Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis

Biography

Leona Lewis (03.04.85) is a singer and winner of the third series of The X Factor television talent show. Her UK debut single, 'A Moment like This', was released in December 2006, breaking a world record after it was downloaded over 50,000 times within 30 minutes.

Her second single, 'Bleeding Love', was the biggest-selling single of 2007 in the United Kingdom, topped over thirty national singles charts.

Her debut album, Spirit, was released in Europe in November 2007, and became the fastest-selling debut album ever in both the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Released in North America in April 2008, Spirit debuted at number one in the US Billboard 200 chart and made Lewis the first British artist to top the chart with a debut album.

With her album reaching number one in at least three continents and nine countries, Lewis has had the most successful launch of any television talent show contestant ever.

Early life

Lewis wrote her first song at the age of twelve, and won a number of talent competitions. After leaving school, Lewis took a number of jobs to pay to get into a recording studio, including waitressing and several receptionist jobs.

She wrote and recorded a number of songs including a demo album of her own songs called Twilight, but the album was never released.

When her career seemed to be going nowhere, she was considering quitting the music industry until her boyfriend persuaded her to enter The X Factor.

The X Factor: In 2006, Lewis auditioned for the third series of The X Factor, singing 'Over the Rainbow' made famous by the film 'The Wizard of Oz'.

She made it through to the final stages and was announced the winner and received a £1 million recording contract.

Life after The X Factor: One-million copies of the winner's single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson's first single 'A Moment like This', were pre-ordered by stores, although at the time, the winner of the show had not been announced and it was unknown who would be releasing the single. 'A Moment like This' was released on 20 December 2006, and was available as a digital download. It broke a world record after it was downloaded fifty-thousand times in thirty minutes.

On Christmas Eve 2006, 'A Moment like This' was crowned Christmas number-one single, having sold 571,253 copies, beating Take That's single 'Patience', and outselling the rest of the Top 40's sales combined.

The single became the biggest-downloaded song in 2006, beating Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy'. The single stayed at number one for four weeks and went on to sell in the region of 1,000,000 copies.

In February 2007, Lewis signed a £5 million ($9.7 million) five album contract in the United States with the record label, J Records.

On 16 January 2007, 'A Moment like This' was short listed for the British Single award at the 2007 BRIT Awards. It made it to the second round but was eliminated and did not make it to the final selection. In May, it was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Best Selling British Single.

2007-present: Spirit Her album 'Spirit' was released on the 12th of November 2007 in the UK, where it entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, also becoming the UK's fastest selling debut album and also the fourth fastest selling album of all time.

'Spirit' was released in the United States on 8 April 2008, and entered the Billboard 200 at number one.

Lewis' second single, 'Bleeding Love', the single sold 66,000 copies on its first day of release and went on to sell 218,805 copies in its first week, giving it the biggest first-week sales of 2007.

On 16 December 2007, 'Bleeding Love' won The Record of the Year 2007 award.

On 14 January 2008, Lewis 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'.

Despite being the favourite to win the most awards, she received none.

In February 2008, Lewis broke the major American charts as 'Bleeding Love' peaked at number one becoming the first track by a UK female to hit number one since Kim Wilde in 1987.

More interestingly 'Bleeding Love' is only the second single to ever fall out and return to the number one position on the Hot 100 twice, the first was Le Freak by Chic in 1978 and 1979.

Lewis' third single, a double A-side featuring 'Better in Time' and 'Footprints in the Sand', was released in the UK in March 2008, in aid of the charity Sport Relief, the songs reached a peak of number 2 in the UK singles chart and sold over 70 000 copies.

As a part of Sport Relief, Lewis has set up a website, Yougivemestrength.com, for people to share their inspirational stories.

With a second album slated for release in 2009 and a reported £15 million world tour in 2010, Leona is looking to build on what will have to go down as one of the greatest debuts by a solo artist ever.

Personal life: Lewis has been a vegetarian since she was 12.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Cirque Du Soleil Presents 4th Annual 'One Night For One Drop'

Leona Lewis - Cirque du Soleil Presents 4th Annual 'One Night For One Drop' held at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 18th March 2016

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Cirque Du Soleil Presents 'One Night For One Drop' Charity Event - Arrivals

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Cirque Du Soleil Presents 'One Night For One Drop' Charity Event - Arrivals

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Leona Lewis Headlining At The Clyde Auditorium At The SECC In Glasgow

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Leona Lewis Performing At The Liverpool Empire Theatre

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Simon Cowell And Leona Lewis Boost Funds At Charity Dinner


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Simon was joined by his former The X Factor mentor Louis, and Leona, who won the singing contest in 2006, at the British Asian Trust's third annual gala at the Natural History Museum in London.

They spent the evening in the company of other stars including musician Labrinth and comedy actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal to show their support for the organisation, which is one of Charles, Prince of Wales' charities and funds various projects in South Asia.

The event was hosted by TV star Sanjeev, and Leona entertained the 450 guests with a rendition of her international smash hit Bleeding Love and a cover of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time.

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Leona Lewis Joining Cirque Du Soleil


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The Bleeding Love singer will appear in the One Night for One Drop show to raise money for the One Drop charity, which helps bring clean water to communities in Central America, India, and West Africa.

One Drop was created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in 2007, and the charity performance by the troupe is held annually to bring in cash for the cause.

"Cirque du Soleil is very inspiring for me as an artist," Leona tells the Las Vegas Sun. "I was, like, 'Wow, this (opportunity) is going to be amazing'. Then when I read up on One Drop and what they're doing to ensure fresh running water around the world, obviously they're doing amazing things, so I wanted to get involved... I think I've seen all of them (the Cirque shows) apart from Michael Jackson One and Zumanity."

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Stars Recreated With Food For Vegetarian Day


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Prudence Staite has used only vegetables to produce images of meat-dodging stars as part of an awareness campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Other famous faces in the bizarre gallery include pop stars Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sande, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and actor Alan Cumming.

All the images are created entirely of vegetables, with hairstyles the most striking feature of the portraits.

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Mick Jagger Joins Taylor Swift For Surprise Duet


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For the second Nashville gig of her ongoing 1989 World Tour, Taylor invited former U.K. The X Factor winner Leona up to perform her 2007 hit Bleeding Love.

Taylor shared her excitement in a post on Instagram.com, writing, "Me losing my mind because @leonalewis is singing 'Bleeding Love' and it's the most glorious, beautiful thing I've ever heard or seen."

She later posted more pictures of the pair on Twitter.com, and captioned the photos, "Oh my God @leonalewis sang 'Bleeding Love' tonight in Nashville and I may never recover."

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Leona Lewis: London Has The 'best Fashion In The World'


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Leona Lewis thinks London has some of the ''best fashion in the world.''

The 30-year-old singer, who was raised in Hackney, has described her style as ''eclectic'' as she believes she has created her panache from cultures around the globe.

Asked to describe her sense of style, she said: ''It's quite eclectic. London has the best fashion in the world but I pick up things when I'm travelling and mix them together.''

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Leona Lewis Ignores Criticism


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Leona Lewis has ''learned to deal'' with negativity.

The 'Footprints in the Sand' hitmaker has admitted she suffered from some terrible lows in the past but says she has since realised to put less emphasis on the bad things people say.

She said: ''Well, before, if someone used to say something negative, I'd take it to heart, but now I've realised they don't know me personally so I've learned to deal with it differently.

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Leona Lewis' Emotional Album


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Leona Lewis' new album is extremely emotional.

The 30-year-old singer has gone through upheaval in her personal and professional life - including changing record companies - since shooting to fame after winning 'The X Factor' in 2006 and says her new album 'I Am' reflects this.

Speaking on chat show 'Lorraine', she said: ''The new album is from the heart and I put all my emotions out there and I've written a lot about what's been going on in the past two years with me, so it's a very empowering tone in the whole record.

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Leona Lewis Sings In The Toilet


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Leona Lewis sings her own songs on the toilet.

The 'Bleeding Love' hitmaker never gets tired of hearing her own music and is happy to sing along to her hits, wherever she is.

She said: ''I was in a fast-food place using the toilet and 'Bleeding Love' came on. I sang along - I never get bored of it.''

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Leona Lewis Wants To Adopt A Child


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Leona Lewis wants to adopt a child.

The 'Fire Under My Feet' singer - who has been dating dance Dennis Jauch for four years - ''definitely'' wants to have children one day but is too busy with her career to think about having a family just yet.

Asked if she wants kids, she said: ''Definitely, but obviously right now I'm travelling too much.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown To Be Buried With Whitney Houston


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Bobbi Kristina Brown will be buried next to her mother, Whitney Houston.

The 22-year-old star passed away on Sunday evening (27.07.15) following almost six months in a medically induced coma and is now set to be taken to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, to be put to rest following a funeral in Atlanta later this week, according to US website Entertainment Tonight.

As well as Whitney, who died in 2012, Bobbi's grandfather John Russell Houston is buried in the plot, having died in 2003 following battles with heart disease and diabetes.

Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Brown To Be Buried With Whitney Houston

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Leona Lewis

Date of birth

3rd April, 1985

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.7




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