Published Nov 25, 2009Apparently, winning the Mercury Prize might not help you move enough product in Britain. Instead, all you really need is one heart-wrenching performance on Britain's Got Talent. Don't believe us? Just ask Susan Boyle. The operatic singer, who's touching performance on the reality show quickly became a viral sensation, is set to break a few UK sales records.
Her album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released on Monday (November 23) in the UK and, according to NME, sold over 130,000 copies in the first day alone. If it keeps up in sales, it will encroach on the record-breaking debuts of Arctic Monkeys and Leona Lewis, who each sold 363,735 and 375,872 copies in the UK, respectively, in their first week.
Whether or not Boyle breaks that record is yet to be seen. Regardless, she will almost definitely hold the record for the fastest-selling UK album of the year.
Meanwhile, in North America, MTV reports that 50 Cent has faced the lowest opening sales of his career for Before I Self Destruct, sitting at a dismal 160,000 copies since being released earlier this month.
Perhaps the world is just looking for a little heart, Fiddy.