A Wonderful World (Susan Boyle album)
A Wonderful World is the seventh studio album by Scottish singer Susan Boyle. It was released on 4 November 2016 by Syco Columbia Records. Following the release of her previous album, Hope in 2014, Susan Boyle took a break during 2015 to "take a little me time and spend time at home with family and friends", thus the recording of her seventh studio album was postponed to 2016. In October 2016, Susan Boyle announced the release of A Wonderful World. Boyle said of the album: "I wanted to create an album that families could enjoy, something for everyone, an album that can be played all year and evoke memories. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Madonna fan and to be able to perform ‘Like A Prayer’ was a real highlight"; the album features a "virtual duet" with a first for a British artist. The album debuted at number 150 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, with first-week sales of 5,000 units. In the United Kingdom, A Wonderful World debuted at number 22 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 15,013 copies and becoming Susan Boyle's lowest-charting album in the UK
Home for Christmas (Susan Boyle album)
Home for Christmas is the fifth studio album and second Christmas album by Scottish singer Susan Boyle. It was released on 25 October 2013 in Australia, on 29 October in the United States, on 25 November 2013 in the United Kingdom; the album is a Christmas holiday album featuring a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley who died in 1977 and two duets with Johnny Mathis and The Overtones. The album features an original song, "Miracle Hymn", written for Boyle's debut acting role in the film The Christmas Candle. Boyle was granted permission to use recordings of Elvis Presley from Graceland Estates singing "O Come, All Ye Faithful"; the single was released on 6 December 2013 in Ireland and on 8 December in the United Kingdom, as a charity single for Save The Children U. K. and for the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation in the U. S, it is the second time Boyle has covered "O Come, All Ye Faithful". She first covered the song for The Gift. Boyle said, "Christmas is still my favorite time of the year – I have fond memories of family Christmases growing up.
I grew up with Elvis playing in my home. My father was a huge fan; this song is for him and his love of Elvis." Notes"O Come, All Ye Faithful" uses samples from the 1971 Elvis Presley recording of the same name from the album Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas Unless otherwise indicated, information is taken from Allmusic Susan Boyle - vocals Dishan Abrahams - bass guitar Steve Anderson - musical arrangement, music programming, bass guitar, keyboards Graham Archer - recording engineer Steven Blake - bagpipes Kevin Burleigh - recording engineer Carmel Thomas Youth Singers - choir vocals Chris Hill - bass played by Ginger Holliday - sampled background vocals The Imperials - sampled background vocals Jake Jackson - recording engineer, audio mixing Rob Johnston - choir director Charlie Kenny - drums Sean Kenny - recording engineer Millie Kirkham - background vocals Adam Looker - assistant recording engineer Andrew Lucas - choir director Lorne MacDougall - bagpipes Avril Mackintosh - recording engineer, Pro Tools engineer Cliff Masterson - musical arrangement, music programming, orchestra conductor, keyboards, bass guitar, organ played by Johnny Mathis - guest vocals, lead vocals Michael McGoldrick - uilleann pipes Charlie McKerron - fiddle Fred Molin - recording engineer Jimmy Nielson - assistant recording engineer James Nisbet - guitar The Overtones - guest vocals, background vocals Elvis Presley - sampled lead vocals Temple Riser - sampled background vocals Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - strings performed by RSVP Voices - choir vocals Donald Shaw - accordion, recording engineer St. Albans Cathedral Boys Choir - background vocals Mitch Stevens - background vocals Gary Thomas - recording engineer Tom Trapp - musical arrangement Jeremy Wheatley - audio mixing Zone 1 Brass - brass performed by
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
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Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
Susan Magdalane Boyle is a Scottish singer, who rose to fame after appearing as a contestant on the third series of Britain's Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her debut studio album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released in November 2009 and became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time, beating the previous record held by Spirit by Leona Lewis. I Dreamed a Dream set a record for biggest first week sales by a debut album, according to the Official Chart Company in the United Kingdom. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US. In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Wild Horses"; the success was continued with her second album, The Gift, where she became only the third act to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year, was followed by Boyle's third album, Someone to Watch Over Me, released on 31 October 2011.
Boyle subsequently released her fourth album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage in 2012, her fifth album Home for Christmas in 2013, her sixth album Hope in 2014. On 12 May 2012, Boyle returned to Britain's Got Talent to perform as a guest in the final, singing "You'll See"; the following day, she performed at Windsor Castle for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant singing "Mull of Kintyre". Having performed "I Know Him So Well" in a duet with one of her idols Elaine Paige in London in December 2009, Boyle performed with her other musical idol Donny Osmond in Las Vegas in November 2012, singing "This is the Moment", a duet from her album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage. Boyle's net worth was estimated at £22 million in April 2012, she is known for supporting various charitable causes, has appeared on the UK charity telethons BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations.
On 23 July, Boyle performed "Mull of Kintyre" at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen. Boyle was raised in West Lothian, her father, Patrick Boyle, was a miner and veteran of the Second World War who worked as a singer at the Bishop's Blaize. Both her parents were born in Motherwell, but have family links to County Donegal in Ireland. Born when her mother was 45 years old, Boyle was the youngest of five sisters, she was raised thinking that she had been deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth resulting in a learning disability. However, she was told in 2012–13 that she had been misdiagnosed and has Asperger syndrome with an IQ "above average". Boyle says. After leaving school with few qualifications, Boyle took part in government training programmes, performed at local venues. Boyle took singing lessons from vocal coach Fred O'Neil, she took part in the Edinburgh Fringe. She long participated in her parish church's pilgrimages to the Knock Shrine, County Mayo and sang there at the Marian basilica.
In 1995, she auditioned. In 1999, Boyle submitted a track for a charity CD to commemorate the Millennium produced at a West Lothian school. Only 1,000 copies of the CD, Music for a Millennium Celebration, Sounds of West Lothian, were pressed. An early review by Amber McNaught in the West Lothian Herald & Post said Boyle's rendition of "Cry Me a River" was "heartbreaking" and "had been on repeat in my CD player since I got this CD..." The recording found its way onto the internet following her first televised appearance and the New York Post said it showed that Boyle was "not a one-trick pony." Hello! said the recording "cement her status" as a singing star. In 1998, Boyle recorded three tracks—"Cry Me A River", "Killing Me Softly", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"—at Heartbeat Studio, Midlothian, she used all her savings to pay for a professionally cut demo, copies of which she sent to record companies, radio talent competitions and national TV. The demo consisted of her versions of "Cry Me a River" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song".
After Boyle won several local singing competitions, her mother urged her to enter Britain's Got Talent and take the risk of singing in front of an audience larger than her parish church. Former coach O'Neil said Boyle abandoned an audition for The X Factor because she believed people were being chosen for their looks, she abandoned her plan to enter Britain's Got Talent believing she was too old, but O'Neil persuaded her to audition nevertheless. Boyle said, her performance on the show was the first time. In August 2008, Boyle applied for an audition for the third series of Britain's Got Talent and was accepted after a preliminary audition in Glasgow; when Boyle first appeared on Britain's Got Talent at the city's Clyde Auditorium, she said that she aspired to become a professional singer "as successful as Elaine Paige". Boyle sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables in the first round, watched by over 10 million viewers when it aired on 11 April 2009. Programme judge Amanda Holden remarked upon the audience's cynical attitude, the subsequent "biggest wake-up call ever" upon hearing her performance.
Boyle was "abso
Netflix, Inc. is an American media-services provider headquartered in Los Gatos, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. The company's primary business is its subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs, including those produced in-house; as of January 2019, Netflix had over 139 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 60.55 million in the United States, over 148 million subscriptions total including free trials. It is available worldwide except in mainland China as well as Syria, North Korea and Crimea; the company has offices in the Netherlands, India and South Korea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America. Netflix's initial business model included DVD sales and rental by mail, but Hastings abandoned the sales about a year after the company's founding to focus on the DVD rental business. Netflix expanded its business in 2007 with the introduction of streaming media while retaining the DVD and Blu-ray rental service.
The company expanded internationally in 2010 with streaming available in Canada, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean. Netflix entered the content-production industry in 2012. Since 2012, Netflix has taken more of an active role as producer and distributor for both film and television series, to that end, it offers a variety of "Netflix Original" content through its online library. By January 2016, Netflix services operated in more than 190 countries. Netflix released an estimated 126 original series and films in 2016, more than any other network or cable channel, their efforts to produce new content, secure the rights for additional content, diversity through 190 countries have resulted in the company racking up billions in debt: $21.9 billion as of September 2017, up from $16.8 billion from the previous year. $6.5 billion of this is long-term debt. In October 2018, Netflix announced it would raise another $2 billion in debt to help fund new content. Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California, by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings.
Randolph worked as a marketing director for Pure Atria. Randolph was a co-founder of MicroWarehouse, a computer mail order company, was employed by Borland International as vice president of marketing. Hastings, a computer scientist and mathematician, sold Pure Atria to Rational Software Corporation in 1997 for $700 million in what was the biggest acquisition in Silicon Valley history, they came up with the idea for Netflix while commuting between their homes in Santa Cruz and Pure Atria's headquarters in Sunnyvale while waiting for government regulators to approve the merger, although Hasting has given several different explanations for how the idea was created. Hastings invested $2.5 million in startup cash for Netflix. Randolph admired the fledgling e-commerce company Amazon and wanted to find a large category of portable items to sell over the Internet using a similar model, they rejected VHS tapes as too expensive to stock and too delicate to ship. When they heard about DVDs, which were first introduced in the United States on March 31, 1997, they tested the concept of selling or renting DVDs by mail, by mailing a compact disc to Hastings' house in Santa Cruz.
When the disc arrived intact, they decided to take on the $16 billion home video sales and rental industry. Hastings is quoted saying that he decided to start Netflix after being fined $40 at a Blockbuster store for being late to return a copy of Apollo 13, but this is an apocryphal story that he and Randolph designed to explain the company's business model and motivation. Netflix was launched on April 14, 1998, as the world's first online DVD rental store, with only 30 employees and 925 titles available, the entire catalogue of DVDs in print at the time, through the pay-per-rent model with rates and due dates that were similar to its bricks-and-mortar rival, Blockbuster. Netflix introduced the monthly subscription concept in September 1997, dropped the multiple-rental model in early 2000. Since that time, the company has built its reputation on the business model of flat-fee unlimited rentals without due dates, late fees and handling fees, or per-title rental fees. In 2000, when Netflix had just about 300,000 subscribers and relied on the U.
S. Postal Service for the delivery of their DVDs, they were losing money and offered to be acquired by Blockbuster for $50 million, they proposed that Netflix, which would be renamed as Blockbuster.com, would handle the online business, while Blockbuster would take care of the DVDs, making them less dependent on the U. S. Postal Service; the offer was declined. While they experienced fast growth in early 2001, both the dot-com bubble burst and the September 11 attacks would occur that year, affecting the company badly and forcing them to lay off a third of their employees. However, sales of Apple products took off as they became more affordable, selling for about $2,000 around Thanksgiving time, becoming one of that year's most popular Christmas gifts. By early 2002, Netflix saw a huge increase in business from rental to laptop DVD users. Netflix initiated an initial public offering on May 29, 2002, selling 5.5 million shares of common stock at the price of US$15.00 per share. On June 14, 2002, the company sold an additional 825,000 shares of common stock at the same price.
After incurring substantial losses during its first few years, Netflix posted its first profit during fiscal year 2003, earning US$6.5 million profit on revenues of
I Know Him So Well
"I Know Him So Well" is a duet from the concept album and subsequent musical Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was sung by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson. In this duet, two women – Svetlana, the Russian chess champion's estranged wife, Florence, his mistress – express their bittersweet feelings for him and at seeing their relationships fall apart; the duet was first released worldwide on the Chess double LP referred to as a concept album or album musical, in the autumn of 1984. It was released as a single by Paige and Dickson, the duet reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in 1985, they laid down their vocals separately and never met during the recording of the song, only for the video and subsequent performances on Top of the Pops and the European tours. This recording remains in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling UK Chart single by a female duo. Paige appeared in the original London West End stage production of Chess. In the United Kingdom on 18 September 2004, the BBC's All-Time Greatest Love Songs saw the duet performed live by Paige and Dickson, together for the first time in 20 years, to a rapturous reception.
Paige played her solo demo recording of the song on Elaine Paige on Sunday. In January 2011 the Official Charts Company released a list of the top 10 All Time Best Selling Duets in which "I Know Him So Well" was placed seventh in the chart. Paige and Dickson recorded Spanish-language lyrics for release as "Lo Creo Conocer"; the single was never released though. Benny Andersson – keyboards, synthesizers Barbara Dickson – vocals Anders Eljas – keyboards, synthesizers Rutger Gunnarsson – bass Per Lindvall – drums, percussion Elaine Paige – vocals Lasse Wellander – guitars Writers and producers – Benny Andersson, Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus Arrangement – Benny Andersson, Anders Eljas Engineer and mixer – Michael B. Tretow In 1987, a studio version of "I Know Him So Well" was recorded as a duet by Cissy Houston and her daughter Whitney Houston for Whitney's second album, Whitney, it was released as a final and 6th single from Whitney on November 30, 1988 in Australia, Germany and Spain. There was no official music video produced for the Houston duet of song, however there are live performance video-recordings.
The song version was included in the Whitney Houston North American leg of the Moment of Truth World Tour. The single was not promoted as as previous singles from Whitney. Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times praised the duet thus: "The album ends on a graceful, intimate note as Houston is joined by her mother, singer Cissy Houston, on "I Know Him So Well," a ballad from the musical Chess. Rolling Stone's Vince Alleti criticized the song and production: "Walden covers all these bases, out-schlocking Masser with "I Know Him So Well" — a genuine if frankly derivative show tune treated here with deadly reverence..." St. Petersburg Times called the duet lifting and praised the mother's role: "Mom adds a brief, welcome moment of grainy soulfulness to the album." This single peaked at number 46 in Germany and in the Netherlands it peaked at number 14. The single did not appear in the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, unlike the 4 previous singles which all reached the Top 10. CD single"I Know Him So Well" – 4:26 "Just The Lonely Talking Again" – 5:30 "You're Still My Man" – 4:157" Single A "I Know Him So Well" – 4:26 B "Just The Lonely Talking Again" – 5:30 12" Single A1 "I Know Him So Well" – 4:26 B1 "Just The Lonely Talking Again" – 5:30 B2 "You're Still My Man" – 4:15 "I Know Him So Well" was recorded by Peter Kay and Susan Boyle for Comic Relief 2011, with Kay appearing as his alter ego Geraldine McQueen.
Their version reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. A spoof music video was created. "I Know Him So Well" was covered by English recording artist Melanie C. The song was the first single to be taken from Melanie C's musical theatre-inspired and sixth studio album Stages; the song is a duet with Chisholm's fellow Spice Girls group member Emma Bunton. The song was released as a single on 11 November 2012; the b-side of the single is a cover of "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical Carousel. The music video for the song premiered on YouTube on 12 November 2012; these are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I Know Him So Well". Digital download"I Know Him So Well" "You'll Never Walk Alone"Limited CD single"I Know Him So Well" "You'll Never Walk Alone"Digital download"I Know Him So Well" Melanie C and Bunton performed the song on This Morning BBC Children in Need Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire The Alan Titchmarsh Show Loose Women The song has been covered by other music artists including: Cilla Black covered the song for her 1985 album Surprisingly Cilla Barbra Streisand for her 1985 album The Broadway Album.
"Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained, hence the song title. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack, it has since become a standard and one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. According to the song's publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of "Unchained Melody" have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages. In 1955, three versions of the song charted in the Billboard Top 10 in the United States, four versions appeared in the Top 20 in the United Kingdom an unbeaten record for any song; the song continued to chart in the 21st century, it was the only song to reach number one with four different recordings in the UK until it was joined by "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 2014. Of the hundreds of recordings made, the Righteous Brothers' version in July 1965, with a solo by Bobby Hatfield, became the jukebox standard for the late 20th century.
Hatfield changed many subsequent covers of the song are based on his version. The Righteous Brothers recording achieved a second round of great popularity when featured in the film Ghost in 1990. In 2004, it was number 27 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In 1954, North was contracted to compose the score for the prison film Unchained. North composed and recorded the score, was asked to write a song based upon the movie's theme. North asked Hy Zaret to write the lyrics, but Zaret declined, saying he was too busy painting his house. North was able to convince him to take the job, together they wrote "Unchained Melody." Zaret refused the producer's request to include the word "unchained" in his lyrics. The song became known as the "Unchained Melody" though the song does not include the word "unchained". Instead, Zaret chose to focus on someone who pines for a lover he has not seen in a "long, lonely time"; the film centered on a man who contemplates either escaping from prison to live life on the run or completing his sentence and returning to his wife and family.
The song has an unusual harmonic device as the bridge ends on the tonic chord rather than the more usual dominant chord. With Todd Duncan singing the vocals, the song was nominated for an Oscar in 1955, but the Best Song award went to the hit song "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing". William Stirrat falsely claimed over many years. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack, he performs an abbreviated version in the film. Lying on a bed, he sings. Bandleader Les Baxter released a version which reached number 1 on the US charts and number 10 in the UK; the words "unchain me" are sung at the beginning and the lyrics are sung by a choir. Billboard ranked this version as the No. 5 song of 1955. Al Hibbler followed close behind with a vocal version, that reached number 3 on the Billboard charts and number 2 in the UK chart listings, he was followed by Jimmy Young, whose version hit number 1 on the British charts. Jimmy Young later re-recorded another version of his 1955 chart topper in early 1964, which rose to number 43 in the UK.
Two weeks after Young's version entered the top 10 of the British charts in June 1955, Liberace would score a number 20 hit. Roy Hamilton's version reached number 1 on number 6 on the pop chart. June Valli recorded the song on March 15, 1955, released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-6078, with the flip side "Tomorrow", took it to number 29. Harry Belafonte sang it at the 1956 Academy Awards, where it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song of 1955. Belafonte had made a recording of the song for RCA Victor Records, released as catalog number 20-6784 in 1955, with the flip side "A-Roving". Perry Como recorded the song in 1955, as did his RCA Victor labelmate top country crooner Eddy Arnold, English jazz musician Cliff Townshend of The Squadronaires released a popular version in 1956, as did American rock n roll star Gene Vincent in the same year. In 1963, an uptempo doo-wop version by Vito & the Salutations peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the sheet music business was losing its prominence to sound recordings, a sheet music release of the song peaked at number one on its tenth week on the Billboard Best Selling Sheet Music chart on the week ending June 18, 1955.
It stayed at its peak position for nine weeks until it dropped to number four on its twentieth week on the week ending August 27. The best-known version of "Unchained Melody" was recorded by the duo The Righteous Brothers for Philles Records in 1965; the lead vocal was performed solo by Bobby Hatfield, who recorded other versions of the song credited to him. According to his singing partner Bill Medley, they had agreed to do one solo piece each per album. Both wanted to do "Unchained Melody" for their fourth album, but Hatfield won the coin toss."Unchained Melody" was released as the'B' side of the single "Hung On You" as the follow-up single to "Just Once in My Life". However, "Hung On You" failed to interest radio DJs who instead chose to play the'B' side "Unchained Melody". According to Medley, producer Phil Spector, who would