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Hudson explains absence from Jackson show

Hudson explains absence from Jackson show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. recording star Jennifer Hudson says she dropped out of the weekend's Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales because of "major production issues."
Peas drop out of Jackson tribute show

Peas drop out of Jackson tribute show

CARDIFF, Wales, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The band Black Eyed Peas has dropped out of this weekend's "Michael Forever" show in Wales, organizers of the Michael Jackson tribute said.
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Will.i.am, Hudson to mentor kids on show

Will.i.am, Hudson to mentor kids on show

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Recording stars Will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson will serve as mentors on the new U.S. music reality series "Majors & Minors," Hub TV Network said Wednesday.
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Jamie Foxx to host Jackson tribute show

Jamie Foxx to host Jackson tribute show

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and musician Jamie Foxx is to serve as host of next month's Michael Forever Tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales, MTV.com reported.
Summer, Lewis to be 'Platinum Hit' judges

Summer, Lewis to be 'Platinum Hit' judges

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- Bravo says Leona Lewis, Donna Summer, Jermaine Dupri and Taio Cruz are to be guest judges on its new U.S. songwriting competition series, "Platinum Hit."
Cowell's Haiti relief single released

Cowell's Haiti relief single released

LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The Haiti charity song "Everybody Hurts," recorded by Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole and Susan Boyle, has been released online.
Stars lining up for Cowell's Haiti single

Stars lining up for Cowell's Haiti single

LONDON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Take That are recording a cover of the song "Everybody Hurts" to raise money for Haiti's earthquake victims.
Stars line up for CNN's 'Heroes' show

Stars line up for CNN's 'Heroes' show

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Carrie Underwood and Leona Lewis have agreed to perform at the third annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" show in Los Angeles, the network said Monday.
Three finalists to be named on 'DWTS'

Three finalists to be named on 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Three finalists are to be named on the upcoming results episode of the U.S. competition series "Dancing with the Stars," ABC said.
McCartney to perform at charity concert

McCartney to perform at charity concert

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney, Take That, Lily Allen and Muse have been booked to perform at a concert for the charity Children in Need in London next month, organizers said.
Man arrested for Leona Lewis slap flap

Man arrested for Leona Lewis slap flap

LONDON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A 29-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting singer Leona Lewis as she signed copies of her new book at a London shop Wednesday, police said.
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Guitarist Jimmy Page (R) and singer Leona Lewis perform during the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics at the National Stadium in Beijing on August 23, 2008. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer-songwriter. Lewis was a contestant in the third series of the British television series The X Factor, which she won. A multi-platinum selling artist and three time Grammy Award nominee, her most successful single, "Bleeding Love", reached number one in over thirty countries around the world. She was proclaimed 'Top New Artist' by Billboard magazine in 2008. Lewis has released two albums to date, Spirit and Echo, in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Spirit became the fastest-selling debut album and the biggest seller of 2007 in both the United Kingdom and Ireland, and made Lewis the first British solo artist to top the Billboard 200 with a debut album. It has sold 7 million copies worldwide. Lewis has currently sold over 9 million albums worldwide. In November 2008 she set a record in the UK for the fastest selling download-only release with her cover version of the Snow Patrol song "Run" which sold 69,244 copies in two days. Lewis's debut tour, The Labyrinth, took place in 2010. Lewis's third album, Glassheart, will be released in 2011, and was preceded by "Collide", which became her seventh Top Ten hit in the United Kingdom.

Lewis was born in the London Borough of Islington, to Aural Josiah "Joe" Lewis of Afro-Guyanese descent, and Maria Lewis of Welsh, Italian and Irish descent. Her parents enrolled her at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and from there she attended the Italia Conti Academy and the BRIT School, where she learned to play instruments such as the guitar and piano, in the hope of becoming a singer-songwriter. Lewis wrote her first full-length song at the age of 12. She initially trained in opera, but went on to singing jazz and blues, eventually leading to popular music, citing Minnie Riperton, Eva Cassidy and Stevie Wonder as her main influences. After leaving the BRIT School at 17, she took a number of jobs to fund studio time, recording a demo album called Twilight. The album, almost exclusively comprising her own compositions, was recorded under Spiral Music, a production company based in Fulham. "I tried to secure a record deal by doing things my own way. I worked very hard but I never managed to land a contract", said Lewis. Other demos were recorded under licence from UEG Entertainment, later included on an album called Best Kept Secret. However, none of Lewis's demos brought her significant attention and she considered taking a hiatus from her music career to attend university until her boyfriend persuaded her to enter The X Factor which subsequently severed her connections with UEG.

Lewis auditioned for the third series of The X Factor in 2006, singing "Over the Rainbow". She was mentored by Simon Cowell and was announced the winner on 16 December 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract.

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