Leona Lewis
English singer–songwriter
Leona Lewis
Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer and songwriter. She first came to prominence after winning the third series of The X Factor in 2006. A multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, Lewis's most successful single, "Bleeding Love", reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008. She was proclaimed 'Top New Artist' by Billboard magazine in 2008.
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25 More Celebrities (And Counting) Who Totally Nailed It With Their Halloween Costumes This Year
Huffington Post - 4 months
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How Jada Pinkett Smith Is Helping Kids Pursue Careers In Entertainment
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Betty Buckley Promises Stories, Songs And Inspiration In NYC
Huffington Post - 5 months
From “Cats” to “Sunset Boulevard” and everything in between, Betty Buckley boasts one of the most storied careers in modern musical theater. When the Tony Award winner discusses her body of work, however, she sees herself as the master of an entirely different medium. “I think of myself as a painter, and I do these paintings every year — a new collection of paintings,” she told The Huffington Post in an entirely. “My gallery setting is a concert hall. In the moment of the concert, it’s like a gallery showing. I bring out my portrait work onstage with my brilliant musicians, and we give people an experience.” Watch Buckley sing “Memory” from the musical, “Cats,” below.  Buckley’s 2016 “collection,” as it were, it called “Story Songs.” The centerpiece of the new show, which opens Sept. 22 at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, is a new song by up-and-coming composer Joe Iconis. The song itself, “Old Flame,” was written exclusively for Buckley after s ...
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Off Script: How Leona Lewis Plays the Isolated Grizabella in 'Cats' and Around NYC (Q&A)
Yahoo News - 7 months
The British pop star tells THR of making her Broadway debut, encountering her first stage doors and dreaming of a 'Hamilton' role: "The audience is like going to a Jay Z concert."
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Leona Lewis relives "magical" childhood memory in musical, "Cats"
CBS News - 7 months
Years after seeing the original production in London, Leona Lewis debuts in the revival of the Tony-winning Broadway hit in New York City
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8 Mascaras Top Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Holly Dawsey Long, thick, fluttery lashes aren't just reserved for the stars. In fact, the tools the pros use aren't different than what you can find online, at your favorite department store, or even at the drugstore! Here, the pros behind Hollywood's top looks reveal the formulas they use. Get the celeb (lash) treatment with these tried-and-true picks. For everyday definition Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara ($28; sephora.com) "This is my go-to for an everyday look. It makes lashes appear full and feathery. To apply, hold the wand like a toothbrush and wiggle it from left to right to separate hairs, then sweep the brush outwards," says Sir John, a celebrity makeup artist for L'Oréal Paris and the one responsible for the flawless faces of Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls. For noticeable length Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($24; sephora.com) "The formula is buildable and the brush separates as you comb through, so you can get m ...
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Leona Lewis Teases A Tune From Her New Album On Instagram: Watch
Idolator - almost 2 years
Mariah Carey Announces '#1 To Infinity' Mariah Carey made a major announcement over the weekend! MORE >> Leona Lewis is readying new music for 2015! We haven’t heard much from the UK songstress since she released her Christmas, with Love LP two years ago — but she has recently posted a snippet to keep her fans in anticipation. Lewis previewed a brief snippet from her forthcoming album on Instagram, which shows two of her friends dancing to an upbeat tune. The caption reads: “These boys previewing the album and giving me the energy of life before rehearsals today @alimahdaviparis @djanisbouzyani #love ❤️ ” Back in December, the singer posted her first teaser on her socials which showed her belting her ...
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Album review: Leona Lewis – Christmas, With Love
Daily Echo - about 3 years
Leona Lewis – Christmas, With Love
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EXCLUSIVE! Leona Lewis Gives Us A Christmas Gift With Love As She Talks With Us About Her Upcoming Album!!! (Perez Hilton)
Wesmirch.com - over 3 years
Perez Hilton: EXCLUSIVE!  Leona Lewis Gives Us A Christmas Gift With Love As She Talks With Us About Her Upcoming Album!!!  —  Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we can't HELP but be super excited for Christmas because, well, it's ALMOST here!  —  And helping us get into the holiday spirit …
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Ariana Grande's 8 Best Covers From Before She Was A Superstar (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Before she was touring with the Biebs, making hit records and hilariously singing hip-hop songs with Jimmy Fallon like it's NBD, Ariana Grande was just another girl making YouTube videos in her bedroom. Though you probably know her best for her more recent pop hits, the "Almost Is Never Enough" singer has an archive of amazing covers that we felt we needed to unearth -- from before she had a record deal. Check out our top 8 picks below for proof that the "Sam & Cat" actress was always a star in the making. 1. "I Believe in You and Me" by Whitney Houston This stripped-down Whitney Houston tribute is hauntingly gorgeous. We dare you not get goosebumps. 2. "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys Sitting on the floor on her New York apartment (sporting dark red hair from her "Victorious" days), this one's an oldie but goodie. 3. "If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé Taking on Queen Bey isn't an easy feat, but Ari hits those notes like nobody's business. 4. "Bleeding Love" ...
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Divine's Poop-Eating 'Pink Flamingos' Scene Discussed By Lady Bunny And Michael Musto
Huffington Post - over 3 years
One of the first drag queens to make an appearance on the big screen, the late and great Divine continues to have a profound impact on queer culture decades after his death. Hailed by People magazine as the "Drag Queen Of The Century," Divine largely rose to prominence from his work and involvement with a number of John Waters films. Perhaps one of the most iconic moments not only in Divine's career but cinema history stemmed from Waters' classic "Pink Flamingos," when the star infamously consumed fresh dog feces. Michael Musto, Lady Bunny and Miss Longo stopped by HuffPost Live yesterday to talk about the legacy of Divine, this iconic poop-eating scene and a new film hitting theaters that chronicles the life of the superstar, titled "I Am Divine." "I do like vulgar material," noted Lady Bunny, "like having a fake period to the tune of Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love' -- just gross-out stuff. And any queen that does gross-out stuff is probably going to be compared to Divine because sh ...
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<i>Days Are Gone</i>: HAIM Sisters Surpass Hype With Marvelous Debut Album (Review)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tuesday, October 1st witnessed the long-anticipated release of HAIM's debut album, Days Are Gone. It is a masterwork. It is music that burrows in your brain and stays there. If news of this band is new to you, and you're wondering what in the world HAIM even stands for, just realize that it's a capitalized iteration of the bandmates' last names. They're sisters (the band's fourth and final member, drummer Dash Hutton, holds no relation to the other three....other, that is, than the ability to produce fantastic music). Named Danielle, Este &amp; Alana Haim, they grew up in SoCal's San Fernando Valley, bumping classic rock and rocking out with their musically-inclined parents from an early age onward. Danielle and Este first popped up briefly in 2005, as members of another band that had a single track make its way onto The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' soundtrack, but Days Are Gone, coming to us today through, of all places, Jay-Z's Roc Nation, is their debut album and first, ...
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'The X Factor' Season 3 Premiere Showcases Talent Over Judges
Huffington Post - over 3 years
At the "X Factor" Season 3 premiere party in West Hollywood on Thursday night, returning judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato were joined by newcomers Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland to preview select auditions from the latest cycle of Fox's reality competition. Cowell and his three female co-stars didn't shy away from the snark at the party, with Cowell jokingly revealing, "exclusively," that he was going to be a father, and Lovato adding, "Simon's making me the godmother! Nobody knew, even Simon!" Rubio even got in on the act, teasing, "I just heard that Simon is going to breastfeed." Cowell then thanked Lovato, Rubio and Rowland, dryly describing them as "horrific" before enthusing, "I think this is going to be a really fun series. The whole purpose of making this show is to find a star ... the number one movie in the world is [currently] 'One Direction,' and it just shows you that you really can live your dreams if you've won one of these shows. The fun this year is, are we going ...
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From Media Personality to Multi-Media DIY Maven
Huffington Post - over 3 years
People come to Dubai for many reasons -- from work opportunities, to the beaches, to the multi-cultural atmosphere. Yet Dubai offers more -- from its burgeoning film industry, to diverse art galleries, to mixed-use workspaces, to a thriving culture of entrepreneurship. When Australian-born radio presenter Simone Heng moved to Dubai in 2009, she knew she was moving to a vibrant city, full of luxurious hotels and high-end retailers. What she didn't realize was that as an avid do-it-yourself (DIY) project enthusiast, she would inspire and connect a new generation of young makers. In 2009, Simone Heng was offered a job as an announcer for Virgin Radio and relocated to Dubai after four years hosting TV and radio across Asia and Australia. Simone has become a household name in Dubai, where she is often described as the Ryan Seacrest of the city for her work across both TV and radio and for her celebrity interviews, ranging from Leona Lewis to Omar Sharif. Simone has leveraged her media ...
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Leona Lewis' Idea Of Fun Is VERY Risque ...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Holy Leona! Delicate flower Leona Lewis broke out of her shell and did so in a major way, on Instagram no less: The singing sensation uploaded photos yesterday of herself with friends at a friend's 30th birthday bash -- a party with a very specific, unique theme... of bondage! Lewis, 28, donned a hot pink PVC dress and an officer's cap while her friends dressed up in leather, masks and brought whips for kicks. Dare we guess how that party ended?
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Singer Leona Lewis writes cruelty-free fashion guide
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Animal-loving singer Leona Lewis has put together a shopping guide to help fans interested in buying cruelty-free fashion.
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Singer Leona Lewis sells home in Hollywood Hills West
LATimes - over 3 years
British singer Leona Lewis has sold her home in Hollywood Hills West for $2,073,500.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Leona Lewis
  • 2016
    Lewis is currently making her Broadway debut as Grizabella in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats, which opened in July 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis's father is of Guyanese descent, her mother is Welsh. She has two brothers: an older half-brother named Bradley and a younger brother named Kyle. As her parents began to realise Lewis's passion for singing, they enrolled her at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and later to the Italia Conti Academy, the Ravenscourt Theatre School and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology until they could no longer afford to do so, making cutbacks when necessary in order to help their daughter achieve her dream of being a singer. Lewis wrote her first song at the age of 12; she initially trained in opera, before moving into jazz and blues, and eventually into popular and contemporary music. At the age of 17, Lewis decided to leave BRIT School in order to "get out there" and pursue a career in music. By this point, she had already begun to write and record her own material, and worked as a receptionist at a solicitors office and as a Pizza Hut waitress in order to fund the studio sessions. At age 18, Lewis secured a lead role in The Lion King theatre show in Paris; however, she decided to turn the part down after she hurt her back while ice-skating.
    On 26 May 2016, it was announced that Lewis would make her Broadway debut as Grizabella in the July 2016 revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2016, after two years with the label, it was revealed that Leona and Island Records parted ways due to "something that didn't click." Later that month she released the song "(We All Are) Looking for Home", a charity single created in collaboration with Diane Warren for the Vanderpump Dog Foundation's public service announcement in opposition to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Lewis possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range which spans four octaves, and has had classical training. She has stated that she practices operatic scales every week. Music critic Neil McCormick, of The Daily Telegraph, has praised Lewis's technical skills, writing, "Her mezzo-soprano range allows her to take melodies from luxurious low notes to high-flying falsetto, gliding with elegant power and impressive control through all kinds of fluctuations and modulations." Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic adds, "Lewis can hit belted notes but make it seem easy, never straining her voice and building nicely to the climax," continuing, "Unlike most divas, there is a human quality to her voice, as she's singing to the song, not singing to her voice". In the same vein, Slant describes Lewis's vocals as "technically unimpeachable" in a review of her album Echo, though the author goes on to say they "lack any warmth or emotional expression."
    On 18 March 2016, Lewis headlined Cirque du Soleil's One Night for One Drop performance in Las Vegas.
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  • 2015
    On 11 September 2015, following the album's release, Lewis announced her third live tour with an initial leg of fourteen UK dates.
    More Details Hide Details On the tour Lewis will visit major cities including Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Glasgow. On 12 December the singer performed at the The X Factor UK final alongside fellow X Factor UK winner Ben Haenow, on the show the duet consisted of Lewis's song "Run" and Haenow's "Slamming Doors". That same month Lewis performed a cover of "Girl Crush" with Adam Lambert. In May 2016 the performance earned the pair a CMT Music Award nomination.
    On 13 June 2015, Leona Lewis premiered another song from the album, called "Essence of Me," via Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2015 "I Am" and "Thunder" were released as second and third single from the album respectively. "Thunder" serves as the lead single from the album in the US.
    Lewis later revealed that I Am would be released on 11 September 2015, in the UK.
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    On 14 April 2015 she performed an intimate showcase in London, where she revealed "Fire Under My Feet" to be the lead single from her fifth studio album.
    More Details Hide Details She also showcased four other songs, "I Am", "I Got You", "Ladders" and "Thank You". Shortly after, the album title was confirmed to be I Am. "Fire Under My Feet" premiered on BBC Radio 2 on 11 May 2015.
    On 12 February 2015, Lewis uploaded a video to YouTube which showed the singer performing a new song called "Fire" in a studio.
    More Details Hide Details On 16 February, she uploaded a video to her Instagram account which showed her recording vocals in the studio for new tracks.
  • 2014
    In 2014, Lewis made her film debut in the supporting role of Elena in the romantic comedy musical, Walking on Sunshine.
    More Details Hide Details Amongst her many awards, in 2015 she also received the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Music Pioneer Award at the United Nations.
  • 2013
    Lewis embarked on a 16-date tour in the UK beginning in April 2013.
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    In December 2013, Lewis told Billboard magazine: "Earlier in the year, I was getting in with a few different producers, I actually got in with DJ Poet, who is an amazing producer.
    More Details Hide Details We did a couple of songs together, which has been really exciting. I will probably get back in and work with him again".
    With regard to style and composition, Lewis said that 2013 allowed her to become re-inspired; she stated that after recording songs for the 1980s-inspired film, Holiday!, she wanted the album to have a 1980s sound.
    More Details Hide Details Later, however, after she recorded Motown inspired songs for the Christmas album, it allowed her to "just get out of her head and go into something completely different", stating that she is now leaning towards a "retro throwback sound" for the album. Lewis stated that she has "reached out" to a couple of different people, including Bruno Mars and his frequent collaborators, The Smeezingtons. Lewis also stated that given the opportunity, she would also "love" to record a full length classical album in the future, due to the positive reception of her Classical rendition of "Ave Maria" on Christmas, with Love, which she performs in Latin.
    She revealed that during the production of Christmas, with Love in Summer 2013, she had met with some producers to conceptualise a theme for the fifth album, but that the main focus at the time was songs for the Christmas album.
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    On 27 November 2013, the singer confirmed to Digital Spy that she would begin recording sessions in January 2014, after she finishes promoting Christmas, with Love.
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    On 23 September 2013, it was announced that Lewis would appear in Holiday!, a 1980s-inspired musical film.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2014, the film was renamed Walking on Sunshine, and it was released on 27 June 2014. Meanwhile, Lewis recorded a duet with Michael Bolton called "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", which features on Bolton's album of the same name, which was released in the United Kingdom on 5 May 2014. On 17 May 2014 at the FA Cup Final Lewis performed two songs: the traditional pre-match anthem, "Abide with Me", and the national anthem. On 27 May at the 2014 World Music Awards Lewis performed a cover of "La La La", a song originally performed by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith; Lewis was joined on stage by Naughty Boy. On 3 June, it was announced that Lewis had parted ways with her record label of seven years, Syco Music, and label boss Simon Cowell tweeted: "Congratulations Leona. We had 7 great years together and now wish you all the best for the future. You put X Factor on the map." Lewis had already secured a new deal with rival Universal Music's Island Records UK, joining artists such as Robbie Williams, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J, and has said of her joining the label: "After seven incredible years at Sony I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to sign to perhaps the most iconic label of all, Island Records."
    Lewis performed the song on the semi-final of the tenth series of The X Factor on 8 December 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The same day, "One More Sleep" debuted at number 34 on the UK Singles Chart with Christmas, with Love debuting at number 25 on the UK Albums Chart. A week later, Christmas, with Love advanced to number 13 and "One More Sleep" climbed 31 places to number 3, making it Lewis' highest charting single since 2009's "Happy". With "One More Sleep" peaking inside the top five on the UK Singles Chart, Lewis has set a new record for British female solo artist with the most top five singles in the history of the chart, bringing her total eight top five singles. She has overtaken Olivia Newton-John's tally of seven top five singles.
    In July 2013, Lewis revealed that her new studio album would be a "Motown-influenced" Christmas collection comprising both classic covers and original material.
    More Details Hide Details The album, titled Christmas, with Love was released on 2 December 2013 and the lead single, "One More Sleep", was released on 5 November 2013.
    In February 2013, Lewis left her management, Modest!
    More Details Hide Details Management. It was announced that she will begin work on her fourth studio album and it will be released later in the year.
  • 2012
    In August 2012, Lewis announced that the lead single from Glassheart would be "Trouble", released on 7 October 2012.
    More Details Hide Details It entered the UK Singles Chart at number seven. The album debuted at number three in the UK and at number four in Ireland, respectively. The second single, "Lovebird", failed to reach the UK top 200 in the absence of radio support.
    In June 2012, she performed at BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012 after being announced on 25 May 2011 as an ambassador for the event.
    More Details Hide Details It was the BBC's biggest ever free-ticketed live music event. Following the announcement that Lewis would be an ambassador, she performed a special Live Lounge at the Hackney Empire, with a reggae version of "Better in Time", which incorporated Rihanna's "Man Down", and a cover of Labrinth's "Let the Sun Shine". At the Hackney Weekend, Lewis performed further cover versions and debuted the song "Come Alive" from Glassheart.
  • 2011
    Lewis went on to perform on the American version of X Factor, and as the featured performer for the closing of the 2011 Doha Film Festival, where she sang ten songs, including several cover versions.
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    Lewis released an EP on 9 December 2011, titled Hurt: The EP, containing three covers.
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    Lewis released a single, the dance-pop song "Collide", written by Autumn Rowe and produced by Sandy Vee, in the UK on 4 September 2011 and Germany on 9 September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted on the official UK top 40 singles chart at number 4.
  • 2010
    Lewis lives in Hackney, north-east London. She lived with her boyfriend, who became an A&R scout for Sony Music Entertainment, until they split in June 2010.
    More Details Hide Details They had known each other since she was approximately ten years old. Lewis has been a vegetarian since she was 12; and has been vegan since September 2012. She won PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian along with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis in 2008, and Europe's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009 with actor Scott Maslen. She also was named PETA's Person of the Year for 2008. Lewis is a supporter of World Animal Protection and is a patron of the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood, Essex. Lewis is a supporter of Premier League football club Arsenal. In September 2014, via an open letter to fans, Lewis revealed that she felt extremely depressed around the time of her departure from Syco. She later emphasized that she hasn't been suffering from depression. She credited her professional separation from Simon Cowell, and her practice of meditation, with helping her "still the madness."
    Lewis was scheduled to tour North America from July to August 2010 supporting Christina Aguilera's Bionic Tour, however, Aguilera cancelled the tour, leaving Lewis's plans unknown.
    More Details Hide Details A DVD of the tour, along with a ten-track CD, was released with the title The Labyrinth Tour Live from The O2 on 29 November 2010. Lewis began work on her third album, titled Glassheart shortly after she had completed The Labyrinth tour. Though originally announced to be released on 28 November 2011 in the UK, it was eventually released in October 2012. The album was released on the RCA Records brand after RCA Music Group disbanded J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. Reports suggested that the album had taken a dubstep direction, with songwriters asked to submit dance songs and no ballads. Lewis described Glassheart as "energetic, deep, and unique" and said it would have a darker tone. She cited Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush and Tears for Fears as the album's primary influences. For the album, Lewis worked with numerous writers and producers including Ammo, Jonas Quant, Chuck Harmony, Claude Kelly, Ryan Tedder, Fraser T Smith, Al Shux, Steve Robson, Dallas Austin, Rico Love and Ne-Yo.
    Lewis's first tour, titled The Labyrinth supporting Spirit and Echo, started in May 2010, with a theme based on the film Labyrinth.
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    Lewis performed a 13-piece set list at the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on 22 May 2010, including songs from Spirit and Echo.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis signed a book deal in January 2009 to release an illustrated autobiography in October 2009. The book, titled Dreams, contains mostly pictures taken by photographer Dean Freeman. At a book signing for Dreams on 14 October 2009 at the Piccadilly branch of Waterstone's book store in central London, Lewis was assaulted by a 29-year-old man from south London who was arrested at the scene; Lewis suffered bruising. The assailant was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and was charged with common assault. He admitted to the offence and was hospitalised for an indeterminate period.
    In April 2010, she featured on a duet with Italian singer Biagio Antonacci, called "Inaspettata (Unexpected)", from his album Inaspettata.
    More Details Hide Details They performed the song on the Italian TV show Io Canto on 22 October 2010.
    In January 2010, Lewis provided vocals on a cover of "Everybody Hurts", released to help raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
    More Details Hide Details The second single from Echo, "I Got You", was released in February 2010.
  • 2009
    Lewis also recorded the theme song for the 2009 science fiction film Avatar, directed by James Cameron.
    More Details Hide Details The song, "I See You", was written by James Horner and Simon Franglen. It was nominated for Best Original Song at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. Another usage of Lewis' album can be found in "My Hands", which was used in the international release of the Square Enix video game Final Fantasy XIII.
    Despite previous attempts from Lewis's lawyers to ban the release of Best Kept Secret by UEG Music, claiming that the singer had not given her consent, the album was released in January 2009 when the label insisted it owned the rights to the music and Lewis would receive a 50% share of the album's profits.
    More Details Hide Details However, a television advert for the album was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, who said in a statement: "We considered that the claim 'Leona Lewis's new album' misleadingly implied it was the singer's latest recording rather than a new CD of tracks recorded some years ago." The album was released to iTunes in standard and deluxe editions, and two EPs, "Private Party" and "Dip Down"/"Joy", were released in September 2009. The first single released from Echo was "Happy", which was written by Lewis, Tedder and Evan Bogart and produced by Tedder. The single was released on 15 September 2009, peaking at number two in the UK, and reaching the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Switzerland.
    Lewis performed her first full UK show at the Hackney Empire in London on 2 November 2009, performing songs from Spirit and Echo.
    More Details Hide Details Echo reached number one in the UK Albums Chart and the top ten of Austria, Ireland and Switzerland.
    Lewis's second album, Echo, was given a worldwide release in November 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Production took place throughout 2009, including work with Ryan Tedder, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Arnthor Birgisson, Kevin Rudolf, and John Shanks. It was recorded in Los Angeles and took nine months to produce. Lewis described the album as "more guitar-driven" compared to Spirit.
  • 2008
    It was released in the United States in April 2008 and entered the Billboard 200 at number one, making Lewis the first British artist to reach number one with a debut album.
    More Details Hide Details A special edition of Spirit was re-released in November 2008 in Europe, including the songs "Forgive Me", "Misses Glass" and a cover of the Snow Patrol song "Run". The album again went to number one in the UK Albums Chart. To date the album has sold over 9 million copies worldwide and has a 9× platinum certification in the UK where it is the fourth best-selling album of the 2000s decade.
    In December 2008 Lewis was named 'Top New Artist' by Billboard magazine.
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    She won two awards at the 2008 MOBO Awards: Best Album for Spirit and Best Video for "Bleeding Love".
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    Lewis received three nominations for the 51st Grammy Awards in December 2008. "Bleeding Love" was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Spirit was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for four BRIT Awards, in the categories British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, British Album for Spirit, and British Single for "Bleeding Love", but despite being the favourite to win the most awards, she received none.
    In September 2008, she joined several female singers to perform a single for the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer.
    More Details Hide Details The single, titled "Just Stand Up! ", was performed live during the one-hour telethon that aired on all major US television networks.
    In August 2008, she performed "Whole Lotta Love" with guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin at the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Beijing, representing the handover to London as the host of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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    Lewis's third single, a double A-side featuring "Better in Time" and "Footprints in the Sand", was released in the United Kingdom in March 2008, in aid of Sport Relief, and she visited South Africa for the charity.
    More Details Hide Details The single reached a peak of number two in the UK singles chart selling over 40,000 copies in its first week of physical release. "Better in Time" was released as Lewis's second single in the US, where it peaked at number 11 in the Billboard Hot 100. "Forgive Me" was released as Lewis's fifth single in November 2008; it reached number five in the UK. "Run" was released as a download-only single in the UK, reaching number one, and becoming the UK's fastest-selling download-only single with 69,244 copies sold in two days. Lewis's last single from Spirit, "I Will Be", was released in January 2009, only in North America; it peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2007
    Lewis's second single, "Bleeding Love", produced by Ryan Tedder and written by Tedder and Jesse McCartney, was released in October 2007 in the UK, where it sold 218,805 copies in its first week, giving it the biggest first-week sales of 2007 to date.
    More Details Hide Details It entered the UK Singles Chart at number one, where it stayed for seven weeks, and in the Irish Singles Chart it remained at number one for eight weeks. It reached number one in the singles charts of New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Canada and the United States. "Bleeding Love" won The Record of the Year in December 2007. In February 2008, "Bleeding Love" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 85 and then went on to peak at number one for four non-consecutive weeks. The song became the first track by a UK female to reach number one since Kim Wilde's "You Keep Me Hangin' On" in 1987.
    It was released in November 2007 and entered both the Irish Albums Chart and the UK Albums Chart at number one, becoming the fastest-selling debut album in both countries, and the United Kingdom's fourth fastest selling album of all time.
    More Details Hide Details It was released in several other nations in January 2008, and went to number one in New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Two more tracks were recorded in 2008 for the US release of the album: "Forgive Me", produced by Akon, and "Misses Glass", produced by Madd Scientist.
    In February 2007, Lewis signed a £5 million (US$9.7 million) five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis's record label, J Records, and showcased for several American music executives.
    More Details Hide Details A press release described how Cowell and Davis would work together in a "first-of-its-kind" partnership on both the song and producer selection for Lewis's debut album, titled Spirit. Lewis recorded tracks for the album in London, Miami, Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, where she worked with several songwriters and record producers including Dallas Austin, Walter Afanasieff, Salaam Remi, Steve Mac, Stargate and Ne-Yo.
    Lewis's success continued with the release of her debut album, Spirit, in 2007; it went 10x platinum in the United Kingdom, while the lead single, "Bleeding Love", spent seven weeks at number one.
    More Details Hide Details She achieved international recognition with the album in 2008, when she became the first British female solo artist to top the US Billboard 200 album chart in more than 20 years. Spirit has sold more than eight million copies worldwide, and "Bleeding Love" peaked at number one in over 30 countries, becoming the best-selling single of 2008. As a result, she was proclaimed 'Top New Artist' by Billboard in 2008. Under the guidance of Cowell and Davis, Lewis released her second UK number-one album Echo and recorded the theme song for the film Avatar in 2009, while embarking on her first UK arena tour, The Labyrinth, in 2010. In 2011, Lewis released the non-album single "Collide", a collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii, and her first extended play, Hurt: The EP. Her third album, Glassheart, was released in 2012. It marked a new creative direction for Lewis, drawing inspiration from dubstep and electronic music. However, it failed to match the commercial performance of her two previous albums, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and becoming her first to not be certified platinum. Lewis began to record material for her first Christmas album during her Glassheart Tour, which took place in mid 2013. Christmas, with Love was released later that year. Its lead single, "One More Sleep", peaked at number three in the UK. With this chart entry, Lewis became the first British female solo artist to achieve eight top 5 singles, surpassing Olivia Newton-John's record of seven.
  • 2006
    Lewis's winner's single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's song "A Moment Like This", was released on 17 December 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In the United Kingdom, it broke a world record after being digitally downloaded more than 50,000 times in less than 30 minutes. The song became the 2006 UK Christmas number-one single, selling 571,000 copies in its first week and selling more than the Top-40 combined. It spent four consecutive weeks atop the UK Singles Chart, and was number one in Ireland for six weeks. Despite being released on 17 December, "A Moment Like This" became the second best selling single in the United Kingdom in 2006, and it has been certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments of over 600,000 copies. As of December 2014, Lewis's version has sold 900,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
    Lewis was declared the winner of the competition in December 2006, beating runner up Ray Quinn, garnering 60% of the public vote; more than eight million votes were cast.
    More Details Hide Details For winning, Lewis signed a £1 million recording contract with Cowell's record label, Syco Music. Upon winning, Lewis said: I'm just shocked. It's unbelievable. I feel like my dream has come true, the dream I've been dreaming since a little girl has come true. There were points I thought, 'You know what, I don't know if this is going to happen'. But with the help from my friends and my family, they all kept telling me to believe in myself and keep on doing it and I did and now I'm here and thank you so much to them.
    Lewis auditioned for the third series of The X Factor in 2006, singing "Over the Rainbow" for judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and guest judge Paula Abdul.
    More Details Hide Details She was placed in the 16-24's category, with Cowell as her mentor. Throughout the course of the show, Lewis was compared to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion (as well as other artists), performing songs by all three of them.
    With a career starting in 2006, Lewis is the second best-selling act to have emerged from The X Factor franchise, having sold 20 million records worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis has won one Bambi Award, an MTV Video Music Award and three World Music Awards. She is also a seven-time Brit Award and three-time Grammy Award nominee.
    Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Music.
    More Details Hide Details Her winner's single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This", peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and it broke a world record for having 50,000 digital downloads within 30 minutes. In February 2007, Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis's record label, J Records.
  • 1985
    Born on April 3, 1985.
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