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Matt Cardle: 'My X Factor ties are over and I'm ready to go it alone'

Matt Cardle is ready to shake off his association with The X Factor now that his debut album has just been released. 

The 'Run For Your Life' singer has just begun his career as an independent musician since winning the show back in 2010 and entered the UK singles chart at No.6 on Sunday, October 16.

His first record, 'Letters', was unveiled yesterday, October 17, and he explained to BBC's Newsbeat that he now wants to carve a name for himself as a singer-songwriter and not as a previous winner of the popular talent contest:

"That was my X Factor trip over. Now I have to get on with being Matt on my own with my band and writing and performing. This is where I stand on my own two feet and see if I can really cut it."

"I just want to do the best I can. I know that's a cop out to say, but I've always been dreaming big and wanting to achieve the best I can. I'm not stopping. I want the album to do really well and I want everyone to come to the tour next year."

Speaking about his intentions for the future, Cardle added "I want to make another album next year and that to do really well."

Watch his recent interview with BBC Breakfast and his video for 'Run For Your Life' here: