Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish singer, who rose to fame after appearing as a contestant on the third series of Britains Got Talent, singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables.
Her debut studio album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released in November 2009 and became the UKs best-selling debut album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis. I Dreamed a Dream set a record for biggest first week sales by a debut album, according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US. In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million (£6.6 million today) with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, I Dreamed a Dream and Wild Horses. The success was continued with her second album, The Gift (2010), where she became only the third act ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year, and was followed by Boyles third album, Someone to Watch Over Me (debuted at #1 on UK charts, #4 on US charts), released on 31 October 2011. Boyle subsequently released her fourth album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage (reached #7 in UK, #12 in US) in 2012, her fifth album Home for Christmas (fifth consecutive top ten on UK charts) in 2013, and her sixth album Hope (sixth consecutive top twenty on UK and US charts) in 2014.On 12 May 2012, Boyle returned to Britains Got Talent to perform as a guest in the final, singing Youll See. The following day, she performed at Windsor Castle for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant singing Mull of Kintyre. Having performed I Know Him So Well in a duet with one of her idols Elaine Paige in London in December 2009, Boyle performed with her other musical idol Donny Osmond in Las Vegas in November 2012, singing This is the Moment, a duet from her album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage. Boyles net worth was estimated at £22 million in April 2012. She is known for supporting various charitable causes, and has appeared on the UK charity telethons BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations. On 23 July, Boyle performed Mull of Kintyre at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen.