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‘A lot of people were telling me how to act and what to say’ - X Factor winner Leona Lewis takes swipe at Simon Cowell record label

Published 23/04/2015 | 10:42

Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis

FORMER X Factor winner Leona Lewis has spoken about the ‘freedom’ her new record deal has afforded her.

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Lewis, who is the most successful winner of the talent show to date, left Simon Cowell’s ‘SYCO’ label last year.

Despite massive chart success on both sides of the Atlantic in her early years, she struggled to find mainstream chart success more recently.

Rumours circulated her record company turned down Calvin Harris penned track ‘We Found Love’ for the singer – which later went on to become a worldwide smash for Rihanna.

An industry insider said: "The record label wanted to steer Leona in a direction she didn't want to go. She wasn't happy for a long time.

"It started around her 'Glassheart' album. They swapped single releases at the last minute, and you could tell from her TV performances that her heart wasn't in it anymore.

"They also considered having her record a Blues album in the style of Rebecca Ferguson, something she didn't want to do."

The star is now signed to Island Records, and has announced new music in a video posted for fans on Twitter.

She says being signed to the label has given her the freedom to take her music in a direction she's happy with.

“It’s like full circle, back to where I started, and why I started doing music. Having that creative freedom, I’m going out there and doing my own thing.”

She continued: “A lot of people were telling me how to be and how to act, and what to say.”

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