British singer Alesha Dixon has signed a contract with Atlantic Records U.K. division Asylum U.K. for the world, excluding Asia.

Dixon found fame with Telstar Records-signed R&B/pop trio Mis-teeq, whose track "Scandalous" was a worldwide hit in 2003, peaking at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles chart and No. 35 on the Hot 100.

When the band members went separate ways in 2005, Dixon took a less travelled path to becoming a bona-fide celebrity by winning the popular BBC1 TV talent quest "Strictly Come Dancing." Dixon won the sixth season finale last December, on a night watched by an estimated 11.4 million Britons.

Through the new integrated arrangement, announced today, Asylum will work with Dixon and her manager Malcolm Blair across other areas of her career, including touring and related merchandise, sponsorship and branding.

Dixon is currently working on new recordings with the likes of producer Brian Higgins and the Xenomania team, which has collaborated on a string of pop hits for the likes of Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue and Sugababes.

"Alesha is a highly accomplished artist and performer and we are thrilled to welcome her to Asylum U.K.," comments Ben Cook, managing director, Asylum U.K., in a statement. "Her planned collaborations with cutting edge producers such as Xenomania promise some world-class, credible, contemporary pop."

Atlantic re-launched Asylum U.K. in January this year with a goal to offer services to artists beyond recorded music, and hired Cook, former head of Ministry of Sound's record label division, to lead the imprint.

Asylum's first release was U.K. "grime" artist Wiley's hit single "Wearing My Rolex," followed by Ironik's single "Stay With Me" which is at No. 8 in the current chart.

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