Report: Leona Lewis May Be On Verge of Record-Breaking Deal

March 31, 2008 10:45 AM ET

Leona Lewis is reportedly poised to sign a record $100 million deal that will encompass albums and live performances, the U.K.'s Daily Star reports. According to sources, competing record labels could present the deal to her as early as this Thursday, which will effectively tear up the current $9 million, five-album deal she signed with Clive Davis' J Records last year. Lewis, a former winner of The X Factor (an American Idol-esque show in the UK) and a current Rolling Stone Artist to Watch, became the first British singer since 1987 to top the Billboard Top 200 singles chart when her worldwide hit "Bleeding Love" reached number one last week, thanks in part to an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. If the rumors of this new deal are true, the dollar amount would trump the current record-holding $80 million deal Madonna signed with Live Nation last year.

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