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Singing sensation and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle has put some of her earning to good use. She bought a new home in Scottish Blackburn, shelling out $447,000. She previously lived in public housing, as seen in comparison photos above.

The five bedroom, three bathroom riverside property, with separate garage, will give her more privacy in West Lothian.

The new real estate will be her first major purchase since receiving a $6 million royalty check from “I Dreamed A Dream”. The singer has sold 8 million albums thus far.

Boyle will turn 49 on April 1st. She’ll spend her birthday performing in Tokyo and then it is on to Australia.

Another singer celebrating a birthday is Lady Gagapics here.

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Photos: WENN