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Jesy Nelson being ‘courted’ by several labels following Polydor split

Jesy Nelson is being “courted” by several record labels after she split from Polydor after only 14 months.

The former Little Mix singer, 31, reportedly decided to walk away from her deal with the major label to make a fresh start after music due for Polydor was apparently delayed.

And now, it’s been claimed there are a number of labels, including “some” independent ones, who are vying to sign her.

A source told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “Jesy is being courted by labels who are interested in getting her on board.

“There are some independent labels who believe they could help her return to form – and give her the freedom she clearly desires.

“Jesy is really proud of the music she has been making and she knows exactly what she wants when it comes to her sound.

“She isn’t going to rush into anything but she’s had a couple of meetings and is excited about the future.”

An insider had told The Sun last week of reason for the departure from Polydor: “Jesy decided it was the right time for her to make a clean break.

“She and the label have been going in different directions in recent months. And while there hasn’t been a fall-out, Jesy just felt it was better to start afresh now – while everyone was still friends.

“Jesy enjoyed her time with Polydor – but feels, rather than go on together while having such differing musical ideas for the future, she now wants to be able to fully develop her own ideas as an individual artist.”

Another industry insider added: “Jesy loves the music she has been working on and is really proud of it.

“She has been working hard in Los Angeles and is determined to get it out there and make a success of her solo music.”

A spokesman for the singer told the publication: “Jesy Nelson feels now is the right for her to move in a new direction. As a result, she has decided to part company with Polydor.”

Jesy quit Little Mix in December 2020, citing the pressures of being in a girl group.

She signed a major solo deal with Polydor Records, whose artists include Billie Eilish and Sam Fender, in May 2021.

The singer has released only one single, ‘Boyz’, which peaked at No4 in the charts.

Its follow up and her first solo album have both been delayed.

Jesy – who was joined in Little Mix with Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards – has been removed from Polydor’s roster of talent on their website.

She has been working on music in Los Angeles for most of this year with a string of songwriters and producers, including Tayla Parx who wrote Little Mix’s hit ‘Sweet Melody’.

A source said last month about her delayed music for Polydor: “After releasing Boyz last year, Jesy let the label hear early versions of the songs she had come up with.

“The bosses felt sure there was potential there but they wanted her to go back to the drawing board. They felt the tracks would benefit from it — so that is what she has done.”

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