Pop/R&B beauty LEONA LEWIS has made history by becoming the first British solo artist ever to score a number one in the U.S. album chart with a debut LP, according Nielsen SoundScan. The singer, discovered on "The X Factor," Simon Cowell's British talent show, leads the list with opening-week sales of 205,000 copies. “Spirit,” which has already sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide in the last six months, saw off competition from last week's (ends11Apr08) number one, Troubadour by George Gait, which only sold 59,000 copies. Last year, Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" set a record for the highest bow by a British female's solo debut when it entered at No. 7, although that set had not been Winehouse's first British release. The accomplishment makes Lewis the first British solo act to top the legendary countdown since Rod Stewart released Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time in 2006. The release of "Spirit" stirs an 11% rise for Lewis' lead single, "Bleeding Love," which returns to No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs with 223,000 sold for the week (2-1). The song has sold 1.1 million copies since U.S. downloads became available in late December, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Bleeding Love" singer Leona Lewis is fuming after an album full of songs she recorded before she won X-Factor last year was approved to be released. According to recent reports, the singer laid down the vocals on ten tracks before she won the U.K. talent show that launched her mega successful album. Once signed to Simon Cowell's company Syco, Lewis left the label where she recorded the songs. Now the label is set to release the as-yet-untitled album in October - and will be in direct competition with a re-release of the star's official debut album, Spirit. A source tells The People newspaper, "Leona made it (the album) before she was famous and didn't expect it to come back to haunt her like this. "The album was finished in 2006 and due for release that year. Then Leona won X Factor and all communications between her and UEG stopped. "There were attempts to release the album throughout 2007. But they were blocked immediately after signing the record contract with her current label. But now they have won the right to release it."
Leona Lewis earned a nomination for the first ever MTV Video Music Award for "Best UK Video" this week joining Duffy, The Ting Tings, Coldplay and Estelle who are also nominated. In an unprecedented move, MTV has clearly taken notice of what some may call 2008's "British Invasion," by creating a "Best UK Video" category, especially since the network hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards in November. British acts have had a highly successful run in the North America this year. Leona Lewis and Estelle alone have topped the Billboard charts for weeks at a time with their respective hits "Bleeding Love" and "American Boy." Lewis' debut album "Spirit" earned her the distinction of becoming the first British female solo artist in over 20 years to top the Billboard 200 and it's respective pop charts. The album has since sold well over 2 million copies. Estelle, who is also signed to John Legend's Homeschool label, recently earned a nomination for Britain's esteemed Mercury Prize. Lewis and Estelle go "head to head" at the MTV Video Music Awards, airing Live on MTV September 7th.