What’s this I hear of Leona Lewis recording an album before she won The X Factor, and Simon Cowell trying to buy it up from its producer for about a £1m? If Simon's not careful this album could find its public sooner than anyone thinks ...
PS: Further to the above, a well-informed person called Chris B writes (apropos a rumour that a newspaper wishes to give away a Leona Lewis album recorded before she won The X Factor. Chris has also left an explanatory comment) ...
"The story which did the rounds about a year and a half back on music industry forums/blogs etc is Spiral came to an agreement with Syco/Sony and received compensation in exchange for ceding the rights to Twilight (the tracks were all credited as having been co-written by Leona and Spiral on her website/myspace). This is a pretty standard deal in the industry in such cases regarding promo material.
"Where this gets slightly complicated is there's another "album" doing the rounds called "Best Kept Secrets" by UEG Music. This is more of a mismatched affair and has six tracks featuring Leona's vocals and four other remixes of those songs. UEG have run a long 'guerilla' campaign to have this released and two of the songs appeared as giveaways in the Mirror in March:
The Mirror/Leona, click here.
"The full slab of ten tracks is available on major music streaming sites such as last.fm and rhapsody: Click here.
"But the likes of iTunes have refused to sell it, no doubt under pressure from SonyBMG.
"In my opinion the quality of music and production on this isn't up to much and does a disservice to the vocals. It just comes across as amateurish half-finished demos and nowhere near ready for release.
"Now this may be the 'album' that a newspaper wants to give away so I can understand why Cowell/SonyBMG would want to stop a newspaper giving this away as the quality is poor.
"There are far better quality pre-X Factor songs with Leona vocals doing the rounds on the internet - she had clearly worked with a number of producers in an attempt to get a break in the industry, as is the case with many artists in the urban/RnB genre, the use of guest vocalists being a prevalent feature of many songs."
Many thanks Chris.