Rebecca Ferguson demands inquiry into music industry to protect artists as Jedward slams Simon Cowell

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Rebecca Ferguson has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the music industry to protect artists' welfare.

The X Factor star, who performed on the show back in 2010, shared a lengthy statement on her official Twitter page explaining her intentions as she's due to meet the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Downden, next month.

"People have warned me for years about doing this or have encouraged me not to speak out, and unfortunately, I realise that my career may be once again affected by speaking out," she wrote in her note to her 669,000 followers.

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The brunette beauty continued: "However, enough is enough and musicians/artists/creatives need change, a lot of my damage has been done but this is about protecting people in the future.

"We need an immediate inquiry to take place to change the way people are allowed to operate in this industry!

"The music industry brings billions of pounds into the UK economy each year in different ways – and the artists mainly responsible need to be treated with the utmost of care and respect for their contribution to society."

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Rebecca went on to explain that she wants people in the music industry to be held accountable for their actions as she wrote: "By regulating the music industry and holding people to account it will make for a happier and healthier working environment, which will in turn increase productivity!

"My proposals are not very different to other businesses, I just want the people working within the industry to have somebody above them, so that they can never become so powerful that their actions are unpunishable.

"Music managers, agents etc should have a license for instance, just like in sports. They should also face a tribunal should they mistreat an artist or employee.

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"We need this all to be regulated, people involved should be accountable to an official independent governing body.

"Anybody that is against this, does not love artists and wants to be able to keep an archaic system that does a disservice to music and humanity!"

Rebecca's fiery statement comes after singing duo Jedward recently hit out at the entire music industry, calling it "corrupt and exploitative".

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Jedward added that Simon Cowell was, in their view, nothing but a "bad facelift" .

OK! have approached Simon's representatives as well as The X Factor press office for further comment.

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