“The studio is my sanctuary. To return to it, well it feels like home away from home. The studio is like being inside a bubble and a place I can step away from the worry of life. As soon as I put the cans (headphones) on I know that I am safe.
“For me, it’s not about album sales or chart positions. It is that the people buying my music are enjoying it. They are the ones who will hopefully keep me in this business for years to come. I don’t want it to end and I want them to keep enjoying my music.”–Susan Boyle describes her music, her art, her passion (via Digital Spy & Music Fi).
Boyle was America’s fastest falling celebrity name this year. Who cares, she’s alright by me. SuBo has sold 12 million albums worldwide and is reportedly worth $11 million. Perhaps indicating that Simon Cowell is taking a little too much of a cut as her manager? It’s not like Susan Boyle is spending all of her dosh on plastic surgery for example–so clearly Boyle hasn’t received enough of her own earnings to date.
In any event, Go SuBo!
Since the Pike River Coal Mine Blast first happened and two miners were discovered originating from Scotland, daily people have been requesting on this blog’s search engine for John Barrowman. He’s the star of Dr Who, the reboot series.
Barrowman identifies with being gay and he’s being groomed by the gay power set as a face of gay causes with a sci-fi theme. He appears in documentaries at the moment, that aim to have a scientific tone and sorta look like they’ve been conceptualized by 1/3rd of Dreamworks. I say this, because John bears a striking resemblance to someone like a Tom Cruise, from top lip up, but with a Michael Jackson chin thrown in from bottom lip down–and Dreamworks would definitely go for that in encroaching in on the MGM movie market. Barrowman could also be aligned to studios perhaps someone like Keanu Reeves works with also or, those kids from The Vampire Diaries TV show, with Paramount, for example if he wanted to give Hollywood a whirl-outside of Dreamworks circles of influence too for versatility of career paths forward.
When I look at Barrowman’s stellar resume, it’s like it’s been penned by a Geffen or an Andrew Lloyd Webber or Sir Elton John in planning his star trajectory via The UK, or something. It’s a little bit twee. Very taunt. In fact the only thing lacking on it is the film role credit of a remake of, A Star is Born, or something similar, which is set in the future and stars Barrowman and, of course, Lady Gaga. He could really help her sell her next album. He might even be able to teach her how to act and become a movie star. Gaga could be the next Liza Minelli.
Jokes aside, Barrowman is very talented. He’s even done a duet of You’re So Vein – the song that Carly Simon had a hit with, while being managed by David Geffen, perhaps showing a good sense of humor. Barrowman is a quadruple threat who makes many other stars look like they missed out in the talents department. He can sing, act, host, MC, dance. Lately he’s been appearing in scientific looking documentaries, crying on cue too. What one must do as a willing guinea pig for the appearance of scientific experiments, this actor has a monopoly on. I say this because a good actor will do what the world or powers that be require of them to do. If they don’t in this tight economy with restricted movement their chances of moving ahead are thin, if they don’t. I (billy goat) kid you not.
Susan Boyle can be seen warbling angelically here on The View, USA.
Then, a bit of a stumble mid performance. A wee bit of a chat and some encouragement from sisters, then she was away again.
What a gift she is. Enjoy.
~Via Michael K. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.30.10~
The cast of Glee are in hot demand being the musical campus of Amerian telly entertainment.
Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele took a break from performing for the cameras to perform live for an audience in LA. They did Damnit Janet from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, at an event thrown by The Painted Turtle org at the El Capitaine Theater in Los Angeles. They snogged at the end of the number. Watch clip above.
And in other Glee news, the long-awaited appearance of Scottish YouTube sensation, Susan Boyle is going to hit American audiences like a good Scottish pud, when SuBo makes a cameo for their Christmas special.
Back to back divas of song on this non-stop TV show.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
Happy Birthday Ms Susan Boyle. 49 today. Woot!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.1.2010~
Or so, People Magazine US thinks, to sell a magazine this week.
For the record, the Scotts are some of the most least anxiety-ridden people in the world. They laugh too much as a culture for starters. We can learn from that. Laughter is the anxiety buster, in often over-prescribed and over-medicated America.
More comedians and real stars like SuBo are needed to rid the world of anxiety. You know it!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.24.2010~
The song could have done with some Andrae Crouch vocal direction for the song’s finale. Andrae is the singer, who co-created the vocal arrangements of Man In the Mirror for Michael Jackson. Everybody Hurts lacks the big finale and uplfit, utilizing all of the voices involved that Crouch could have given the song, but I still like it and it is for a good cause. A nice effort from Cowell and friends.
Here’s the cover artwork and the music. The song can be pre-ordered here.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.2.2010~
A source tells the Sun: “She loves cats but doesn’t know when to stop. Controlling that many is proving to be a disaster…. Her friends are calling her Catwoman now because they’re everywhere.”
Sounds like Winehouse is giving the UK’s famous Cat Lady and break out star, Susan Boyle of Scotland, a run for her money while also throwing Winehouse’s musical audiences weight and support behind the Scottish songstress too… with this kitty cat reference.
Nice one Amy! UK’s reigning queen of The Grammys is looking after Britain’s new Scottish Queen of song. When all is said and done about Amy Winehouse, she is kinda sweet really.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.10.2010~
Simon Cowell would even sell his own mother and her cat to make a buck. He’s not a top agent/ manager of music artists for nothing.
These are bound to be a big hit with the millions of I Can Has Cheezburger cat-crazed online-audience in the world.
Online viral marketing is the secret to SuBo’s success, so this is a smart move from the Cowell camp. Who would have thought that Boyle’s Scottish kitty cat, Pebbles, would have been able to churn out a million dollars of merchandizing for Boyle and Cowell. That’s amazing. :)
Sometimes the smartest thing two new divas can do to take on the established star system, is to develop a fan crush on each other’s talent and music. Lady Gaga has done just that by naming Susan Boyle her woman of the year.
The Sun, UK is reporting Gaga saying: “I love Susan Boyle. She is my woman of the year. She has achieved more in this year than most artists will in a lifetime.
“This time last year nobody even knew who she was and now she is knocking the world’s most established artists off the album and singles charts.
“Our styles are different. I don’t know if we could work together, but never say never. It would be great to work with somebody of that talent.”
“I have watched the clip of her singing on Britain’s Got Talent a thousand times and every time I see Simon Cowell‘s face it makes me laugh out loud. He thinks he knows everything but even he wasn’t expecting that.”
Lady Gaga’s comments about Susan Boyle are very gracious. They are comments that could describe herself and her own massive trajectory this year as a superstar.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.31.09~
Who says that cat ladies who sing of Wild Horses don’t rule the world, because they do!
Susan Boyle has almost sold 3 million copies of her album, I Dreamed a Dream, and with half a week in sales left to go, Nielsen Soundscan report that Boyle has a shot at overtaking Taylor Swift‘s Fearless album for #1 selling album of the year. In her fifth week of sales Boyle moved 510,000 copies this past week. Wow!
Of course, the cunning Taylor Swift has repackaged fearless three times (yawn!) and dated and then dumped a teen Twilight werewolf actor (Taylor Lautner) to shimmy her way to #1 in sales. Boyle has yet to begin the ‘repackaging process’ and she’s dated nobody to sell her music.
Queen Susan of Scotland forever. She’s ferosh! She’s the unknown horse, dark outsider, that bolted her way to the top of the music world. Love her!
[Image of White horse courtesy of Thumbs Image Kind]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.30.09~
Radar Online is reporting, that Simon Cowell will be exiting American Idol at the end of 2010.
Now that Cowell is a household American and British talent show judge, a proven manager of already talented singers he sites on the shows he appears on, he can safely leave American Idol.
Cowell has Susan Boyle’s fame in his hands, Boyle being the biggest selling female artist on the planet in history for a debut album. He also has Leona Lewis, who before Boyle was the UK’s biggest selling debut artist also. Simon only appeared on a talent show, to best be situated to nab the best talent emerging in the world, and sign to his own company to manage their careers. He’s sort of bored with that now.
What will Cowell do next. My prediction is that Simon Cowell perhaps will partner with Oprah Winfrey to create talent shows. Oprah has partnered with Tyler Perry to executive produce films. She also will partner with Cowell to produce talent shows. What a winning combo for both Winfrey and Cowell to create the next wave of talent in the world. Global domination is ahead for these two from the West.
Susan Boyle, the woman from Scotland who had the courage to live her dream, despite being the antithesis of Hollywood imaging, rates as the 35th brightest star in Hollywood, only one ranking short of magazine cover ready, Taylor Swift.
Singing since the age of 12, Susan Boyle told the X-Factor talent show’s cameras that she was “going to make the audience rock.” That she did!
Boyle exposed our self righteous hyper-critical attitudes towards entertainers that don’t have the right ‘image.’ Yet she won us over with her courage, her naturalness, her talent and the strength of her amazing Scottish spirit to uplift and entertain in a ‘no frills’ recession environment worldwide.
Boyle has sold 2 million copies of her debut album, I Dreamed A Dream smashing the record of debut albums for a female solo artist.
An everyday person, like us all… SuBo represented the forgotten next door neighbor in all of our hoods, becoming the pin up girl of domesticated, spinster cat ladies worldwide.
Boyle is as beautiful as she is amazing on the inside. Wow! Go girl! She is the unofficial Queen of peoples hearts in the UK, and The Scottish Queen of our hearts. Go Susan Boyle and go Scotland’s revival and reclamation of Scottish indigenous language and culture right now!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.22.09~
8. Susan Boyle
7. Kristen Stewart
5. Miley Cyrus
2. Taylor Swift
The number one woman of 2009 is yet to be announced. Will she be: Angelina Jolie? Stephenie Meyer? Michelle Obama… or doh! Lady Gaga?! :)
See also, Horiwood’s Top Ten Women of 2009 List, based on actual blog hit figures here in Hollywood.
~Reposted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.17.09~
America is mad for Susan Boyle‘s uniquely plain brand of Wild Horses dreamy songs this Christmas. There’s just no stopping this Scottish diva on the album charts.
Boyle is expected to sell another 500,ooo or more albums next week. She will be double-platinum within a month. Wow!
Andrea Bocelli is #2 with his My Christmas album. The amazing Alecia Keys is #3 with The Element of Freedom. Keys is projected to sell 350,000 albums.
America’s white soul crooner Robin Thicke is #4 with a new album called Sex Therapy. Aptly titled in light of the Tiger Woods news of late.
All four albums are well worthy of buying this Christmas. What a great line up.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.09~
Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed A Dream cd with that very popular Wild Horses song on it has outsold most albums this year.
Sony Music Entertainment, are so ecstatic with their Scottish lassie’s haulings in worldwide that they might even consider throwing in this hot crochet pattern for a Santa hat for wild horses–courtesy of Debbie K–with each album purchase from here on in until Christmas. (joking!)
Seriously though, Boyle has sold 527,000 copies in the week ending December 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. If you add this to the 702,000 copies the album sold in week 1, makes a total of 1.2 million to date.
Of course Susan being Susan says this to News Scotsman: “It’s been bloody fantastic. Pretty moving, really, because it’s a chance for me to prove, really, what I’m capable of.”
Who knows what this woman is capable of! Boyle’s album is now officially one of this year’s top 10 bestselling albums. She continues to inspire us all, just by being her natural and slightly nutty self. What a result.
Adds Susan to the Scotsman: “All I can say is thank you very much for those who supported me and I hope you enjoy the album.”
How sweet. If you’re feeling the joy, order one of these patterns from Debbie K and while you are listening to SuBo be a Scottish angel, you can crochet one of these little numbers too (so Scottish to do just that). When finished, why not donate your creation to a horse shelter near you.
Good Lord, I need my morning coffee! :)
[Image of Crochet Santa Horse's Hat, courtesy- Debbie K of Crochetdodads, Image of Susan Boyle courtesy of News Scotsman].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.10.09~
Here is an excerpt. Love his love for Susan. He shines too.
“Susan’s Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream will sell millions and millions over the holidays! Not fake. Not contrived. We have compressed, condensed sexual repression that’s unleashed spiritually through unadorned vocal cords. Pure happiness and humility, a-swept-under-the rug Cinderella of Scottish heritage.
Traditional yes. Revolutionary yes. Susan Boyle is our Cinderella of Pop, so plain, it’s WEIRD! (The portrait of SB is by Christian Lessenich).” Thanks John.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.6.09~
Amazing news from Wild Horses singer, Susan Boyle of Scotland via Billboard today. Here’s the top ten albums this week:
1. Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream – 701,000
2. Andrea Boccelli – My Christmas – 218,000
3. Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment – 198,000
4. Rihanna- Rated-R – 181, 000
5. Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster (EP) – 174,000
6. Lady Gaga – The Fame – 151,000
7. Miley Cyrus – The Time Of Our Lives – 150,000
8. Taylor Swift – Fearless – 125,000
9. Carrie Underwood – Play On – 124,000
10. Norah Jones – The Fall – 110,000
15. Shakira – She Wolf – 89,000
Angelina Jolie may thinks she’s Salt, but I think Susan Boyle is Salt too. She’s proving to be just that this week in the music world of album sales. Congrats. I Dreamed A Dream is the official present to give mothers and grandmothers and anyone with a cat, or single, or single with a cat, this Christmas.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. Thanks Michael~
A Scottish singer rules the world tonight in Hollywood on Horiwood.Com. Actor Cliff Curtis is rumored to be dancing down the aisle in love and Lou Sulola Samuel is the cutest little angel to arrive in Los Angeles ever.
Here’s your top ten celebrity and entertainment news post today. Thanks for voting and for your fun and eclectic choices.
1. Scotland’s SUSAN BOYLE is queen of album sales worldwide.
2. NIKKI REED of the Twilight Saga is a true rising young Hollywood star.
3. KATHERINE HEIGL continues to romance US as an all American sweetheart.
5. LOU SULOLA SAMUEL says hello to the world. Too cute.
6. COLIN FARREL takes a vacation in Mexico.
7. TIGER WOODS gets a traffic fine for “Careless Driving”
8. Hollywood Maori actor, CLIFF CURTIS just might be getting married.
9. Footballer GRADY SIZEMORE loves himself and his iphone just a little.
10. ANGELINA JOLIE reigns as the Queen of Magazine covers.
12. Chinese model, LIU WEN represents fashion on the runway in the USA.
13. The Trowenna Sea is a must read for all who love epic Hollywood period films.
14. MICHAEL JACKSON beats BRITNEY SPEARS for Yahoo’s most searched.
15. NINA WARREN, GEORGE CLOONEY‘s mom is red carpet ready.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.1.09~
An album of mainly covers, moving over a million units in its first week? Not bad at all for Ms. Susan Boyle who represents the pin up girl of ‘never judge a book by her cover’ to us all. Appearances are always deceptive, love in one’s heart is always much more powerful to give to the world as Boyle exemplifies when she sings.
Of course, Simon Cowell is licking his cream covered chops, that SuBo agreed to sign on with him, even though clearly Boyle’s 60 million youtube fans, had watched her perform and were already firmly in her Scottish bagpipes bag. Without Simon’s further help. Although Cowell can’t sing at all, he is a master at intimidating a true talent, belittling them to make them feel like they then need him. This is how he has made his money in show biz. But in fairness, Simon also has good ideas to add to the mix.
[Wild Horses image courtesy of CB.Org]
Did Susan Boyle really suck her thumb after her knock out live performance on NBC in America.
The ever faithful UK press, The UK Daily Mail seems to think so in this story, because supporting their own is what the UK media are renowned for. Not! Go here to see.
I think Susan Boyle is amazing. While some pop stars do boy-on-boy action in late night Award shows or clock into rehab for attention… if Susan Boyle sucks her thumb to get a headline, who cares! She’s found her way to stay in a headline and sell her music. Too funny!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.26.09~
Congratulations to Scotland’s Susan Boyle, whose debut album is #1 and has sold 550,000 copies, which is 50,000 more than predicted.
That’s Awesome. Congrats SuBo!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.25.09~
Simon Cowell is that little British man, who convinced America that he could spot talent. The truth is, talent already has talent before they ever even meet Cowell. Simon capitalizes on an artists talent to remain a fat cat. He’s extremely convincing at it.
Entertainment Tonight reports that Cowell wants to turn Scottish singing sensation, Susan Boyle‘s life story into a Michael Jackson-esque This Is It styled documentary with the TV Guide Network. Simon (or his stand in, not allowed any credit person) has actually made the doco already.
TV Guide Network will premiere the film called I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story on December 13 at 8 p.m.
The doco better star Susan’s cat Pebbles in the lead role with Susan, as Boyle’s talent blossomed as she sung everyday alone around her Scottish apartment singing to Pebbles the cat, and not Cowell. I joke! But the doco should. This is the story of a forgotten cat lady who got discovered when she put herself in a talent show and her voice changed the world. (more…)