Little Mix is one of the biggest girl groups in the world and the biggest all female musical act to come out of the UK since the Spice Girls in the 1990’s. They have three studio albums under their belts, two tours, a worldwide fanbase, and vocals that will blow your mind. Today marks four years since they became the first group to win any version of the X Factor, a record they still hold to this day. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how these ladies have gotten to where they are now.
X Factor UK 2011
In the summer of 2011, four young girls from around the UK auditioned as solo artists for the eighth season, or series as the UK calls it, of the immensely popular talent show The X Factor (you may have heard of it). For Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards, it was a first time experience. Jade Thirlwall had already auditioned for the show in 2008 and 2010, making it to boot camp each time. After not progressing to boot camp as solo artists, they were put into two separate groups. Both of those groups didn’t make it through to judges’ houses, but the four girls were chosen to be put together and sent through to judges’ houses. Their first time officially performing together was in front of Tulisa and Jessie J. They wowed with a cover of Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Despite it being their first time singing together, their harmonies were pefect and they each got to show off their vocal strength. They made it through to the live shows.
At the start, they named themselves Rhythmix, but four weeks into the competition, they chose to change their name due to a charity in England having the same name. They settled on Little Mix and their competition took off. In the same week as their name change, they performed a cover of Katy Perry’s ‘E.T’ and really showed off their abilities as a group with their first quasi-ballad. However, it’s their week 7 performance that personally gives me the chills with their cover of ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’. From week 7 they seemed to be shooting straight to the top. Their winner’s single ‘Cannonball’ is an incredible song as well, each of them just giving it their absolute all.
The video of their winner’s single is probably my favorite of the bunch because they performed it after being informed that they had won and were absolutely overrun with emotion and disbelief and they STILL pulled it off. You can see Jade shaking her head as she starts the song off and Perrie wonderfully adlibs. The song ends in a celebration with their fellow contestants but it’s bound to put a smile on your face.
Debut Album – DNA (2012)
Little Mix’s debut single ‘Wings’ hit #1 in the UK when it was released in August 2012. DNA was released in 2012 and reached #3 in Ireland and the UK. Three other singles – ‘DNA’, ‘Change Your Life’ and the Missy Elliot-featured ‘How Ya Doin’?’ – all did well in the charts as well. They debuted ‘Wings’ and DNA in the USA in early 2013.
Their video for ‘How Ya Doin’?’ perfectly shows off the urban-90s pop vibe of the album and it’s just so much FUN to watch. Their hair is different, their outfits are loud, and their abandoned warehouse dance party is something I wish I had been at.
Sophomore Album – Salute (2013)
The Little Mix ladies released ‘Move’, the first single off of their second album on November 3, 2013 and it hit #3 on the UK Singles Chart. Their second album, Salute, was released on November 11, 2013. Just from the lead music video, you could sense that the style of the group was evolving. Gone were the crazy hair colors and loud outfits and in their place was sleek hair and slick outfits. Also, their “MixMen” made their video debut and have been a staple at live performances ever since. ‘Move’ is still one of my favorite Little Mix songs because it makes you want to get up and DANCE.
Their music video for ‘Salute’ pushed the maturity of the group even further, a far cry from their ‘Wings’ video, but confident and sexy in their “woman power” ideal all the same.
In 2014, the gals were chosen to record the annual charity single for Sport Relief, a charity part of the Comic Relief family. They covered ‘Word Up’ by Cameo and it was back to the fun and bright music videos. The video also features a certain Sporty Spice!
Third Album – Get Weird (2015)
In mid 2014, Little Mix cancelled their tour in order to concentrate on their third album, and now that the album is out, I would say that it was well worth it. Get Weird was released on November 5, 2015 and is by far their best album. Their lead single ‘Black Magic’ was released on May 21, 2015 and ‘Love Me Like You‘ was released on September 25, 2015. When Get Weird was released, it peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart.
With the release of Get Weird, Little Mix became the only UK-based girl group to have their first three albums debut in the top 15 of the Billboard 200. ‘Black Magic’ is still charting in the UK and this year the girls won their first US award in the form of a Teen Choice Award. Here’s to many more ladies!
Like I said before, their vocals are unreal. They’ve been fantastic since day one and you can really see the progression in this compilation video of their best acapellas. Their song ‘The End’ on Get Weird is completely acapella and it’s one of their best songs. Take a look and a listen and fall a bit in love.
The UK’s BBC Radio 1 has this fantastic show called “Live Lounge” where artists go in and do covers of other artists, along with special performances of their own songs. Little Mix has been on several times and blow everyone away every time.
They’re also pretty damn hilarious and always seem to have way too much fun in interviews together. You can tell that they’re truly friends first. They also do some killer accents.
We also wouldn’t be opposed to a Christmas album from them!
Basically, the ladies of Little Mix are some of the most talented artists out there today and speaking for Trendom, we’d like to congratulate them on four wonderful years and many more to come! Hope we helped you fall a little in love with these girls!
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