Caroline van der Leeuw, better known as Caro Emerald, had her breakthrough in the Netherlands in 2009. She had graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory and was working as a singing teacher, when producers Jan van Wieringen and David Schreurs of Grandmono Records asked her to sing on a demo version of Back It Up. The single became a huge hit and was followed up by A Night Like This, which did even better. Her debut album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor reached no. 1 on the Dutch charts and remained there for long enough to smash the previous record set by Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album sold over 300,000 copies in the Netherlands, which earned Emerald six platinum records, and 700,000 abroad. She has continued her triumphant march and the album has now been released throughout Europe, and in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Her second album is expected in October 2012.