Welcome to the story of a multiplatinum British singer/songwriter named Amy that doesn't include even the faintest whiff of tabloid scandal.

Welcome to the story of a multiplatinum British singer/songwriter named Amy that doesn't include even the faintest whiff of tabloid scandal. Amy Macdonald, from the small Glasgow, Scotland, suburb of Bishopriggs, has just celebrated a year on the U.K. album chart with her debut set for Mercury/Universal, "This Is the Life."

It's now BPI-certified double-platinum (600,000 shipments) in her home market and has an IFPI Platinum Europe certification (1 million shipments)-despite taking five months to top the U.K. chart and not yet generating a top 10 hit there.

Now, the record with a tail so long it seems to come from an entirely different retail era marches boldly into its second year by taking on America this week via Decca. The album, released last August in the United Kingdom, rose to No. 1 there in January and in recent months has become a major European seller, notably in Holland, Switzerland, Belgium and now Germany.

Macdonald, who turns 21 next week, jokes, "Everyone's saying, 'In five years' time you'll have your best-of out, and it'll be the best of Amy Macdonald's first album,' because when are we going to have time to do anything new?"

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print