Syco Music

Syco Music
Parent company Syco
Founded 2002
Founder Simon Cowell
Genre Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
Official website

Syco Music, also known as Syco Records, is a British record label founded by British music mogul Simon Cowell. It is a subsidiary of Cowell's Syco.


Syco Music has offices in London and Los Angeles and is home to several artists. Syco has the exclusive right to sign winners and finalists of The X Factor and Got Talent. Susan Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, has sold over 9 million copies, making it one of the best selling releases of the last decade and Syco's most successful release to date.[1] Between 2004 and 2009, Il Divo achieved four multi-million selling albums and in 2007, Leona Lewis became one of the most successful talent show winners when her second single, "Bleeding Love", propelled the album Spirit to 9 million global sales.[2] They have signed three of the most successful bands in the world; One Direction, Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.

In 2010, Syco began diversifying by adding producer/singer-songwriter Labrinth.[3] Savan Kotecha, who had been writing for Syco acts for several years, also became an A&R Director and set up a joint venture, Kanani Songs.[4] Syco also began forming closer partnerships with other Sony Music Entertainment UK labels. For the first time, Syco entered into an agreement with Columbia Records that would see them work together to launch the career of a The X Factor winner - Matt Cardle.[5]

Syco Music and its artists have been the targets of illegal hacking on several separate occasions. In 2009 ahead of the release of Leona Lewis's second album Echo, a number of unfinished demos and leftover songs from the project leaked online. An investigation was launched by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), working with the record label and police to identify those responsible.[6][7] Alexandra Burke was also targeted, having two demo-versions of songs from her debut album Overcome leak before the album's release.[8] At the end of March 2010 it was reported that Syco had suffered once again from computer hackers who managed to obtain 14 of Burke's previously unheard studio recordings as well as 26 from Lewis.[9]

Following the second incident of leaks, Cowell contacted the FBI to track down those responsible. Included in the leaks was a newly recorded version of Burke's "All Night Long" featuring American rapper Pitbull, which was tipped to be the singer's third single in March 2010.[10] According to Burke, the songs were leaked by "Two little boys in Germany on work experience", working for Syco.[11] It was later revealed in 2011 that songs recorded for Echo were targeted by the German hacker, Deniz A., also known as DJ Stolen. In July 2010, the Rasch law firm logged a criminal complaint against DJ Stolen for "constantly placing hacked songs on the internet". Amongst those songs listed in the complaint was one called "Pulse", described at the time as a new recording by Lewis.[12] DJ Stolen was jailed for 18 months in June 2011.[13]

In 2011, Syco found itself being taken to court for plagiarism after it was reported that a new Lewis song "Collide" significantly copied "Fade Into Darkness", a 2010 song by Swedish house music DJ Avicii. The DJ took both artist and label to the British High Court [14] just prior to its release however the case was resolved out of court by releasing the song as a joint single between both artists on 4 September 2011.[15][16][17] In February 2013, it was announced that One Direction would be releasing a cover version of "One Way or Another" and "Teenage Kicks" as the 2013 Comic Relief single. However, an unfinished version of the song leaked online and on 7 February 2013 Syco launched an investigation. A spokesperson told the press "It is very disappointing that the song has been leaked and we are currently investigating the matter."[18]


Some of the artists signed by Cowell such as Westlife and Gareth Gates released their music for a few years through S Records, another company formed by Cowell whose share he then sold to BMG in 2003.[19] Syco Music started releasing music as a label in 2004.[20]

Current roster

Former artists

Number-one singles

Artist Single Year Countries
Steve Brookstein Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) 2004 UK, IRE
Shayne Ward That's My Goal 2005 UK, IRE
Shayne Ward No Promises 2006 IRE
Leona Lewis A Moment Like This UK, IRE
Leona Lewis Bleeding Love 2007 UK, AUS, AUT, CAN, GER, IRE, NZ, SWI, US
Shayne Ward If That's OK with You IRE
Leon Jackson When You Believe UK, IRE
Leona Lewis Run 2008 UK, AUT, IRE
Alexandra Burke Hallelujah UK, IRE, SCO
Alexandra Burke Bad Boys 2009 UK, IRE, SCO
The X Factor Finalists 2009 You Are Not Alone UK, IRE, SCO
Joe McElderry The Climb UK, IRE, SCO
Helping Haiti Everybody Hurts 2010 UK, IRE
Olly Murs Please Don't Let Me Go UK
Alexandra Burke All Night Long IRE
The X Factor Finalists 2010 Heroes UK, IRE, SCO
Alexandra Burke Start Without You UK, SCO
Matt Cardle When We Collide UK, IRE, SCO
Cher Lloyd Swagger Jagger 2011 UK, SCO
Jackie Evancho featuring Barbra Streisand Somewhere US Class
Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks Heart Skips a Beat UK, GER, POL, SWI
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful UK, IRE, USA, MEX, SCO
Olly Murs Dance with Me Tonight UK, SCO
The X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring JLS and One Direction Wishing on a Star UK, IRE, SCO
Little Mix Cannonball UK, IRE, SCO
Chris Rene Young Homie 2012 NZ
Little Mix Wings UK, IRE, SCO
One Direction Live While We're Young IRE, NZ
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida Troublemaker UK, HUN, SCO
One Direction Little Things UK, SCO
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé Beneath Your Beautiful UK, IRE, SCO
James Arthur Impossible UK, IRE, POL, SCO, SPA
One Direction One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) 2013 UK, DEN, IRE, POL, NL, SCO
Olly Murs Dear Darlin' AUT
One Direction Story of My Life DEN, FIN, IRE, NZ
Sam Bailey Skyscraper UK, IRE, SCO
Ella Henderson Ghost 2014 UK, IRE, SCO
Ben Haenow Something I Need UK, SCO
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink Worth It 2015 ISR, LBN, MEX
Little Mix Black Magic UK, SCO, EUR
One Direction Drag Me Down UK, SCO, HUN, IRE, NZ, AUT
One Direction Perfect IRE, SCO, SLOV
Fleur East Sax 2016 CRO, HUN
Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign Work from Home NZ, NL, CRO
James Arthur Say You Won't Let Go UK, SCO, IRE, AUS, EUR, SWE, NZ,NL
Little Mix Shout Out to My Ex UK, SCO, IRE, EUR


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