Ben Haenow signs US deal

Ben Haenow is "chuffed" after landing a record deal in the US with RCA Records

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Ben Haenow

Ben Haenow

Ben Haenow has signed a US record deal.

The 'X Factor' winner has signed with RCA Records - which is also home to the likes of Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake - after impressing label bosses with his debut single 'Second Hand Heart', a duet with their act Kelly Clarkson.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Ben is chuffed with the news. He was always aiming to make it over in the States, especially after spending so much of his time over there while recording his debut album."

The 30-year-old singer recently admitted he hopes the song would boost his chances of cracking America.

He told BANG Showbiz: "I'd like to think so. I think we've got a great start with Kelly being on board."

But Ben confessed the track wasn't originally intended to be a duet and only turned into one when he returned to the UK after working on the track abroad.

He admitted: "It wasn't supposed to be a duet. We got back to the UK after recording it and Sonny, the head of the label, was kind of like, how do you feel about it being a duet?

"But I asked who he was thinking and he said Kelly Clarkson, so I toyed with the idea. But as soon as we got the track back with the vocals on it, for me that was it, it just sold it. It brought a new perspective to the song instead of it just being one."

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