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Last Updated: Thursday December 03 2009 12:57 GMT

Susan Boyle tops American chart

Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and Rihanna

Susan Boyle has beaten Lady GaGa and Rihanna to the top of the US album chart with her debut release.

The Britain's Got Talent runner-up has sold more than 700,000 copies of her first album, called I Dreamed A Dream, in America in the past week.

That makes it the biggest-selling album of the year in the States.

It's already the best-selling debut album in the UK after making the number one spot at the weekend, and it's top of the chart in Australia as well.

It's also sold more copies in the UK than any other album in 2009, beating JLS, Robbie Williams and Eminem.

Susan Boyle lost the final of Britain's Got Talent to dance group Diversity, but has gone on to become a global star since.

Simon Cowell said: "She opened her mouth and the world fell in love with her, which is why her album has been the fastest-selling of any woman making her debut."

Over 30s

But in the UK it looks like not many children are listening to the album, as figures show it's mainly people older than 30 who are buying it.

And it's mostly being bought on CD, rather than download.