Susan Boyle tops overseas album sales chart for second year running

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 16:21 PM IST

London: A survey has suggested that Scottish singer Susan Boyle has topped the most successful sale overseas by a UK artist for a second year running.

The research by Music Week magazine suggests ‘The Gift’ sold 3.7 million copies abroad compared with the six million shifted by her debut ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, the BBC reported.

Boyle’s record was followed by Sade’s ‘Soldier of Love’, which sold 2.3 million, and Mumford and Sons’ Brits-winning album ‘Sigh No More’, which sold 1.3 million.

Muse’s ‘The Resistance’, released in 2009, was fourth with a million copies.

Phil Collins’ ‘Motown’ covers album ‘Going Back’, ‘Plastic Beach’ by Gorillaz, and James Blunt’s ‘Some Kind of Trouble’ all sold 900,000 copies overseas.

Take That’s ‘Progress’, which was the top-selling album in the UK last year with sales of 1.8 million, clocked up a further 800,000 copies abroad.

‘Lungs’, by Florence and the Machine, also sold 800,000 copies, while Rod Stewart’s latest Great American songbook collection shifted 700,000 copies.

The top four albums in the Music Week list scored the top three places on the US Billboard 200 album chart.

ANI