Leona Lewis Reveals She Quit Simon Cowell's Record Label Because He Wanted Her To Record A Covers Album

Leona Explains Her Decision To Leave Simon Cowell's Label

Leona Lewis has revealed that she decided to leave Simon Cowell’s record label, after he tried to get her to record an album of covers.


The ‘Bleeding Love’ singer parted ways with Syco last year, eight years after emerging as the winner of ‘The X Factor’.

Following her ‘X Factor’ victory, she topped the UK singles chart on three separate occasions, but claims that when the music mogul tried to get her to record an album compiled of cover versions, she was pushed to walk away from the label.

Leona Lewis

Speaking to Sirius XM, Leona explains: “We had differences. The label wanted me to do an album of covers, and I just felt like I had not gotten to the point where I wanted to do that.

"I'd already done a Christmas album and done a lot of covers and had so much fun with it, then I was ready to do my own album, a studio album again.”

Simon Cowell

Leona’s final album under Simon Cowell’s guidance was the festive collection, ‘Christmas, With Love’.

She had previously discussed the differences with her old label after being signed with Island Records, claiming that she and Simon parted ways because she had been “asked to make a record that would not have been true to herself”.

Leona released her first album away from Syco earlier this year, which was led by the single ‘Fire Beneath My Feet’, which appeared to allude to her history with Simon in its lyrics.

Listen to her interview in full below:

Series One, 2004

X Factor winners

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