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Leona Lewis, winner of the third season of the U.K.’s X Factor who turned into a global, multi-platinum superstar, has signed a worldwide recording deal with Island Records, segueing from former mentor Simon Cowell‘s Syco label, which was distributed through Sony.
“After seven incredible years at Sony, I feel honored to be given the opportunity to sign to perhaps the most iconic label of all,” she said. “To me, Island has always been a place where artists can really flourish and are encouraged to express themselves. Island stands for quality music and signing with such a legendary label is really like a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to start making music with my new team.”
Leona Lewis’ previous four studio albums sold more than 20 million internationally. She’s charted five entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, most notably “Bleeding Love,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 in 2008, seven weeks at No. 1 on the British charts and was the best-selling single in the world in 2008. It’s her only top 10 U.S. single, but it helped her finish the year as Billboard‘s Top New Artist, where she also claimed the No. 2 Hot 100 Song of the year with “Bleeding Love.” The tune has sold 4.7 million downloads in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.