27 March 2008

Leona Lewis - Top of the (American) Pops

I read today that the winner of the third series of reality show The X-Factor, Leona Lewis is the first British solo female to top the American Billboard chart for 21 years, with Bleeding Love! The last was Kim Wilde in 1981.

British women who have toped the U.S. chart with their debut single:

  • Petula Clark
  • Sheena Easton
  • Leona Lewis
On top of having the fastest selling download single ever for her debut release, A Moment Like This (over 50,000 in the first 30 minutes) and the top selling single of 2007, (Bleeding Love) astonishingly her first release is only the sixth record by a solo female Brit to top the U.S. Hits 100:
  • Petula Clark
  • LuLu
  • Sheena Easton
  • Bonnie Tyler
  • Kim Wilde
  • Leona Lewis
So reality TV does it again. Interestingly Sheena Easton arrived at stardom via the reality show The Big Time back in 1980 - they're not a new thing!. I can appreciate her talent but I think she is dull, has no personality and can't stand the music but, hey, congratulations Leona, great achievement.


Eamon said...

No disrespect to Kim Wilde or Leona Lewis but surely Britain has produced better singers over the years than them!

DeeDubya said...

I was thinking that but I strugled hard to think of many decent, and importantly, popular solo female artists.