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.
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).