Cheryl Cole to release new album just in time for X Factor, which is handy

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole is set to release her new album later this year.

Which - as luck would have it - is just in time for her return to The X Factor.

The Girls Aloud star's fourth solo album will be out in the autumn after a single in the summer, just as auditions for the new series begin filming.

Cheryl yesterday confirmed her return to the show, announcing: "I’m very happy and excited to be returning to The X Factor.

"I’m inspired and ready to find new talent and potential pop stars. It’s going to be a fun series."

According to The Sun newspaper, Cheryl doesn't want the talent contest to take over her life this time and plans to focus just as much on her own music as the TV show.

"Her new album is virtually finished and she has a great new single she’ll release this summer," a supposed pal told the tabloid earlier in the week.

Meanwhile X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said he wants to sign Cheryl to his own label.

"I always said to Cheryl you want a label at Sony I would do it in a heartbeat because she is a really good judge of talent," Simon explained. “Like I said the job she did with Cher Lloyd was incredible. If anyone else was mentoring her it would have been a disaster. The idea of Louis Walsh mentoring Cher would have been a disaster.”

But despite Simon's praise it's fair to say that Cheryl's music career since she left The X Factor hasn't been great.

Her debut record 3 Words went platinum three times over while follow up Messy Little Raindrops also manged to score platinum certifying sales.

But A Million Lights - released in 2012 without the support of the show - has managed only Gold standard with a lone Top 10 single.

Will The X Factor get Cheryl back on top of the charts?

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