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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 8, 2008
Leona Lewis sounds as if she's been a star for years - composed and self-assured. It's little wonder: The British pop singer has been preparing for her moment in the spotlight since she was a kid growing up in East London. But the 23-year-old artist certainly didn't anticipate her runaway success. In her native country, Lewis is a huge sensation. In late 2006, she became the winner of The X Factor, an international music talent show popular in the United Kingdom. Her album Spirit, released in the U.K. in November, became Britain's fastest-selling debut ever, entering the charts at No. 1 and selling close to 3 million copies.
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By [Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co., Nielsen and Billboard magazine] | June 26, 2008
Television 1. NBA Finals, Game 6: Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Lakers, ABC 2. America's Got Talent, NBC 3. 60 Minutes, CBS 4. Two and a Half Men, CBS 5. So You Think You Can Dance (Thursday), Fox FILM 1. Get Smart, Warner Bros. 2. Kung Fu Panda, Paramount 3. The Incredible Hulk, Universal 4. The Love Guru, Paramount 5. The Happening, Fox SINGLES 1. "Viva La Vida," Coldplay 2. "I Kissed a Girl," Katy Perry 3. "Lollipop," Lil Wayne featuring Static Major 4. "Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis 5. "Take a Bow," Rihanna ALBUMS 1. Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne 2. Definition of Real, Plies 3. NOW 28, Various artists 4. Indestructible, Disturbed 5. Here I Stand, Usher DVDS (SALES)
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By [Nielsen Media Research, Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine] | May 8, 2008
TELEVISION 1.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 2.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 3.Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC 4.CSI, CBS 5. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC FILMS 1.Iron Man, Paramount 2.Made of Honor, Sony 3.Baby Mama, Universal 4.Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Universal 5.Harold & Kumar, Warner Bros. SINGLES 1.Bleeding Love, Leona Lewis 2.Lollipop, Lil Wayne 3.No Air, Jordin Sparks 4.4 Minutes, Madonna 5.Love in This Club, Usher ALBUMS 1.E=MC2, Mariah Carey 2.Spirit, Leona Lewis 3.Flight of the Conchords soundtrack, Flight of the Conchords 4.Bittersweet World, Ashlee Simpson 5.When Life Gives you Lemons ..., Atmosphere DVDS (SALES)
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 8, 2008
Leona Lewis is a pop dream come to life: She has a face and figure the camera loves, and a voice that smoothly soars to mountainous heights. But the British pop singer is mostly ill-served on Spirit, her calculated and ultimately boring debut. The CD's American release was preceded by the No. 1 smash "Bleeding Love," the only song on the album with a pulse. Though the 13 cuts are slick and tuneful, they all sound like weak Mariah Carey knockoffs. And when Lewis isn't jumping up and down the scale with her rangy voice, she sounds a bit tentative interpreting the maudlin lyrics of newfound love and heartbreak.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 8, 2008
Leona Lewis is a pop dream come to life: She has a face and figure the camera loves, and a voice that smoothly soars to mountainous heights. But the British pop singer is mostly ill-served on Spirit, her calculated and ultimately boring debut. The CD's American release was preceded by the No. 1 smash "Bleeding Love," the only song on the album with a pulse. Though the 13 cuts are slick and tuneful, they all sound like weak Mariah Carey knockoffs. And when Lewis isn't jumping up and down the scale with her rangy voice, she sounds a bit tentative interpreting the maudlin lyrics of newfound love and heartbreak.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 8, 2008
Leona Lewis sounds as if she's been a star for years - composed and self-assured. It's little wonder: The British pop singer has been preparing for her moment in the spotlight since she was a kid growing up in East London. But the 23-year-old artist certainly didn't anticipate her runaway success. In her native country, Lewis is a huge sensation. In late 2006, she became the winner of The X Factor, an international music talent show popular in the United Kingdom. Her album Spirit, released in the U.K. in November, became Britain's fastest-selling debut ever, entering the charts at No. 1 and selling close to 3 million copies.
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