It's one of the most eagerly anticipated cover albums in years. On November 24, "Britain's Got Talent" phenom Susan Boyle will drop her debut effort, I Dreamed a Dream, featuring the songs that made her an Internet sensation earlier this year, as well as some takes on tunes by the Rolling Stones, Madonna and the Monkees.
After more than 300 million people checked her out on YouTube following her run on "Talent" — where she eventually came in second to dance crew Diversity — Boyle got to work on the album, which has already hit #1 on Amazon.com preorder chart months before its release.
In addition to the Stones cover "Wild Horses," which Boyle recently performed on "America's Got Talent," the album will reprise her heart-stirring cover of the "Lés Misérables" song "I Dreamed a Dream," as well as such inspirational standards as "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace" and "Silent Night."
Boyle will also tackle the jazz standard "Cry Me a River," Madonna's 1995 song "You'll See," the Monkees' "Daydream Believer," the contemporary folk tune "Up to the Mountain," the 1960s pop song "The End of the World" and a song called "Proud."
Also included is one original track written for Boyle, called "Who I Was Born to Be." One of Boyle's other beloved covers, "Memory" from the musical "Cats," however, is not included in the collection.
Though Boyle struggled with the spotlight during her run on "Talent," in a statement, the 48-year-old singer said she's excited about the album's release. "It was my greatest ambition to release an album, and I have finally achieved it," she said. "This amazing journey has helped me find my own identity and fulfill my wish. There is happiness out there for everyone who dares to dream."