Simon Cowell’s label severs ties with Little Mix days before releasing new album LM5

Little Mix has parted ways with their X Factor mentor and label boss Simon Cowell just days before the release of their new album, LM5.

The dramatic split is sad to have occurred following a furious row between the mogul’s label, Syco, and the band’s management company, Modest Management.

“Syco Music will no longer work with Modest Management and therefore any artists signed to that management company,” the label confirmed to The Sun.

Simon Cowell has said he hasn't used his mobile phone for a year. Here, he is pictured at the launch of the American Idol 'music phone' in 2004. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Simon Cowell at the launch of the American Idol in 2004. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“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.”

The girl group – comprised of Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – allegedly grew frustrated with the label and suffered several fall outs during the making of their new album.

Cooling relations

The article suggests that the band sent a “strongly worded email” to Cowell confronting him on the issues they had.

Following this, a wider disagreement between Modest Management and the Syco boiled over, culminating in Cowell severing ties with all the artists they look after.

(L-R) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix attend the MTV EMAs 2018 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) on November 04, 2018. Photo: Getty
(L-R) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix attend the MTV EMAs 2018 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) on November 04, 2018. Photo: Getty

Modest’s roster includes last year’s X Factor winners, Rak-Su, as well as Olly Murs, Niall Horan, the Spice Girls and, were they ever to reform, One Direction, too.

Fan theories as to what went on between Little Mix and Syco behind closed doors have already reached fever pitch. Stoking the embers, Jesy Nelson appeared to hint that all could soon be revealed, when she liked an Instagram post by @littleshadymix that read: “They’re gonna leave Syco and then tell us what s*** Syco put them through.”

Jewel in Syco’s crown

Cowell created Little Mix on the X Factor back in 2011. Aside from One Direction, who went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016, the group has become the label’s most successful act.

Little Mix have sold more than 30million records worldwide and enjoyed four No. 1 singles.

All four of their previous albums have gone platinum.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix, Nicki Minaj, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson of Little Mix perform on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018. Photo: Getty
Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix, Nicki Minaj, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson of Little Mix perform on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018. Photo: Getty

They recently hit the headlines after rapper Cardi B claimed that Little Mix approached her first before deciding to record their single Woman Like Me as a collaboration with Nicki Minaj. The band denied the claims.

Little Mix’s fifth record, LM5, is out on 16 November via RCA.

Modest Management and Syco have been approached for comment.

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