Friday, 13 February 2009

Alexandra Burke signs $3.5 record deal

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has signed a $3.5m (£2.4m) US record deal, her spokeswoman has confirmed. Burke, 20, who became the first British female solo artist to sell a million copies in the UK of her debut single Hallelujah, has agreed the deal with Epic Records.

The singer is flying out to the US to meet Simon Cowell and the rest of the team who will help with her launch.
Burke's X Factor predecessor Leona Lewis also signed a huge US deal. She has been working with the man who discovered singer Whitney Houston. Clive Davis, 74, also mentored Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake.

In April 2008, Lewis became the first UK female solo artist to go straight to number one in the US album chart. Burke took the title on the fifth series of The X Factor, after previously auditioning but failing to get through to the live shows.

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