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Little Mix Star Jade Thirlwall Shares Details On Band’s Feud With Simon Cowell

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By Maurice Cassidy

2018 was a tough year for Little Mix who, just days before the release of their “LM5” album, were forced to switch labels after a heated quarrel with their former label boss Simon Cowell.

There were so many reports coming forward about the situation at the time that it was quite hard to keep up.

Some indicated that Cowell wasn’t happy with the group’s choice of lead single “Woman Like Me” while another report claimed that the girls - Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock - felt they had next to no say on the direction of where things were going with the album.

There Was Tension With Their Boss

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Consequently, they came to an agreement with Cowell that would allow them to part ways with his SyCo record label before finding a new home over at RCA, whose star-studded roster includes the likes of Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, and many more.

It’s safe to say that singing a new deal with RCA was a smart decision.

Still, the shakeup in the midst of putting out an album had a major effect on the release of “LM5” given that there was no clear marketing campaign backing the project to match the success the band had seen with previous efforts, such as 2017’s “Glory Days.”

Their Label Didn't Support Them Enough

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And while “LM5” was an album all about female empowerment and unity, POPline argued that the message didn’t come across in their music videos, to which Thirlwall responded:

"We did a little bit of it, but obviously, I don't know if you know, but we had a bit of a switch of labels during the LM5 process and that really f**ked us over, so…”

"It made it a bit harder to put all our creativity out there exactly how we would like to have done.

It Was A Difficult Time For The Girls

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"The LM5 album was very heavily on women's rights and what it feels like to be a woman and our experiences in the industry.

Thirlwall described the situation as “quite troublesome,” but it was a great learning experience for the girls, nonetheless.

Now that they’re signed to RCA, the girls are already said to have finalized work on their sixth album, which is expected to hit stores later this year.

The project doesn’t have an official release date just yet, but according to Leigh-Anne Pinnock, it’s quickly becoming one of their favorite albums to date.

A New Album Is On The Way

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The 28-year-old confirmed: "Definitely, we're definitely back on track with everything, though. We've obviously got a new album coming, [and] a new single."

Little Mix became the first girl group in the history of The X Factor UK to win the singing competition in 2011.

And since then, they’ve become one of the best-selling acts from the show, having shifted more than 50 million albums and singles worldwide.

Their sixth studio album is expected to arrive later this year, but no official release date has been announced just yet.

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