Tuesday 23 January 2018

Leona Lewis felt 'trapped' at Simon Cowell label

Leona Lewis, who won Series 3, has been an international success.
Leona Lewis, who won Series 3, has been an international success.
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

FORMER X Factor winner Leona Lewis felt 'trapped' at Simon Cowell's record label SYCO, songs on her new album appear to suggest.

The winner of the third series of the X Factor shocked the music industry last year when she left the record label of music mogul Simon Cowell.

She has been working on a new album since she left - with some songs revealing how she felt about her latter years with the label.

As hype continues to build around the new record, further lyrics of songs leaked seem to suggest her unhappiness at the end of her tenure at the label.

Track Ladders/Higher is about getting back up when you've been knocked down.

While new song 'Thank You' is a song to her parents about the time when she used to call them in the middle of the night in tears at her situation.

Leona Lewis shot to fame thanks to the management of Simon Cowell - however in her latter years at his label her success waned.

The music mogul - who has been responsible for hundreds of millions of record sales over the last three decades - parted ways with Lewis amicably, and still mentions her affectionately in interviews.

An industry insider said: "This album is all Leona.

"She has taken the reigns and is more confident and happy than she has ever been.

"This is music that Leona has been waiting to make."

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