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Leona Lewis signs to Island

By | Published on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis has signed a new record deal with Universal/Island, having left Sony/Syco, the label she had been with since winning ‘X-Factor’ in 2006.

Lewis broke the news with these words: “After seven incredible years at Sony, I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to sign to perhaps the most iconic label of all, Island Records. To me Island has always been a label 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”.

That’s nice. What a shame she spent seven years with a label that doesn’t allow artists to flourish or express themselves. That’s what she was basically saying in that quote, right?

Anyway, chief flourish-allowerer at Island, Darcus Beese added these words: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Leona into the Island family. I’ve watched and admired Miss Lewis from afar, and witnessed her grow into one of this country’s most formidable female artists, topping the UK and US charts, earning numerous BRIT and Grammy nominations, while remaining true to herself and her principles. And all the while maintaining a genuine down to earth appeal. Soon as the ink dries, it’s on to the most exciting part of all, getting into the studio and making the record we know Leona has in her”.

Well, that’s nice, isn’t it? Lewis’s fourth or fifth album (depends if you count her Christmas record) will probably be out next year or something.