In a shocking development, it’s been confirmed that British Pop belles Little Mix have parted ways with longtime label – Syco Music. A move that comes one week before their fifth studio album ‘LM5’ hits stores.
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Per Dan Wooton, the group is said to have “grown increasingly frustrated with life at Simon Cowell’s record label over the past 12 months, culminating in fallouts during the making of new album LM5.”
The collective, comprised of Perrie, Jade, Jesy, and Leigh-Anne, reportedly confronted Cowell directly in a heavy-toned email, relaying the various issues they had with how his imprint operates.
This is then said to have brought about a bigger dispute between Syco and the group’s management company – Modest. No resolve was established and the relationship between the two entities is believed to have broken beyond repair.
The end result?
All ties have been cut between both parties, meaning that all Modest acts signed to Syco have now been absorbed into other labels under the Sony Music umbrella.
This sees Little Mix now move to RCA UK, as well as current X-Factor champions Rak-Su (who are also managed by Modest).
Speaking on the bombshell occurrence, a spokesman for Cowell (who has decided to stick by his staff) said in a statement:
“Syco Music will no longer work with Modest Management and therefore any artists signed to that management company.
We do, of course, wish all artists affected by this decision every future success. Consequently, LM5, the forthcoming Little Mix album A&R’d and released on Syco Music, is to be serviced by RCA at the request of Syco and Simon Cowell.”
According to the same report, some of the quad’s qualms included not initially receiving a writing credit on their new single ‘Woman Like Me’ (which was co-penned by Ed Sheeran and Jess Glynne). This, despite contributing lyrics to the song. They took their grievance to Cowell, who helped them secure the credit – but it is said to have all been too little too late.
On the surface, folk aren’t likely to notice a whole lot of initial difference, as much of the group’s promotional activity had been locked in months in advance. Namely, their performance on the finale of Cowell’s show ‘The X Factor’ next month and a massive arena tour next year (tickets for which are on-sale).
Where the real impact of the change will be seen will be in how their releases are handled thereafter.
Similarly for Cowell, ready or not, it ushers in a season of major change. One that is somewhat uncertain, as Little Mix were far and away the biggest act on his label. And, more broadly, the biggest active act from his X Factor empire.