Sam Bailey has joined the list of "X Factor" U.K. winners with a quickie memoir/photo book released within a year of their "X Factor" victory. According to a BBC report published on June 18, 2014, Bailey has signed a book deal with Blink. Bailey's memoir (whose title is to be is announced) is expected to be published sometime in November 2014. Former "X Factor" U.K. winners Matt Cardle, Little Mix and James Arthur also had rush-released memoirs that were basically photo books with some behind-the-scenes stories and no "tell-all" scandals revealed. Bailey's memoir will likely have the same format.
Bailey, a former prison guard, was the winner of "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013. She said in a press release about her memoir: "The last year has been such an amazing journey for me. I feel so lucky, excited and privileged to be able to share it with everyone."
Blink managing director Perminder Mann commented in a press release: "An inspiration for many working mums, Sam is proving that nothing is impossible as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. In her autobiography she'll bring fans up to speed with her life story and talk about her hopes for the future."
Meanwhile, it might not happen in 2014, but insiders are already predicting that Bailey will eventually be dropped from Syco/Sony Music, which so far has dumped most of "The X Factor" U.K. winners. Several tabloids, including the Daily Mirror, have reported that "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell (who co-owns Syco Music with Sony Music) really wanted teenage singer Tamera Foster to win on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013. Instead, Bailey (who is 36) won, and Cowell was obligated to sign Bailey to Syco as part of her "X Factor" grand prize. Foster ultimately came in fifth place and signed a record deal with Syco Music anyway. The title and release date of Foster's first album are to be announced.
Bailey's first album, "The Power of Love," debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. for the week ending April 5, 2014. The Official Charts Company made the announcement on March 30, 2014. According to the Official Charts Company, "The Power of Love" is the first "X Factor" U.K. winner’s album to debut at No. 1 in the U.K. since Alexandra Burke’s "Overcome" in 2009. Burke was the winner of "The X Factor" U.K. in 2008. The Official Charts Company also reports that "The Power of Love" has sold nearly 73,000 copies in its first week on sale, making it one of the biggest first-week U.K. sales for an artist's album released in 2014.
Bailey's "The Power of Love" album consists almost entirely of cover songs. Her version of Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper," which is on the album, debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. and Ireland when Bailey's remake of "Skyscraper" was released in December 2013. However, she has not yet established herself as an artist who can have hits with songs that are not cover versions. That lack of originality doesn't bode well for her future with Sony Music.
In other words, Bailey, like many other "X Factor" winners before her, is starting off with impressive music sales, but those sales won't help Bailey stay with Sony Music in the long run if her sales decrease, which would give Sony Music a reason to dump her. Bailey's age is also a liability, say insiders. It's no secret that Cowell does not like to sign new artists who are older than 30. (Susan Boyle was a major exception, due to the public's phenomenal reaction to her.)
Except for Little Mix ("X Factor" U.K. winner in 2011), all of the previous "X Factor" U.K. winners, some who have sold more music than Bailey has, were dumped by Sony, mostly because of disappointing sales for their latest Sony Music albums. When Bailey reaches a point where her album sales are below Sony's expectations, expect her to "part ways" with Sony. (In other words, get dropped.)
Former "X Factor" U.K. winners Steve Brookstein (2004 winner), Leon Jackson (2007 winner), Joe McElderry (2009 winner), Matt Cardle (2010 winner) and James Arthur (2012 winner) each released just one album on Sony Music before Sony dumped them. Shayne Ward (2005 winner), Leona Lewis (2006 winner) and Alexandra Burke (2008 winner) released more than one album with Sony but "parted ways" with the company after their album sales decreased significantly.
Like most of today's music artists, Bailey will get more money from touring than from music sales. She was on "The X Factor" U.K. 2014 tour, which featured the show's Top 8 finalists from 2013. The tour began on Feb. 15 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and ended March 29 in Birmingham, England.
On Feb. 27, 2014, Bailey announced details for her 2015 "The Power of Love" tour of the United Kingdom. The tour begins on Jan. 29, 2015. The announcement was made on her official Internet outlets, such as her Facebook page. Tickets went on sale on Feb. 28, 2014. (See the tour dates at the end of this article.)
On March 5, 2014, Bailey announced that she's pregnant with her third child. The baby is due in late December 2014, possibly on Dec. 31. She and her husband, Craig (who is 40), have an 8-year-old daughter named Brooke and a 5-year-old son named Tommy. If Bailey gives birth by the due date, that means her baby will be less than a month old when Bailey goes on her first solo tour.
Bailey told the Daily Mirror that she took the pregnancy test while she and her husband were shopping in a grocery store: “I went and did it in the toilet while he was getting all the food. I came out and I went, ‘Yep, I’m pregnant.' It wasn’t planned.
"When I got into the car I was really upset because I thought I’d let everyone at my management and the record label down. But they were really good about it. I was going to go on tour solo at the end of October  but I have managed to move it to January .”
As for her unexpected pregnancy, Bailey said that one of the first people she told was Sharon Osbourne, who was Bailey's "X Factor" mentor. Osbourne, the wife/manager of Ozzy Osbourne is also a mother of three kids. Bailey told the Daily Mirror: “I’m quite close to Sharon. We speak quite a lot. She’s my confidante and has known about the pregnancy. She’s been great.”
Here are the dates for Bailey's 2015 "The Power of Love" U.K. tour:
Jan. 26, 2015: Margate, England — Winter Gardens
Jan. 27, 2015: Hertfordshire, England — Watford Colosseum
Jan. 29, 2015: Leicester, England — De Montfort Hall
Jan. 30, 2015: Leicester, England — De Montfort Hall
Jan. 31, 2015: Cardiff, Wales — St David's Hall
Feb. 2, 2015: Southend, England — Cliffs Pavilion
Feb. 3, 2015: Birmingham, England — Symphony Hall
Feb. 4, 2015: Nottingham, England — Royal Concert Hall
Feb. 6, 2015: Liverpool, England — Empire
Feb. 7, 2015: Glasgow, Scotland — Clyde Auditorium
Feb. 9, 2015: Manchester, England — Bridgewater Hall
Feb. 10, 2015: Blackpool, England — Opera House
Feb. 11, 2015: Gateshead, England — The Sage
Feb. 13, 2015: Bath, England — Forum
Feb. 14, 2015: Brighton, England — Brighton Centre
Feb. 15, 2015: Oxford, England — New Theatre
Feb. 17, 2015: Portsmouth, England — Guildhall
Feb. 18, 2015: London — Eventim Apollo