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Susan Boyle album debuts at No.1 in U.S. charts

 British singer Susan Boyle performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, November 23, 2009. Boyle soared to the top of the U.S. album charts with her debut album, setting a 2009 record of 701,000 copies sold, record sales tracking company Nielsen Soundscan said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Susan Boyle soared to the top of the U.S. album charts with her debut album, setting a 2009 record of 701,000 copies sold, record sales tracking company Nielsen Soundscan said on Wednesday.

Boyle, 48, a frumpy Scottish singer who became an international YouTube sensation in April after appearing on TV show "Britain's Got Talent", also topped the British album charts earlier this week.

Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream", which was released last week, marked the best U.S. opening of a female artist's debut album since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, Billboard.com said.

Billboard said only one album in SoundScan's tracking history had seen a bigger opening week than Boyle.

U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg's album "Doggystyle" sold 803,000 copies in its first week in 1993, before traditional album sales began tumbling in the face of piracy and a shift to digital sales.

Boyle's album entered the Billboard 200 album charts at No.1, ahead of "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, whose album debuted at No.3 with 198,000 copies.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

 
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