“Whatever It Takes” is a song by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis from her debut studio album, Spirit (2007). Lewis co-wrote it with Tony Reyes and Novel; the latter also co-produced it with Dallas Austin. It was the first song to be written for Spirit and one of only two songs on the album to involve Lewis in the writing process. It is a gospel-pop-influenced track. The song garnered a mixed response from music critics; it was praised for its upbeat instrumentation but criticised for lacking any “kick”. Upon the release of Spirit, the song debuted at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong digital download sales. Lewis has performed the song at the 2010 Rock in Rio and on her debut concert tour, The Labyrinth. It was later included on the subsequent DVD release called The Labyrinth Tour: Live from the O2.
“Trouble” is a song recorded by British recording artist Leona Lewis and American entertainer Childish Gambino for Lewis’ third studio album, Glassheart (2012). Inspired by Lewis’ break-up with childhood sweetheart Lou Al-Chamaa, “Trouble” is a mid-tempo R&B and trip hop ballad, with a piano and strings-driven melody. It was written by a British writing collective consisting of Lewis, Donald Glover, Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Shahid Khan, James Murray, Mustafa Omer, Emeli Sandé and Fraser T Smith. Production came courtesy of Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy and Smith, along with co-producer Chris Loco and additional producer Jahlil Beats. Music critics noted that the urban production marked a new direction for Lewis, particularly by featuring Gambino during the song’s middle eight breakdown with a poetic rap verse. A version excluding Gambino is also included on Glassheart.
“Trouble” was also influenced by British trip hop duo Massive Attack, who Lewis cited as a musical inspiration. Lewis’ falsetto and soprano vocal performance on the song garnered early praise from critics who commended the raw emotions, as well as Gambino’s guest rap and the song’s melodic strings- and piano-heavy production. “Trouble” premiered on 21 August 2012 on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast with Scott, ahead of its release as Glassheart’s lead single, superseding the 2011 single “Collide”, a collaboration with Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii. “Trouble” was released on 5 October 2012, preceding the album by one week, and entered the UK Singles Chart at number seven becoming Lewis’s ninth top-ten single. In Ireland “Trouble” charted at number twenty-one becoming Lewis’s eighth top-thirty single.
As part of promotion of the song, fans were given chance to produce their own remix of “Trouble” which was released alongside the single on Lewis’ official music store. An accompanying music video was filmed on 22 August in Los Angeles, with Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes cast as Lewis’ love interest. Haynes, a friend of Lewis, was chosen due to his physical resemblance to Lewis’ ex Al-Chaama. In the video, Lewis and Haynes’ relationship begins to unfold and culminates in an altercation between the duo before Haynes leaves and Lewis breaks down in tears. Lewis also recorded an acoustic performance of the song for her Vevo account. “Trouble” was promoted with performances on the ninth series of The X Factor (UK), on 7 October 2012, later on Alan Carr: Chatty Man and also during a set at London nightclub, G-A-Y.
“Thunder” is a song by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis from her fifth studio album, I Am (2015). The song was written by Lewis and Toby Gad, who also produced the track. Lyrically, “Thunder” is about finding the strength to pick yourself up after falling on difficult times. Lewis explained that the song is about self-reflection and self-empowerment and finding the ability to look within in order to decide what is best to do next. Def Jam released “Thunder” on 24 July 2015 as the lead single in United States, but it is the third single to be released from the album overall. Remixes by Danny Verde and Tom Swoon were also released.
The track garnered a positive response from music critics, many of whom complimented its powerful and anthemic stance and declared it an album highlight. One critic believed the lyrics to be directed at Simon Cowell, Lewis’ former label boss. “Thunder” reached the top thirty on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts, and the top twenty on the Dance Club Songs chart. The song’s accompanying music video shows Lewis in a variety of outdoor spaces as clips of varying weather patterns are intercut. She has performed the track on several U.S. television shows, including Good Morning America, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Talk.
“Take a Bow” is a song recorded by British singer Leona Lewis for her debut studio album Spirit (2007). It was written by Jordon Omley, Michael Mani, Wayne Wilkins, Louis Biancaniello and Ryan Tedder. Tedder explained that he wanted to create an edgy song for Lewis so that it would not be boring or predictable. A Contemporary R&B and urban song, the lyrics focus the failure of a relationship. Its composition features an Ebb and Flo groove and received several comparisons to “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake.
“Take a Bow” received positive reviews from music critics. Most praised the production as unexpected and different but one felt it overshadowed Lewis’ vocals. Upon the release of Spirit, the song debuted at number 97 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong digital download sales. Lewis performed “Take a Bow” at the Rock in Rio festival and on her 2010 concert tour, The Labyrinth.
“Outta My Head” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis for her second studio album Echo (2009). The track was written by Savan Kotecha, Max Martin and Johan “Shellback” Schuster, and produced by the latter two. It is an electropop and Eurodance song, and its compositional structure is noticeably different from the other songs on Echo. The instrumentation consists of keyboard riffs and beats, instead of pianos and guitars which are used on the other songs. The chorus of “Outta My Head” was compared to the works of Australian singer Kylie Minogue and German singer Cascada due to its Eurodance style. It debuted and peaked at number 98 on the Slovakian Singles Chart upon the release of Echo. Lewis has performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and it was included on the set list of her debut concert tour, The Labyrinth (2010).
“Lovebird” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis for her third studio album Glassheart (2012). It was written by Bonnie McKee, Joshua Coleman and Dr. Luke, and produced by Josh Abrahams, Ammo and Oligee. “Lovebird” was recorded at Pulse Recording in Los Angeles and is a power ballad, incorporating a piano and synth-driven melody. The lyrics consist of Lewis informing her past lover that enough time has passed since their relationship for her to have moved on and to have developed as a person. Critics praised Lewis’ vocal performance, likening the her technical abilities to those of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The musical structure of the song was heavily compared to one of her previous singles, “Bleeding Love”, along with songs performed by Adele. The accompanying music video shows Lewis trying to escape from a giant bird cage.
To promote “Lovebird”, Lewis performed the song on talk shows Daybreak and Loose Women in the United Kingdom, in addition to singing competition La Voz in Spain. Nonetheless, “Lovebird” sold fewer than 600 copies upon its release, failing to attain one of the top 200 chart positions on the UK Singles Chart; however, two weeks after the release of Glassheart, “Lovebird” peaked at number 22 on the South Korea Gaon Single Chart due to strong digital download sales.
“I Got You” is a song performed by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis for her second studio album, Echo (2009). It was written by Arnthor Birgisson, Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, with production helmed by Birgisson. It was recorded by Birgisson at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA and The Vault, Stockholm, Sweden, who was assisted by Lewis on the songs vocal production. It was released to United States Contemporary hit radio on 8 December 2009, and throughout Europe to download digitally on 19 February 2010. “I Got You” is a pop ballad, and instrumentation consists of guitars and synthesizers.
The song garnered a mixed response from music critics. Peter Robinson for The Guardian wrote that “I Got You” “is an impressive distant relative of “Bleeding Love”. Other critics praised Lewis’ vocal performance and likened it to the structure of her cover of Snow Patrol’s “Run”. Despite this, some critics criticised the song for not being memorable. “I Got You” failed to achieve commercial success. It achieved a peak position of number three on the UK R&B Chart, number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, and peaked inside the top 50 singles Austria, Belgium, Germany and New Zealand.
As part of promotion for the songs release as a single, an accompanying music video was shot at Venice Beach, California, and directed by Dave Meyers. The content of the video revolves around couples who try to resolve their differences and arguments. In the video, scenes of Lewis performing in front of a heart engulfed in flames and sitting on an apartment floor barefoot are intercut. In the United States, Lewis performed the song live on the Late Show with David Letterman, whilst in the United Kingdom, she performed on multiple television shows, including So You Think You Can Dance, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The National Lottery Draws. It was included on the set list of her debut tour, The Labyrinth (2010).
“I Am” is a song by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis from her fifth studio album, I Am (2015). The song was written by Lewis, Toby Gad and Eg White, with Gad and White producing it. Lyrically, “I Am” is about the feelings and emotions experienced by Lewis following her departure from her former record label Syco and its boss, Simon Cowell. It is a dance-influenced track which makes use of strings, piano and drums as part of its instrumentation. Its composition garnered comparisons to singers Avril Lavigne and Massive Attack. Island released “I Am” on 17 July 2015 as the lead single for the United Kingdom, but it is the second single to be released from the album overall. Remixes by Fastlane and DEVolution were also released. The track garnered a positive response from music critics, many of whom praised Lewis’ strong and emotive vocal performance and described it as a standout on the album. Lewis has performed the song live on The National Lottery: In It to Win It and at the BBC’s Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park festival.
“Homeless” is a song by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis from her debut studio album, Spirit (2007). The song was written by Swedish songwriter Jörgen Elofsson and produced by Steve Mac. Musically, it is an R&B Power ballad, with instrumentation consisting of a piano and a guitar. The song’s lyrics revolve around Lewis singing about waiting for her boyfriend to come home to where she is waiting for him, but feels homeless without him. The song garnered mixed reviews from music critics, some of whom praised Lewis’s vocal performance but criticized its composition. Upon the release of Spirit, the song debuted at number 173 on the UK Singles Chart on the strength of digital download sales. Lewis performed “Homeless” at the annual WXKS-FM Boston KISS Concert in 2008, along with “Bleeding Love” and “Better in Time”. It was also included on the set list of The Labyrinth tour in 2010.
“Happy” is a song performed by British singer Leona Lewis for her second studio album Echo (2009). It was written by Lewis, Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart, and produced by Tedder, and it was premiered in the United Kingdom radio on 6 September 2009, and officially released on 15 September 2009, by digital download in the United States, serving as the album’s lead single. Lyrically, it talks about a protagonist, that wants to be happy and seize the day.
It received generally positive reviews from music critics, praising the production and, some of them, calling it a “number one song”. The single was promoted in the television programmes America’s Got Talent, The X Factor, among others, and on the VH1 Divas concert in 2009. The music video was filmed in Cuba, and describes a woman who is in love with her friend. The song debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 selling nearly 52,000 copies in the US, while in the UK, “Happy”, debuted and peaked at number two, being blocked from the top spot by the song “Meet Me Halfway” by The Black Eyed Peas. Moreover, the single reached the top ten in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Switzerland.
“Forgive Me” is a song by British singer Leona Lewis featured on the North American version and on the international deluxe edition of her debut album Spirit (2008). It was released as the fourth single of the album in the United Kingdom on 3 November 2008. The song was written by Aliaune “Akon” Thiam, Claude Kelly and Giorgio Tuinfort, and produced by the former. Musically, “Forgive Me” is a R&B, dance-pop and soul track written in A minor. Its lyrics address a girl who has found a new love and asks her old love for forgiveness.
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, however some of them criticised Lewis’s voice for being very similar those of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey voice. Lewis has performed it on some television shows, such as GMTV and The National Lottery Live. The music video—inspired by Broadway musicals, including Carousel and West Side Story—was released in September 2008. It also features the Jabbawockeez dance crew. “Forgive Me” reached number five on the British and Irish charts, thus making it Lewis’s fourth single to peak within the top ten in the UK. It peaked atop the Slovakia singles chart and reached the top ten in Italy and Sweden. Lewis performed the song during her tour The Labyrinth.
“Footprints in the Sand” is a song recorded by British singer Leona Lewis for her debut studio album Spirit (2007). It was written by Simon Cowell, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson, Richard Page, and produced by Steve Mac. The song was digitally released as Lewis’s third single on 9 March 2008 in the United Kingdom. Sony BMG and Syco Music launched it as a double A-side with “Better in Time”, and “You Bring Me Down” as the B-side.
It is a R&B and pop song composed with a tempo of sixty beats per minute. It was written in a period of one day at Page’s home in Malibu, California, with Cowell giving the idea to base it on the Christian poem “Footprints”. The single’s music video was filmed by British director Sophie Muller in Johannesburg, South Africa. The video describes social problems within the city, but ends with a message of hope. “Footprints in the Sand” became the official theme of the 2008 version of biennial charity programme Sport Relief, by BBC.
The song received positive reviews from music critics, some of them noting its gospel sounds and Lewis’s vocals being compared to American R&B singer Mariah Carey. “Footprints in the Sand” charted as a separate single in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the European Hot 100 Singles, whilst the double A-side appeared in Germany and Switzerland, and was certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), in 2008. In the same year, Lewis performed the song for the first time in the UK live on the television programme Dancing on Ice. In 2009, the song was covered by Lucie Jones, a contestant of The X Factor, and by Julia Star from Swiss programme Die grössten Schweizer Talente.
“Don’t Let Me Down” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis for her second studio album Echo (2009). Lewis co-wrote the song with Mike Elizondo, James Fauntleroy, Justin Timberlake and Robin Tadross. It was produced by The Y’s and co-produced by Elizondo. Lewis and Timberlake carried out the vocal production. Having wanted to work with Timberlake for a long time, the collaboration came to be after he had asked Lewis to perform at a charity concert he was holding in Las Vegas in October 2008. It was reported that they were going to cover Dolly Parton’s song “I Will Always Love You” as a duet, however they worked together on new songs for Echo instead, and “Don’t Let Me Down” was created. Lewis revealed that her cover of “Run” inspired Timberlake.
Lyrically, the song is about making difficult decisions in life and trying to take control of situations. The song garnered a mixed response from music critics. While Lewis’ vocal performance relieved unanimous praise, some felt that the track lacked any soul or emotion. Its production received comparisons to Timberlake’s songs “Cry Me a River” and “What Goes Around… Comes Around”. Lewis has performed the song at Rock in Rio and it was included on her debut concert tour, The Labyrinth, and later on the accompanying DVD release, The Labyrinth Tour: Live from the O2.
“Bleeding Love” is a song performed by British singer Leona Lewis, who released it from her 2007 debut studio album, Spirit. Jointly written and composed by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder, the song is the album’s lead single; officially, it was Lewis’s official second single, and followed “A Moment Like This.” It was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland in October 2007. Debuting at number one on the UK Singles Chart, “Bleeding Love” became the best-selling single of 2007 in the United Kingdom. After the single’s release, it became a major international hit, and was the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide. The single has reached number one in 35 countries, including Ireland, Japan, Germany and the United States, making it only the second song in history to achieve this feat, Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” being the first. The video first aired on 17 October 2007, and was uploaded to YouTube on the same day, on which it now has over 138 million views.
“Bleeding Love” has sold more than one million copies in the United Kingdom, and over 4 million digital downloads in the U.S., where it was the best-selling digital song there in 2008. It was named the 17th most successful song in the US from 2000–2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song achieved a similar feat in the United Kingdom where it was the best-selling single of 2007, selling 788,000 copies. “Bleeding Love” has charted on the UK Singles Chart in three different years: in 2007 it peaked at number one; 2008 at number 76; and 2009 at number 97. “Bleeding Love” was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards. At the 2008 Brit Awards it was nominated for Best British Single. It is Lewis’s biggest hit in the US to date, is still her only single to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and remains her most successful single worldwide.
“Better in Time” is a pop and R&B song performed by British singer Leona Lewis. It was written by J. R. Rotem and Andrea Martin, and was produced by Rotem. It is featured on Lewis’s debut album Spirit (2007). “Better in Time” was released on 10 March 2008 as Lewis’s third single in the United Kingdom, as a double A-side with “Footprints in the Sand”, and “You Bring Me Down” as B-side. It was Lewis’s second international single following her hit “Bleeding Love” (2007). Lyrically, “Better in Time” tells the story of a girl who cannot forget her ex-partner, and who knows that “it will all get better in time”.
Lewis promoted the song on several live television programmes, such as Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, and on the 2008 American Music Awards, and it was included on the set list of her debut concert tour The Labyrinth (2010). The music video was filmed by Sophie Muller at Hampton Court House School, London in February 2008. On it, Lewis is shown performing in front of several photographic set-ups, and shows what goes on behind the scenes of them. Receiving generally positive reviews by music critics, it was nominated at the Brit Awards in the category “Best British Single”. “Better in Time” reached number two in the national music charts of the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as the top ten in several countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand. The single was certified gold in Australia, Denmark and Germany, and silver in the UK.
“A Moment Like This” is the debut single by American singer Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first season of American Idol. It was released as a double-A side with “Before Your Love” and topped the Billboard Hot 100. The song was later included on her debut album, Thankful (2003). It is her coronation song from American Idol.
In 2006, the song was recorded and released by British singer Leona Lewis, the winner of the third series of The X Factor. Her version gained the Christmas number one, outselling the rest of the top 40 combined. Lewis’ version has sold 914,000 copies as of 2015.
“One More Sleep” is a song recorded by British singer Leona Lewis for her first Christmas album and fourth studio album, Christmas, with Love (2013). It was written by Lewis in collaboration with Richard “Biff” Stannard, Iain James, Jez Ashurst and Bradford Ellis, and produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard. It was released in the United States on 5 November, in Ireland the United Kingdom on 29 November and many parts of Europe on 2 December.