Little Mix on “Shout Out to My Ex” and Joining Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour – Leigh-Anne Pinnock lets us in on it all.
Little Mix headed back to the stage that started it all last Saturday night (Oct. 16) as they performed their newest single “Shout Out to My Ex” on the U.K.’s The X-Factor. The girls also recently announced major details of their upcoming album Glory Days — including its official release date — but their total domination doesn’t stop there. They’re hitting the road with the ultimate tour mate, Ariana Grande, starting February 2017. It’s like their fourth studio album says: they’re truly living out their glory days.
But back to that buzzy new single, which is all about The triumph of getting over an ex. “We wanted to release a statement,” Leigh-Anne Pinnock told Teen Vogue. “It was a no-brainer, we knew it had to be our first single.” Though the title might suggest otherwise, Leigh-Anne says that they aimed to make the song “very empowering, almost like a happy love song. If you’re going through a breakup or whatever, you’d want to put this on and you’ll instantly feel better about everything.”
Listen to the track once and you’ll know exactly what she means. It stems away from your typical breakup ballad; instead of focusing on the struggle of getting over someone, the upbeat melody and confident lyrics will immediately encourage anyone going through a rough time. Sassy lyrics and a staccato beat combine to create a song you’re instantly going to want to sing along to by the second listen.
This positive energy will also translate onto their set as they open for Ariana’s Dangerous Woman Tour. “We’re going to be performing a couple of new songs, but we’ve obviously got some of the old songs as well,” Leigh-Anne said. “You should always expect to get pumped up from a Little Mix set. Also, a lot of choreography because we always love a full-on proper show, so don’t expect anything less.”
In terms of meet-and-greets, Leigh-Anne assured us that the band will do their best to “meet as many fans as possible.” At this point, they have yet to figure out exactly how they’re going to do so, but the girls’ track record proves how much they love to connect with people. “Last year, we had a Christmas dinner with a fan,” Leigh-Anne shared. “We chose five fans and took them out to eat, it was the cutest thing ever. We love being up close and personal. They’re the reason why we’re here and why we’ve done so well. We absolutely love them to pieces.”
Now that’s a way to celebrate a holiday. Since the tour kicks off at around Valentine’s Day, maybe you’ll get the chance to celebrate that special day with the girls. (We all know their exes will be out of the picture!)
Though we can hardly keep up with what they have in store, the one thing they really hope to do is to tell their story through a full-length feature film. “We love acting, that’s one thing Little Mix loves to do” Leigh-Anne told us. “If we could do a film, you know something similar to the Spice Girls movie, that would be absolutely amazing.”
Say it with us now: girl power.