Leona Lewis has become the first UK female solo artist in more than 20 years to top Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Her single Bleeding Love, which is released through Syco/J Records in the US, has climbed 8-1 on the newly-announced chart to make it only the second single by a British act in the last decade to lead the countdown.
Bleeding Love’s chart-topping triumph follows Lewis last week performing the song on Oprah Winfrey’s hugely-influential TV show in the States. Lewis was introduced by Syco founder and X Factor/American Idol judge Simon Cowell on the programme where Winfrey also interviewed her.
The last UK act to top the Hot 100 was James Blunt whose You’re Beautiful spent a week at number one in March 2006. However, the clock has to be turned back to June 1987 when the last UK female solo artist reached number one on the chart. That was Kim Wilde with her cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland evergreen You Keep Me Hangin’ On.
Watch the video as Simon Cowell talks about his protege's success.
Lewis, who appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night, is due to return to the States around the release there of her debut album Spirit on April 8.
Watch Leona perform in Oprah show.
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