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False ME210 British artist, period, has debuted on the chart at # 1 with a first album. It’s the biggest female artist first album debut since Carrie Underwood in 2005, and had the biggest digital album sales week ever for a new artist. This success is old hat to the young artist though. Just two weeks ago, Leona broke the Hot 100 Chart record, becoming the first British female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in over 21 years with her single “ Bleeding Love,” which to date, has sold over 1 million tracks stateside. TODAY AND TOMORROW TALENTS brought to you by leona lewis Leona Lewis is a British sensation. We’ve heard that before though. Seems that anything that comes out of the UK is considered a British sensation. With Leona the description is far from flippant. What has she done thus far to warrant such pronouncement? Her album ‘ Spirit’ entered the Billboard album chart at # 1 with 204,841 albums sold the first day of it’s release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the first time in music history that a British female artist has debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Top 200. It’s also the first time ever that a 3T by TJ Stafford

False ME211 artists such as Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood in this role, identifying them as the next important new voice in music. Leona performed her worldwide smash hit “ Bleeding Love” on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The video for “ Bleeding Love,” was selected for the coveted video channel programs MTV’s “ Discover and Download” and Vh- 1’ s “ You Oughta Know,“ and the track is the most played and most requested single at Top 40 and Rhythm Radio. Additionally, “ Bleeding Love” was # 1 most added and greatest gainer at Hot AC with the second highest single debut in Hot AC history, and was # 1 most added at Mainstream AC stations its first week out. Online, Leona is the # 1 most viewed artist of all time on Clear Channel’s “ New!” program. Leona performed on Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, CBS Early Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTV’s “ TRL”, all the week of release and made multiple appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Extra!, CNN, E!, The Tyra Banks Show, and later, her mentor’s American Idol. British? Yes. Sensation? Obviously. Ergo, “ British sensation.” Leona has been performing since childhood. At the age of five she attended the Sylvia Young Theater School, and later the Italia Conti Academy and the BRIT school, a performing arts & technology school dedicated to education and vocational training for the performing arts, media, art and design. This education and upbringing immediately make one assume that Leona is a manufactured product, groomed to be a star yet lacking the real world experience to make her relatable and enduring. It’s a false assumption. After leaving school Lewis took numerous jobs, including waitressing and receptionist jobs, to pay to get into a studio. Like any struggling artist with huge dreams she worked to fulfill that dream, eventually reaching that daunting precipice of any pursuit where one has to decide if the dream is a hopeless one or not. Fortunately, her then boyfriend stepped in. When her music career seemed to be going nowhere, and she had decided to give up, he stepped in and persuaded her to enter the X factor, a British television music talent show created by Simon Cowell. It’s on this show that she went from being just another talented artist, to truly being a superstar. Her voice had always been there, but it’s her ‘ star quality’ that was consistently criticized. She embraced the criticism, and on the 3rd live round of the show, during a barefoot performance of “ Summertime,” Cowell states that he “ could see her transform from a great singer into a superstar.” She won the competition on December 16th, 2006, winning a £ 1 million recording contract. In February of 2007, Lewis then signed a £ 5 million ($ 9.7 million) five album contract in the United States with Clive Davis’ record label, J Records. Her success and current ubiquity is reaching near J. K. Rowling status. Her introduction to the U. S. market began when she performed at Clive Davis’ Pre- Grammy Party in the new artist slot in February. Previously, Davis had presented