The Broons set to give Susan Boyle a run for her money

SCOTLAND’s first family – The Broons – are set to challenge Susan Boyle for the coveted Christmas number one spot with the release of their very first album.

The compilation CD named The Broons Family Album: A Braw Collection O’ The Broons Favourite Tunes was released a week ago and has already rocketed into the UK charts coming inside the top 30.

The iconic comic strip family from Glebe Street, who first appeared in the Sunday Post as far back as 1936, have the support of Beatles record label EMI.

And insiders are widely predicting The Broons will be locked in a full scale “battle” with Susan Boyle the week before Christmas for the number one spot in Scotland.

In some record stores it is already the number one compilation album.

A spokesperson for HMV in Dundee said: “Broons are the third biggest seller in the store for the week only being outsold by Susan Boyle and Bon Jovi.”

The album contains five CD’s with a mix of music mostly hailing from the sixties. Continue reading

Susan Boyle meets fans at Edinburgh book signing

SCOTS singing sensation Susan Boyle wowed fans at her first ever book signing on her home turf.

The Britain’s Got Talent star arrived at Waterstones on Princes Street, Edinburgh, to sign copies of her autobiography The Woman I Was Born to Be.

Susan Boyle backs X Factor sensation Gamu Nhengu


By Amanda MacMillan

SCOTS superstar Susan Boyle has thrown her backing behind X Factor sensation Gamu Nhengu ahead of tomorrow night’s show.

The heartbroken 18-year-old has been left waiting for a miracle after being denied her place among the finalists in a row over her immigration status.

But while thousands flocked to signs petitions and join Facebook pages backing the talented teenager, her biggest boost came from Subo.

Asked if she thought that Gamu and her family should be allowed to stay in Scotland and stay in the competition, she said: “Well I think that’s the opinion of everyone at the moment.”

“I cannot really comment on it as it wouldn’t be fair to the family.”

“But it’s a shame – she is very talented.” Continue reading

Singing in front of the Pope is all down to Faith

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTS singer Michelle McManus said her chance to join superstar Susan Boyle performing for the Pope next month is all down to Faith.

The pair will share the bill at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park when Pope Benedict XVI holds an open air Mass for thousands of worshipers.

Michelle, 30, who attended St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, said: “My mother and I visit Lourdes every year and to have been asked to sing for the Pope is an opportunity I would never have expected.

“I’ve not been picked because I hold any sort of fame.

“I’ve been picked because of what I believe in, and that’s the only thing I want the day to be about. I am not doing it for any publicity – I’m doing it because I am a Catholic myself. Continue reading

Susan Boyle in tears on train after standing up to taunts

By Christine Lavelle

CHART sensation Susan Boyle was driven to tears when a group of youths began taunting her as she caught the train home from Edinburgh’s city centre.

On Sunday afternoon Susan, 49, was traveling from Edinburgh to Bathgate on her way home to Blackburn in West Lothian, when the troublemakers started mocking her.

She is said to have remained dignified, but was visibly upset as the taunting got worse throughout the 30-minute journey.

The Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, who was traveling alone, reportedly hit back at the group, saying: “I’m normally patient but I am about to greet, greet, greet. Continue reading

Modeling next for Subo as she prepares to be made out of wax

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTS singer Susan Boyle is to become the star attraction at Blackpool’s new Madame Tussauds museum – as a waxwork model.

Susan, 49, will secure her place amongst the rich and famous when her replica goes on display later this year, at Britain’s second Madame Tussauds.

The West Lothian songstress, who recently moved into a brand new £300,000 detached home in Blackburn, as already been measured up for the model.

A spokesperson for Madame Tussands said: “When people think of Madam Tussauds they only associate with being in London. Continue reading

Susan Boyle launches duet competition

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTS superstar Susan Boyle is offering fans the chance to record a duet with her for the next album.

She says the international competition is her way of giving back to those who have made her such a massive success.

On her website, Boyle said: “I decided that I wanted to give someone the opportunity that I had, a way onto the world stage, someone who has talent and just needs a break.

“For me it was through Britain’s Got Talent – it took me years to pluck up the courage.”

Hopeful entrants should record a video of them self singing ‘Silent Night’ and upload it to the competition on Susan’s youtube channel. Continue reading

Susan Boyle studio could shut down over cash

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTLAND’S top recording studio, used by Susan Boyle and Simple Minds, is facing closure over a cash row.

Glasgow’s Terminal Music could be shut down after talks to refinance a £1.9million loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland collapsed.

The prospect has been described as “tragic” by Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, while politicians said the bank could have done more to save Terminal’s 15 jobs.

RBS insisted it had acted “fairly and reasonably” during talks over the deal.
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PICTURE OF THE DAY: Susan Still Spelbound With Music

TALENT NATIONBritain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle revealed she will be back in the studio later this week recording a brand new series of songs. Susan’s first album I Dreamed A Dream was a smash hit in November 2009, going straight to number one in both the UK and US album charts making it the best selling record of the year with an incredible 10 million sales and rising. Smiling on her doorstep, she said: “I’m off to London this week, back in the studio recording. I’m looking forward to it.” Dance troupe Spelbound won Saturday’s grand final.

PICTURE by Lorenzo Dalberto.

Welcome To Subo Country: Tourism Plan For Susan Boyle

By Cara Sulieman

SUSAN Boyle might be a jet-setting sensation after her meteoric rise to fame, but she has always made it clear that her heart lies in her humble hometown.

And now tourism bosses are hoping the global star can help them sing the praises of West Lothian and get visitors flocking to the area.


They plan to turn the passionate Blackburn resident into an ambassador for the area as part of a new campaign to attract people to its “hidden gems” as a tourism mecca.

According to research carried out by the newly formed Visit West Lothian, most people in Central Scotland don’t know where it is, never mind international visitors.


And many who do know its location describe it as “a place you would drive through to get somewhere else”.

But Anna Lightbody, tourism executive at Visit West Lothian, is hoping to change that with a little help from the area’s most famous export. Continue reading