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Despite strong financial support from Perrie’s label, her first single only reached number 10 in the charts – now her follow-up single Tears is languishing at number 69.

The former Little Mixer’s first single, Forget About Us, was released in April(PR MANUAL)

Perrie Edwards has sparked crisis talks at Columbia Records after her solo music failed to chart.

The former Little Mixer’s first single, Forget About Us, was released in April to great media hype. But despite the label’s generous financial support, it only reached number 10 in the charts. Perrie’s follow-up single, Tears, is now languishing at number 69.




A music industry source says: “There is real unease at Columbia. They have invested significant resources in helping her achieve solo success, including hiring a director for her videos who has worked with Beyoncé.

“But so far, she feels it hasn’t paid off. Everyone at Columbia understands that sometimes these things take time to build up. But you can’t deny that their expectations were higher.” A source close to the star tells us: “Perrie has had a brilliant start. She’s had 38 million streams worldwide, Forget About Us was the No. 1 airplay single for seven weeks and Tears had 2.6 million streams in two weeks. That’s something to be proud of.”

Since their split, Perrie, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson have struggled to establish themselves in the charts(Getty Images Europe)

As a group, Little Mix sold over 60 million records worldwide. But since their split, Perrie, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson have struggled to stay in the charts. Jesy, who was first out of the starting blocks, landed at number 4 with Boyz, featuring Nicki Minaj. The follow-up album Bad Thing reached number 15, but only in the download charts. And Leigh-Anne only managed number 11 with Don’t Say Love and number 28 with My Love, featuring Ayra Starr.

Earlier this year we revealed that Warner was so unimpressed that they didn’t even finance a video for their third album, Stealin’ Love.

Columbia said last night: “Perrie is one of Columbia’s most important artists. We are proud of her debut single, which reached the UK top 10, and are very excited about Perrie’s upcoming music and plans.”

Jade Thirlwall – whose solo debut, Angel of My Dreams, is due out this month – will be the last Little Mixer to go it alone. No pressure…