Little Mix leave Simon Cowell-helmed label, Syco, amidst “Woman Like Me” controversy.
Little Mix have a new album out on Friday titled LM5. They’ve released a handful of songs thus far, including girl power anthem, “Woman Like Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
The track is drenched in drama. You may recall Cardi B low-key exposed the girl group for sending her “Woman Like Me” to feature first. It ultimately went to Nicki Minaj, whom they claim was their first choice, but things take a turn for the worse.
The ladies just split from Syco for RCA UK, and Syco head honcho, Simon Cowell, isn’t happy about it. He gave an interview to The Sun claiming the girls and their management weren’t happy with Syco, and also shared this little gem: Little Mix did not want to record “Woman Like Me” and had a dispute about songwriting credits. Nicki Minaj is probably DONE with this track for good.
“It was just embarrassing but, funnily enough, I was more annoyed, again, not about me, but about the fact people who had worked so hard in my company were being misrepresented,” Cowell said. “Why do artists think they’re more important than staff members? They’re not. They’re the same.”
“The irony was the record they were arguing about, which is Woman Like Me, they didn’t want to record. This was one of those ironic times that we were having a hit and nobody was happy.”
He added: “It wasn’t down to money. Basically, they said we’d done a terrible job. I had agreed not to talk about this publicly because I thought it was a private matter. I said, ‘We can’t work with the management, it’s as simple as that’.”
“Everyone’s like, ‘There must have been something massive and that’s why it collapsed’. Well, I can show you all the correspondence between me and the girls over the years, there’s never been an instance when we’ve fallen out. As I said in my email to them, I stand by the fact they are the hardest working bunch of girls I’ve ever worked with. They deserve everything they’ve got.”
There were also rumors Little Mix were asked to “flirt” with American radio execs, but Cowell refutes that.
So let me get this straight: Cardi B could have possibly been featured on “Woman Like Me” instead of Nicki Minaj and they didn’t really want to record the song in the first place? Perfect.