The pop superstars have split with mentor and X Factor boss Simon Cowell after an extraordinary row.
The hit girl group — Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards — had grown increasingly frustrated with life at his record label Syco over the past 12 months, culminating in fallouts during the making of new album LM5.
The girls confronted Cowell direct in a strongly worded email, raising issues they had with his label.
Then a bigger row erupted between the group’s management company Modest and Cowell — who decided to cut all ties with the company’s artists, including Little Mix and last year’s X Factor winners Rak-Su.
The two bands will move to the label RCA, which is also part of the wider Sony group like Syco. A spokesman for Cowell confirmed to me: “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.”
And band member Jesy summed up the discontent within the band by liking an Instagram post written by @littleshadymix which said of the act: “They’re gonna leave Syco and then tell us what s*** Syco put them through.”
The unprecedented fallout started over Little Mix voicing upset over their lack of recognition on new hit single Woman Like Me.
They wanted an additional writing credit alongside Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne and songwriter STEVE MAC.
The girls had added lyrics but were not asking for any publishing money.
Cowell got the band the writing credit they wanted, but by that point his relationship with Modest — who also manage the Spice Girls, Olly Murs and Niall Horan — had broken down.
Simon’s decision to cut all ties with Little Mix — the band he created on his ITV show in 2011 and the label’s most successful act — is a massive shock on face value.
But he insisted that he decided to back the loyal staff members who have worked for his Syco label for a number of years and will support Little Mix by inviting them to perform on the X Factor final.
Meanwhile, sources close to Little Mix say the band had clashed with Syco multiple times during the making of the new album.