Los Angeles: Singer Cheryl Cole is reportedly dropping her surname to boost her music career.

She's aiming to be as big as Rihanna and Beyonce and for that she is plans to get rid of Cole, which she got after marrying Ashley Cole.

The 28-year-old divorced the footballer in September 2010 amid allegations he had cheated on her.

"She's not removing Cole legally; it's just a career statement. She's in a really good place at the moment and wants to take life by the balls," a daily quoted source as saying.

"She can't wait to start performing live again and her new stage name has given her comeback an extra bit of spice," the source added.