Little Mix have come forward saying that they were encourage to “flirt” with music industry bigwigs in order to get their music played on the radio in the US.
The girls – Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – have also said that they were told they couldn’t write their own music simply because they’re women.
Chatting to ASOS magazine about their experiences in the states, Jade said: “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?’” She added.
Little Mix are signed to Columbia Records in America but didn’t go on to tell who exactly it was that encouraged them to “flirt” in order to get ahead.
Going on to talk about their time in the music industry and how they were discouraged from creating their own music, Jade went on to say: “In the beginning, we were told we shouldn’t be involved in our music videos. 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.”
Jesy then added how important it was for them to be involved in the songwriting process for LM5, saying: “When I first started out, I struggled. I never thought I would get over thinking people thought certain things about me. I still get upset when I talk about it.”
“I’ll never get those years back. I was so miserable, I should have been enjoying my f***ing life. This is why we feel so passionate about what we’re saying on this album,” she continued.
This all comes after the band announced their separation from Simon Cowell’s label Syco.
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