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Singer Leona Lewis has become the first British woman to top the US pop chart for more than 20 years with her single Bleeding Love.
The track, which was last year's best-selling single in the UK, was released in the US six weeks ago.


Kim Wilde was the last UK female to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with her 1987 cover version of the Supremes hit You Keep Me Hangin' On.

Lewis wrote on her website that it was her "dream" to break America.

'Real honour'

"I'm so excited to be able to spend some time in the US and showcase my music to everyone here," the former receptionist from east London said.

"Its been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I can't wait."

Last year her manager Simon Cowell negotiated a £5m contract with US mogul Clive Davis, the man who discovered Whitney Houston.


What Leona has achieved


    Won The X Factor in 2006
    Debut single A Moment Like This downloaded 50,000 times in 30 minutes
    It was the 2006 UK Christmas number one
    Spirit became Britain's fastest-selling debut album ever
    Bleeding Love was number one for seven weeks
    Signed a £5m US music deal in 2007
    Nominated for four Brit Awards in 2008


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At the time, Cowell, who also judged the 22-year-old on ITV1 talent show The X Factor, said: "We'll do everything in our power to make her an international star."

Last week the pair appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show together to promote the single.

It is thought download and mobile phone track sales soared after her appearance, while the Hot 100 chart also counts radio airplay.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson has denied reports that Lewis is considering undergoing throat surgery to end recurring bouts of tonsillitis.

He said: "She has got a pretty bad throat. She just can't shake it off at the moment but I don't think she needs to have an op."

Lewis is the third UK solo female artist to reach number one in the Hot 100 with her debut hit.

Petula Clark was the first, with her 1965 track Downtown, while Sheena Easton's Morning Train - released in the UK as 9 To 5 - followed in 1981.

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Congratulations to the girl. People might not like her much, but I do. I think she has a great voice, and well done to her.

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Funnily enough Sheena Easton also sprang to fame after a UK Talent Contest....the Big Time with Esther Rantzen.

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Whirliegig wrote:Funnily enough Sheena Easton also sprang to fame after a UK Talent Contest....the Big Time with Esther Rantzen.



I see a pattern emerging. :)

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Jericho wrote:Congratulations to the girl. People might not like her much, but I do. I think she has a great voice, and well done to her.


Until you compare it back to back to Whitney Houston where it's no contest. But then that's not a diss on Leona, she does have a superb voice which surpasses most others today. but it simply shows how extremely good Whitney's is.

What annoys me about the Leona Package is that most of the songs on her album ( which I've heard as miss smeggy has it ) are too formulaic. Songs by numbers. They are written with all the clichéd songwriting tools like Key changes to take the end section to a new height, the dramatic pauses, single drum hit before the power comes back in and the post climax come down at the end leaving the listener pleasantly satisfied. Ahhhhhhh! Jim Steinman who wrote all the big 1980s belter Meatloaf, bonnie tyler,type hits was the best at this formula.

IMHO of course. :)

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