X Factor UK Headlines for 02/22/15

Daily Star reports Andrea Faustini signed a record deal with RCA Records! Sam Bailey talks to Radio Times about her departure from Syco.

Andrea living the US dream: X Factor star set to record in L.A
X FACTOR finalist Andrea Faustini has signed a big-bucks record deal.

The pug-loving Italian flies to LA next week to start work on his debut album, which will be released later this year with RCA.

I’m told the cuddly singer with the big pipes had caused a furious bidding war between various labels within the Sony group.

The album will consist of mainly original songs penned by some of the world’s best songwriters.

According to my sources, Andrea’s Italian friends and family will also be international release.

My music mole revealed: “Andrea signed a deal with RCA after weeks of discussions with various labels within Sony.

“Label bosses are confident he can be an international star with the right songs and are on the lookout for some of the world’s best writers to work with him.

“There may be one or two covers but the album will be predominantly original material.

“In fact, some songs have already been submitted for him which are big, epic power ballads.”
Read more: Daily Star

Little Mix to collaborate with Japanese girlband Flower?

‘Why should we be paid less because we have boobs and a vajayjay?’ Feisty Little Mix talk girl power as they pose for Wonderland magazine
After becoming the first group to win The X Factor back in 2011, the members of Little Mix are eager to see new ground finally broken in the wider realm of gender equality. Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson appear on the cover of Wonderland magazine’s Spring Fashion issue and, in the accompanying interview, they wade into the row over equal pay for women in film. ‘I just don’t understand it. Why should we be paid less because we have boobs and a vajayjay?’ Perrie told the publication.
Read more: Daily Mail

Watch Ella Henderson Bring ‘Ghost’ To ‘The Tonight Show’
U.K. pop singer-songwriter Ella Henderson has been bringing her Top 40 hit “Ghost” around the U.S. television circuit, and days after performing the song at NBA All-Star Weekend, Henderson stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to make her official bow on the show. Watch her performance of “Ghost” from Wednesday night (Feb. 18):
Read more: Billboard

Ella Henderson on her platinum debut and leaping to America
You might not have discovered Ella Henderson’s slam-dunk pop song “Ghost” yet, but everyone in the United Kingdom most certainly has—and it’s only a matter of time before Henderson makes an equal splash in the States. She’s on track to, now that her debut album, Chapter One, has dropped and she’s popping up all over America with her platinum single. The 19-year-old British singer—who first broke out as the favorite to win the ninth season of The X Factor (she placed sixth)—most recently took her turn on the NBA All-Star Game, with appearances on Tuesday’s The View and Wednesday’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also on the docket. It’s no small feat for the young singer, who chatted with EW shortly after the album’s release (which, coincidentally, fell right near her 19th birthday).
Read more: Entertainment Weekly

Feeling fruity! Ella Henderson rocks fun lemon-motif jumper as she arrives at NBA All-Star event… before changing into chic black ensemble for performance
She was joining a rather A-list crowd at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game over the weekend. But Ella Henderson made sure she stood out as she arrived at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening in a fun and fruity ensemble. The former UK X Factor contestant rocked an unusual lemon-motif jumper, with monochrome dogtooth panelling down the sleeves as she posed for the cameras at the annual sporting event.
Read more: Daily Mail

X Factor’s producer frames X Factor applications of 5 boys that became One Direction

Leona Lewis fifth studio album in July | First single “Fire (Under My Feet)”
The return to the music scene of Leona Lewis is a fact. Last year, after breaking her deal with Syco Music/Sony Music, the X Factor winner secured a new deal with rival Universal Music’s Island Records UK.

Since then she is working hard in the studio giving shape to what will be her fifth studio album, with tentative title “I Am“, which is scheduled to be released in July 2015.

The lead single from the album is confirmed the Toby Gad-penned track “Fire (Under My Feet)“. Leona shared a first teaser of the song, as she promised on her social networks on Friday December 19th. She said: “Getting ready for 2015…”

She is shooting the video this week. There will be two videos, a live performance in the studio and an actual music video.
Read more: Ultimate Music

Sam Bailey: I didn’t want to stay at Syco for another covers album – I’m better than that
“I want to be a recognised artist in my own right by doing my own stuff,” says the X Factor winner after departing Simon Cowell’s record label
X Factor 2013 winner Sam Bailey says she’s received messages of concern from fans following her recent split with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music, but insists she’s happy with the decision because it means she can now concentrate on her own music.

“As grateful as I am for the platform, I want somebody to take me seriously as a singer. I’m better than a cover album singer and I want to be able to prove that,” Bailey tells RadioTimes.com.

“[Syco] has got all of the new X Factor contestants and I’m no longer up there with them. I’m kind of like the smaller fish. If you look at the people that Syco have got on their books – I’m pushing 40 – so I kind of feel like they don’t feel they can market me.

“I would prefer to be free to go out and do my own thing. I certainly don’t want to be, ‘Oh, let’s just get Sam Bailey to do another covers album’. I want to be a recognised artist in my own right by doing my own stuff.”
Read more: Radio Times

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m really happy in my own skin, it’s other people who aren’t happy’: Rebecca Ferguson displays her curvy post-pregnancy body at gig because she’s in no rush to lose baby weight
She’s back on the music scene with a jazzy new album and a sweet baby to look after.

But Rebecca Ferguson has made it clear that she’s spending this time to enjoy singing, her baby daughter Arabella, and not getting hung up about losing her pregnancy weight.

‘I’m really happy in my own skin, it’s other people who aren’t happy,’ Rebecca exclusively tells MailOnline.

‘People say “Oh, Becky don’t you want to lose a few pounds”, and I’m like “I’m really content, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been”. It’s funny how the world [perceives] how you should be after pregnancy now, they think you should snap back into shape especially if you’re in the public eye.

‘I say it’s OK to enjoy your baby.’

The singer gave birth to her third child, daughter Arabella, last October though the father of the child ended the relationship and shunned his parental responsibilities.
Read more: Daily Mail

Rebecca Ferguson – Get Happy (Live)

VIDEO! Olly Murs gets pranked by Ant and Dec for Saturday Night Takeaway
Here’s a first look at tonight’s Saturday Night Take away as Olly Murs becomes the latest celebrity to fall foul to Ant & Dec.

The pair unleash a brand new Undercover prank on the Troublemaker singer for the return of their award winning hit series.

The dastardly duo infiltrate Olly’s final session for his very own wax figure which is going to reside in Madame Tussauds in Blackpool. Olly not only believes that this is a genuine session with the Tussauds team but also that he will be the first celebrity in the world to be measured by their brand new scanning machine.

Unbeknown to Olly, the scanner is fake and a creation of Ant and Dec who are ready to cause havoc for the hit maker. In reality, it takes over four months and a team of twenty of Madame Tussauds talented artists to create a wax figure by hand.
Read more: TellyMix

X Factor 2015 judges: Louis Walsh will be back… if Simon Cowell is too!
Louis Walsh has suggested that his potential return to The X Factor panel this year hinges on Simon Cowell.

The Irish music mogul has been on the show for over a decade now and remains behind the judges desk despite saying quite a few times in the past he would be quitting.

Speaking about this year’s twelfth series, Louis said his return would depend on whether or not Simon would be joining him.

“Nobody is hired yet for the next series,” he revealed. “I have done 11 years.

“I would like to work with Simon again. You are not bored…”

Louis quipped: “Some day I will write a book about it!”
Read more: TellyMix

EXCLUSIVE: Cowell reveals BBC’s plot to steal X Factor and BGT
SIMON Cowell has revealed how desperate telly bosses tried to poach him from ITV.

He said they made secret bids to buy the rights to both The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

In an exclusive chat with the Daily Star Sunday, acid-tongued Simon also:

  • Admitted The X Factor needs major changes after dismal ratings last year.
  • Revealed he fears being attacked when Britain’s Got Talent returns.
  • Vowed he will never do a reality show for cash, even if his career flops.

Simon’s Mr Nasty persona has helped make his shows some of the biggest hits in TV history.

In 2013 he agreed a new multi-million pound deal with ITV for both his biggest hits – securing them until late 2016. But he has now revealed how other networks attempted to snatch them in a ruthless bid to boost ratings.

Simon said: “Other people want X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent – that’s why I don’t get nervous when I meet with ITV.

“As long as I know others want them I don’t feel too worried.”
Read more: Daily Star

Simon Cowell searches for the next big thing on YOUTUBE
TALENT spotters will use a state-of-the-art computer system to scour 300 hours of YouTube every minute to find the next winner of X Factor.

Simon Cowell’s label Syco has signed a deal with a firm to find contestants to audition for the music mogul’s hit ITV show.

Millions of clips uploaded to the website every day will be analysed using the special software to find the best performers.

Experts will then be able to handpick the cream of the crop before the videos go viral and attract huge numbers of hits.
Read more: Daily Star

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Irish Charts
1 Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
9 Olly Murs – Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
33 G.R.L. – Ugly Heart
35 Ella Henderson – Ghost
49 Olly Murs – Wrapped Up (Feat. Travie McCoy)
52 Ben Haenow – Something I Need
55 One Direction – Steal My Girl
66 One Direction – Night Changes
87 G.R.L. – Lighthouse
96 Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song

1 Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
12 Olly Murs – Never Been Better
21 Ella Henderson – Chapter One
26 One Direction – Four

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The Official Charts
1 Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
16 Olly Murs – Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
39 Ben Haenow – Something I Need
48 Olly Murs – Wrapped Up (Feat. Travie McCoy)
49 Ella Henderson – Ghost
56 One Direction – Steal My Girl
59 One Direction – Night Changes
91 G.R.L. – Ugly Heart

1 Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors
29 Olly Murs – Never Been Better
40 Ella Henderson – Chapter One
45 One Direction – Four

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