Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix has opened up on the “troublesome” time the band ditched Simon Cowell’s label, Syco.

The band moved to RCA in 2018 after claiming Syco blocked them from recording the “female empowerment” songs they wanted to record.

Little Mix now have a new singing competition TV show, Little Mix: The Search, which will compete with Simon’s The X Factor .

When asked by The Sun why the band did not have much “female empowerment” in their music videos, Jade, 27, replied: “We did a little bit, but we had a switch of labels during the LM5 process and that really f***ed us over.

Jade Thirlwall said the band were blocked from recording girl power anthems

“It was harder to put all our creativity out there in the way we would have liked.”

She added: “The LM5 album was very heavily on women’s rights and our experiences in the industry. We’re sort of cruising at the moment. That period in our careers was quite troublesome.”

It was reported in 2018 that the band, comprising Jade, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, confronted Simon over email about issues with writing credits.

Little Mix and Simon Cowell

After this, their relationship with the X Factor mogul took another turn for the worst when Simon decided to cut all ties with the first band to ever win the singing competition.

The band had signed with Syco after they won The X Factor in 2011.

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They said they have been going from strength to strength ever since, and insist that they are doing just fine while standing on their own feet without the help of Simon.

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall signed to RCA instead and say they are much happier

Jade revealed the band feel like they are in a much better place now with their new label, and said they have learnt a lot since then.

She said from now on the ladies will always “stick to their guns” and “do what [they] believe in”.

Leigh-Anne added the band have a new album and single on the way, and even called their upcoming album one of their favourites they’ve ever recorded.

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MirrorOnline has reached out to a rep for Syco for comment.

Little Mix: The Search is set to begin airing in April this year.

The group will mentor a wave of new talent, in a bid to find a new boy, girl or mixed-sex band.

The new bands will be doing what the girls have been doing for years and perform live and collaborate with songwriters, producers and stylists.



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