Monday 16 February 2015 03.50 EST Guardian Music
Winner of 2013’s TV competition has parted ways with Simon Cowell’s label after releasing one album
Sam Bailey on The X Factor in 2013 Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/Thames/REX/Jonathan Hordle/Thames/REX
Sam Bailey has been dropped by Syco, Simon Cowell’s record label, just 14 months after winning The X Factor.
The singer, who beat Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend to win the show’s tenth series in December 2013, signed to the music mogul’s label following her triumph on the singing show. A label source told the Daily Mail that she has since parted ways with the label: “Everyone wishes Sam all the best for the future. After discussion, it was just felt it was the right time to follow different paths.”
With her cover of Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper, Bailey won the race for Christmas No 1 in 2014, selling twice as many copies as Pharrell Williams’ Happy that week.
Her debut album, which was almost entirely covers of popular ballads, was named The Power of Love. It sold about 73,000 copies in just seven days of its release.
The series in which Sam Bailey won X Factor saw a record low number of people tune in to watch the final - with Cowell absent from the judging panel.