Leona Lewis has left Simon Cowell“s record label Syco.
Simon had once hailed the former X Factor winner, 29, as the woman who saved the ITV singing show, but the pair announced that they had gone their separate ways.
Leona revealed that she would be joining rival Universal label Island Records, who looks after the likes of Drake, Jessie J, Florence + the Machine, Robbie Williams and Nicki Minaj.
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“So happy to finally be able to share the amazing news that I have joined the @islandrecordsuk family! Excited for this next chapter…,” wrote Leona on Twitter to her 1.2million followers.
The Bleeding Love singer later posted a photo of a note reading “A new chapter”.
Simon was quick to show his support for Leona, tweeting, “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. X.”
Leona Lewis and Simon Cowell
“When we created X Factor, it was more than a television show,” the music mogul, 54, has previously said about his protégé.
“The idea behind it was to discover real stars. When I think of our biggest success on X Factor, initially, one person changed the perception of the show worldwide and her name is Leona Lewis. You literally saved our show.”
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. X
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 3, 2014
The Islington-born singer also released a statement confirming her move.
“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,” said Leona.
“To me Island has always been a label where artists can really flourish and are encouraged to express themselves. Island stands for quality music and signing with such a legendary label is really like a dream come true for me. I can”t wait to start making music with my new team.”
Last December, Leona”s festive release Christmas, with Love climbed to number 13 in the UK but the album is said to have only shifted 100,000 copies.