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December 3, 2012

There is one word that haunts Leona Lewis in every interview or critique that is written about her, it is ‘nice’. When she won The X Factor in 2006 as a shy and polite 21-year-old it was probably an appropriate adjective. But six years on – as an internationally famous recording artist – Leona is aware that her ongoing reputation for ‘niceness’ has somehow been interpreted as a euphemism for ‘boring and bland’. Yet there is nothing remotely boring or bland about Leona, and nice is far too feeble a word to describe a woman who is, in fact, strong, funny, opinionated and, by her own admission, ‘a bit of a control freak’…

‘I think a lot of people in this industry did kind of dismiss me because they thought I was too nice. People would say, “Oh my God, why are you so polite, why don’t you do anything interesting or scandalous like take drugs?” It’s weird in the music industry because you are damned if you do the bad stuff and damned if you don’t,’ she says.

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November 20, 2012


Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Look, in UK newstands now! – http://www.look.co.uk

Hey Guys! The Daily Mail has revealed some new photos from Leona’s latest shoot that she did for the November issue of Look Magazine (UK). The photos were taken by the photographer Gilbert George and Leona looks stunning!. The DM article shares a bit about the interview Leona did for the magazine in which she talks about the rumour that’s been all over the internet about her supposed relationship with the member of boyband One Direction, Liam Payne. Click HERE if you wanna read the article. Watch a video of Leona’s behind the scenes for the LOOK photoshoot and also see some outtakes from the shoot bellow:

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October 23, 2012

Leona Lewis chats to Ahlan! ahead of her appearance at the Chequered Flag Ball in Abu Dhabi

You’ve been to the UAE before. What are your favourite memories from visiting?
Yes, I’ve been on holiday a few times to Dubai and I’ve also been to Doha, but this will be my first time in Abu Dhabi. I really like the mix of tradition and modernism. It’s really intriguing.

You rose to fame after winning X Factor. Do you still watch the show?
It’s a great show and I owe a lot to it so I’m always going to be a fan, but I’ve changed a lot since the show. I’ve really developed and matured as an artist.

Are you dating at the moment? Give us all the juicy deets!
All I’m saying is that my weekend at the F1 is going to be a girly affair – a real chance to let my hair down with the girls and enjoy myself for a few days after what’s been a really hectic album launch.

Any words for your fans in the UAE?
Just to say that I can’t wait to see you all at the Chequered Flag Ball on 2 November. I love the glamour of F1 and everything that goes with it so I’m really looking forward to what the F1 weekend in Abu Dhabi has to offer.

INFO: 7.30pm to 3am, Friday 2 November, St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs2,000 per person including bubbly reception, four-course dinner and open bar, Dhs20,000 for a classic table of 10, Dhs25,000 for a VIP table of 10, 04 445 6842, www.chequeredflagball.com.

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October 18, 2012

Hey guys! Continuing with the ‘Glassheart’ promo, Leona has been doing morning shows trough all the UK. Well, yesterday she was on BBC One Breakfast show and here’s the video for all of you that missed the interview. She talks about the inspiration behind the album, her experience as a judge on the X Factor and more. Watch it bellow:

Leona Lewis on the inspiration behind ‘Glassheart’Leona Lewis tells us about the release of her third album ‘Glassheart’ and the emotions behind it.

She also talks about working with Simon Cowell and being a judge on the X Factor.

Leona’s new single ‘Trouble’ is out now.

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October 17, 2012

Reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I was forced to read it – my friends kept talking about it and I wanted to be able to take part in their conversations – but I have to say I’m enjoying it. I try not to read it in public, though.

Watching Bel Ami, a film set in the 19th century, starring Robert Pattinson. He plays a poor man who climbs the social ladder by seducing women. I just love the costumes, the scenery, the script – everything.

Eating at Mildreds, a vegetarian restaurant in Soho. It’s small and relaxed and has a great little private dining room my friends and I sometimes hire. Try the pan-fried halloumi with spinach and cherry tomatoes. mildreds.co.uk

Listening to the Beach Boys – they always get me up and going in the morning. I also love Miike Snow for their lyrics and Eva Cassidy inspires me.

Drinking Starbucks’ signature hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream. It’s probably a million calories but I love it.

Buying yoga gear from Sweaty Betty and lululemon. I like Bikram yoga because you sweat so much it detoxes you. You come out with really clear skin. It’s also really hard work, but I like a good challenge. sweatybetty.com, lululemon.co.uk

Hanging out at Shoreditch House. The bar has an old British feel to it and you can order pretty much anything. shoreditchhouse.com

Logging on to Instagram to check out tattoo art, which I have become a bit obsessed with recently. I have a few myself. instagram.com

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October 16, 2012

Lewis – a previous winner at the ceremony – will perform a stripped back show before the event kicks off.

She said: “I am so honoured to be performing at Cosmopolitan‘s Ultimate Women of the Year Awards. What a privilege to be singing to a room full of such strong, inspirational women.”

Alesha Dixon, Professor Green and Katie Piper will be on the judging panel to decide the final winners, alongside Karren Brady and Kristin Hallenga.

Cotton said: “I’m so happy to be hosting Cosmopolitan‘s Ultimate Women Awards. I’ve hosted for six years now, and each time we get to celebrate the most incredible women who have shown earth shattering amounts of courage, love, bravery and strength. I’m inspired and humbled year on year.”

Alesha Dixon added: “I’m honoured to be judging the Cosmopolitan awards again! Supporting and celebrating women from all walks of life is why I love Cosmo. The night is always so moving and so much fun. I can’t wait!”

The awards will also mark Cosmopolitan‘s 40th anniversary, and will include a special ‘ultimate’ performer, to be revealed at a later date.

Watch Leona Lewis’s interview with Digital Spy below:

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October 8, 2012

Popstar to Operastar is already a hit talent show. But for Leona Lewis, the singing star who first unleashed her four-octave vocal range as a nervous hopeful on The X Factor, it is a career transition she now plans to make for real.

“I would love to sing opera.  I trained classically and that’s what I really wanted to do,” says the Hackney singer, 27, the most successful graduate of Simon Cowell’s talent show, with 20 million sales under her belt.

This will be no album of Il Divo-style cod-operatics. A single-minded artist, willing to air controversial views about animal rights and the gentrification of her East London neighbourhood, Lewis is ready to put pop stardom on hold in order to train up for a serious concert-house role.

“I’d love to sing Lakmé,” she says, alighting on an 1883 opera in French by Léo Delibes. Set in India, Lakmé is the tragic daughter of a Brahmin priest. “To sing that role would be a dream for me.  But it’s a different way of using your voice I would seriously have to commit at least a year for the training. That’s how I am. I’d have to go in full-on if I did it.”

Since winning the 2006 X Factor, Lewis has established herself as a global star, topping the US charts with her debut album Spirit and drawing comparisons to Whitney Houston through her lung-bursting, emotionally raw ballads. “Whitney has always been a big influence on me. She passed away when I was recording the new album which was really sad,” she acknowledges.

Although she is no Whitney-style diva, Lewis is willing to stand up for her principles, in contrast to more pliant reality show winners. “I’ll never go against my morals,” states Lewis, a vegetarian currently upgrading to veganism, who recalls how one fan made a big mistake when she approached her for a photograph.

“She was wearing a big fur jacket and she was like ‘can I get a picture of you?’ blah, blah. I don’t agree with killing animals anyway but for fashion – I think it’s cruel, just so barbaric.

“I see some people wearing fur and sometimes I can’t help but be angry. This girl came and stood next to me and I was just like ‘Sorry, I can’t. I do not agree with what you’re wearing right now and it’s making me feel sick.’ She was so offended.”

Speaking in her quiet, determined voice at a recording studio in north-west London, Lewis sounds surprised at the vehemence of her outburst. “I react before I think,” she admits.

That volatility percolates through her new single, Trouble, released today and the album, Glassheart, out next Monday.  Trouble, written with Emeli Sandé, tells of a destructive relationship (“I told you never to get used to me, I stay awake when you fall asleep, I’m a whole lot of trouble”).

Lewis says: “This album has got very bitter-sweet songs about break-ups and relationships I’ve been through. The drama and the break-ups do feed great songs but so does love. You need both sides of the spectrum.”

She made Sony Music delay the album’s release for a year. “I wanted to make sure it was right,” she said. “It’s my third album so I was taking it very seriously. Every single song has been fine-tuned and crafted. I’m really proud of it. I want it to be timeless and remembered.”

Even Simon Cowell, who continues to guide the career of his greatest discovery, and spent his St Tropez holiday choosing singles from Glassheart, occasionally has to defer to Lewis. “I definitely take on board Simon’s opinion and what he thinks is best,” she says. “His vision for me is very similar to my own. Usually our decision is the same.”

Lewis lives by a moral code instilled by her parents, a Guyanese father Joe and a Welsh mother, Maria. She was brought up in a large extended family and witnessed the deprivation and criminality to which many of her brothers’ friends succumbed.

She returned to Hackney before the Olympics and joined the rapper Plan B to work with the borough’s youngsters on a music mentoring programme. “I wanted to give a little bit back to the area I lived in,” she said. “I worked with girls who had a lot of strife. One girl had been bullied and wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone. They had a lot of issues at home.

”I didn’t come in saying ‘Hi, I’m going to change your life’. I wanted to give them a project they could work on and give them some skills in music. To give them something to focus on and aspire to.“

Lewis believes a lack of stable role models for troubled teenagers is a big issue and urges more “big brother/big sister” mentoring projects to prevent a return of the rioting which scarred Hackney last Summer. “I think funding those projects is really important,” she said. “I’m sorry if those projects are being cut because they will see the impact on young people.”

She feels torn by Hackney’s regeneration. “I love the area and it looks better. But a lot of locals and businesses are being pushed out because of the rents so it’s a double-edged sword.”

These days Lewis gets to spend much of her working life enjoying the California sunshine. She doesn’t want to leave London for good but finds tabloid speculation about her private life trying. Currently single, she was recently “linked” to Liam Payne of boyband (and coincidentally labelmates) One Direction.

“I don’t mind letting people in a little bit but I have learned from the past not to talk too much about my relationships and to keep things as private as possible,” she says. “My animals, my friends and my lovers, they are the most important thing to me. People might pry but I don’t let them in because it’s sacred to me. They don’t need to know my business.”

She also knows that even the biggest stars need the X Factor’s ten million-strong audience to sell records. Lewis overcame her reservations to return to the ITV show as a guest judge. “I was dubious. What right do I have to sit on a panel and go ‘Yes,no,yes,no.’?

“But I got on the panel and I saw how interested the contestants were with what I had to say. They were looking to me for a reaction, more than the other judges in a way. I felt validated to be there.”

Could she join the judging panel full-time? “Possibly, I feel like it would be quite emotional though. It depends if I could really focus on it. I’m quite competitive – I’d have to win.”

Whether she succeeds in making the shift to opera or not, Lewis is determined to bring a broader range of influences to her music than the charts, filled with formulaic dance-pop, currently allow. “I love Kate Bush, I also like Tracy Chapman. I like soulful, folky styles. David Bowie is such a big influence to me. Everything about him as a person is intriguing to me.”

She will continue to turn down lucrative offers to endorse leather bags, shoes and accessories and use her income to support animal rights charities, maintaining a belief that “maybe in a thousand years no-one will eat meat anymore because they will realise how barbaric it is.”

Leona might be the pop star least likely to follow Lady Gaga and turn up at the MTV Awards wearing a dress made of raw beef – “I thought, that must have been so smelly -but each to their own”. But she has her own code which she will continue to abide by. “It’s important to stay true to yourself and what you love,” the singer concludes.

Trouble is out today. Glassheart is released on October 15.

Quickfire questions

Where was the last place you went for dinner?

Annabel’s (Mayfair private member’s bar and restaurant)

What was the last album you bought/listened to?

Muse, The 2nd Law “I really like the single Madness”

What was the last book you read?

50 Shades Of Grey “like everyone”

What was the last gig/concert you attended?

Paulo Nutini

What was the last sporting event you attended?

A local showjumping event. “I ride and have my own horse, called Spirit”.

What was the last TV show you watched?

“Homeland, it’s so good, really enthralling”.

October 7, 2012

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying your sunday! Do not forget that tonight Leona will be live on the X-factor to perform her new single “Trouble”! But now, we have the pleasure to show you the first exclusive HQ scans of Leona’s appearance in the “Fabulous” Magazine! Thanks a lot to the amazing and faithful fan Deanfitz on Twitter for uploading for us these goregous scans! Leona is looking incredibly gorgeous! Enjoy … It’s only on Leonadaily.net!

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October 6, 2012

Hey Guys! AMAZING susprise to start the day! The Sun’s UK Newspaper official site has uploaded a set of performances by Leona! It’s the Suns Biz Sessions. Leona delivered an incredible acoustic set with 3 songs including “Trouble” a beautiful cover of Alex Clare’s hit single “Too Close” and an AMAZING and STUNNING rendition of her smash album title track “Glassheart”.Watch all the videos Bellow!.

[UPDATE]: We’ve ripped MP3 Audios in super HQ of this AMAZING performances! So go ahead and Download them all HERE

LEONA Lewis was on breathtaking form as she previewed tracks from her new album in an exclusive Biz Session.

Looking stunning in purple, the stylish star effortlessly performed title track Glassheart, new single Trouble and a smooth version of ALEX CLARE’s track Too Close.

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October 4, 2012

Hey guys! A few weeks ago Leona posted on her instagram photos behind the scenes of her photoshoot for the “Fabulous” (UK) Magazine, well now they’ve revealed the cover shes gracing for this week’s spread (that you can get for free inside The Sun newspaper this Sunday if you’re in the UK) and she looks STUNNING! Click on the image above to see the cover in full HQ

Leona’s back with a hot new look and a brand-new album, and she’s been showing Fabulous her feisty side…

The X Factor winner, 24, said jibes that she’s ‘boring’ don’t get her down, and that her Hackney roots mean she can handle herself!

Get Fabulous free inside The Sun this Sunday, plus use your Zappar app to watch our exclusive video – or check Fabulousmag.co.uk from Sunday for more pictures and our behind-the-scenes video.

What do you think of Leona’s glam look? Tweet us @Fabulousmag

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Also we’ll be very gratefull if any of you guys can scan the magazine for us and send us the images HERE. We’ll publish the scans on our Photo Gallery and credit you in our site and social networks!