Reality star Leona Lewis tops US album chart
Thursday 17 April 2008
Leona Lewis has become the first female British artist to see her debut album take the No 1 slot in the US charts.
She sold 204,841 copies of her album Spirit in the US this week, taking it to the top of the Billboard top 200.
Music producer Simon Cowell said: "What Leona has achieved is simply incredible. This is the hardest market to crack and for her debut album to go in at No 1 is unbelievable."
Her success comes just weeks after being the first British female to top the US singles chart in more than two decades, with the song "Bleeding Love".
The singer's career was launched by the ITV talent show, The X Factor, which she won in December 2006.
Lewis has been recently appearing on US chat shows and has now had No 1 albums and singles in 20 countries across the world. In Britain, Spirit became the fastest-selling album of all time. Before achieving pop stardom, Lewis, 23, worked as a pizza waitress in Hackney.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
- 2 Model's video shoot on the beach interrupted by sudden landing of a group of illegal migrants
- 3 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 4 Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
- 5 MH370 search: Boeing 777 wing that could match missing plane found on the French island of Reunion
Frank Ocean, where's that new album at?
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk
Jesse Pinkman's meth den house from Breaking Bad is yours for $1.6 million
Top Gear: Jenson Button reportedly joining Chris Evans as replacement host
R Kelly's Ignition (Remix) is the most nostalgic song going, according to Spotify
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Labour leadership contest: I would never quit the party, says Liz Kendall