|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
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. 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.
In 2010, Syco began diversifying by adding producer/singer-songwriter Labrinth. 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. 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.
Theft and copyright
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. Alexandra Burke was also targeted, having two demo versions of songs from her debut album Overcome leak before the album's release. 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.
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. According to Burke, the songs were leaked by "Two little boys in Germany on work experience", working for Syco. 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. DJ Stolen was jailed for 18 months in June 2011.
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  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. 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".
Some of the artists signed by Cowell such as record-breaking pop band Westlife (with 11 number-one singles and 4 number-one albums before signing jointly with Syco) and released their music for a few years through S Records, another company formed by Cowell whose share he then sold to BMG in 2003. Syco Music started releasing music as a label in 2004.
- Little Mix (full UK deal and joint US deal with Columbia Records)
- Camila Cabello (Joint deal with Epic Records)
- Olly Murs
- Rebecca Ferguson (joint UK deal with RCA Records and joint US deal with Columbia Records)
- James Arthur (joint deal with Columbia Records)
- Susan Boyle (full UK deal and joint US deal with Columbia Records)
- Noah Cyrus
- Il Divo
- Louis Tomlinson (Joint US deal with Epic Records)
- Digital Farm Animals
- Ina Wroldsen
- Grace VanderWaal
- Il Volo
- Grace Davies
- Steve Brookstein (2004–2005)
- Bianca Ryan (2006–2008)
- George Sampson (2008)
- Angelis (2006–2007)
- Leon Jackson (2007–2009)
- Same Difference (2007–2009)
- Rhydian (2007–2010)
- Paul Potts (2007–2010)
- Escala (2008–2010)
- Fifth Harmony (2012-2018)
- Shayne Ward (2005–2011)
- Joe McElderry (2009–2011)
- Westlife (2007–2011)
- Matt Cardle (2010–2012)
- Jackie Evancho (2010–2013)
- Ronan Parke (2011–2012)
- Alexandra Burke (2008–2012)
- Cher Lloyd (2010–2014)
- Loveable Rogues (2012–2013)
- Leona Lewis (2006–2014)
- Jonathan and Charlotte (2012–2014)
- Bars and Melody (2014)
- Sam Bailey (2013–2015)
- Melanie Amaro (2011–2013)
- Forte (2013–2014)
- Rachel Crow (2011–2015)
- Emblem3 (2012–2015)
- Chris Rene (2011–2014)
- Bea Miller (2013-2017)
- Ben Haenow (2014–2016)
- Reggie 'n' Bollie (2016-2017)
- Fleur East (2014-2017)
- One Direction (2011-2016)
- Ella Henderson (2013-2018)
- Alex & Sierra (2013-2015)
- Matt Terry (2016-2018)
- Louisa Johnson (2015-2018)
|Westlife||Mandy||2003||UK, IRE, SCO|
|Steve Brookstein||Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)||2004||UK, IRE|
|Westlife||You Raise Me Up||2005||UK, IRE, SCO|
|Shayne Ward||That's My Goal||2005||UK, IRE|
|Westlife||The Rose||2006||UK, IRE, SCO|
|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, SCO|
|Leona Lewis||Run||2008||UK, AUT, IRE|
|Leon Jackson||Don't Call This Love||SCO|
|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, GRE, LUX, SLO|
|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,PHI|
|Little Mix||Shout Out to My Ex||UK, SCO, IRE, EUR|
|Artists for Grenfell||Bridge over Troubled Water||2017||UK, SCO|
|Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug||Havana||AUS, SCO, UK, IRL, CAN, ISR, SLO, LTV, CZ R, EUR (digital), HUN, US, ECU, FRA, GRE, MEX, PAR, PHI, POL,|
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