Leona Readies ‘Echo’ Re-Release

Published: Sunday 25th Jul 2010 by Sam

When news surfaced that Leona Lewis had returned to the recording studio, many a media outlet assumed such sessions were for the X-Factor star’s 3rd album. However, according to fresh reports today, Lewis, 25, is prepping a re-release of her sophomore effort ‘Echo’ – which is set to hit stores ‘before Christmas’.

Full story after the jump…

According to The Mirror, Lewis’ studio sessions with Dallas Austin this week were for a deluxe edition of ‘Echo’, which will be bundled with a DVD of her recently wrapped ‘Labyrinth Tour’.

The ‘Bleeding Love’ songbird is said to be incorporating the heartache of her recent break-up with Lou Al-Chamaa, her boyfriend of 10 years. “She’s full of ideas,” says a source. She’s got a new lease of life in songwriting. She’s putting her heartbreak into her music.”

Meanwhile, Lewis’ label head Simon Cowell has reportedly laid down a deadline for her third studio next album. Cowell is believed to want to new LP in stores by next summer – so as to sync the project’s promotional with the Stateside debut of the X-Factor next Autumn.

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‘Why?’ is the first thing that came to mind upon hearing news of an ‘Echo’ re-release. For, while’s there’s no denying  Leona’s talent (she could sing circles around her idol Mariah Carey LIVE these days – yes I said it!), ‘Echo’ was audio doo-doo if I’ve ever heard it. And as we all know; you can polish doo-doo as much as you want, but it’ll still look like, smell like, and ultimately be…doo-doo.

Ms. Lewis would be better off putting her everything into that all-important 3rd album, as well as cultivating an image which will ensure her longevity – as bad material and poor sales are not her only problems at present. Indeed, the vast majority of folk still find her as entertaining as drying paint. Here’s hoping her fortunes change for the better this go round…

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  1. RIchard July 25, 2010

    I think the re-release is just a rather pathetic ploy to get money (her management realised she had nothing to sing on the UK X Factor this autumn).

    I’d rather she not re-release and just spend now until the Summer making a FANTASTIC record.

  2. EXPOSED July 25, 2010

    EPIC FLOP!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE’S A BOREFEST WITH NO STAGE PRESENCE. SHE KINDA HAS A VOICE BUT HER VOICE IS SUITED FOR SONGS 15-20 YRS AGO NOT 2010 AUTO-TUNED BS THAT MAKES THE BB #100. SHE’S DONE IN THE US. NO ONE CARES. I KNEW A FEW PEEPS THAT WENT TO HER TOUR SHOWS IN THE UK. SAID IT WAS BORING AS HELL, 5 COSTUME CHANGES, NO STAGE PRESENCE, YAAAAWN!!! NO ONE IS GONNA BUY THAT STUPID RE-RELEASE AND FLOP DVD. DUMB ASS IDEA. WHY NOT DO WHAT PRINCE DID. SLIP IT IN WITH THE DAILY MIRROR WEEKEND ISSUE. BET THE MIRROR DISTRIBUTES MORE ISSUES THAN HER LOUSY DVD AND RE-RELEASE!! TRUTH.

  3. HBF82 July 25, 2010

    Of course, Sam being BITCHY as always.
    Why didn’t you mentioned crappy Whitney? Your mouth are full of Mariah.
    At least she still counts and means smth. Unlike …

  4. HUSHBITCH July 25, 2010

    How can you say Leona has no stage presence??

    Rihanna has no stage presence, with gimicks n all = 0 stage presence.

    Leona Voice does eveything for herr she don’t need to prounce around the stage like sasha fierce on steroids.

    Enyways, I’m over the Echo era, But if that’s what they/she wants to do ill support Her!

  5. HUSHBITCH July 25, 2010

    @Exposed You Hatin B****, your always the first to prounce on Leona Posts with you s***!

  6. popsiclea July 25, 2010

    ill buy the album

  7. EXPOSED July 25, 2010

    @HUSHBITCH

    HUSH… B****!! NEXT.

  8. ayu_19980408 July 25, 2010

    no one will buy this stupid re-release she’s done in us she’s done in worldwide I guess uk market will abandon her very soon.She’s got a nice voice She’s a talented singer but her songs are full of boring like celine dion AND c is 44 leona is only 26

  9. HUSHBITCH July 25, 2010

    People forget how well her first album done.

    And well this is just her second. Yet it still went No1 in the UK, wouldn’t call it a flop tbh.

    Only 2 singles Have been release From Echo, I’d blame that.

  10. Chris July 25, 2010

    The report is wrong – she’s definitely working on the third album. And it’s being AnR’ed by J Records not Simon Cowell + Syco. Various J Record execs already spoken about it and the tracks.

    Got to be very wary of believing anything in dodgy UK tabloid newspapers. The bit about the European/Asian tour is also false.

  11. truthfully July 25, 2010

    Leona has a great voice and bleeding love and her first album was amazing but with echo it feels like she’s trying to re-create her first album and it didn’t really work well. This industry is horrible and people will move on to the next thing if you don’t make great songs or stay relevent. I really hope the best for her but if she comes out with albums like echo, 2 albums down she will get dropped.

  12. FUTURESTARdelux July 25, 2010

    This is pointless people are over “echo” id they were ever even on it lol
    Like you said she should be concentrating on her new album and then maybe release the tour dvd as part of a delux version of the new album.

    Looking forward to Leona’s new album if she manages to regain some spark.

  13. MaZ July 25, 2010

    Haters will suffocate!

    Leona is one of the best pop vocalist today! Her future is shiny and bright!

    Her album are great! People excepted a second “Bleeding love” which is not good!

    Can’t wait for her future projects and collaborations.

  14. UGh July 25, 2010

    ‘Echo’ was audio doo-doo if I’ve ever heard it. And as we all know; you can polish doo-doo as much as you want, but it’ll still look like, smell like, and ultimately be…doo-doo.
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    lmao….you guys are too much on this site

  15. GangsterA July 25, 2010

    I will def buy it why cuse the indstry lack of pepole with real talent leona got me cant wait a re-realse a new album i will buy go le le

  16. Dev July 25, 2010

    I’m sorry, i think Leona is overrated, her voice is okay but people are doing to much worshipping, she ain’t no Kelly Clarkson or Fantasia because she lacks soul. Pink has soul, Christina has soul whitney and mariah….. had soul (to name a few) and thats what makes there voices great. If Leona was a great artist she wouldve been discovered years ago but she was struggling like every other singer until xfactor. Her best vocal (for me) was bleeding love, everything on that song was on point which makes me wonder what the demo sounded like and if she just copied the adlibs and runs.

    Im not hating but feel she has to show her worth, J records have a rosta of great femail artists like jennifer hudson, monica to name a few but i think leona is the weakes link. My friend calls her the miraih wannabe, she needs to step outta that, show some emotion and range in her vocals and take herself away from all the comparisons that people have and suprise us

    For me Alexandra sings better because although on her album they managed to strip any personality from her voice, when i heard her in the auditions and live shows, when she sang oleta adams get here and the silence you could feel the emotion.

    Leona doesn’t have stage presence and neither does rihanna, but rihanna has a personality and fashion sense and right now all leona is known for is bleeding love.

  17. Kyle July 25, 2010

    This is a reallllyyy dumb idea. “Echo” dropped last November and was a disaster on the charts. They might as well just focus on a whole new album rather than reminding us how boring “Echo” was. Usually artists re-release an album because it was super successful and they want to keep the momentum going while they can.

  18. EXPOSED July 25, 2010

    CLIVE DAVIS SAID IN INTERVIEW THAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR BEST MATERIAL FOR JHUD AND LEONA NEXT ALBUMS. MUAHAHA! CLIVE IS AS BORING AS THEY COME, DAYUMMM. PEOPLE WHO HEARD SOME PREVIEWS FOR JHUD SAID THE RECORDS SO FAR WERE BORING!!!!!!! I CALL LEONA’S NEXT ALBUM HER LAST. SHE WILL GO TO ANOTHER LABEL AND GET CANNED AGAIN. SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER BRANDY… NEXT.

  19. mr.M July 25, 2010

    love me soma Leona

    Leona >>> WHOREIAH

  20. Bobby from Bulgaria July 25, 2010

    Sam:

    “(she could sing circles around her idol Mariah Carey LIVE these days – yes I said it!)”
    ————————————————————————————————————————–

    Me:

    Haha, like whatever you say is the undeniable truth… Oh my God…
    You’re so delusional… Boy, why’re you so OBSESSED with MiMi…
    ————————————————————————————————————————–

    Mariah:

    “He’s all up in my George Foreman…” POW !!! 🙂

  21. BENJAMIN July 25, 2010

    Why?

  22. Tha Phoenix July 25, 2010

    It’s a report in The Mirror, and as everyone in the UK should now, they are about as reliable as our underground service.

    NEXT!

    http://thaphoenix.blogspot.com – NO SHADE. JUST TRUTH.

  23. JP July 25, 2010

    Exposed,

    Kiss me and Brandy’s black asses.

  24. ROMEY July 25, 2010

    I’M SO MAD AT THEM DOING HER THIS, PEOPLE SLEEP ON HER…SHE IS AMAZING..AND I BLAME THE SINGLES FOR ECHO’S POOR PERFORMANCE…THAT LP IS TRULY AMAZING, I FOR ONE WISH SHE WOULD DO A NEW ALBUM, BECAUSE ECHO IS DEAD NOW…

  25. UmYa July 25, 2010

    Leona’s talent (she could sing circles around her idol Mariah Carey LIVE these days – yes I said it!),

    ___________________
    Mariah has a twenty year well-earned & respected career that she WORKED for and is 40 yrs old. Leona won a glorified karaoke contest, had one hit/song Worldwide and is 25 yrs old. She may be able to carry a tune “better” than current Mariah but Mariah at her prime could WHISPER circles around Leona.
    There is no comparison here.
    Mind you Leona is a talented singer but her material is coma-inducing. Her new album had a couple nice songs but mainly same s*** that’s been done already. This re-release is no surprise considering “Echo” flopped & flopped harder compared to “Spirit”.

    And I also agree with the person who said Alexandra Burke sings better. She’s got more attitude/passion in her voice & her personality/album is much more interesting. Leona can sing but usually sounds like she’s….. just singing & not really feeling it.

  26. BeyonSLAY July 25, 2010

    EXPOSED. STAY THE F*** MAD.

    This isn’t true btw, don’t go believing it. LeLe has already started recording for the 3rd album <333

  27. TJ July 25, 2010

    HEY SAM, DID YOU SEE MARIAH’S ‘ANGELS ADVOCATE’ TOUR? I DID, AND SHE SANG EVERY LAST SONG LIKE THE DAY IT WAS RECORDED.

    SO DID YOU? DID YOU SEE HER LAST TOUR? TELL ME. I’M SOOOO INTERESTED.

  28. HERE FOR MIMI, BEE & RIRI July 26, 2010

    She’s a huge BORE and her days are numbered.

    Yup u know dis. Even her fans knows dis.

    LEGEND Mariah Carey’s today voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Leona’s voice
    LEGEND Mariah Carey’s older voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> every h**’s voice.

    That is all.

  29. EXPOSED July 26, 2010

    @BEYONSLAY

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. NOW EFF OFF!! ANYONE WHO CALLS LEONA “LELE” IS ONE DUMB ASS T***** D*** B****. PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP. JEALOUS?? LOLZ.

  30. Jasmine July 26, 2010

    I would rather heruse the new songs later and take time off and make a new album that has growth. I would also like her to work with dancers and learn new moves.

  31. Dev July 26, 2010

    Learn new moves! Don’t you mean learn how to move. I think shes going to go for that euro pop sound as everyone seemed to raving about the outta my head track (ithought was rubbish)

    I’m not hearing the bad single choices, albums should be solid enough that all the songs are single material. Leona is a established artist so should have come better on echo but played it safe….

  32. BeyonSLAY July 26, 2010

    @EXPOSED LOOOOOOOL DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH! SO I CALLED HER LELE AND NOW I’M ONE DUMB ASS T***** D*** B**** ?! YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY BITTER OF LEONA AND HER SUCCESS. I’LL ADMIT, ECHO HASN’T BEEN A GREAT ERA BUT THAT’S ONLY BECAUSE SO MUCH PRESSURE WAS PUT ON HER TO SURPASS BLEEDING LOVE!

    HER TOUR WAS NOT A FLOP! SIT THE F*** DOWN 99% OF CRITICAL REVIEWS WERE POSITIVE! HER TOUR IN THE UK WAS SOLD OUT! FLOP MY A***. B****! THE ONLY PERSON WHO I SEE BEING AN ”ONE DUMB ASS T***** D*** B****” IS YOU MOFO, GTFO AND TAKE YOUR HATING ELSEWHERE!!!!!

  33. Candy Bling July 26, 2010

    And this has what to do with Mariah? get a life you sad c**t

  34. The Truth teller July 26, 2010

    This girl has the portential to snatch beyonces breakfast, lunch and supper. The problem is she is SOO lazy. LISTEN!!! either you SHAPE UP or you SHIP OUT

  35. The Last song July 26, 2010

    This woman is marginally talented, don’t compare her to Mariah (it sounds stupid). But talent itself won’t get you far these days!!!! Go ask JOJO, if you don’t believe me. I am pretty much aware that Susan Boyle’s latest album had massive success worldwide, but I can’t piture her at the top again, I just fail to.

    Besides the fact that Leona is outright boring, I am pretty interested to witness how on Earth will she Redeem her herself in the near future…

  36. Nssss July 26, 2010

    Alex you need to stall your us debut until next year xfactor us you’ll suceed if you stall us debut alexburke

  37. sss July 26, 2010

    happy is a great song

  38. Mike July 26, 2010

    Echo will be re-released with a DVD of her tour as well, AND new tracks, this year, as reported.

    She’s also working on her third album as well (balancing both), hence why the tour has stopped for now. It will be out some time next year.

  39. kurtisleofwight July 26, 2010

    WHY you so OBSSESSED with mariah you fool!

  40. Mike July 26, 2010

    ayu_19980408

    Very idiotic statement. You should probably look at facts before looking like an idiot. Echo was the 37th best selling album of 2009 (despite performing poorly and being released on a day with HUGE competition AND with only having one single in the US). Happy sold over 300,000 copies in the US despite receiving any airplay and Echo has sold over 2 million copies WW altogether so far. In the US it’s first week sales were almost at 69,000 despite little hype and a poorly performing single. She just did a sold out 20 date in the UK (most people can barely sell 3,000 tickets these days). And all together she’s sold around 10 million albums WW in just 3 years. She also did the song to the biggest movie of all time, one of the biggest video games of all time and the Cotton ad commercial, despite not being as big a name as some other artists.

    Hardly anyone who’s days are numbered. She had one bump in the road, but it’s honestly not as bad as people make it out to be. She’s still ONE OF the most successful talent show winners of all time and more successful then alot of popular, current, non-talent show winners as well.

    Her teamed learned they messed up with the last album (and their biggest mistake was just letting it die altogether) and I’m positive she’ll do just fine with the next album and whatever else she releases as long as she stays in America to promote it and not travel to Britain back and fourth like she did when Echo was set to release.

  41. ~TeAM WeeZY~ July 26, 2010

    The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear this woman’s name is: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  42. Ciara – Basic Instinct!! July 27, 2010

    Good luck on that! I’d prefer a new album but the business isn’t what it used to be.

  43. teflon boy July 27, 2010

    It’s no good for blind fans to just be like ‘Oh she’ll do fine next album’ like Echo was just bad timing…, hands down if that project is approached with the same lack of hunger as the previous two it’ll tank. I think what’s needed is an imposed period of absence, where her and her team take a proper look at her career and make some intelligent decisions on where she can go from here musically and image-wise.

    More promo is not the problem, people like Leona and agree she’s talented singer but people inc. myself are just waiting until her output gets more interesting before we commit to buying into her as an artist. While I don’t consider her a sales flop I do consider her a musical irrelevance right now but also feel she’s got everything at her disposal if her and her team shake things up a bit and start making better decisions, also her guard is up, if she wants her audience to connect with her she has to start letting us in a bit.

    Lastly, news of a David Guetta collaboration just fills me with dread to be honest, she’s goin to sound just as soulless but from a dance pop angle.

  44. Kyle August 7, 2010

    U haters need 2 shut u’re f****** mouths, Leona IS TALENTED…no doubt about that, yeah ok Echo flopped, but every artist has downfalls in their careers, Michael Jackson went from selling 25, 50 million records, whilst his less known album Blood on the Dancefloor only sold 4 million copies, it doesn’t mean their career has ended. I do think she just needs to concentrate on a new album. I also blame echo’s flop on single releases, she has some amazing singles in that album, but the right ones weren’t released. She needs to record proper ballads, she has an amazing voice, and she needs power ballads, on some songs she has the opportunity to really let go and show her true voice but she doesn’t…that’s what she needs to do. Also her uptempo records do not sound right, especially Outta My Head, it’s just full of autotune, but it doesn’t suit her coz she doesn’t need it, all she needs are great tracks to suit her voice, then she’ll be back on top. I don’t think she’s ready to hang up her mic just yet, and i don’t think music listeners are ready to let her go.

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