If an album leaks on the Internet, but everyone’s already pre-ordered it, does it make a sound? The upcoming debut of Britain’s Got Talent winner-turned-America’s-sweetheart Susan Boyle has made its way online. But judging from stealth pre-order sales for I Dreamed A Dream, there may not be many fans left who didn’t already pay for her collection.
Columbia Records issued a statement saying, “One of the things that is so unique about Susan Boyle is her ability to touch people around the world.” Naughty!
I Dreamed A Dream will be officially released next week. Clips of the songs have been available on iTunes for a couple weeks now, and there are really no revelatory surprises lying in wait on the full album. What you’ve already heard, vocally, in the months since Susan Boyle became a headline-grabbing reality show contestant is what you get—and that’s not a bad thing.
At any rate, we may just find that Boyle’s sales record could coincide with her dual accomplishment of having the least illegally-downloaded album in history. Then again, can Susan Boyle’s fans really be trusted to hold out till Monday?
Speaking of which, here’s “Manic Monday”: