• Release on: 9 November 2007
• Released Singles: “A Moment Like This”, “Bleeding Love”, “Better In Time”, “Footprints In The Sand”, “Forgive Me”, “Run”, and “I will Be”.
Spirit is the debut album by British singer Leona Lewis, released by Syco Music in November 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, followed by a worldwide release during early 2008. After winning the third series of reality singing contest The X Factor in December 2006, Lewis began recording the album in Sweden, UK and the United States, working with a variety of writers and producers. Critics praised the album for creating a contemporary album using such a variety of producers, and for showcasing Lewis’s voice, though criticised her “lack of personality”. The release of the album marked Lewis as the first winner of a major television talent show in both the UK and U.S. to be given a major global launch with a debut album.
The album debuted at number one in nine countries, including the United Kingdom, United States and Germany, and peaked in the top five in a further eight countries. It held the record for the biggest digital album sales in a week ever for a new artist. The album was the 6th biggest selling of 2008 in the world, as according to the IFPI. It has gone on to sell over seven million copies worldwide, and was the 4th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, where it has since sold over 3 million copies.
Spirit spawned seven singles, including two from a re-release of the album. Lead international single “Bleeding Love” went on to top the charts in 34 countries, becoming one of the best selling singles by a female of all time. It was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards, and British Single at the 2008 BRIT Awards. Followup single “Better in Time” also fared well, charting in the top ten in thirteen countries and reaching number eleven in the US. After a well received performance of Snow Patrol’s “Run” whilst promoting Spirit, Lewis recorded a studio version for the re-release of the album, Spirit – The Deluxe Edition, which was released as a download only single in the UK, where it charted at number one, going on to be the third platinum selling single from Spirit, following X Factor winner’s single “A Moment Like This” and “Bleeding Love”.
• Release on: 9 November 2009
• Released Singles: “Happy”, and “I Got You”.
Echo is the second studio album by British pop/R&B singer and songwriter Leona Lewis. It was released from 9 November 2009 including 16 November in the United Kingdom, and 17 November 2009 in the United States. Its worldwide release was through Sony Music.
Lewis worked with Ryan Tedder, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, John Shanks, and Harvey Mason, Jr. amongst others to produce the follow-up to her debut album Spirit. The album was preceded by the single “Happy”, released on 15 September 2009. “I Got You” was released as the second single in February 2010. The song “My Hands” was used as the theme song for the video game Final Fantasy XIII. The album has achieved commercial success peaking within the top twenty in nine countries.
• Release on: 12 October 2012
• Released Singles: “Collide”, “Trouble” and “Lovebird”.
Glassheart is the third studio album by British recording artist Leona Lewis, released on 12 October 2012 by Syco Music and RCA Records. The album is Lewis’ first under RCA Records after parent company Sony Music Entertainment closed J Records and relocated its artists. Glassheart was conceived in 2010 shortly after the completion of Lewis’ first headline tour, The Labyrinth. Recording and production took place in Denver, Los Angelesand London; originally the album was due for release in November 2011 but was pushed back several times to accommodate new recording sessions and allow more creative time.
On Glassheart, Lewis reunites with Ryan Tedder, record producer of her previous singles “Bleeding Love” and “Happy” and songwriter Andrea Martinwho co-wrote “Better in Time,” in addition to a number of new collaborators such as British duo Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and DJ Frank E. Producer Fraser T Smith executive produced the album after impressing Lewis with his work on Hurt: The EP (2011), a coversong extended play (EP) that Lewis released to bridge the gap between Echo (2009) and Glassheart.
“Collide”, a collaboration with house music DJ Avicii, was released on 2 September 2011. Originally a song by just Lewis, Avicii sued Sony Music claiming that the song plagarised his own instrumental “Penguin”. Through mutual agreement it was released as a collaboration, becoming a top-five hit in the UK and Lewis’ first to top the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The Afrojack remix of “Collide” is the only version to feature onGlassheart. Subsequent singles “Trouble” featuring American rapper Childish Gambino and “Lovebird” were less successful, the former reaching top-ten in the UK and top-thirty in Ireland while the latter sold fewer than 600 copies in the UK and failed to chart anywhere in Europe.
Glassheart received a mixed reception from critics who praised the vocals and experimental use of dubstep and electronic music but were less impressed with the album’s many ballads. In the UK, the album was Lewis’ first album not to reach number one, debuting at number three with 27,000 copies in its first week. Elsewhere the album became Lewis’ third top-five album in Ireland, and upon its international release in November 2012, reached top-thirty in some of continental Europe. Following a 2013 release for Austria and Germany, Glassheart peaked at number five and six respectively outperforming previous album Echo. In April 2013, Lewis embarked on the Glassheart Tour, in support of the album, visiting the Switzerland, Germany and the UK.