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Susan Magdalane Boyle, born 1 April 1961, is a Scottish singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV show Britain's Got Talent in 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe. Boyle's initial appearance on the talent show fired public imagination when her modest stage introduction and thick speaking accent left the audience, viewers and judges alike unprepared for the power and expression of her mezzo-soprano voice. Before she had finished the song's opening phrase a standing ovation for Boyle had erupted.