Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream has done it again, topping the Billboard charts at number 1 for the fifth consecutive week, selling another 510,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. This brings her tally to 2,982,000 units moved in America.
Reports Billboard: Dream has sold more than half a million copies in each of its first five weeks of release -- something only four albums have done since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The Beatles' "1" did it in its first six weeks, while Garth Brooks' "Sevens" and Backstreet Boys' "Black & Blue" each managed 500,000-plus frames in their first five weeks.
To read the full report on Billboard.com of Boyle's most recent milestone reached, click here.
Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream, debuted at number 1 on the charts, remained at number 1 in it's second, third and fourth weeks and has also received RIAA-Triple Platinum Certification for shipping over three million units to retailers nationwide. ‘I Dreamed A Dream' continues to break records by becoming the biggest selling album released in 2009. Also as previously reported, "I Dreamed A Dream: The Susan Boyle Story," which premiered exclusively on TV Guide Network on Sunday, December 13 became its #1 rated television special in history. The television special, which delivered a 1.0 coverage rating (788,500 HH) for the 8:00 p.m. telecast, also over-delivered with the network's key demos. It achieved a triple digit increase (404 percent) with persons 25-54 over the prior year, and the combined 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. telecasts reached 4.1 million households and 4.8 million viewers (p18+).
YouTube additionally announced last week that Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream performance from
Britain's Got Talent is their most watched video of 2009.
After an audition for "Britain's Got Talent," in which Susan immediately impressed the judges, the audience and then anyone with access to YouTube's expectations by singing her way through a version of "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables. A tornado of rumination and amazement grew around Susan Boyle feverishly, with over 300 Million YouTube hits and nearly two million Facebook friends to prove it.
'I Dreamed A Dream' was recorded during the summer of 2009. Susan first entered a recording studio in July in Edinburgh, picking songs that resonated with her. The final results shocked both her and veteran producer Steve Mac with its beauty and musical impact. "It was important that I could feel everything I was singing," she says. The 12 track collection features Susan Boyle performing signature songs such as "I Dreamed A Dream", "Cry Me A River," as well as her haunting
rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," Madonna's "You'll See," The Monkees' "Daydream Believer," and "Who I Was Born To Be," an original recording written especially for Susan.