Artists discuss the dark side of the music industry

Fans call for justice for Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, and One Direction in 'X Factor' controversy

Stars Insider

06/04/21 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Industry secrets

It's a dream shared by millions around the world: become a world-famous musician. Who hasn't turned on the TV, seen an iconic performance, and wished they were in that position? Well, you might soon be relieved that you're watching from the other side of the stage. The music industry is rife with shady business and unspoken hardships.

Take the controversy over musical competition show 'The X Factor,' for example. "Justice for Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, and One Direction" started trending on Twitter after previous contestants Jedward, 29-year-old twins John and Edward Grimes, started tweeting about the mistreatment of not only them but other artists like Little Mix and One Direction. Fans were quick to add Fifth Harmony to the list as well, “For how overworked they were. For how over sexualized they were at a young age. For how badly they were treated in general," read one tweet.

Jedward wrote, “1D and Little Mix are legally f–ked in contracts and can never speak out so we are!” and continued to criticized the competition and its leader Simon Cowell, plus his company Syco Entertainment, claiming every artist was made to be a "slave" to the show, and that management were dictating their every move, even the relationships they could have. 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Click through this gallery to discover the dark side of the music industry.

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