Leona Lewis’s return to the music scene has been met with a whimper rather than a bang.
However, when the charts were announced on Sunday, it emerged that Leona - who has an impressive three solo number one singles under her belt - didn’t even peak inside the top 40, reaching 51 in the chart.
To put it in perspective (sorry, Leona!) that puts her 32 places below ‘Uptown Funk’, which has now been in the charts for 27 weeks, 26 places behind James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’, which has been lurking around the upper half of the charts for 29 weeks and 23 behind Hozier's 'Take Me To Church', which has now been in the charts for a staggering 43 weeks.
Earlier this year, it was claimed that the lyrics to ‘Fire Under My Feet’ dealt with her departure from Simon’s record label, with sample lines including “I begin to spread my wings, no longer in chains” and “I’m happy and I’ve earned it”.
She’d previously spoken about feeling “extremely depressed” before leaving the music mogul’s label, admitting she was pushed to leave when she was asked to make an album “that would not have been true to myself”.
Leona said at the time: “I was threatened with the fact that if I left, it would come out that I had been dropped. That cut deep, but by this time nothing could stop me from walking away. The end of a relationship can really burn but underneath it all, there is still love there.”
Her final release with Syco was a Christmas album, ‘Christmas, With Love’, which peaked at number 13 in 2013.