Interview: Little Mix have no thoughts of solo careers
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2016, with the headline ‘Weird for Little Mix to be soloists’.
Call them the female version of One Direction.
Little Mix had auditioned as soloists on British talent show The X Factor in 2011, were later assembled as a group, then went on to sign with judge Simon Cowell’s label Syco Music.
Unlike the hugely popular boyband who came in third in The X Factor, however, Little Mix won the contest and have since produced pop hits such as Black Magic and Secret Love Song.
Also, while their boyband compatriots have lost one member and are on a hiatus, the four girls – Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson – appear chummy and united during a telephone interview with The Straits Times.
They will perform their debut show here tonight as part of their The Get Weird Tour, which is in support of their third album, Get Weird, and takes them to Europe, Oceania and Asia.
Thirlwall, 23, says they do not want to think about solo projects at this point. “It’s far too early for that,” she adds in a chirpy Northern accent.
They have almost hit the five- year mark of being a group. Labelmates One Direction are on a hiatus after five years together, but Thirlwall thinks Little Mix have “a lot more years to go”.
The tension that seems to inevitably creep into pop groups – it happened to the likes of the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud – has not affected them yet. Instead, they are focused on bigger concerns and ambitions.
“We have high ambitions and we’re not going to stop until we reach every goal and know we tried everything to be the biggest we could be,” Thirlwall says.
“We get along really well and like one another’s company. It’d be weird if we weren’t together all the time.”
She adds with a girlish giggle: “We’re just going to keep going forever, hopefully.”
What is also unusual about Little Mix is that while most girl groups have a standout lead singer, all four girls in the band are strong singers in their own right.
Thirlwall shakes off suggestions of a girlband rivalry with Fifth Harmony, a five-member band who were also put together by judges as a group on The X Factor USA in 2012.
Both groups have smash hits, likable personalities and the latest in pop couture, but Thirlwall insists the competition is just friendly, “kind of like with football teams”.
“You’re allowed to support both of us – that’s not a problem at all,” she says. “We have a lot of fans who support both of us and that’s fine.”
She says Little Mix have tried to break into the United States market with some success. Despite some high-profile appearances on shows such as Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, their single Black Magic – which reached the 67th spot on the Billboard Top 100 charts – remains their highest charting success.
She says: “To crack America, you have to be there a lot, but we have so many other countries that want us, it wouldn’t be quite fair to be there all the time – that’s our biggest obstacle.”
In the meantime, they have their 59-date world tour to fulfil, though they never thought they would make it halfway around the world to Singapore.
“When we got together, we had massive ambitions, we wanted to tour the world. But to know that places like Singapore are interested in us and want us to perform there – it’s really bizarre for us,” she says, sounding genuinely surprised.
“We’ve never been there, so it’ll be lovely to see all the fans.”
‘It’s always me!’ Jesy pulls out after tearing a ligament on stage
Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson has pulled out of another gig after injuring her ankle during a show in Kuala Lumpur.
She apparently tore a ligament during a vigorous dance routine at the Malaysian capital’s Live at Life Centre on Saturday night and had to leave the stage halfway through the set – but the show went on without her.
The singer posted a picture of her swollen foot and captioned it: ‘Torn the ligaments in my ankle but resting up for the Singapore show on Monday… Just maybe no dancing for me.’
Jesy shared a photo of her swollen foot on Instagram after the show, telling her fans: ‘Oh god guys it’s always me so so gutted I couldn’t perform for the last part of the KL show tonight!’
In March the group had to cancel two shows in Belfast, which were later rescheduled, after Jesy came down with a mysterious illness and there were question marks over further shows in the UK.
The group are next scheduled to perform at Singapore’s Star Performing Arts Centre on Monday
Jesy has been having an emotional time of late and before her previous cancelled shows she had burst into tears after giving a speech about body confidence on stage in Dublin.
Addressing the crowd, she began: ‘If you’re ever feeling really c**p about yourself or not feeling confident this is exactly why we wrote this song…’ before pausing to compose herself.
While her bandmates rushed to comfort her, the star struggled to hold back her tears as she continued: ‘I’m so emotional. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.’
The girls performed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday (May 21th).
KUALA LUMPUR: One of the UK’s biggest girl groups, Little Mix, gave the audience a show-stopping performance at KL Live in Jalan Sultan Ismail tonight. The group, comprising Jade Thirlwall, 23, Perrie Edwards, 22, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 24, and Jesy Nelson 25, are in town for the Southeast Asian leg of their The Get Weird Tour.
“Tonight is all about you (the fans), so let your hair down and have fun!,” said Perrie, before breaking into their catchy number, Move. Halfway through the 90-minute show, Jesy injured herself while performing, and she was seen limping as she headed towards the backstage. But the rest soldiered on even though they were one member down. They continued to give the audience a super energetic performance throughout the concert. In Weird People, the group got everyone on their feet, jumping and singing along to the fast-paced music. “Kuala Lumpur is our best stop so far! You know every word to our songs. Perhaps we should all come back,” teased Perrie before kicking off the final song for the night, Black Magic.
Black Magic is a song by Little Mix that serves the lead single and appears as the first track on their third studio album Get Weird.
Love Me Like You is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was released on September 25, 2015 as the second single from their third studio album Get Weird. It was released as a single in United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand but available to buy as an album track worldwide.
Secret Love Song is a song by Little Mix and appears as the fourth track on their third album, Get Weird. It features Jason Derulo. The song will be released as the third single from the album in the UK and Ireland.
Hair is a song by Little Mix and appears as the fifth track on their third album Get Weird. It was released on August 28, 2015 as a promotional single. A new version of the song featuring Sean Paul was released on April 15, 2016 and was released as the fourth single from the album.
The Get Weird Tour is the third concert tour by the British girl group Little Mix in support of their third studio album, Get Weird. The tour started on March 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. The second leg will commence in May 2016 in Oceania and Asia. The european leg starts on June 12, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Gold Magic is Little Mix's debut perfume. The group announced that they would be releasing their very own perfume in 2015. The news was announced on January 29, 2015 by the group posting a video on Fahlo and later onto their YouTube Account. The name was revealed on June 2, 2015 on their Instagram account.
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