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Monday, June 13, 2011
Big News: Alexandra Burke leaves SyCo Records!

Here's something unexpected. The X Factor (UK) winner Alexandra Burke has left Simon Cowell's record label. After an overall of four million sales in the UK, Alex has left SyCo Records, home to many X Factor acts such as Leona Lewis, JLS, Olly Murs and most recent winner Matt Cardle, but dropped two X Factor artists from its roster this year - Shayne Ward and Joe McElderry. Personally I think SyCo are a bit rubbish at promoting their male acts, so with the subpar material Joe and Shayne got for their most recent albums, I'm not surprised they both tanked and eventually got dropped. I honestly see Matt Cardle heading the same way but you never know.

But I digress. Alex has left SyCo to be under RCA Records, which ironically, is home to Diana Vickers, who came in fourth on The X Factor the same season Alex eventually won. Previously, the deal was for Miss Burke to release her sophomore studio album jointly under RCA and SyCo, but obviously that deal has been scrapped and she's now solely an RCA artist.

It's not known exactly what caused the sudden move, but numerous online reports claim the move was mutual. Perhaps Alex and Simon's relationship turned sour when her mentor Cheryl Cole was booted off The X Factor USA and Simon being an overall arsehole about the entire situation. I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case, and with Simon getting more cocky and obnoxious, perhaps it's the right thing Alex chose to do.

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