Prepping for my session this weekend with
Leona Lewis has revealed she has been dishing out advice to One Direction.
The 27-year-old, who was speaking at the launch of the Radio1 and 1Xtra Academy earlier this week, told the Daily Record that she has taken her fellow talent show stars under her wing:
“They’re having a lot of fun. I give them a little bit of advice sometimes. I tell them to enjoy it.”
However, the ‘Bleeding Love’ star ruled out any romantic involvement following Liam Payne’s admission that he had a crush on her, adding: “He’s sweet. But they’re, like, two.”
The 2006 X-Factor winner, who recently expressed her fears over the rise of young gangs, also stated that her relationship with Simon Cowell has always been strictly platonic following revelations about his private life in Tom Bower’s recent biography.
She said: “He was never flirty with me at all. He was more like an uncle.”
Leona Lewis has said that her homecoming Hackney gig at his year’s Radio 1 Weekend is a “huge deal”.
The X Factor star is to open the event on June 23 on Hackney Marshes with the gig headlined by Jay-Z and Rihanna.
Leona told Metro: “I’ve not really done a gig as big as this.
“It’s a huge deal for me. A lot of friends and family can come and see it.”
Asked about a possible collaboration with Rihanna, she added: “We’d have to vibe it and see where it goes and if we’d both be up for it – she’s an amazing artist.”
Lewis is taking part in the BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra Academy to inspire young people.
She said: “This will affect the young people. For some, the outlook is not the best.
“Hopefully, people will be part of the Academy or see something inspiring at the show.”
The Academy runs from June 1 to June 22 and will feature input from Labrinth, Dizzee Rascal, Rizzle Kicks, Paloma Faith, Riz Ahmed, Levi Roots, and Trevor Nelson.
Meanwhile, Lewis told the Evening Standard: “I am from Hackney and grew up here and wanted to be involved and give back to the community.
“Everything boils down to money – there is not enough money for education or community groups.
“A lot of important groups are being shut down. This is to give young people an opportunity, to show them that people care and they are not going to be left behind.”
Leona Lewis and Plan B today attacked the education system for failing young people as they launched a project to offer 10,000 Hackney teenagers master classes with leading names from music, acting, fashion and radio.
Singer and rapper Plan B claimed that teenagers were being let down by the Government and needed the help that the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Hackney Academy will offer.
It will open next month in the run-up to Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend — the station’s pop festival to celebrate the Olympics. Lewis, 27, said: “I am from Hackney and grew up here and wanted to be involved and give back to the community.
“Everything boils down to money — there is not enough money for education or community groups. A lot of important groups are being shut down. This is to give young people an opportunity, to show them that people care and they are not going to be left behind.”
Lewis and fellow ambassador Plan B, of Forest Gate, will lead the sessions by giving Q&A sessions on how to succeed in the music industry.
Plan B, 28, said: “As a kid growing up in east London, I felt ignored, I felt I didn’t have a voice. These kids are getting no love. Money is an issue, but it’s also about spending time with them.
“The education they are getting is s**t. Life is not just about academics. They are not taught enough about real life — about things like sex and drugs.
“We need to encourage them that there is another way by getting them to express themselves and discover their true talents. That’s what they need. I can see that they don’t know the hard work that goes into it. None of this (success) was given to us.”
Labrinth, Dizzee Rascal, Lethal B and Rizzle Kicks will also hold music classes. Stylish singer Paloma and Radio1 DJ Fearne Cotton will host fashion seminars, while Ashley Walters, Adam Deacon and Riz Ahmed will teach young people about the film industry.
Dragons’ Den success Levi Roots will give business advice, and BBC presenters including Trevor Nelson and Gemma Cairney will share their knowledge of radio. Other practical workshops at the Hackney Picturehouse will give advice on CVs, interview skills, software development and journalism.
The academy, which will run from June 1 to 22, has been put together by Radio 1, BBC Learning and local organisations.
It will cater for Hackney school pupils and youth groups and applicants can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Hackney Weekend is on June 23 and 24.
She’s usually known for her meek and mild manner, but this week saw Leona Lewis ‘hit out’ like she’s never done before. Find out why she’s slamming ‘College Dropout’ Kanye West below…
In response to a lyric in the Rapper’s cut ‘Theraflu‘, Lewis tweeted:
Heard that awful Kanye W song talking about minx dragging on the floor. What an awful thing to be proud of!
I take all my love for him back!
The line she is referring to reads as following:
Can’t a young nigga get money anymore?
Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor
Can I have a bad bitch wit’out no flaws
Come to meet me wit’out no drawers?
Clearly peeved by the comment (most likely due to her work as animal rights activist) Lewis is yet to receive a response from West but did receive support from fans.
Leona is currently gearing up for the release of ‘Glassheart’, her third studio LP due out this November.
Hey Guys!! Amazing news has surface the net today! Finally something that we can talk about while we wait for Glassheart. This time the site Sonyatv.com has published a 30 sec preview of the Demo of the song “Blank Page” that has been already reported by Leona to be one of the possible tracks for Glassheart! This Demo version is interpreted by Sia and it sounds amazing, but just imagine that melody with Leona’s voice: HUGE! Hopefully it will make the album! Listen to this Demo by clicking on the link bellow:
Edited: Bad News Guys, According to Sia Furler, the writter and the singer on this Demo, this song its not for Leona anymore. A few days ago a fan ask her if the song was for Leona and she answered “no it’s for another artist”
Hey Guys! Aiden an amazing Leona supporter, has published a new scan from the Daily Star (UK magazine) from today’s edition and it has amazing news on it! According to the Daily Star Leona’s planning to bring forward the release of Glassheart. Here’s the little article they published about it:
Leona Lewis is bringing forward the release of her lates album, just like I predicted a few weeks back.
Speaking at the Ariella Couture fashion show, the X Factor queen told me: “I’m now planning to have the album out in the summer. Simon Cowell has heard some of the tracks and he loves it.”
I hear Leona bagged duets with Emeli Sandé and Sia so it’s no wonder Si is impressed.
Hey bunnies! Good news for Leona! Eachyear the Sunday times Magazine, is publishing the list of the wealthiest british singers under the age af 30 years old. This year, as well as last year Leona is #2 with a fortune worth £12 millions. She’s is number 2 behind Adele, who comes first with £20 millions. Well done Leona, you seem to be good in business. Here is the list:
The Sunday Times Rich List 2012 for young musicians aged 30 and under is as follows:
1. Adele (£20m)
2. Cheryl Cole (£12m)
2. Leona Lewis (£12m)
2. Katie Melua (£12m)
5. Joss Stone (£10m)
6. Charlotte Church (£8m)
6. Craig David (£8m)
6. Paolo Nutini (£8m)
9. Florence Welch (£7m)
10. Lily Allen (£6m)
10. Natasha Bedingfield (£6m)
10. Duffy (£6m)
10. James Morrison (£6m)
14. Nadine Coyle (£5m)
14. Taio Cruz (£5m)
14. Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill (JLS) (£5m)
14. Sarah Harding (£5m)
14. Marvin Humes (JLS) (£5m)
14. Jessie J (£5m)
14. Aston Merrygold (JLS) (£5m)
14. Nicola Roberts (£5m)
14. Kimberley Walsh (£5m)
14. Oritsé Williams (JLS) (£5m)
Fans of Leona Lewis had reason to get excited recently, when a newspaper report suggested new material could be here sooner rather than later and a new single could premier to coincide with her appearance at the forthcoming Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, which is being held to celebrate the London Olympics.
Her 3rd studio album titled GlassHeart had garnered many promising previews from critics and press alike – especially for Emile Sande penned track ’Trouble’ – and was originally set to be released in November last year, shortly after last single Collide, which unfortunately failed to set the charts alight though reached a respectable number 4.
Seemingly, it’s average performance scared the label into pushing the release date back and fans were left both disappointed and perplexed when out of nowhere, music sites such as HMV and Amazon listed the album with a March 2012 release date instead. The only explanation given for this was that Leona had “been inspired” to write more tracks and produce a better album. Of course, March has now been and gone and fans are still left waiting, with rumours suggesting a further delay of a November release and we are constantly being told it’s “coming soon” and it’s “being perfected” by Leona and her team.
Fortunately, supporters haven’t been completely deprived though, with an EP of covers being released around Christmas as a stop gap and the album’s title track GlassHeart being performed regulary by her in various shows over the last few months, which fans have been lucky enough to hear through youtube. The Ryan Tedder produced track is a upbeat dance number with a dark and haunting edge, that many think could have made a better single release than Collide and perhaps performed better in the charts. Maybe we wouldn’t even be in this situation now if it had. Is it a taster of what we can expect when she finally comes out with new material? Or did the label get scared and the delay is a result of going back to square one and she’s been sent back to the drawing board to record some new big power ballads instead, hoping to re-create the chart hits of Bleeding Love and Run?
Either way, if the report is to be believed, fans finally have something to cling onto and look forward to, if they dare. Question is, after such a long time, will the music she comes back with live up to expectation, will it be a new sound or the same old power ballads and most importantly, will it be the hit she needs to get her career back on track?
Could GlassHeart be a hit for Leona? Can she pull off Dance Music or does she need another Bleeding Love?
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