Seven Years Later: Leona Lewis Says Goodbye To Simon Cowell’s Record Label

June 4, 2014

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It has been 7 years since Leona Lewis wowed the crowds on the hit show “X-Factor” with her amazing voice. In those 7 years, Lewis has done some amazing work with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco.

But now the singer, who has accrued international stardom with Syco, bids farewell to the company that gave her the start she needed. And in a move that many are sure to find controversial, Lewis has signed with Universal’s megalithic Island Records.

7 Years a Star

In 2006, Leona Lewis was performing on “X-Factor” in an attempt to break into the music industry. After winning the competition, Simon Cowell signed her to his label, Syco.

During her time with the music mogul’s label, Lewis released four albums, including her latest “Christmas, with Love.” Her debut album with the company went ten times platinum in the UK.

She also achieved 3 No.1 album spots in the UK and nine Top 10 singles as well. Not bad for the star who, up until One Direction came along, was “X Factor’s” biggest success story.

On to New Things

Miss Lewis signed a new deal with rival label Island Records in June, but to everyone’s surprise, Simon Cowell could only wish his favorite start the best of luck. In a recent tweet, Cowell had this to say, “Congratulations Leona. We had seven great years together and now wish you all the best for the future. You put X Factor on the map.”

Lewis will be joining other stars like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Florence and the Machine in the Island Records family.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Leona into the Island family. I’ve watched and admired Miss Lewis from afar, witnessed her grow into one of this country’s most formidable female artists,” said Island Records’ president Darcus Beese.

Known for its emphasis on pushing artists to express their own identity, it will be interesting to see what Lewis will do with this golden opportunity.

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