Only days before the release of their new album, girl band Little Mix have cut ties with Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco.
The group which consists of Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock were first brought into the public eye after they won X-Factor in 2011, which is Simon Cowell’s singing competition.
The split comes after a number of disagreements between the band’s management company, Modest, and Syco over the direction Little Mix want to go in music-wise and over their new album.
Apparently, Little Mix has become frequently more frustrated with the label over the past few months, and according to The Sun, the girls confronted Cowell in an email which then prompted the dispute between Modest and Cowell, ultimately leading to the split.
Little Mix will be staying inside Sony Group, but moving over to the label RCA.
A representative for Simon Cowell released the following 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 [promoted] and released on Syco Music, is to be serviced by RCA at the request of Syco and Simon Cowell.
Rumors that the group would be parting ways with Syco started circulating when Jesy Nelson ‘liked’ an Instagram post by a fan, which claimed Little Mix are “gonna leave Syco and then tell us what s*** Syco put them through.”
Little Mix began their journey on the X-Factor singing competition as solo artists but were later brought together as a group and ended up taking home a win.
As with all X-Factor winners, after the season ended the girl group got a deal with Syco Music, but following in the footsteps of a number of other winners, like Cher Lloyd, Ella Henderson, and Louisa Johnson, they too have split from the label.
Their latest single, Woman Like Me, is currently at number three in the official UK singles charts, and their upcoming album LM5 will be released this Friday, November 16.