Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar". The Mirror. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2013. </ref> Boyle also starred in a second documentary titled There's Something About Susan in the UK, which first aired on ITV on 12 December 2013.<ref>"There's Something About Susan". ITV. Retrieved 24 November 2015. </ref> It aired in the US on Ovation Channel under the title Susan Boyle Her Secret Struggle with the premiere on 9 April 2014.<ref>"Susan Boyle Her Secret Struggle". OvationTV. Retrieved 24 November 2015. </ref> In October 2013 American vocalist Johnny Mathis released an album titled Sending You a Little Christmas. The album includes "Do You Hear What I Hear?" a duet performed with Susan Boyle.<ref>"Sending You a Little Christmas". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref>

Hope (2014—2016)

Main article: Hope

Boyle released her sixth album, Hope, in October 2014 in the US and in November 2014 in the UK. The album, whose theme is hope and inspiration, includes a recorded live performance by Boyle of "You Raise Me Up" with the Lakewood Church choir.<ref>"SYCO/COLUMBIA RECORDS TO RELEASE HOPE, INSPIRATIONAL SIXTH ALBUM FROM TOP SELLING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SUSAN BOYLE". Columbia Records. Retrieved 26 November 2015. </ref>

The album spent 35 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Inspirational Albums chart.<ref>"AsOne Album Debuts #1 Billboard Top Inspirational Albums". The Christian Beat. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref>

Return to music and A Wonderful World (2016—present)

Following the release of previous album, Hope in 2014, Susan Boyle took a break during 2015 to "take a little me time and spend time at home with family and friends", and thus the recording of her seventh studio album was postponed to 2016.<ref>"2016 Update For All of You!". Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016. </ref> In October 2016, Susan Boyle announced the release of A Wonderful World. Boyle said of the album: "I wanted to create an album that families could enjoy, something for everyone, an album that can be played all year and evoke memories. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Madonna fan and to be able to perform ‘Like A Prayer’ was a real highlight". The album features a "virtual duet" with late singer Nat King Cole, a first for a British artist.<ref>Walker, Douglas (13 October 2016). "When I fall in love: Susan Boyle’s duet with song legend Nat King Cole on new album". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 22 October 2016. </ref>

Media impact

Websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have been crucial in facilitating Boyle's rapid rise to fame:<ref name=autogenerated1>Leigh Holmwood Susan Boyle: a dream come true The Guardian 18 April 2009.</ref> The most popular YouTube video submission of her audition garnered nearly 2.5 million views in the first 72 hours.<ref name="tele090414">Khan, Urmee (14 April 2009). "Britain's Got Talent church worker Susan Boyle becomes YouTube hit". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 14 April 2009. </ref> On the day following the performance, the YouTube video was the most popular article on Digg<ref name="star090415">Mudhar, Raju (15 April 2009). "Never-kissed singer an instant Web star". Toronto Star. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> and made the front page of Reddit.<ref name="reddit">QueenZ (12 April 2009). "never judge a book by its cover-amazing singer Susan Boyle". Retrieved 14 April 2009. </ref> Within a week, the audition performance had been viewed more than 66 million times, setting an online record, while on Wikipedia her biographical article attracted nearly half a million page views. A total of 103 million video views on 20 different Web sites was reached within nine days.<ref name="Dobuzinskis">Dobuzinskis, Alex (20 April 2009). "Susan Boyle breaks past 100 million online views". Reuters. </ref> The Los Angeles Times wrote that her popularity on YouTube may in part be due to the broad range of emotion packed into a short clip which was "perfect for the Internet".<ref name="LAtimes">Collins, Scott; Stobart, Janet (17 April 2009). "Talent trumps all for YouTube sensation Susan Boyle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 April 2009. </ref> In December 2009, her audition was named the most watched YouTube video of the year with over 120 million viewings, more than three times higher than the second most popular video.<ref>Bunz, Mercedes (16 December 2009). "Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent is YouTube's top video of 2009". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 17 December 2009. </ref>

Additionally, Boyle's first on camera interview with Scots journalist Richard Mooney for her local newspaper the West Lothian Courier, was named as YouTube's Most Memorable Video of 2009.<ref>Jones, Tamlyn (11 January 2010). "Weekly's SuBo interview in YouTube favourites". London: Hold The Front Page. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2009. </ref> The video went viral after being uploaded to YouTube on 14 April 2009.<ref>Rifkind, Hugo (21 May 2009). "S In search of Susan Boyle". The Times (London). Retrieved 9 November 2010. </ref>

Many newspapers around the world<ref>Staff (22 April 2009). "Susan's stardom to be turned into film". The Times of India (India). Retrieved 23 April 2009. </ref><ref>Staff (16 April 2009). "Die Maus, die Brüllte". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> (including China,<ref>Staff (16 April 2009). 英国47岁无业女子参加电视选秀节目一唱成名图 (in Chinese). Xinhua. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> Brazil<ref>Staff (19 April 2009). "A feia que encantou a Grã-Bretanha". Zero Hora (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref> and the Middle East<ref>Melamed, Arianna (19 April 2009). זה קול הסיפור. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref><ref>"Susan Boyle, stunned the world after the vote as a mockery of the public". Al Arabiya (in Arabic). 17 April 2009. </ref>) carried articles on Boyle's performance. British tabloid The Sun gave her the nickname "Paula Potts" in reference to the first series' winner Paul Potts.<ref name="sun090410">Robertson, Colin (10 April 2009). "Paula Potts". The Sun (London). Retrieved 14 April 2009. </ref> Later, the British press took to referring to her by a short-form of her name, 'SuBo'.<ref>"Susan Boyle aims to turn celebrity into album sales". Reuters. 20 November 2009. </ref> In the U.S., several commentators also drew parallels between Boyle's performance and that of Potts.<ref name="forbes090417">Ram, Vidya (17 April 2009). "Susan Boyle Could Make Millions". Forbes. </ref> ABC News hailed "Britain's newest pop sensation", and its Entertainment section headlined Boyle as "The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell".<ref name="ABC">Farhanghi, Hoda (14 April 2009). "The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell". ABC News. Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref>

Within the week following her performance on Britain's Got Talent, Boyle was a guest on STV's The Five Thirty Show.<ref name="stv090414">"Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle's promise to mum". 14 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2009. </ref> She was interviewed via satellite on CBS's The Early Show,<ref name="HarrySmith" /> Good Morning America,<ref name="dailymail090416">Simpson, Richard; Revoir, Paul; Smith, Lizzie (16 April 2009). "Thumbs-up as Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan discovers she's an international star... with 18m YouTube hits". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> NBC's Today, FOX's America's Newsroom.<ref name="dailymail090416" /><ref name="foxv090416">Template:Cite video</ref> and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Via satellite on Larry King Live,<ref name="larryking">Youngs, Ian (18 April 2009). "How Susan Boyle won over the world". BBC News. Retrieved 18 April 2009. </ref> Boyle performed an a cappella verse of "My Heart Will Go On".<ref name="smail090419">Smith, Jean (19 April 2009). "Singing sensation Susan Boyle gets dream offer from star Elaine Paige". The Sunday Mail. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009. </ref> She was also portrayed in drag by Jay Leno, who joked that they were related through his mother's Scottish heritage.<ref name="tele090421">Staff (21 April 2009). "Jay Leno performs in drag as Susan Boyle". The Daily Telegraph (London). </ref>

At the invitation of NHK, a major Japanese broadcaster, Boyle appeared as a guest singer for the 2009 edition of Kōhaku Uta Gassen, annual songfest on 31 December in Tokyo.<ref>スーザン・ボイルさん紅白に、美声も披露 [Susan Boyle will be in Kōhaku Uta Gassen, and introduce beautiful voice.]. Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 24 December 2009. [dead link]</ref><ref>Yomiuri Shimbun, 25 December 2009, Ver.13S p.25</ref> She was introduced as the Template:Nihongo by the MCs and appeared on the stage escorted by Takuya Kimura, and sang "I Dreamed a Dream".<ref>recorded broadcast on TV Japan, 31 December 2009</ref>

Although Boyle was not eligible for the 2010 Grammy Awards,<ref name="eligible">staff (3 December 2009). "Grammy Nominations Poll Results: How Did We Do?". Billboard. </ref> its host Stephen Colbert paid tribute to Boyle at the ceremony, telling its audience "you may be the coolest people in the world, but this year your industry was saved by a 48-year-old Scottish cat lady in sensible shoes."<ref name="Colbert">David Gunn (1 February 2010). "Grammys host pays tribute to Susan Boyle, 'the Scottish cat lady'". The Scotsman (UK). </ref> There was also earlier controversy, when Boyle was not nominated in any of the categories for the 2010 Brit Awards.<ref>Youngs, Ian (18 January 2010). "Why the Brits snubbed Susan Boyle". BBC News. Retrieved 24 May 2010. </ref>

Stage musical

A stage musical of Boyle's life was originally planned with Boyle appearing as herself. She said she hated "having to sit watching people up there" who are actors.<ref>"Singing Sensation Susan Boyle To Play Herself in a New Musical". 29 November 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2011. [dead link]</ref> However it was later decided that actress Elaine C. Smith would portray her <ref>"Susan Boyle The Musical coming to the stage". The Daily Telegraph (UK). 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. </ref> and Boyle would join the cast of I Dreamed a Dream for a cameo appearance.

I Dreamed a Dream opened on 27 March 2012 with fans from all over the world occupying the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, for the opening week.<ref>"Susan Boyle fans travel to see I Dreamed A Dream". Retrieved 27 March 2012. </ref> The musical received generally warm reviews.<ref>See Cavendish, Dominic (28 March 2012). "Susan Boyle Musical: I Dreamed a Dream, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, review". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 March 2012. ; "I Dreamed A Dream (Newcastle)". Retrieved 28 March 2012. ; Marmion, Patrick (28 March 2012). "Standing Ovation for SuBo". MailOnline. Retrieved 15 April 2012. ; and Hickling, Alfred. "I Dreamed a Dream – review", 28 March 2012, accessed 15 April 2012</ref> The musical toured the UK and Ireland in 2012.<ref>"Susan Boyle Joins Cast of New Musical I Dreamed a Dream – – News". Retrieved 1 January 2012. </ref>

Boyle said she was initially upset by the show, because she was "not used to it". She called it "surreal", but later changed her mind and found it "clever and amusing".<ref>"Susan Boyle: 'I Dreamed A Dream musical upset me'". 3 News NZ. 20 November 2012. </ref>

Fox Searchlight have bought life rights to Susan Boyle along with rights to the musical I Dreamed a Dream. They plan to develop a film version of the musical.<ref>Tartaglione, Nany. "Fox Searchlight to develop Susan Boyle story based on musical 'I Dreamed a Dream'". Deadline London. Retrieved 7 August 2013. </ref>

Social analyses

Judging by appearance

The Huffington Post noted that the producers of the show would have anticipated the potential of this story arc, by deliberately presenting Boyle in a manner that would enhance this initial reaction.<ref name="HuffingtonPost">Blankenship, Mark (16 April 2009). "Two Reasons Susan Boyle Means So Much to Us". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> The Herald described Boyle's story as a modern parable and a rebuke to people's tendency to judge others based on their physical appearance.<ref name="herald090414">Douglas-Home, Collette (14 April 2009). "The beauty that matters is always on the inside". The Herald. Retrieved 15 April 2009. </ref> Similarly, Entertainment Weekly said that Boyle's performance was a victory for talent and artistry in a culture obsessed with physical attractiveness and presentation.<ref name="ew090416">Schwarzbaum, Lisa (16 April 2009). "'Britain's Got Talent' breakout Susan Boyle: Why we watch...and weep". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> In an interview with The Washington Post, Boyle said:

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The Washington Post believed that her initial demeanour and homely appearance caused the judges and audience to be "waiting for her to squawk like a duck".<ref name="DreamSheDreamed">McManus, Jeanne (16 April 2009). "The Dream She Dreamed". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> New York's Daily News said that an underdog being ridiculed or humiliated but then enjoying an unexpected triumph is a common trope in literature, and the stark contrast between the audience's low expectations and the quality of her singing made Boyle's performance such an engaging piece of television.<ref name="GoldenTicket">Staff (16 April 2009). "Susan Boyle was the golden ticket of reality TV". Daily News. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref>

Feminist view

R.M. Campbell, music critic for The Gathering Note, compared her to Ella Fitzgerald, in that "[it is] really, really hard to make a career if a woman isn't attractive".<ref name="msnbc-Pitchy (p.2)">Richman, Dan (23 April 2009). "Don't call Susan Boyle 'pitchy'! (p.2)". MSNBC. p. 2. Retrieved 29 April 2009. </ref> In another Huffington Post article, Letty Cottin Pogrebin wrote that although people may "weep for the years of wasted talent", Boyle's performance was a triumph for "women of a certain age" over a youth culture that often dismisses middle-aged women.<ref name="HuffingtonPost2">Pogrebin, Letty Cottin (16 April 2009). "Why Susan Boyle Makes Us Cry". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> Tanya Gold wrote in The Guardian that the difference between Boyle's hostile reception and the more neutral response to Paul Potts in his first audition reflected society's expectation that women be both good-looking and talented, with no such expectation existing for men.<ref name="guard090416">Gold, Tanya (16 April 2009). "It wasn't singer Susan Boyle who was ugly on Britain's Got Talent so much as our reaction to her". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 16 April 2009. </ref> Los Angeles vocal coach Eric Vetro stated, "She's an Everywoman as opposed to an untouchable fantasy goddess, so maybe that's why people react to her."<ref name="msnbc-Pitchy">Richman, Dan. "Don't call Susan Boyle 'pitchy'! Voice coaches, critics say 'Talent' contestant really is a talented singer". MSNBC. Retrieved 23 April 2009. </ref>

American Dream

Several media sources have commented that Boyle's success seemed to have particular resonance in the United States. An American entertainment correspondent was quoted in The Scotsman comparing Boyle's story to the American Dream, as representing talent overcoming adversity and poverty.<ref name="scot090416">Brown, Craig (16 April 2009). "A dream comes true as singer Susan becomes instant hit with American fans". The Scotsman (UK). Retrieved 17 April 2009. </ref> The Associated Press described this as Boyle's "hardscrabble story", dwelling on her modest lifestyle and what they characterised as urban deprivation in her home town.<ref name="AP">McConville, Ben (16 April 2009). "Singing 'spinster' strikes chord in talent contest". Associated Press via Retrieved 17 April 2009. </ref> Similarly, The Independent's New York correspondent David Usborne wrote that the United States will always respond to "the fairy tale where the apparently unprepossessing suddenly becomes pretty, from Shrek to My Fair Lady".<ref name="inde090416">Usborne, David (16 April 2009). "Dreams come true for overnight star". The Independent (London). Retrieved 17 April 2009. </ref>

Personal life

Boyle still lives in the family home, a four-bedroom ex-council house in Blackburn which she purchased from her earnings in 2010.<ref name="Shewholaughslast"/><ref name="two houses">Jack, Mathieson. "Susan Boyle buys plush new £300K home – but can't bear to give up £30K council house". Daily Record. Retrieved 8 December 2010.  </ref> Her father died in the 1990s, and her siblings had left home. Boyle has never married, and she dedicated herself to caring for her ageing mother until her death in 2007 at the age of 91. A neighbour reported that when Bridget Boyle died, her daughter "wouldn't come out for three or four days or answer the door or phone".<ref name="KissClaim">"Susan Boyle 'has been kissed', neighbour claims". The Daily Telegraph (London). 18 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. </ref> Boyle is a practising Roman Catholic and sang in her church choir at her church in Blackburn.<ref>"Parish choir singer Susan Boyle becomes overnight sensation". Catholic News Agency. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2011. </ref> Boyle remains active as a volunteer at her church, visiting elderly members of the congregation in their homes.<ref name="YahooNews"/> On a 2010 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Boyle summarised that her daily life was "mundane" and "routine" prior to stardom.

Boyle has purchased a £300,000 house but also plans to keep the council house where she grew up.<ref name="two houses"/>

In 2012, Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. She made her diagnosis public in a BBC interview in December 2013.<ref name="asperger"/>

In November 2012, when asked if she had tried to find love through Internet dating, Boyle said she was too scared, saying: "Knowing my luck I'd go out on a date and you'd find my limbs scattered around various Blackburn dustbins!"<ref>"Susan Boyle is too scared to try internet dating". 3 News NZ. 23 November 2012. </ref>

In July 2013, Susan Boyle endorsed the Better Together campaign to keep Scotland as part of the United Kingdom in the 2014 independence referendum. In so doing, she stated, "I am a proud, patriotic Scot, passionate about my heritage and my country. But I am not a nationalist", going on to say, "We have still been able to retain our proud identity whilst being a part of Britain."<ref>Susan Boyle on why she's backing Scotland's place in the UK | Better Together</ref>

As of November 2014, Susan Boyle is dating her first boyfriend who is "around the same age" as she is.<ref>"Susan Boyle Has Her First Boyfriend at Age 53". </ref>


Charity performances

On 26 January 2010, Boyle sang together with other major artists on the charity recording "Everybody Hurts" put together by Simon Cowell for Haiti Relief for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.<ref>"Susan Boyle to Sing 'Everybody Hurts' to Help Haiti". People. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> On 30 January 2010, Boyle performed at the Indsamling Charity Gala, a telethon for Haiti and Africa held at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark.<ref>"Susan Boyle at Haiti Charity Gala concert". Glamour Magazine. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref>

Boyle has appeared on the three major UK charity telethons. On 19 March 2010 she sang for the Sports Relief charity on BBC1.<ref>Doran, Carl. "Celebrating Sport Relief's historic achievement". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> On 18 March 2011 she sang a duet of "I Know Him So Well" with Peter Kay on the BBC's Comic Relief;<ref>McGarry, Lisa. "Comic Relief: Susan Boyle and Peter Kay (Geraldine McQueen) sing I Know Him So Well". UnrealityTV. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> in addition to the television performance, the duet was sold on CD, DVD, and MP3 download to raise more money for charity. The CD was #21 on the all-time Comic Relief CDs sold.<ref>Lane, Daniel. "Comic Relief's biggest selling singles revealed!". Official Charts. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> She has performed for BBC Children in Need telethon five times thus far: on 19 November 2010;<ref>"Children in Need appeal raises £18 million". The Telegraph (London). 20 November 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> on18 November 2011,<ref>"BBC Children In Need 2011 – in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> and on 16 November 2012.<ref>"BBC Children in Need 2012 – the stars of Appeal Night revealed". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> on 16 November 2013.<ref>"BBC Children in Need 2013 Highlights in Scotland". BBC. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref> on 14 November 2014.<ref>"BBC Children in Need Susan Boyle: Wish You Were Here". BBC. Retrieved 25 November 2015. </ref>

On 10 November 2010, Boyle performed at the Pride of Britain Awards in London<ref>Wilson. "Susan Boyle's Golden Moments of 2010". BBC America. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> and on 16 December 2010 at the Royal Variety Performance held at the London Palladium.<ref>Simon, Jane. "Royal Variety Performance". Mirror. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> On 19 March 2011 in Glasgow at the Scottish Variety Awards Boyle performed; the money raised was donated to Cash for Kids Charity.<ref>"Scottish Variety Awards 2011". M&H Logistics Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref>

On 28 August 2013 Boyle travelled down with the Lothian Special Olympics Team to the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer games in Bath.<ref>"Susan Boyle travels with Lothian Special Olympics Team". Midlothian. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref> In the evening she performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics GB at the Royal Crescent in Bath, England and also stayed to watch the events and hand out medals to the first day's winners.<ref>"Susan Boyle at the Special Olympics". ITV. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref>

On 14 August 2013 it was announced that Boyle would sing at the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice 30th Anniversary Variety Performance at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on 27 October 2013.<ref>"The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice". Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref><ref>Beacom, Brian. "Subo tops the bill at hospice variety show". Evening Times. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref>

Community and faith

On 16 September 2010 Susan Boyle sang at the Papal Mass performed for Pope Benedict XVI in Glasgow at Bellahouston Park in front of a crowd of 65,000.<ref>"Susan Boyle Sings at Papal Mass in Scotland". CBS News. Archived from the original on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref>

For three years Susan Boyle has launched the Wee Box campaign for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) in Glasgow, on 9 March 2011,<ref>Today, Christian. "Susan Boyle Gives Up Treats, Donates Money for Lent". The Christian Post. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref> on 21 February 2012,<ref>"SCIAF — WEE BOX, BIG Change Launch 2012 with Susan Boyle". Storify. Retrieved 3 September 2013. </ref> and on 12 February 2013. <ref>"SCIAF launches WEE BOX 2013". SCIAF. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref>

In May 2012 it was reported that Susan Boyle would become patron of the struggling Regal Theatre, Bathgate where she first performed "I Dreamed a Dream".<ref>Mathieson, Jack. "Susan Boyle to become patron of theatre where first performed her trademark song I Dreamed A Dream". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref><ref>Watson, Alistair. "Regal Theatre makes plans for permanent Susan Boyle exhibition". West Lothian Courier. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref>

On 24 October 2012 Susan Boyle, together with the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Garrison Military Wives choirs, launched the Poppy Scotland appeal on the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.<ref>"Susan Boyle Launches Poppy Scotland Appeal". Zimbio. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref><ref>"Susan Boyle launches 2012 poppy appeal". The Herald Scotland. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref>

On 2 May 2013 it was reported that Susan Boyle was backing the public appeal to help rebuild the fire-hit Five Sisters Zoo with a "substantial donation" to the fund to repair the West Calder attraction.<ref>"Susan Boyle supporting fire hit Five Sisters Zoo". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref><ref>"Donations to fund rebuild at blaze-struck Five Sisters Zoo top £90k". Daily Record. Retrieved 1 September 2013. </ref>


In January 2012, Susan Boyle donated a performance dress, which she had worn on America's Got Talent on 31 August 2011, to The Laura McPhee Memorial Fund (Asthma) UK Charity. The dress was sold at auction for £521 and helped raise awareness of the charity.<ref>"SUSAN BOYLES ACTUAL X FACTOR DRESS FOR AUCTION". The Laura McPhee Memorial Fund (Asthma) UK CHARITY. Retrieved 2 September 2013. </ref>

In July 2012 Susan Boyle donated a performance dress designed by Suzanne Neville, which she had worn at performances in Madrid on the Ana Rosa Show on 12 February 2010 and in Paris on Vivement Dimanche on 17 February 2010. £6,523 was raised and presented to the Prince's Trust.<ref>Fordham, Amy. "Susan Boyle fans from around the world club together to buy singing star's dress". EDP24. Retrieved 2 September 2013. </ref>

Also in June 2013 Susan Boyle donated for auction a performance dress which she had worn on The Oprah Show on 19 October 2010, with proceeds of the auction going to Metro Radio Newcastle England's Cash For Kids Campaign, with all funds raised going to disadvantaged kids across the region. The winning bid was £400.<ref>"Memorabilia Auction". Cash for Kids. Retrieved 2 September 2013. </ref>

Prior to performing at the International Music Festival "White Nights of St. Petersburg", at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 13 June 2013, Susan Boyle visited Children's Hospital Number 17 and presented to the hospital a gift of an anesthetic machine.<ref>"Сьюзан Бойл подарила петербургской больнице наркозный аппарат". RG RU. Retrieved 2 September 2013. </ref><ref>"Звезды мировой сцены посетили юных пациентов в Петербурге". mr7. Retrieved 2 September 2013. </ref>

It was announced 28 October 2013 that Boyle is a new ambassador for Save the Children UK. Boyle released a music video 8 December 2013 featuring children from the FAST program singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" with Elvis Presley. All royalties will go towards Save the Children UK and money raised in the USA will be donated to the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.<ref>"SUSAN BOYLE LAUNCHES CHARITY CHRISTMAS SINGLE". Save the Children. Retrieved 28 October 2013. </ref>

In popular culture

The American cartoon show South Park made a reference to the Susan Boyle craze in the episode "Fatbeard", which aired on 22 April 2009.<ref name="sun090423">Lee, Cara (23 April 2009). "Susan Boyle makes South Park sick". The Sun (London). Retrieved 23 April 2009. </ref><ref name="mirror090423">Hardie, Beth (23 April 2009). "Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle makes it onto South Park". Daily Mirror (UK). Retrieved 23 April 2009. </ref>

The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show aired a comedy sketch showing the "feel good" effect that Susan Boyle's performance has had on people.<ref name="lnwjf090417">"Susan Boyle Makes Everything Better". 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. </ref>

The Simpsons aired a new commercial for its 20th-anniversary show "Springfield's Got Talent", in which Homer Simpson talks about his dreams "to be a great singer like Boyle".<ref name="simps090515">"Springfield's Got Talent". Simpsons Channel. 15 May 2009. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. </ref><ref name="bbcscot090520">"Susan Boyle mentioned in Simpsons". BBC News. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. </ref>

A European trailer for the video game The Sims 3 includes a character mocked up as Boyle.<ref name="shack090522">O'Conner, Alice (22 May 2009). "The Sims 3 Trailer Stars Susan Boyle". Shacknews. Retrieved 22 May 2009. </ref>

In June 2009, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a short story called "I Dreamed a Dream" that was based on a combination of Boyle's appearances on Britain's Got Talent and the political difficulties of the then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.<ref name="radio4dream">Neate, Patrick (6 June 2009). "I Dreamed a Dream". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 10 June 2009. </ref>

The 5 November 2009 episode of the show 30 Rock showed recurring character Kathy Geiss (Marceline Hugot) – who has a dowdy appearance – singing in the style of Susan Boyle as Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy teared up.<ref>Lyons, Margaret (19 February 2011). "'30 Rock' recap: Do the Robot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 February 2011. </ref>

In the 2010 episode of Futurama, Attack of the Killer App, it is revealed that Leela has a singing boil named Susan on her butt, who sings "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Amazing Grace".

In 2016 Susan made a cameo appearance in Zoolander 2 where she is ambushed by paparazzi.<ref>Susan, Boyle. "2016 Update For All of You!". Susan Boyle. Retrieved 26 February 2016. </ref>


Studio albums

Concert tours

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2009 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards Top Scot of the Year Won<ref>"Susan Boyle wins Top Scot award at Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards". Scotsman. Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref>
2010 World Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
2010 World Music Awards World's Best Album - I Dreamed a Dream Nominated
2010 World Music Awards World's Best Selling British Artist Won<ref>"2010 World Music Awards". Awards and Winners. Retrieved 28 November 2015. </ref>
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Music Artist Nominated<ref>"Full List of People's Choice Awards 2010 Winners". The Hollywood Gossip. Retrieved 28 November 2015. </ref>
2010 Japan Gold Disc Award Best New Artist International Won<ref>"Who Won Big at the Tokyo's Gold Disc Awards?". Japanator. Retrieved 27 November 2015. </ref>
2010 Juno Award Canada International Album of the Year Nominated<ref>"International Album of the Year". Juno Awards. Retrieved 27 November 2015. </ref>
2010 ARIA Music Awards Australia Most Popular International Artist Nominated<ref>"2010 ARIA Awards Nominations and Artisan Award Winners Announced" (PDF). Retrieved 27 November 2015. </ref>
2010 Scotscare Scot of the Year Won<ref>"Media Release: Susan Boyle wins Scot of the Year with 95 per cent of the vote". Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref>
2011 Billboard Music Awards Top Billboard 200 Album Nominated<ref name="Billboard">"2011 Billboard Music Awards Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 28 November 2015. </ref>
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2011 Scottish Variety Awards Outstanding Achievement Award Won<ref>"Scottish Variety Awards 2011". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 28 November 2015. </ref>
2011 53rd Grammy Awards Best Pop Vocal Album – I Dreamed a Dream<ref>"Nominees And Winners". Retrieved 23 February 2011. </ref> Nominated
2012 54th Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – The Gift<ref>"Nominees And Winners". Retrieved 1 January 2012. </ref> Nominated
2013 Radio Forth Awards Icon Award<ref>"Forth Awards: SuBo, Boy George, JLS, Tom Odell". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 11 November 2013. </ref> Won
2013 Scottish Music Awards Fans Choice Award<ref>"Susan Boyle scoops top fans' favourite award". Daily Record. Retrieved 24 November 2015. </ref> Won

In 2012 Boyle was awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the creative industries from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University, where she obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in caring.<ref>"Susan Boyle: Honorary doctorate for singer". BBC News. 6 July 2012. </ref><ref>"Dr Boyle: Susan picks up honorary doctorate for her contribution to music". STV News. Retrieved 31 August 2013. </ref>

In 2015 Boyle was awarded an honorary doctorate in the field of music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.<ref>"Susan Boyle's delight at her honorary degree". BBC News (BBC News). Retrieved 24 November 2015. </ref>

Guinness World Records

In September 2010 Susan Boyle was presented with three Guinness World Records which were featured in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition published 16 September 2010. The three records were for Fastest-selling Album by a Female (UK), Most Successful First Week UK Debut Album Sales, as well as Oldest Artist to Reach No.1 with a Debut Album (US & UK).<ref>"Susan Boyle Triple-world-record-breaker in new Guinness World Records 2011 Book". PR Newswire. Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref>

On 20 November 2010 Boyle achieved another World Record for Oldest Female at No.1 on UK Albums Chart with her second album The Gift.<ref>"Oldest Female at No.1 on UK Albums Chart". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref>

On 20 November 2010 Boyle received two other Guinness World Records due to the success of The Gift, one record being "Only British female artist to top both the US and UK album charts with two releases"<ref>"Only British Female Artist To Top Both the US and UK Album Charts with Two Releases". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref> and the other being "Most successful Christmas album in the UK" – "On 20 November 2010, Susan Boyle's (UK) album The Gift became the first Christmas album to ever top the UK chart."<ref>"Most Successful Christmas Album in the UK". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 29 November 2015. </ref>


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