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    Weekly Susa-News Summary LucyB's Avatar
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    We, as her adoring fans, are privileged to constantly watch and enjoy the public activities of Global Superstar, Susan Boyle. I am maintaining a daily log of the highlights of Susa-news and not editorializing toooo much. Accuracy is very important – PLEASE forgive any mistakes and send me a private message (PM) with any additions and/or corrections. I’ve tried to credit the right Fan where possible.

    November 27–December 3: First week of A Wonderful World available world-wide

    November 27, Sunday

    1. Susan was out and about in Blackburn; a conversation posted on Facebook between Jayhawk fan and John Duffy at Blackburn Bowling Club:
    • John Duffy: “Think I'm in there. Susan Boyle giving me a big cuddle and saying “not seen you in ages John, your looking well.”
    • Jayhawk fan for SBFII: “John...OK you read the book and you read about John. You're ‘the John’”???”
    • John: “NO!!”
    • Jhf for SBFII: “Thanks for the reply, John. We love Susan and think her new album is her best one yet!”
    • John: “She's really down to earth ghirl. And loves Blackburn so much!!”

    2. An interesting exchange from Twitter (Sherry from Florida representing SBFII):
    • @susan_boyle_com: “On 'A Wonderful World' Susan Boyle's crystal clear voice really shines. Kudos to @MrSteveAnderson @cliffmasterson for great arrangements.”
    • Reply from AWW co-producer Cliff Masterson: “Thank you! This album is my favourite out of the 3 we have produced.”

    3. Various rankings for A Wonderful World based on sales:
    • Spotify monthly listeners: 444,348
    • Amazon UK #49; Amazon US #73;Barnes and Noble #30
    • iTunes: #81 Belgium; #102 United Kingdom; #111 Netherlands; #112 Australia;
    #138 New Zealand; #206 Switzerland; #341 South Africa

    4. Nzherald.co.nz/entertainment posted “The return of Susan Boyle” by Fiona Connor, with a date of November 24. Some highlights:
    “Seven years and as many albums later the 55-year-old performer has fulfilled her dream of becoming a fulltime singer but confessed she still is yet to feel as an equal to Paige. ‘I'm still trying ... and working very hard,’ Boyle told the Herald.
    “Six months after gaining second place on the talent show Boyle was overjoyed when she was invited to sing on stage with the award-winning musical theatre star who she had admired so dearly. [Susan was quoted]: "I couldn't believe it was actually happening. Elaine Paige has been one of my favourite musical people and it was very surreal to find that she was there and I could actually speak to her and I could actually sing with her. I still can't believe I've done it, it's been really surreal."
    “Now on her seventh album, Boyle is still determined to keep on track and pour everything into her music career. She says this album is about making an impression and decided to do it with a bit of Christmas spirit. [Susan was quoted]: “This year when we were planning the album, we wanted to make it a Christmas album, but we didn't want to make it a conventional Christmas album so we picked songs which reflected moods of romance. I'm making a comeback with this album, and I hope the public can receive it very well because I had a lot of fun making it."
    Susan 2009 BGT audition and her 2009 duet with Elaine Paige are embedded in the report along with 2 pictures of Susan performing.

    November 28, Monday
    1. More sales rankings for A Wonderful World:
    • Amazon US #63; Amazon UK #48; Barnes and Noble #27
    • ITunes US #684; ITunes Canada #1157
    • On Spotify, total number of listeners has more than quadrupled since mid-October to 506,227.

    2. A few tweets:
    • From Tina Hart: “This time 3 years ago I interviewed @SusanBoyleHQ for @MusicWeek and we had the most fun. Talked about Xmas and sang Any Dream Will Do #SuBo.”
    • From Jerrad Peters: “"What a Wonderful World?" More like what a wonderful record. #SusanBoyle #NowPlaying #NowListening #NewMusic”
    • “@SusanBoyleHQ had wonderful world on repeat for 2 hours it got me in the mood to warp Xmas present all done feels great!”
    • “Just turned on the tv to see a music video just finishing. Susan Boyle Featuring Elvis Presley.”

    November 29, Tuesday
    1. Thesun.co.uk posted “Troubled singer Susan Boyle reveals secret sadness and how she dealt with her beloved sister’s tragic death” by Rebecca Pocklington. Just a few highlights:
    “Susan Boyle has revealed her sadness following the tragic death of her sister, admitting she needed to ‘take a step back’ as she struggled with her grief.
    “Speaking out about how her sibling’s death impacted her, Susan told Best magazine: ‘It was very hard. Bridie was such a beautiful person, and very supportive of me. She was a great loss to me and the family. After she passed, I felt I had to take a step back, to find where I was going. I needed to take stock.’”
    At least 7 family pictures are included. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbi...-tragic-death/

    2. In Australia, on The Alan Jones Breakfast Show on 4BC1116 News Talk Radio, Chris Smith talked to Susan about A Wonderful World. The 11:49-minute interview is available on their website, http://www.4bc.com.au/news/chris-smi...28-gszjvc.html

    3. Noted in a short report at Yahoo.com/music: “Susan Boyle's seventh album in seven years, A Wonderful World, is contending for a top 20 berth. The Scottish singing star's new Syco LP comes in at No. 16 at the halfway mark of the chart cycle.”

    4. More tweets about AWW:
    • “@SusanBoyleHQ look my customers are in for a surprise it will be on repeat till Christmas.” Tweeted with a picture of the cover of A Wonderful World.
    • “Loyola boys appear on new Susan Boyle album now for sale. Next stop ... appearance in EastEnders on December 16th! Very proud!” (tweeted with front and back images of AWW)

    5. Auditions are now open for Britain’s Got Talent; a tweet “If anyone knows how #BGT can change your life, it's @SusanBoyleHQ. Dream a dream and. apply now. https://gottalent.fremantlemedia.com ⭐️ #OpenAuditions” with a 20-second commercial of Susan touting the life changing ability of BGT and urging everyone to go for it.

    November 30, Wednesday
    1. Susan attended the opening night of Mamma Mia at Edinburgh Playhouse. Susan Boyle and the mother of tennis dynamo Andy Murray went on stage at the opening night of Mamma Mia in Edinburgh.
    • Posted on Facebook with pictures: "Mixing with the stars at Mamma Mia opening night at the Playhouse.
    • On Instagram: “Our new friend Susan. https://instagram.com/p/BNdBEAnj5ZX/

    2. BBC Radio 2 shows A Wonderful World to be “Album of the Week as of December 3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/playlist

    3. Australian reviews of AWW:
    • From JBhifi.com.au:
    “Susan Boyle, the singing sensation who catapulted to international stardom in 2009, returns with her seventh album in seven years, 'A Wonderful World,' set for release through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
    “In a first for a British artist, Susan Boyle was granted rare permission by the Nat King Cole Estate to sing a virtual duet with the legendary performer and a stunning version of "When I Fall In Love" was mastered.
    “Featuring spectacular renditions of well-known tracks including Madonna's, "Like A Prayer," Robbie William's "Angels," a duet with Michael Bolton "Somewhere Out There" and Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre," 'A Wonderful World' is the ultimate Christmas gift that will transcend Christmas.”
    • From News.com.au by Cameron Adams:
    “Susan Boyle is the reality TV star who makes the obligatory covers albums work. There's an actual, palpable sense of wonder when she sings What a Wonderful World. Her backstory (cats, single) makes When I Fall In Love poignant, with Nat King Cole duetting direct from heaven. “There's the usual ballads you'd expect (Abba's I Have a Dream, Elvis's Always On My Mind) but also more interesting choices. Boyle and some bagpipes get epic on Wings' Mull Of Kintyre and she takes Madonna's Like a Prayer to church and lets the choir sing - politely. And after seeing a bogan in a bandana ruin Angels in the misguided presence of Robbie Williams on The X Factor, SuBo turns the song into an actual hymn.
    “SOUNDS LIKE: the best diction in the pop charts IN A WORD: classy.”

    4. A 30-second ad that was posted on TV for AWW and now posted on The SBFII YouTube Channel: “Susan Boyle Television Ad for A WONDERFUL WORLD 2016” https://youtu.be/_Ej6YAFuJP8

    December 1, Thursday
    1. More sales ranking for A Wonderful World posted by Sherry from Florida:
    • Spotify monthly listeners 617,731
    • New Zealand album chart #10
    • iTunes:#20 Jordan; #71 Ireland; #77 Australia; #119 Netherlands; #258 UK;#826 US
    • Amazon UK #56
    • Summary Billboard chart position and sales figures
    Week 1 Billboard album sales #54 4,541
    Week 2 Billboard album sales #96 3,263
    Week 3 Billboard album sales #133 3,647
    Total 11,451 album sales

    December 2, Friday
    1. More sales rankings for AWW:
    • Scottish Album Chart AWW #7
    • Spotify listeners : 673,057

    2. An interesting short report by Anita Lesko, “Why I Identify With Susan Boyle as a Late-in-Life-Diagnosed Autistic Adult” posted at Themighty.com. Just a bit:
    “When Susan Boyle first took to the stage on “Britain’s Got Talent,” I realized she was on the autism spectrum. Her “quirky” ways had everyone laughing at her until the jaw-dropping moment she began singing “I Dreamed a Dream.” She stunned the world with her spectacular voice. Suddenly everyone forgot her little wiggle and cheeky comments to Simon Cowell. Susan became an instant sensation. But there was one thing about herself that she didn’t officially even yet know — the very thing that would help explain parts of the life she had lived up to that magical night.”

    December 3, Saturday
    1. More AWW rankings:
    • AWW debuts at #14 on Australia's ARIA album chart
    • #107 on Belgium Flanders chart
    • Spotify total listeners = 729,682
    • iTunes:#46 Jordan; #97 New Zealand; #119 Australia

    2. Stuff.co.nz/entertainment posted “Susan Boyle on a Wonderful World, her 'comeback album” by Hannah McKee.
    “Within eight months of her television debut, she would release her first album, hold the record of the fastest-selling album by a female in the UK, and become the oldest artist to reach No.1 with a debut album in the US and UK. But speculation ran rife in 2015, when Boyle broke her yearly tradition of releasing an album just in time for Christmas. Boyle said the reason for not releasing a 2015 album was out of her control.
    Susan was quoted: “But I've had time to reflect, time to grow up, and my confidence has grown, I'm ready. This album - A Wonderful World – is kind of a comeback album, to say that Susan Boyle is back, bigger, and stronger than ever, and raring to go." http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment...comeback-album

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    Thanks Lucy
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    Thank you as always, LucyB.

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    Really good report, Lucy. Thanks!!!

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