Rebecca Ferguson has cemented her 'authentic chanteuse' status after landing a worldwide pub­lish­ing deal with EMI, reportedly worth £500,000.

The 2010 X Factor runner-up co-wrote all of the tracks on her platinum-selling debut album, 'Heaven', which has out­per­formed series winner Matt Cardle's album 'Letters' since its release last December.

Speaking to Music Week, Ferguson said: “I’m so excited to be working with EMI Music Publishing. They have such a great history and so many fantastic song­writers have signed with them. I’m looking forward to a suc­cess­ful and creative rela­tion­ship.”

EMI also released a statement, claiming they are "looking forward to creating oppor­tun­it­ies for her music to be heard on a worldwide stage".

'Heaven' is scheduled for released in the US on May 29.