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December 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, the Scottish singer said in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Observer . A developmental disorder on the milder end of the autism spectrum, Asperger's syndrome affects social interaction and communication skills.  As a child, Boyle, now 52, suffered from learning disabilities she was told resulted from oxygen deprivation at birth. A year ago, she sought the advice of a specialist who determined she had an above average IQ. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "I was told I had brain damage.
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December 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, the Scottish singer said in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Observer . A developmental disorder on the milder end of the autism spectrum, Asperger's syndrome affects social interaction and communication skills.  As a child, Boyle, now 52, suffered from learning disabilities she was told resulted from oxygen deprivation at birth. A year ago, she sought the advice of a specialist who determined she had an above average IQ. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "I was told I had brain damage.
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June 18, 2011
The spectacular rise to fame of singer Susan Boyle is being turned into a stage musical that will tour Britain, the United States and Australia. Scottish actress Elaine C. Smith has been cast as Boyle, a shy, fortysomething church volunteer from a Scottish town who became an Internet sensation through her performance on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. She went on to top the British and U.S. album charts and has sold more than 14 million records. Producer Michael Harrison said Friday that Boyle's story has "all the qualities of a fairy tale, but with the added bonus of being absolutely true.
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July 1, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Looks as if Susan Boyle has a lot on her plate. As she's undertaking one great adventure - her first live tour - singer Boyle is contemplating another: love. "I want to find a man but it's hard with all the travelling I do," she told the Scottish Sun . "I really want to start going on dates and I've asked my friends to set me up with a good man - if they can find one. I'd like to settle down one day. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Could it be an on-screen kiss that set her mind on this path?
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September 17, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Susan Boyle placed her hands on her abdomen as she sang the last note of the song "Wild Horses" Wednesday on the finale of "America's Got Talent," taking the familiar stance of a trained singer, carefully locating her breath. The pose concluded a performance that was exactly what Boyle's mentor, Simon Cowell, could have hoped for -- lovely, inspirational, free of surprises. Devotees of the original Rolling Stones version of this often-covered weeper might object to Boyle's stolid rhythmic sense, her utter lack of irony (irony is, after all, the essence of Mick Jagger)
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July 1, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Looks as if Susan Boyle has a lot on her plate. As she's undertaking one great adventure - her first live tour - singer Boyle is contemplating another: love. "I want to find a man but it's hard with all the travelling I do," she told the Scottish Sun . "I really want to start going on dates and I've asked my friends to set me up with a good man - if they can find one. I'd like to settle down one day. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Could it be an on-screen kiss that set her mind on this path?
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November 20, 2009
Boyle pre-orders a record The upcoming debut album by British singing sensation Susan Boyle has become the largest global CD pre-order in the history of Amazon.com, the online retailer said Thursday. Boyle's album, "I Dreamed a Dream," will be released Tuesday by Sony Music Entertainment. It is the first album since the 48-year-old church volunteer from Scotland took the Internet by storm with her unlikely star turn on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in April. Amazon said Boyle's album is not only the top CD pre-order in the United States, but it's also the biggest around the world in the 14-year history of its website.
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December 3, 2009
Boyle 'Dreamed' a hit A failed contestant on "Britain's Got Talent" has become one of the biggest and most surprising music stories of the year as Susan Boyle shot to No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts Wednesday and scored the highest-selling debut week of 2009. A TV-fueled sensation, Boyle's collection of pop standards, "I Dreamed a Dream," sold 701,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her orchestral-pop covers hit a holiday season sweet spot, with Boyle topping Eminem's "Relapse" to score the best debut week of 2009.
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December 21, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
What does Susan Boyle have in common with Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Shania Twain and the Beatles? The unlikely British talent show winner-turned-pop megastar has delivered the perfect storm of a year-end album with her debut, "I Dreamed a Dream," one that is showing signs of turning into 2009's biggest seller. In doing so, she's following the lead of other acts this decade in releasing fourth-quarter albums that became runaway hits by providing consumers with music that has cross-generational appeal -- making it ideal for gift-giving -- and that draws music fans who still favor CDs over downloads.
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June 1, 2009 | Henry Chu
She dreamed a dream, the commentators said, and that's all it remained -- at least on TV. But for Susan Boyle, the Scottish singing sensation upset in a shock defeat by a dance troupe on "Britain's Got Talent," stardom is no doubt hers to keep, with an all-but-certain recording career ahead despite her second-place finish on the show. Millions of viewers as well as London's famous bookmakers were shocked Saturday night when the dancers of Diversity, whose precision-choreographed routine was a definite crowd-pleaser, were announced the winners of "Britain's Got Talent."
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June 3, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Irish singer Jordan O'Keefe's performance on Britain's Got Talent reverberated with a global audience online, attracting more than 1 million online views since the televised semifinal competition Saturday. With the help of Attraction, a Hungarian theater group, O'Keefe's rendition of Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand" evoked tears from the judges (even Simon Cowell welled up, according to published accounts). The Hungarian group's earlier stage appearance, during the first week of competition, produced a similarly emotional reaction from the studio audience.
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June 18, 2011
The spectacular rise to fame of singer Susan Boyle is being turned into a stage musical that will tour Britain, the United States and Australia. Scottish actress Elaine C. Smith has been cast as Boyle, a shy, fortysomething church volunteer from a Scottish town who became an Internet sensation through her performance on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. She went on to top the British and U.S. album charts and has sold more than 14 million records. Producer Michael Harrison said Friday that Boyle's story has "all the qualities of a fairy tale, but with the added bonus of being absolutely true.
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November 19, 2010
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced its list of the 15 films that are still in the running for this year's feature documentary Oscar. The most visible documentaries of the year ? Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job" (about the financial system meltdown) and Davis Guggenheim's "Waiting for 'Superman' " (about the U.S. education system) ? both made the cut after being left off the International Documentary Awards list of nominees. Other veteran documentary filmmakers were recognized too: Alex Gibney's "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" is on the list, as is "Waste Land" by Lucy Walker.
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July 10, 2010
A Colorado court hearing during which actor Charlie Sheen was expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from a Christmas Day dispute with his wife has been postponed. Court officials said the hearing has been delayed from Monday to Aug. 2. Yale Galanter, one of Sheen's attorneys, said the defense needs more time to work out details of an agreement that calls for Sheen to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious charges. Galanter previously said the agreement calls for Sheen to serve 30 days in jail.
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June 11, 2010
More than 100 young dancers will be in Mississippi for the next two weeks competing in the USA International Ballet Competition. The dancers come from 31 countries in search of medals and contracts that could boost their careers. Many have spent months preparing for the Olympic-style event that's held every four years in Jackson. The USA IBC is the United States' official international ballet competition. It starts Saturday and runs through June 27. —Associated Press The Judds plan 18-city tour The Judds are hitting the road one last time.
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May 17, 2010
YouTube is now 5 years old. In Internet years, that's the equivalent of several lifetimes. Since the first video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, YouTube has become a vehicle for some of the world's most memorable videos. Some have made careers; other have wrecked them. Here's a sampling of some of the most influential videos on YouTube. Music Susan Boyle "Britain Has Talent" contestant becomes an overnight worldwide sensation. Her first album goes on to sell more than 8.3 million copies in 2009, making it the bestselling album of the year.
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April 25, 2009 | Associated Press
What's next, a fake tan? Britain is buzzing over singing sensation Susan Boyle's mini-makeover, with some worrying that her new look may cost her some support in the "Britain's Got Talent" competition that catapulted her to international stardom. Boyle, 47, became an instant YouTube and Internet celebrity after appearing on the British TV show with gray, frizzy hair, bushy eyebrows and a jowly face above a remarkably unflattering dress. The contrast between Boyle's unadorned looks and her angelic singing voice endeared her to viewers the world over.
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April 17, 2009 | Scott Collins and Janet Stobart
Less than a week ago, she was just another 47-year-old Scottish virgin. Now, more than 13 million YouTube views later, Hollywood agents and talk-show bookers are jostling for a few minutes with Susan Boyle, a stocky, beetle-browed woman who would not ordinarily rate a second glance on the street. "Do you understand what a big deal this is?" Harry Smith asked her Thursday morning on CBS' "The Early Show."
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December 21, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
What does Susan Boyle have in common with Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Shania Twain and the Beatles? The unlikely British talent show winner-turned-pop megastar has delivered the perfect storm of a year-end album with her debut, "I Dreamed a Dream," one that is showing signs of turning into 2009's biggest seller. In doing so, she's following the lead of other acts this decade in releasing fourth-quarter albums that became runaway hits by providing consumers with music that has cross-generational appeal -- making it ideal for gift-giving -- and that draws music fans who still favor CDs over downloads.
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December 18, 2009
Weezer: No January gigs Rock band Weezer was able to avoid a significant tragedy after an early December tour bus crash, but the band has still had to bring a halt to its partying. Weezer said Thursday that it is canceling all of its January dates, including a Jan. 11 stop in Irvine at the UCI Bren Events Center. Band leader Rivers Cuomo was said to have suffered three cracked ribs after a tour bus crash on Dec. 6. The accident occurred about 40 miles west of Albany, N.Y., according to the band.
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