Well surprise, surprise! This shouldn't come as a shock, but Susan Boyle has topped both the U.S. and UK charts with the release of her second album, The Gift.
The Scottish songbird sold a modest 318,000 copies of The Gift in the U.S., as compared to the 701,000 copies yielded for her 2009 debut I Dreamed a Dream. Still, it was enough to keep country sweetheart Taylor Swift at bay at No.2 says Billboard.
Overseas, the Britain's Got Talent star also grabbed the top spot on the UK charts. According to her label Sony, Boyle is now the first female artist to earn back-to-back No.1 albums in less than a year. Before her, The Beatles took home the honor in 1969. SuBo, you rule!
In other news:
– Word on the street is that Emily Blunt will be cast alongside Jason Segal in the romantic comedy Five-Year Engagement. Nicholas Stoller, the director behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, will oversee the 2011 film while Judd Apatow will serve as producer. (NY Mag)
– Former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens is a new Mum! The English pop singer and actress gave birth to a baby girl named Amelie on Tuesday. It's the first child for Stevens and her husband Alex Bourne. (The Metro)
– Howard Donald may be enjoying his second go around in Take That, but the 42-year-old singer is facing a tough challenge from a former flame. Adakini Ntuli is looking to share all the juicy details about the couple's steamy nine-year affair, but Donald was hoping a court order would put a stop to it. Uh, it looks like a few judges wanna know the gossip, too, dude. (The Sun)
– X Factor star Cher Lloyd is going to get an earful from judge Louis Walsh one of these days. Walsh claims that the 17-year-old singing diva is "as miserable and moody as she looks" and totally blames her for any drama stirring around the X Factor house. Wait, I thought Katie Waissel was the melodramatic one? (Closer)
– Gareth David-Lloyd, who stars as Torchwood's Ianto Jones, has lent his support to the Gwent Theatre in South East Wales by appearing in a film showcasing it's importance to the local community. The small theater will be forced to shut its doors next month unless the Arts Council of Wales has a change of heart regarding its lack of funding. (The Stage)
– As we anxiously await the February 22 release of Adele's second album 21, there are a few snippets of new material floating around the web. The English singer/songwriter just performed "Someone Like You" on BBC's Later… With Jools Holland, while People recently unveiled studio footage for "Rolling In the Deep". Lovely, lovely stuff!
by MacKenzie Wilson