BLUE singer Lee Ryan has dumped the boyband's VIRGIN record label - so he can start his solo career without the group's baggage.

The ALL RISE heartthrob is in negotiations with another music giant to allow him the freedom to express his own sound without pressure from his ex-band's label.

The 21-year-old says, "I don't know what my album's going to be like, yet... I've got out of my deal with Virgin and I'm going to be signing with another label.

"I'm not sure who yet, though. The other boys are staying there, but I wanted to get out."

18/01/2005 21:29