Rebecca Ferguson has announced her retirement from the music business.
The 35-year-old singer – who rose to fame as a finalist for “The X Factor” in 2010 – has campaigned against the alleged bullying and exploitation of artists in the industry, and she has now confirmed her upcoming album “Heaven Part 2 ‘will be his” last “release.
She was quoted by the Wired column of the Daily Star newspaper: “My last album will be released next year and will be a combination of songs that I have written over the past 10 years.
“After I retire, I will devote my time and energy to helping and supporting emerging artists and fighting for better treatment.”
Meanwhile, she denounced unfair streaming revenue for artists and insisted that “the current model is not sustainable.”
She added: “They create ‘art’ because it is what they are – we shouldn’t exploit that fact!
“No one is more important than the creator, without the music creators there are no independent labels or majors!
“If songwriters struggle to pay their rent, the industry will naturally fail or move on to something else, because the current model is not sustainable.”
Her comments come after she revealed the news on Twitter this week, and revealed that her fifth studio album will serve as a follow-up to 2011 debut album, “Heaven.”
She tweeted: “10 years today I released my first album Heaven …
“A young woman telling her story through songs, this album took me around the world and changed my life!
“I’m grateful to everyone involved! We created a classic album that is still listening today.
“I can’t wait to conclude my career with my next album, a sequel to this album (Heaven pt 2)
“I am grateful for the career I have had in music, I have achieved everything I ever wanted to achieve in music, I am now excited for my next chapter.”