Posts Tagged ‘spirit’

Lovely Leona Lewis Makes American History

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Leona_lewis_spiritLeona Lewis‘ has made the history books in the US by becoming the first UK artist to top both the singles and albums charts with a debut release.
On the chart countdown on Wednesday she became only the 2nd ever British female artist to enter the Billboard 200 chart at #1 with her debut album ‘Spirit’, replacing country star George Strait at the top.

In the 63 year history of the Billboard Chart ‘Sade‘ was the only other female artist to hit #1 when ‘The Promise’ spent a three week run at the top in 1986, however this was not a debut entry.
This was topped on Thursday when Leona’s debut single "Bleeding Love" returned to #1 just two weeks after being replaced by ‘Mariah Carey‘. It has been 18 years since a UK artist has topped both charts ‘Phil Collins – But Seriously‘ and ‘Sinead O’Conner‘ with ‘I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got’ (UK signed!) both managed the feat in 1990, not with debuts though!

Lovely Leona joins an elite bunch in the billboard history… only 14 artists have had an album debut at #1 and she is joining the elite ranks of Elton John, U2, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Rod Stewart and Radiohead whose ‘In Rainbows‘ debuted at #1 earlier this year, to name but a few.
With an appearance on American Idol (estimated audience 25 – 30 million) introducing her to a whole new bunch of Americans, and the new single ‘Better In Time’ already in the chart before it’s official release, watch this space.
May the Spirit be with you!

Duffy vs Leona in UK Singles Battle

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Duffy_rockferry_2The top spot in the UK singles chart was won for the fifth week in a row by a jubilant Duffy with her hit ‘Mercy’. Her album "Rockferry" remains at #1 in the album chart for a second week. I’m not one to say "told you so", but I did predict this as being a huge album a few weeks ago!

‘Mercy’ just managed to keep Leona Lewis from the top spot, beating her double A side ‘Better In Time / Footprints In The Sand’, both taken from her album "Spirit", by just over 300 units.

Leona_lewis_spiritIs this a just result? You see, download sales of the second track are excluded from the tally. If these had been included Leona would have been #1!
With sales of over 7,500 units ‘Footprints in the Sand’ was at #25 in the chart as a stand alone track.
I don’t suppose Duffy or Leona are too worried as both are sitting very pretty at the top of the pops!

Meanwhile, Leona’s biggest fan (and promoter) Simon Cowell has been busy showing her off in the US. You can check out her performance and interview on Oprah right here… thanks to the lads at YouTube.
They’re comparing her to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston (presumably before things went pear shaped!). It might be a bit early for those comparisons but she does comes across as a genuinely nice person… just like Simon… so good luck to them.
Fair play to Simon though, but you can practically see the $$ signs in his eyes! And sure why not.   

Not sure if her American Idol performance ever worked out… but I’ll post here if anything crops up. There are rumours of a semi final appearance?