Showbiz: Boyle pipped to post in US album chart

Singing sensation Susan Boyle has lost out in the race to be top of the US album charts at Christmas.

The Scot was beaten into second place by American pop star Taylor Swift, whose album Speak Now sold just 5,000 more copies this week.

Earlier this year, Boyle became the first female singer to have a number one album in the United States and UK twice in less than a year.

Her second album The Gift followed her debut, I Dreamed A Dream, and took the top spot in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

I Dreamed A Dream was top of the US album charts last Christmas.

Boyle was catapulted from obscurity to global stardom after appearing on last year's Britain's Got Talent contest.

The singer, from West Lothian, became an international star after her performance of I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables stunned the audience and judges on the ITV1 show.


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