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X Factor finalists Reggie 'N' Bollie dropped by record label

The pair haven't let the news get them down, and have set up their own record label as a new beginning.

Reggie 'N' Bollie have been dropped by Simon Cowell's Syco record label.

The Ghanian-born duo found fame finished second on ITV talent show The X Factor in 2015 when they were mentored by Liam Payne's girlfriend Cheryl. They were snapped up by Syco, with Cowell tweeting after the final: "They’ll sell records next year."

However, just a year after their contract began, the pair have been let go by Syco, with a spokesperson for the label saying in a statement: "Reggie ’N’ Bollie are no longer working with us. We wish them the best of luck."

The news comes after their debut single failed to impress fans, only making it to number 26 on the charts, before their follow-up tune Link Up missed out on a chart place altogether.

An insider previously told The Sun newspaper that Reggie 'N' Bollie had been dropped because "they struggled to turn their support into record sales."

"They have worked really hard for the last year but their relationship with Syco didn’t work out and they wanted different things," the source added. "Their music was very poppy and chart-focused but now they want to focus on a different style."

But the pair don't seem too worried about the development, tweeting on Wednesday night (01Feb17): "WE'RE FINALLY INDEPENDENT N IT FEELS F#CKING RIGHT.#WeCallOurOwnShots#HappyNewMonth2Uall."

They also told fans they have set up their own record label called F.R.O.D. Music, later tweeting: "The Future Doesn't Get Better By Hope, It Get's Better By Plan- Welcome To #FrodMusicBaby #WeRunThings."

Another message read: "Don't Be a Follower,Be a Student, Don't Take Orders,Take Advice, Make Sure What You Do is a Product Of Ur Own Conclusions #FRODMusic."

In a previous interview with The Official Charts Company, Reggie revealed that he and Bollie hadn't realised just how much hard work goes into being a successful singer.

"It is glamorous for us first of all because from where we were, we came from, and we didn’t have any of the opportunities that we have now," he explained. "But then again, it is actually hard work, you know? Before you get into this you’re like, ‘oh, it’s the artists making it all happen,’ but then you realise it is a team that propel you. You are like the last stage of the production."

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