It's Official! Leona Lewis Is The UK's Biggest Selling X-Factor Artist

The 'Bleeding Love' singer has sold over 4 million singles

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With this year being the 10th anniversary of X-Factor, many are looking back on what the winners and losers have been up to since starring on the show and in case you haven't noticed, Leona Lewis is doing just fine.

The 28-year-old was working as a waitress at Pizza Hut when she auditioned for The X-Factor in 2006, and now it has been confirmed that she is the UK's biggest selling star from ITV reality show.

Lewis is reponsible for 4.4m of the show's 30 million singles sold and 3.9m of the 18 million albums sold.

Olly Murs performing at V Festival. ( 

She leads both lists and Olly Murs is second in the singles tally with 3.9m songs sold and JLS stand third with 3.4m.

The 2nd and 3rd positions are reversed on the albums list with JLS in second place with 2.7m and Murs in third with sales of 2.6m.


The now-split JLS performing at Red Heart United Concert in June (Steve Searle/

The figures were revealed by Music Week.

The Top 10 X Factor singles acts in the UK:

1. Leona Lewis (4.4m)

2. Olly Murs (3.9m)

3. JLS (3.4m)

4. One Direction (3.2m)

5. Alexandra Burke (3.2m)

6. Shayne Ward (1.8m)

7. Little Mix (1.4m)

8. James Arthur (1.2m)

9. Matt Cardle (1.2m)

10. Joe McElderry (1m)

The Top 10 X Factor albums acts in the UK:

1. Leona Lewis (3.9m)

2. JLS (2.7m)

3. Olly Murs (2.6m)

4. One Direction (1.7m)

5. G4 (1.2m)

6. Shayne Ward (1.1m)

7. Alexandra Burke (800k)

8. Rebecca Ferguson (600k)

9. Rhydian (500k)

10. Joe McElderry (500k)

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