Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

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About

Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who found internet fame after appearing as a contestant on the third series of Britain’s Got Talent[1] in April 2009. She surprised the judges with a strong performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables in the competition’s first round, despite her plain appearance. Within four days, a video of her performance was viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube.[2]

Online History

On April 11th, 2012, Susan Boyle appeared on an episode of Britain’s Got Talent, where she sung “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables. The judges, known for often being harsh in their criticism, called her performance “stunning” and her voice “extraordinary.”[5] Immediately following Boyle’s on-air performance, two separate videos[3][4] from the show were uploaded via YouTube. As of November 2012, the videos have a combined total of more than 128.2 million views. The next morning, a local news article about the singer was the most popular article on Digg[8] and the video clip made it to the front page of Reddit.[9]



By May 25th, 2009, her video had been viewed more than 60 million times. Her online fanbase helped Boyle win the show’s viewers choice award, allowing her to sing in the finals.[6] In the finale, Boyle came in second place, losing to a dance troupe, and was admitted to a psychiatric clinic following her final performance after the mental toll fame had taken on her.[7] However, in December the video of her first performance was named as the top YouTube video of 2009[10] with more than 120 million views. In March 2012, the blog Visible Measures[11] determined Boyle’s video was the second most viral video of all time, breaking 100 million views in nine days.

#susansalbumparty

To promote the release of her album Standing Ovation on November 19th, 2012, her Twitter PR team, @SusanBoyleHQ[12], announced an album listening party where Boyle would be answering tweeted questions from her fans. They used the hashtag #susanalbumparty[13] to collect the tweets. On November 20th, the hashtag was used 18,725 times[14], with many Twitter users pointing out the hashtag’s construction looked like it could mean “Su’s Anal Bum Party.” On November 21st, Hypervocal[15] published a collection of tweets pointing out the hashtag’s misinterpretation, followed by stories on Gawker[16], the Daily Mail[17], the National Post[18], Forbes[19] and the Huffington Post[20] over the next few days.



Personal Life

Susan Boyle[21], born April 1st, 1961, hails from West Lothian, Scotland. Prior to being a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, she lived alone with her cat, Pebbles.[6] After appearing on the show, she released her first album in November 2009, which debuted at number 1 in several countries, becoming the best-selling debut album of all time in the United Kingdom. As of November 2012, she has released 4 albums and in March 2012, a jukebox musical about her life titled “I Dreamed a Dream”[22] premiered in the UK.



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External References

[1]Wikipedia – Britain’s Got Talent (series 3)

[2]Playbill – Producer Mackintosh “Gob-Smacked” By Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream”; Song Is YouTube Hit

[3]YouTube – Susan Boyle – Britains Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 – Saturday 11th April | HD High Quality

[4]YouTube – Original Version. Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream.

[5]Huffington Post – Susan Boyle VIDEO: Britain’s Singing YouTube Sensation

[6]ABC News – Susan Boyle Wows Viewers, Reaches Show Finals

[7]Telegraph – Susan Boyle could be in Priory clinic for weeks, says doctor

[8]The Star – Never-kissed singer an instant Web star

[9]Reddit – never judge a book by its cover-amazing singer Susan Boyle

[10]The Guardian – Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent is YouTube’s top video of 2009

[11]Visible Measures – Update: Kony Social Video Campaign Tops 100 Million Views

[12]Twitter – @SusanBoyleHQ

[13]Twitter – #susanalbumparty

[14]Topsy – Statistics for #susanalbumparty

[15]Hypervocal – Susan Boyle: Releasing an Album or Throwing an Anal Bum Party?

[16]Gawker – Susan Boyle Temporarily Regains Relevance by Inviting Her Twitter Followers to an ‘Anal Bum Party’

[17]the Daily Mail – ‘#susanalbumparty’: Susan Boyle promotional team’s embarrassing hashtag double entendre for new album launch

[18]National Post – Are you going to #susanalbumparty? Susan Boyle Twitter gaffe goes viral

[19]Forbes – Twitter Hashtag Disasters Of Our Time: #susanalbumparty

[20]Huffington Post – Susan Boyle’s ‘Anal Bum Party’ Tweet Prompts Amusing Responses From Fans

[21]Wikipedia – Susan Boyle

[22]Wikipedia – I Dreamed a Dream (musical)

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