“Salute” is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their second studio album of the same name (2013). It was released on 30 May 2014 as the album’s third single. It was co-written by the group (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall) with TMS (Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher and Ben Kohn) and Maegan Cottone, and produced by TMS. Lyrically, “Salute” is a girl-power song, being called “a call to arms for women everywhere to stand up and fight whatever imaginary enemy is standing in their way,” with military metaphors, war sirens, and hip hop and trap influences, drawing comparisons to Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)”. The backing track samples Xzibit’s Paparazzi.
Music critics gave the song positive reviews, with most praising its empowering lyrics and military-inspired drum beats. Some even noticed it would fit perfectly as an opening song for the tour, as well as being one of the strongest tracks of 2013. The song became a top-ten hit on the charts of Scotland and United Kingdom, becoming the band’s sixth top-ten single in the UK, while reaching the top-twenty in Ireland and top-forty in Belgium. A music video for the song features the band dancing in an underground warehouse with an entourage of male dancers, some of whom are on leads. To promote the song, the band performed in many TV shows, including Britain’s Got Talent and the Today Show.
“Secret Love Song” is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their third studio album, Get Weird (2015). It features guest vocals from American singer Jason Derulo, who co-wrote the song with Jez Ashurst, Emma Rohan, and Tich. It was produced by Jayson DeZuzio. The group’s cover of Derulo’s 2015 single “Want to Want Me” inspired him to collaborate with them. “Secret Love Song” is a slow ballad comprising pounding bass and melancholic strings. The lyrics discuss unrequited and forbidden love, while Derulo’s verse details his personal experience of having an affair.
The song was announced as the third single from Get Weird in Ireland and the UK. It was met with mixed reviews from music critics, who lauded the group’s vocal performance, but criticised Derulo’s feature and the track’s originality. “Secret Love Song” has reached number six on the UK Singles Chart. An accompanying music video was directed by Frank Borin and filmed in London near Tower Bridge.
“Love Me Like You” is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their third studio album, Get Weird (2015). The song was released on 25 September 2015, as the second single from the album. Produced by Steve Mac, he co-wrote the song with Iain James, Camille Purcell and James Newman. Backed by an instrumental of pianos, bells, sax and percussion, the song is a down-tempo retro homage to doo-wop, with lyrics about puppy love. Its composition was compared by several critics to Motown artists of the 1950s and 1960s, namely The Ronettes, The Supremes and Shadow Morton.
Critical response to “Love Me Like You” was positive: critics praised its vintage style and highlighted it as an album standout. It reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and has been certified gold by the BPI. The accompanying music video for the song was set at a high school dance. Unbeknownst to each member of the group, they had been invited to attend by the same date after previously meeting him in different situations. He arrives with another girl near the end of the night, and they realise that he had all been invited by the same guy, and end up dateless. Little Mix have performed the track on both the Australian and British versions of The X Factor and on Good Morning America in the United States.
“Little Me” is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, Salute (2013). It was co-written by the group with TMS and Iain James, and produced by TMS. The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. It also samples part of Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane.
Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review, calling it “effortless and uplifting” and awarding it four out of five stars. In another four-star review, Renowned for Sound’s Melissa Redman complimented the song’s “exceptional vocals”, “perfect harmonies” and “mature lyrics”.
Isaac Mace-Tessler of Pop Scoop gave the song a very positive review, saying “Little Me has a strong message of inspiration and liberation, all about the girls’ present selves telling their younger, little selves not to worry and to “speak up, shout out, be a bit prouder” and believe that they are already “beautiful, wonderful”. The track thus follows and holds its own in the grand tradition of R&B empowerment ballads such as Sugababes’ “Ugly”, Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”. The song’s music video further underlines its heartfelt meaning: shot in earnest B&W, the girls emotively sing in an abandoned warehouse, interspersed with “real” girls and women talking about their hopes, dreams and insecurities”.
“How Ya Doin’?” is a song by British girl group Little Mix, featuring American rapper Missy Elliott. It was released on 17 April 2013 as the fourth and final single from Little Mix’s debut studio album, DNA (2012). The song’s chorus is taken from Curiosity Killed the Cat’s 1989 single “Name and Number”; The drums were sampled from “Impeach the President” by The Honey Drippers; The bassline and beat are sampled from The Whatnauts 1981 single “Help Is on the Way.” (all songs were sampled earlier on De La Soul’s 1991 song “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey).”)
“Wings” is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was co-written by the group in collaboration with Iain James, Erika Nuri, Michelle Lewis, Mischke, Heidi Rojas and the song’s producers, TMS. It was released as their second single after winning the The X Factor (UK series 8) eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, and the lead single from their debut studio album DNA (2012). Republic Records serviced the single to BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2012 and it was released for digital download on 10 July 2012. The uptempo song, which features modern beats, drums, horns and clapping, is a pop arrangement with elements of R&B and old school. Lyrically, the song has themes of girl power, maternal advice and individuality.
“Wings” was well received by contemporary music critics, who praised its lyrical message, upbeat sound and vocals. “Wings” was the group’s most successful single to date, until they released “Black Magic” in 2015. It topped the UK Singles Chart with sales of 107,000 copies in its first week. The single also reached number one in Ireland and Scotland and number three in Australia, where it was certified triple platinum. It charted in the top 40 in three other countries, peaking at number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the US Billboard Pop Songs chart.
The accompanying music video was directed by Jade and Perrie at an abandoned warehouse. The clip shows the group dancing and singing in front of colourful backdrops and a pink Union Jack flag, wearing urban-styled outfits corresponding to the backdrops. The video received favorable reviews from critics, who praised the group’s fashion sense, dancing and confidence. Little Mix promoted the song by performing it live on a number of television shows (including Red or Black? and The X Factor Australia) and during their 2018 DNA Tour.
“Move” is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Salute (2013). It was co-written by the group with Maegan Cottone and Nathan Duvall, and produced by the latter. An R&B song, that moves away from Little Mix’s previous melody-led ventures, featuring more quirky sounds with bass synth. The girl band stated that the song is about when a boy on the dance floor is “acting too cool for school” and they would like him to move. The single was made available for pre-ordering on iTunes on the same day as its radio impact without the official single artwork.
The single received its first airplay in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2013 and was released for digital download on 3 November 2013, a week before the release of Salute in that country. It debuted and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.
“DNA” is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their 2012 debut album of the same name. Released as the album’s second single, the song was solicited to contemporary radio stations in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2012. Syco digitally released the single in Ireland and the United Kingdom on 9 November 2012. It was written by TMS, Iain James and Little Mix, while the production was handled by TMS. “DNA” is an electronic pop ballad, which incorporates R&B and techno pop musical styles. Lyrically, the song contains multiple references to scientific vocabulary and is based on themes of love and obsession.
“DNA” garnered positive reviews from music critics, who praised the group’s powerful vocals and the song’s darker sound. The song received comparisons to Katy Perry’s song “E.T.” (2011), which was an inspirational factor in its development. “DNA” was commercially successful, debuting and peaking at number three the UK Singles Chart with sales of 72,044 copies, becoming the group’s third consecutive top three hit there. It also reached the top ten in Ireland, Hungary and Scotland, and was certified gold in Australia where it peaked at number 48.
The accompanying music video was directed by Sarah Chatfield and was released on 19 October 2012. Filmed in comic book movie style, it portrays Little Mix as female assassins who stalk and then kidnap men who they are obsessed with. Critics noted the similarities from the video with that of comic series Sin City and fictional character Catwoman, and gave it positive reviews for it. Little Mix have performed “DNA” on television shows Loose Women and The X Factor. They also performed the song as a continuation of the music video’s storyline on their DNA Tour (2013).
“Change Your Life” is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their debut studio album, DNA (2012). It was written by Richard “Biff” Stannard, Tim Powell, Ash Howes and Little Mix, while its production was handled by Stannard and Powell. “Change Your Life” was written while the group were on The X Factor Tour and it was the first song composed for the album. It was written based on the group’s experience on The X Factor and their fans. Syco serviced the song, the third single from DNA, to radio stations in the United Kingdom on 5 January 2013. It was released for digital download on 15 February 2013. The song has themes of girl power, perseverance and self-empowerment.
A mid-tempo pop power ballad, “Change Your Life” exhibits the influence of soul and urban contemporary music. Instrumentation includes tumbling R&B piano lines and a pulsating, driving backbeat. The contemporary sound provided by its instrumentation has similarities to several songs produced by Coldplay and Ryan Tedder. “Change Your Life” attracted mixed to positive reviews from critics, most of whom considered it a highlight on DNA, commending the group’s harmonies and the song’s inspirational lyrics. Some reviewers, however, felt that it was weak and poor alternative to the album’s lead single, “Wings” (2012).
“Change Your Life” reached number 12 in Ireland and the United Kingdom, becoming Little Mix’s fourth consecutive top 20 hit in both countries. It also became their second top ten hit in Australia, peaking at number 8. “Change Your Life” was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The accompanying music video was released on 31 January 2013. Filmed backstage at the group’s DNA Tour and on their tour bus, it shows the group bonding with each other. Met with mixed reviews, critics likened it to Spice Girls’ 1997 music video, “Mama”. Little Mix have performed “Change Your Life” on television shows Dancing on Ice, The Graham Norton Show and This Morning and during their DNA Tour (2013).
“Black Magic” is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was written by Camille Purcell, Ed Drewett, Edvard Forre Erfjord and Henrik Michelsen. The Norwegian production duo Electric, who previously worked on the group’s second studio album Salute (2013), produced the single with Matt Rad, who is additional producer. It was released as the lead single from their third studio album, Get Weird on 21 May 2015. “Black Magic” received critical acclaim from critics, who praised its upbeat and catchy sound and compared it to songs from their debut album, DNA (2012).
The single topped the UK Singles Chart with combined sales of 113,000, making it the group’s first single to top the chart since their 2012 single “Wings”. The single also peaked within the top 10 of the charts in Ireland, Israel and Australia, achieving platinum certification in the latter. On the UK Singles Chart, “Black Magic” remained at the top of the chart for three weeks, becoming the first single by a girl group to do so since Sugababes’s “About You Now” in October 2007. The song was nominated for Choice Love Song at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. On 17 August 2015, the single debuted at 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100, before rising to number 68 the following week, subsequently becoming their highest peak on the chart thus far. In its third week in the Billboard Hot 100, “Black Magic” climbed one more place to reach a new peak of 67.