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Alexandra Burke Parts Ways From Record Label, 'Bad Boys' Singer Wants R&B Career

06/06/2013 11:12 BST | Updated 06/06/2013 11:49 BST

Alexandra Burke has parted ways with her record label, five years after winning Simon Cowell's talent show 'The X Factor'.

The 24-year-old split with RCA last month, after her second album 'Heartbreak on Hold' flopped in the charts and sold just 6,731 copies in the first week of release.

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A source told The Daily Mail reports that it was a case of "the label being unhappy with Alexandra and Alexandra was unhappy with the label. There didn't seem any point in continuing".

Burke's winning 'X Factor' number one single 'Hallelujah' holds the record for the most sales over 24 hours, selling 105,000 in just one day. However, the London star's last single, 'Let It Go', only reached number 33 in the UK singles chart.

The 'Bad Boy' singer left Cowell's record label Syco in 2011 to sign to RCA and it's now thought she is attempting to launch an R&B career Stateside.

Sending a clear message to her fans that she hasn't quit the music business, Burke tweeted:

In June last year Burke was also rumoured to have been dropped by RCA, but she laughed it off at the time, writing on Twitter: "Rumours rumours rumours! Lol. Facts are way more fun! Don’t believe everything you hear and read."

In May it was reported Burke has signed a new management deal with Kevin Liles, the former president of Def Jam records.

Liles is known for launching the careers of Jay-Z and Kanye West among others, and went on to be executive vice president for Warner Music Group before leaving in 2009.

Digital Spy reports a source said: "Kevin met Alex and was really impressed by her. He thinks she can be a global star. She is releasing an album later this year."

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