On Oct. 17, 2013, former "X Factor" U.K. finalist Rebecca Ferguson unveiled the cover artwork for her second album, "Freedom."The album is scheduled for release on Syco Music in the U.K. and Ireland on Dec. 2, 2013. There is no word yet on when the album will be released in the U.S. and Canada.
"I Hope," the first single from "Freedom," is set for release in the U.K. and Ireland on Nov. 24, 2013.
Ferguson came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010.
Her first album, "Heaven," was certified gold in the U.K. and was a Top 40 hit in such countries as the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada and Australia. "Nothing's Real But Love," the first single from "Heaven," was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. (A rereleased version of "Heaven" included her third single, "Backtrack.")
Ferguson has not yet announced any plans to tour for "Freedom," but in the meantime, she is doing an intimate show at Under the Bridge in London on Nov. 12, 2013. Fans who buy tickets for the Under the Bridge show can also pre-order a limited number of signed, deluxe two-CD versions of "Freedom." A limited number of exclusive VIP Experiences, including a sound check invite and meet-and-greet with Ferguson, are also available via Event Travel. For ticket purchases and more information, click here.
In October 2013, Ferguson posted these comments on her official Facebook page:
"I have to say that I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos. You know the ones I'm talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn't already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.
"I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don't give a toss about the notion of boundaries. As long as there's booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It's depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny- utilised and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it's all justified by how many millions of dollars and U tube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It's a glorified and monetized form of self harm ...
"I am so excited for my new album!! and i thank you all for your support and beauty therapy is my hobby ,I love makeup I love fashion , I love art , I think we should all fill our lives with what we love even the things that don't make you tons of money! life is so short! find your hobby mine is makeup and just about everything that's girly hence my beauty boudoir i just like to see women look good and feel good and i'm learning to do things with only one motivational goal and that is to enjoy them xxx"