Leona Lewis signs to Def Jam Records

Def Jam is the current home to Iggy Azalea, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Rick Ross

Leona Lewis has signed a new label deal with Def Jam Records in the US.

Def Jam is the current home to Iggy Azalea, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Rick Ross. They will release Lewis’ upcoming fifth album ‘I Am’ in America, with Island Records issuing the LP in the UK.

Lewis confirmed the news via Instagram yesterday (April 16). See below.

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Leona Lewis won the third series of the X-Factor in 2006. In August 2014, she announced her split from Simon Cowell’s Syco label and confirmed a new deal with Universal’s Island Records in the UK.

Following the exit, Lewis penned an open letter to her fans detailing the creative differences that led to her decision. She wrote: “At some points I felt extremely depressed and other times experienced amazing highs, but it got to a place where the downs were outweighing the ups. So I’m writing this letter for anyone who has ever felt the same way.”

“After several years, I thought about leaving over and over again. I was terrified of walking away from a somewhat secure relationship, even though I knew that we were no longer right for each other and at times even bad for each other. However, I clung to the safety net I had grown so attached to,” she added.

“One day everything changed. For my fifth album, I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself. By all means as an artist in this climate, I was thankful to even get the chance to make another record. But I cannot make music that does not speak to my soul, and as scary as it seemed, I could no longer compromise myself, and so I decided to leave.”