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Originally posted 02/24/2010 02:30PM
After performing at Italy's Sanremo music festival on Feb. 16, Susan Boyle told an adoring audience, "Dreams have no expiry date. I'd like this to go on and on."
But at what cost?
Two of her brothers are now voicing concerns for her well-being and speaking out about her ability to handle the pressure of global stardom.
"The traveling and the whole [fame] thing is exhausting. She still has her anxieties and her loneliness," her brother Gerry tells PEOPLE in the latest cover story.
Her other brother, John, is even more blunt: "She needs 24-hour care. She needs to be looked after."
Originally posted 02/15/2010 10:45AM
Don't look now, but Susan Boyle is working on a new sound – that of someone more confident in the limelight.
The Scottish singer, 48, who struggled mightily with her meteoric rise to fame following her legendary appearance on Britain's Got Talent last April, says she's turned a corner where celebrity is concerned.
"I was like a scared child before, but I'm not the scared person I used to be," Boyle tells CBS Sunday Morning. "I had to learn how to deal with a lot of publicity, and the glare of attention. And that takes a bit to get used to. But I got there in the end!"
Originally posted 01/27/2010 08:40AM
Susan Boyle returned to her home in Scotland to find something she didn't expect – an intruder, police have confirmed to PEOPLE.
The singer was entering her house in Blackburn, West Lothian, late Tuesday when the unexpected guest ran out past her.
A police statement said Wednesday, "Lothian and Borders Police were called to an address in Blackburn at around 9:50 p.m. yesterday following reports of a disturbance. A man was detained in connection with the incident and released without charge pending further inquiries."
Boyle's rep also said Wednesday: "Last night, Susan returned home with a friend and found an intruder in her house. She was shocked but unharmed."
Originally posted 01/23/2010 03:25PM
Susan Boyle has signed on to sing REM’s ballad "Everybody Hurts" along with a star-studded roster of other singers to raise money for Haiti.
It was announced earlier this week that Simon Cowell is organizing the charity initiative, which will also include Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart and Leona Lewis.
"The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine," Boyle told The Sun newspaper. "I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country."
On Friday, George Clooney helmed the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, which included appearances by Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Wyclef Jean.
Originally posted 01/21/2010 08:40AM
The star support for the relief work in Haiti is unceasing, with Simon Cowell now joining the effort by organizing a Live Aid-style celebrity record to benefit the cause.
"We are going to do a single. I wanted to do something for Haiti, and we had a request from the Prime Minister to put a record together," the American Idol judge and music mogul, 50, confirmed to reporters at the National Television Awards in London on Wednesday.
Cowell has already asked several of his leading artists, including Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis, to back the project, reports the Sun newspaper.The charity recording is expected to take place within the next few days.
"I've got to get it together in 48 hours, "says Cowell. "It's not the best timing, but I will make it happen."
– Monique Jessen
Originally posted 01/19/2010 03:25PM
She wowed Simon Cowell, sold a bazillion records and captivated people worldwide. But Susan Boyle's act is apparently not music to the ears of the British record industry, which failed to honor her with a single nomination for the 2010 Brit Awards.
Some in the British press speculate that the Scottish singer, 48, whose album I Dreamed a Dream topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, simply isn't trendy or stylish enough.
"The problem for the Brits is they're supposed to be a celebration of British music – and cool," one source tells the Daily Mail. "And whatever anyone thinks of Susan Boyle, she certainly isn't cool."
Originally posted 12/19/2009 08:00AM
Could Susan Boyle dethrone current queen Taylor Swift, currently at the top of 2009's album-sales charts?
With her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, shaking up the industry and selling like hotcakes – it's already sold 1.8 million units since launching in the U.S. on Nov. 24 – Boyle, 48, is poised to surpass the 2.7 million copies of Fearless that Swift, 20, has sold this year. (Since its release in November 2008, Fearless has sold a total of 4.8 million units.)
According to Billboard, Boyle – who has held the No. 1 sales spot for the past three weeks – stands a good chance of ruling the music roost if her strong sales hold up for the next couple of weeks.
Originally posted 12/13/2009 09:00AM
What a year it's been for Susan Boyle! The Scottish singing sensation's debut album I Dreamed a Dream is at the top the Billboard charts for the second week in a row. On Sunday (8 p.m. EST), the TV Guide Network will air I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story. The one-hour special features performances with Boyle and the West End cast of Les Miserables and singer Elaine Paige. PEOPLE caught up with Boyle to talk about her life-changing year, her upcoming TV special and how fame has affected her cat Pebbles!
What's it like having your own television special?
It's a very humbling experience. I loved every second of it. I finally feel like the dream is a reality. When the show was made I can honestly say that it was the best two days of my life. The producer, Nigel Hall, made me a beautiful show.
Originally posted 11/22/2009 01:10PM
Susan Boyle will celebrate the release of her first album in New York next week.
In her first visit to the Big Apple, Boyle, 48, will perform live on NBC's Today show Monday morning, followed by sightseeing Tuesday – the day her album, I Dreamed A Dream, hits stores.
Holiday crowds in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center will be able to catch her singing three tracks from the album, which already has notched record-setting pre-orders on Amazon.com.
"The album itself is like a reflection on my whole life," Boyle says. "I've waited so long to become a professional singer and now it's become real."
Originally posted 11/07/2009 08:45AM
Susan Boyle is set to dazzle the Dancing with the Stars crowd – with her singing, not her dancing feet.
The Scottish singer, 48, will fly to Los Angeles for an appearance on the hit show early next week, her rep tells PEOPLE. "She's excited and happy," says her brother, John Boyle. "She loves America and loves the people. She appreciates their honesty."
Boyle, who made a previous U.S. appearance on America's Got Talent last September, will likely sing material from her upcoming CD, I Dreamed A Dream, due out Nov. 24.
And she is beginning – on a modest scale – to enjoy the fruits of her recent labors: Boyle bought a three-piece sofa and recliner set in burgundy leather for her small home in Blackburn, Scotland, and a new refrigerator. "Moneywise, she's very frugal," says her brother.
He adds, "She wasn't happy staying in London full-time. She can walk around in Blackburn. Just say, 'Hi' and 'How's it going?'to the locals."
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