SWEET SUCCESS FOR GABRIELLA CILMI
Australia, New Zealand and the UK have been 'Sweet About' Gabriella Cilmi for quite some time, but thanks to a lucrative deal the teenager has just signed with Universal Repulic, the US is soon to find out what exactly makes Gabs so saccharine!
It's a deal most artists would give up their first born for. Universal Republic have snapped up the 16-year-old singing sensation and will break her platinum-selling album, Lessons to be Learned, into the lucrative US market. Her attack on the world's biggest market is scheduled for early 2009. With the backing of a major label, and a single and album with proven success, it looks like Gabs is set to become a household name across the globe.
"Gabriella Cilmi is an incredible new artist on the verge of success at the highest level. She's soon to become a member of the great Australian acts that have broken on a global scale and have made an impact on pop culture," Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Republic Records said.
"We are thrilled to be working with Gabriella and having the opportunity to participate in her career."
To top things off, her album, 'Lessons to be Learned', has just hit the platinum sales mark in Australia (70,000) and second single, 'Don't Want to Go to Bed Now,' has just been released.
2008 has been a whirlwind of activity for Gabriella internationally and locally, with her first single, 'Sweet About Me', entering the top 10 in the charts in over 10 countries including the UK. Gabriella Cilmi has also performed at some of the world's most high profile festivals including T in the Park, V Festival and Glastonbury. All the fuss could mean that the Dandenong singer is set to be amongst our most successful pop exports.
In Australia, Sweet About Me has been one of the biggest hits of the year and by achieving the number one single spot, Cilmi became the youngest solo artist ever to top the Motorola ARIA Charts.
"It spins me out that I get to be in places on the other side of the world and hear people singing back my songs...pretty crazy indeed." Cilmi said from London today.
Show em how it's done Cilmi!
Keep up to date on Gabriella's success in the states by heading to www.gabriellacilmi.com