The usually shy and reserved Leona Lewis took to her official Twitter account this afternoon to post a two page long open letter regarding the media speculation that she was dropped by Simon Cowell‘s record label Syco, the label she had been signed to since winning The X Factor back in December 2006.
Addressing to her fans, Lewis puts pen to paper to talk about the trials and tribulations in her public and private lives this years, most notably, concerning the media speculation the she had been dropped by Cowell.
The singer writes that the past year had been “a roller coaster” and that she had never experienced such emotions in such a powerful way, both negative and positive.
Astonishingly, she wrote that although her job allows her to experience “amazing highs”, things in her professional life had caused her to feel “depressed”, and that the positives in her life were starting to be outweighed by the negatives.
She writes that she worries about her friends and family, the consequences of travelling a lot and not spending quality time with him, how humans act toward other humans, as well as animals, and “the images of horror on the news”.
Lewis then went on to write about one of the “major changes” in her life recently, her departure from Syco and Sony. She confirmed that like all relationships, she had experienced ups and downs with Syco/Sony, and that she will always be grateful for the experiences and the success they helped her achieve.
As we suspected, Lewis had been playing with the idea of leaving Syco/Sony for a couple of years, but was afraid to do, because of how it was a secure and safe position to be in, with the guarantee of signing a new contract and being signed to label, despite knowing that their relationship was deteriorating. In her words, she “clang to the safety net I had grown so attached to”.
She confirms that “one day, everything changed”, when she was asked by Syco/Sony to “make a record that would not have been true to myself”. Although she writes that she was “thankful” to be given the opportunity of releasing a fifth album, she felt that she would be doing herself an injustice and cheating her fans by making an album “that does not speak to my soul”.
Realising that she would be comprising herself by making an album without her creative vision, she decided to leave Syco and Sony, and that nothing any of her label bosses could say could keep her from walking.
Worryingly, Syco and Sony threatened Lewis by saying that if she did leave them for another record label, she would say that she was “dropped” instead of saying that it was her decision to leave and not renew her contract.
Lewis is now signed to Island Records UK, a subsidiary of Universal Music, Sony’s main rival. It is also reported that Def Jam Recordings will be involved with the process of producing her fifth album, too.
We think that Lewis made the right decision by leaving Syco and finding a label that puts the artist first and sales second.
Read Lewis’ open letter below!
An open letter to you x pic.twitter.com/YNW0iHZgyP
Ã¢â‚¬” Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) September 5, 2014