Little Mix is a British four-piece girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall. They were formed exclusively for the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011 and became the first group to win the competition. Following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell‘s record label Syco Records and released a cover of Damien Rice‘s “Cannonball” as their winner’s single.
This made Little Mix the first girl group since The Pussycat Dolls to reach the U.S. top 5 with their debut album, as well as earning the highest debut U.S. chart position by a British girl group, breaking the record previously held by the Spice Girls, whose 1996 debut Spice charted at number five.
As of October 2013, Little Mix had sold over 4 million singles and over 2.5 million albums worldwide.
Little Mix cite the Spice Girls, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue, TLC, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna as their musical influences. Edwards cites Jackson and Steve Perry from the American rock band Journey as her musical influences.
On 4 April 2013, the group revealed that Schwarzkopf hair dye Live Colour XXL would be promoted through their music video for “How Ya Doin’?”. In September, Little Mix announced that they were launching their own makeup line with Collection. Perrie shared, “We are so so excited to unveil our new range to all you makeup lovers out there. As you know we all love dressing up and experimenting with different looks, so creating our own makeup was a dream come true. We designed the collection ourselves and we’ve all chosen products that reflect our personalities.”
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Edwards was born 10 July 1993 South Shields, Tyne and Wear to parents Alexander Edwards and Deborah Duffy. Edwards has an older brother named Jonnie. Her first audition was “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. She became engaged to One Direction member Zayn Malik in August 2013.and raised in
Nelson was born 14 June 1991 Romford, London to parents John Nelson and Janice White. She has an older sister Jade and two brothers, Joseph and Jonathan. Her first audition was “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan. Since joining Little Mix, she has faced cyber-bullying and struggled to cope during her time on The X Factor. Prior to the show, Nelson worked as a barmaid. She’s in a relationship with Diversity‘s Jordan Banjo.and raised in
Pinnock was born 4 October 1991 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire along with her two sisters, Sarah and Sian-Louise. Pinnock is of Barbadian and Jamaican ancestry. Before joining Little Mix, she worked as a waitress in Pizza Hut. Her first audition was “Only Girl (in the World)” by Rihanna. She’s in a relationship with Jordan Kiffin.and raised in
Thirlwall was born 26 December 1992 series 5 (2008) and series 7 (2010). Her first audition (2011) was “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. Her musical influences are Diana Ross and Cheryl Cole. She’s in a relationship with Diversity‘s Sam Craske.and raised in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. She previously auditioned for The X Factor during
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“Word Up!” is an R&B/funk song written and originally recorded by Cameo in 1986. Due to its heavy play on American dance and R&B radio, as well as music video play on MTV (which has LeVar Burton as a police detective trying to arrest the band), the single became the band’s most well-known hit.
Little Mix covered the song for Sport Relief 2014. It was released digitally on 16 March 2014, followed by a physical release the following day, which will only be available to purchase from Sainsbury’s.
The song received rather positive reviews with the Popjustice ranking it as third for the best version of the song and third for the best Sport Relief single and gave the song 7 out of 10 stars. Kevin Kevinpod of DirectLyrics said that “[Little Mix‘s] harmonies are spot-on, and the whole record is pure fire.” and that the song is a chance of the band getting a number one hit.
The shooting for the music video started in early February 2014. The band posted an exclusive picture from the video on 25 February 2014. The video premiered on the Chart Show TV on 28 February 2014 and was posted on VEVO on 3 March 2014. It features celebrity cameos from Nick Grimshaw, Louie Spence, Louis Smith, Arlene Phillips, Melanie C and Chris Barrie.
The video starts off with the band in a changing room of a gym. As they walk out of the changing room, Jade tries to pick up a barbell pretending that she cannot lift it but then she lifts it up and walks away carrying it. Perrie then walks along four women who are working out while Jade is on a stationary bicycle among three other women, following the instructions of a trainer. With the bicycle, Jade starts going forward with the rest following her at the back.
The scene then switches to a court with the band exercising and dancing the same time along with other people while singing the chorus of the song. Afterwards, Leigh-Anne is stood in front of some athletes with one using her as a barbell at the end of her part. Jesy continues with her part while dancing in front of two men working out on treadmills and fall off them after some time.
During the chorus, the scene changes again to the court with the owner (Barrie, who had previously played a gym manager in BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire) of the gym seeing the girls and the rest dancing and runs upset out of his office. As he is going down to the court, he sees the athletes in the swimming pool shaping out the title of the song. When he reaches the court, he starts dancing with them.
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