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When Leona Lewis announced that she had left Simon Cowell’s Syco record label back in 2014 it came as a welcome surprise. The fans had been calling for her to leave the X Factor label for sometime after the messy release of third album Glassheart, which saw her sell a tiny fraction of what she is clearly capable of.
But not many – this writer included – thought she would ever jump ship. Leona was the original X Factor superstar. Before ‘Bleeding Love’, winners were seen as second-rate popstars with a two-album shelf life at best. ‘The Voice of an Angel’ crushed that perception, and helped Cowell sell the X Factor brand across the world, as well as opening the pathway for later international breakouts such as One Direction, Little Mix and Olly Murs.
So you’d be forgiven for thinking Syco would a) make sure Leona had the freedom, confidence and resources to continue to make the best possible albums, and b) make sure their prime diva was content with the direction of her career so she doesn’t become desperate to leave. Obviously, judging by Leona’s subsequent departure to Island Records, it got to a stage where neither of these things were happening. And while this was all brewing behind the scenes, Leona’s meek and mild demeanour meant she kept a high level of class and didn’t shout off to the press or vent frustration on social media.
However, with that in mind, album number five is very much a case of let the music do the talking. There’s no escaping the break-up lyrics that lead the new tracks. This isn’t the breakdown of a personal relationship, though, but rather a professional one. Leona opened her showcase in London last night (April 14) with new track ‘I Am'; an empowering mid-tempo ballad that has a razor sharp defiance. It has jolts of breakbeats on the chorus, and isn’t wildly different sonically from what we’ve heard from her before, but the biggest change comes in the tone of the narrative, proving that behind that sweet Hackney smile there is plenty of bite with plenty to say.
The toughest challenge Leona has always faced is mastering an uptempo number that she can feel comfortable with. It’s one she has finally cracked with ‘I Got You'; a bouncy groove with a funk-driven undercurrent. It’s positive, it’s infectious, and it has a real chance of becoming a hit. But most importantly it’s a pacier track that agrees with Leona’s natural style and rhythm, rather than cornering her into a full-blown techno blowout that feels forced.
What’s more, following track ‘Ladders’ also flits between mid-tempo and uptempo territory, building into a gospel-like crescendo towards the end. Leona explained that the song deals with appreciating the lows as much as the highs, hinting that she needed to experience the bad times at her former label to get to where she is now. We suspect it won’t prove easy listening for Mr Cowell.
Leona Lewis plays showcase at the Hospital Club in London.
Essentially, it wouldn’t be a Leona album without a soaring ballad, and ‘Thank You’ was dedicated to her parents who have helped her through some teary nights in recent years. It’s a classic slow number that allows Leona’s insane vocal range full space to reach its peak, reminding us of those intricate ad-libs and powerhouse belting notes that made ‘Bleeding Love’ a worldwide smash. As one person rightly whispered in the crowd: “They don’t make X Factor winners like this anymore.”
It ended on new single ‘Fire'; a jaunty, soulful number, with a foot-stomping beat and Leona on the piano. It’s hard to ignore the whiff of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, but it almost ramps it up even higher with an electrifying guitar solo in the middle and Leona belting “fire” over sassy claps. It’s an extremely solid lead for the album and easily has the potential to put Leona back at the top of the chart.
This is clearly going to be Leona’s statement album. From what we’ve heard so far it’s full of passion, heartache and struggle, but it’s lined with hope and a general sense that this is the happiest she has ever been with what she is performing. Every man and his dog knows that Leona has an incredibly strong vocal, but now she finally has an equally strong voice to go with it.
5th Album Showcase
It seems like the new era is finally starting!
As you may know today will be the 57th Grammy Awards Celebration and as per usual Leona was invited to some of the pre parties that are made in Hollywood in anticipation of the big ceremony!. As always we wanted to bring exclusive photos in high quality of the events, so here are more than 30 pictures of Leona attending the Rolling Stones pre Grammy party and the Essence 6th annual Black Women in Music Event in California, US.
Essence 6th annual Black Women in Music Event (HQ)
Rolling Stone X Google Play pre-Grammy party
05-02-2015 Leona Lewis leaving the Rolling Stone X Google Play pre-Grammy party in Hollywood (HQ)
UPDATE: 2015 CAA Grammy Awards party
It was a busy night for Leona yesterday night, as she attended the Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala event in West Hollywood, California, US. Other animal activists of the entertainment industry like Pamela Anderson and songwriter Diane Warren also attended the gala. We have uploaded a set of photos of Lee walking the red carpet, looking beautiful as always. Check them out by clicking on the thumbnails bellow:
Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala
Hello everyone, We’re really sorry for the lack of updates on the site, We’ve been so busy with our personal life that We’ve abandon the site just a bit, but We’re back to bring you amazing news. Last night Leona visited Portugal, where she offered an exclusive concert at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs hotel for the 18th edition of the Algarve Summer Festival, in the city of Algarve of this beautiful country. The show was crowded and Leona sang incredible as always with a fresh set list that included songs like her classics “Bleeding Love”, “Run”, “Come Alive” but also new ones she’s never performed like “Favourite Scar” and the covers “Could you be Loved” (Bob Marley), “Titanium” (David Guetta) and “Happy” (Pharrel Williams). Portuguese fans (as always so loyal with Leona) attended the show and were over the moon with it! They recorded some amazing videos that you can watch bellow (more will be added to the playlist as soon as they come out). We also added a set of HQ pictures of the concert to the gallery thanks to click time photo and a short interview that local channel TVI 24 from Portugal made to Leona after the concert (you can watch a little bit Favourite Scar’s performance which sounds really good live!) click here to watch the interview
Time passes so fast! I feel like it was yesterday when Leona confirmed she was working for a film!. Well now that film is here. The official UK premiere of Leona’s debut movie ‘Walking on Sunshine’ was held yesterday (11/06/2014) at Vue West End in London and she ROCKED that pink carpet. She looked completely gorgeous as she posed for the flashes and took photos with fans. Leona tweeted a photo and shared her feelings about the premiere:
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewismusic) junio 12, 2014
As you know we love bringing amazing images for your enjoyment, so We’ve uploaded 69 photos (HQ and MQ) of Leona as she walked the pink carpet at the ‘Walking on Sunshine’ premiere:
‘Walking on Sunshine’ will be in theaters all around the UK on June 27th. The movie will be also realeased in some European countries so stay tuned.
Hey everyone! After an amazing performance at the FA CUP FINAL performing UK national anthem and wonderful rendition of “Abide with me”, Leona and her boyfriend Dennis Jauch are back in the US! They’ve been seen together 2 days ago arriving at LAX Airport, California. Have a look to the 40 HQ pictures set added to the gallery. Enjoy!
20-05-2014 Leona an Dennis arriving at LAX Aiport (HQ) x 40
So earlier today, it was the British Football Association Final Cup 2014, and Leona was invited to sing at the event. She sang the National British Anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ and a beautiful rendition of the classic ‘Abide With Me’. Leona sounded so beautiful, and was so exciting to see her signing in such a big event that is watched by millions of people around the world. So good to know that her voice was heard by such a huge crowd! She was fantastic. We have the videos of both performances thanks to the incredible pbaxmc2 from youtube. And also we’ve uploaded 3 new professional images of the event.
‘Abide With Me’
‘God Save The Queen’
This weekend Leona flew to Berlin, Germany to perform at the ‘Stars Week’ concert held in the famous mall of that city Alexa Shopping Centre, yesterday night (10/05/14).
We don’t know for sure yet which songs she performed (check out the setlist here) but we’ ve uploaded amazing great quality images of the event, as well as some candids of Lee while she arrived at the airport in Berlin on friday. Check both set of images, bellow:
09-05-2014 Leona arrives in Berlin, Germany
10-05-2014 Stars Week Concert at the Alexa Shopping Centre in Berlin, Germany
Post Updated: We’ve added two videos from the night. Leona performing ‘Bleeding Love’ and ‘Run’. Sounding incredible as usual!
Thanks to Worldofleonalewis.com for the vids!
Working is good, but working and supporting a good cause at the same time is even better. Leona Lewis as an amazing artist and human being experienced that feeling, as she attended the 2014 Be Beautiful Be Yourself DC Gala that the Global Down Syndrome Foundation celebrated yesterday, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC – USA. Leona performed a set of songs and looked so happy while dancing and sharing with some of the special kids that suffer from this disorder. As always (and being this our specialty) we’ve brought you a lot of photos of the event and the red carpet *Exclusively*, and in amazing quality. Just click on the thumbnails bellow to see them all!.
2014 Global Down Syndrome Foundations Be Beautiful Be Yourself DC Gala – Red Carpet
2014 Global Down Syndrome Foundations Be Beautiful Be Yourself DC Gala
Hi Everyone! We’re so sorry for the lack of updates, we’ve been busy and haven’t had time to keep the site up to date. We’ve added 4 set of candids of this month beggining with Leona outside Calridge’s Hotel in London (02/04), then on her birthday celebrations in Cirque le Soir nightclub (03/04), following some more recent appearences back in the US, leaving Craig’s Restaurant in West Hollywood (16/04), and lastly a couple of days ago she was seen running some errands in Melrose, Los Angeles (18/04).
02-04-14 Leaving Claridge’s Hotel, London
03-04-14 Celebrating her 29th Birthday in Cirque le Soir Club, London
16-04-14 Out and About in West Hollywood
18-04-14 Running some errands in Melrose, Los Angeles (HQ)
Thanks to the Daily Mail for some of the photos.