Leona Lewis To Release Her Highly-Anticipated New Album 'Echo' Nov. 17
"Spirit", Leona's debut album has sold over 6 million albums worldwide since its release, earned three Grammy award nominations, and was the best selling new artist of 2009. In the U.S., "Spirit" debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, marking the first time in music history that any album by a British female artist has entered Billboard's Top 200 album chart at #1, as well as the first time any British artist, male or female, has claimed the top spot with a debut album. "Spirit" features chart-topping hit singles "Bleeding Love," the best selling single of 2008 and iTunes top selling single of 2008, and multi-platinum "Better In Time."
Leona Lewis is a 24-year-old London native and winner of the hit TV show "The X Factor", a British talent show. Simon Cowell tipped off Clive Davis to Lewis' talent during "The X Factor" competition. For the first time, Davis and Cowell teamed up to sign Lewis to J Records/ SyCo Music (Cowell's joint venture with Sony Music).
Album track listing and more information to be announced soon.
Leona's Busy 2008:
January: Leona starts the year with four Brit Awards nominations.
February: Leona performed in the "new artist slot" at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party to a room star studded room that includes, among others, her idol Whitney Houston.
March: Oprah Winfrey says of Leona "a star is born" as she thrills America with her #1 single "Bleeding Love," becoming the first UK female artist to take the #1 position on the Hot 100 chart with a debut since Sheena Easton did it in 1982.
April: Leona repeats the astronomical British success of her UK Spirit release by becoming the first UK artist ever, regardless of gender, to debut with a first album at #1 on the Billboard US album charts.
May: Leona performs to the biggest television audience of her entire career by appearing on "American Idol."
June: Leona performs for and meets Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday concert.
July: To lend her some stone-cold clout in terms of extra-curricular international relations, Leona is appointed at a ceremony in Tokyo as Goodwill Ambassador for the UK-Japan 2008 campaign. It is a role that will see Leona represent the contemporary aspects of UK creativity as part of the celebrations marking the 150th year of UK-Japan diplomatic relations.
August: Leona Lewis closes the Beijing Olympics with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and the most famous sportsman on the planet, Mr. Beckham.
September: Leona was the guest of couturier, impresario and visionary Roberto Cavalli at his Milan Fashion Week show.
October: Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" named best selling single of 2008. New single "Better In Time" takes the #4 spot on the Top 40 chart and crosses the 1 million sales mark.
November: Leona performs "Better In Time" at the American Music Awards.
December: Leona is nominated for 3 Grammy awards.
2009 has seen Leona head back into the studio to work on her highly anticipated second album, with a cast list of writers, producers and musicians that reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of today's music industry. The eagerly awaited album is planned to drop November 17, 2009, along with a coffee-table photo book in the UK which has documented Leona's amazing journey; from Hackney, UK to Hollywood…and beyond.
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