Leona Lewis Sets U.K. Chart Record

Leona Lewis performs at the Billboard Studio in New York City

Kate Glicksberg

Christmas has come early for Leona Lewis. The pop singer has set a new chart record by becoming the first British female solo artist to score eight U.K. top 5 singles.

The pop artist’s latest single “One More Sleep” (Syco Music) opened at No. 3 on the latest Official U.K. Singles Chart, gifting the former “X Factor” winner more hits than any other British female solo artist in history.

Lewis’ feat beats the record of seven previously held by Olivia Newton-John, the British-born Australian pop singer and actor. There’s a logjam at third place, with Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, Geri Halliwell, Billie Piper, Louise, Cheryl Cole, Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding all jointly holding six solo U.K. top 5s.
 
Lewis has made a habit of busting chart records. Her debut 2007 album “Spirit” debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. with first-week sales of 375,872 units, to become the fastest-selling debut album in the U.K. (Susan Boyle's debut “I Dreamed a Dream” from November 2009 has since topped the set by selling 410,000 copies).

In 2008, Lewis' cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" went straight to the top of the singles chart, becoming the fastest-selling download in British chart history at the time, with 133,000 copies in a single week.

“One More Sleep” is lifted from Lewis’ fourth studio album, the festive-themed “Christmas, With Love.”

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