ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC

Leona Lewis

By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Leona Lewis' “Spirit” will arrive in the U.S. today having already been a Top 10 album overseas. With her “Bleeding Love” recently reaching the peak of the Billboard Hot 100, anticipation is high for “Spirit” to meet with blockbuster-like success in America. It would be a surprise if “Spirit” wasn’t a hit stateside, since Lewis already has the support of Oprah and a heavy marketing push from J Records. But prior overseas success does not always translate to superstardom in the U.S. Just look at Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, or the Sugababes. They are not alone. While they mainly cultivate dance club status, more than a few major recording artists from foreign lands have had a hard time gaining significant traction in the U.S. market. Johannes Eisele / AP
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