Su-bo smashes world record

By Gemma Haigh and Narelle McGowan

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Scottish Singing Sensation Susan Boyle has broken a world record with the most pre-ordered album in Amazon history.

The Britain’s Got Talent runner up’s first album I Dreamed a Dream is due to be released on Monday 23rd November and is predicted to top the album charts.

‘Su-bo’ will also be appearing on the X-Factor this Sunday to sing a track from her new album.

Julian Monagham, head of music buying at Amazon.co.uk told the Telegraph: “Just eight months ago, no one was aware of the talents of Susan Boyle. Now, she has generated more Amazon pre-order CD sales than any other artist.

“That is an incredible achievement and is testament to the fact that she has captured the hearts of people all over Britain, America and the rest of the world.”

Edinburgh Napier News caught up with one of Susan’s oldest friends, Suzanne Clifford, from her hometown Blackburn.

Suzanne says she remembers Susan’s singing: “I didn’t know that she could sing until she got up and sang in the pub one night and it was just absolutely amazing.”

Suzanne worked in the local pub where Susan would wow the punters singing songs from her favourite musicals every week on the karaoke.

Susan also toured with the pub band and entered competitions, so it was of no surprise to the people of Blackburn when Susan finally got her big break on Britain’s Got Talent.

Suzanne recalls the whole town getting behind Susan when she was on the talent show: “It was amazing because all the pubs and houses had banners and posters up everywhere saying ‘Go Susan’ and ‘Vote for Susan’.”

Watch the interview in full below:

No redundancy pay for off-licence staff

EXCLUSIVE by Narelle McGowan & Gemma Haigh

Staff at eight Edinburgh First Quench off-licences face redundancy without pay, leaving them with the prospect of a long fight to claim their money.

Edinburgh Napier News has learned that some of the staff, many of whom have worked for the company for up to 20 years, will not get the redundancy payments they are entitled to.

One worker said that many staff are devastated by the news and feel it is unfair they are not getting a redundancy package.

Administrators KPMG were brought in to try to save the business, but now they are planning to close dozens of branches across the country.

A First Quench spokeswoman refused to confirm that staff will be left without pay.

First Quench, who own Wine Rack, Thresher, Haddows, Bottoms Up, The Local and Victoria Wine have 219 stores across Scotland, 53 of which face closure and of the 1,300 stores in the UK they are closing 373.

During the recession, increased competition from supermarkets as well as stock problems earlier this year added to First Quench‘s problems.

The eight Edinburgh stores confirmed to be closing by a First Quench spokesperson are:

  1. Haddows, Gorgie Road
  2. Haddows, Ferry Road
  3. Thresher, Ferry Road
  4. Victoria Wine, Leith Walk
  5. Victoria Wine, Haymarket Terrace
  6. Victoria Wine, Easter Road
  7. Victoria Wine, Newington Road
  8. Victoria Wine, Davidson Mains

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