Little Mix are on the new cover of ASOS Magazine. You can read full interview below (with “more” link)
LITTLE MIX claim record bosses ordered them to flirt with men to get ahead in the music industy.
The accusations from the quartet come after Simon Cowell confirmed the group have switched to RCA Records.
The move comes amid separate allegations the band fell out with his SYCO label over ‘their musical direction’ while making new album LM5.
Now the women have alleged they were advised how to behave to carve out chart success following their victory on The X Factor in 2011.
Jade Thirlwall claimed: ‘We went to a radio event in America, full of VIPs. Someone from the label said, “Go and flirt with all those important men.” I was like, “F*** off. Why have I got to go in and flirt to get my song on the radio?”’
The 25-year-old also alleged the singers were given no input into their own songs because they are women.
‘In the beginning, we were told we shouldn’t be involved in our music videos,’ she said. ‘One producer told us we shouldn’t be writing, we should just be given songs.
‘We realised we, as women, have to work ten times as hard, which is really bloody annoying cos we do write songs.’
As well as sexism, her bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock said she was left to battle racism during their stratospheric rise.
Making the claims in Asos magazine, the 27-year-old, said: ‘During the first couple of years of being in the band, I did feel invisible. I remember crying to my manager regularly. I just couldn’t seem to find my place and didn’t know why.
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Consisting of Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards, Little Mix is without a doubt one of the hottest girl groups in the UK to date. Their captivatingly bubbly songs such as Black Magic, Shout Out To My Ex or Power have made it to the charts immediately and are doubtlessly one of the songs which are stuck into your head as soon as you hear them.
To this date, the girl group have toured the world, collaborated with renowned artists such as Sean Paul and Missy Elliott and have released four commercially successful studio albums, with their fifth one on the way soon.
We had an interesting conversation with member Perrie Edwards who gave us insight into what it’s like being part of Little Mix, the weirdest moments and what the future holds…
What is your most favourite part of being a Little Mix member? Is it the shows, the recording, … ?
Being a Little Mix member is like being on a rollercoaster! It’s whacky, crazy, fun and constant! We have such a laugh! Can’t sugar coat it and say it’s always rosey.. but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s a hoot!
What has been the most exciting moment in your career so far?
We’ve achieved so much together already! An exciting moment for us was the Glory Days period. The success of that album was mind blowing! Number 1 for 5 weeks, we were absolutely buzzing. Winning a Brit is defo up there!
..and what was the most bizarre one?
Bizarre moments always happen in Little Mix. Drama seems to follow us wherever we go. From earthquakes in Japan, to winning Brits, to No.1’s, to car crashes (literally).
I have so many pinch me moments everyday! Being able to give back to my family and fans loving us all over the world! I find it all so bizarre even still. It will never feel normal to me.
Before auditioning at the X Factor and ultimately joining Little Mix, what would have been your plan B other than music?
The trouble I had growing up was I never had a plan B. Yeah I’d toy with the idea of being a teacher, or wanting to be a vet. But nothing ever felt right other than singing. It’s all I’ve ever done and ever wanted to do. It will ALWAYS be my passion. In the future I’d love to get into movie voice overs/acting, maybe being a judge on a talent show, but singing is my first love!
You are currently in the process of recording your fifth studio album with Little Mix. What can we expect from it?
As always something big! We don’t settle until we create something incredible that we’re proud of. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the new album.. it’s already piecing together so well.
How will it differ from the previous albums? And are there any collaborations we can hear?
I can’t give tooooo much away. It’s always better having some surprises up our sleeves. But I can say we’re excited about some potential collabs and we’re enjoying switching up our sound!
‘The Glory Days: The Platinum Edition’ is almost half a year old already, what have you been up to since the release – except recording and planning the new album?
We’ve been touring the world! Had some time off. Now we’re just focused on making the new album and preparing for our summer tour shows.
Speaking of The Platinum Edition, how did the collaboration with Stormzy come about – considering your genres are rather different?
Stormzy was an amazing collab. He’s such a nice guy and so talented. Power is such a strong single and he smashed it with his feature!
What made you decide to release a platinum edition of the glory days?
We wanted to celebrate the success of the album and give a little treat to the fans. We had a camera guy following us around on tour in America, Europe and back home. The documentary was a different side that the fans don’t always necessarily see.
Other than music, what do you personally enjoy doing in your free time?
I just love being around family and doing absolutely nothing! Any chance I get to relax I grab it with both hands. I love a spa day.. I love shopping. Sunday fundays are my favourite! Good Sunday dinner… maybe some activity’s like go karting or trampoline parks. I’m literally a big child.
Finally, what else can we expect to see from you this year?
Hopefully big things!! If all goes to plan…. a new Little Mix album… fresh new Little Mix videos… just more good times and happy vibes.