British pop quartet Little Mix follows the path of One Direction
May 27, 2013 10:01PM
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perri Edwards and Jesy Nelson of Little Mix pose in Sydney, Australia. | LISA MAREE WILLIAMS~GETTY IMAGES
As part of the group’s U.S. tour, Little Mix will meet fans at Chicago Ridge Mall on June 3. To participate, fans must have wristbands that will be distributed with every purchase of the “DNA” CD from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the mall’s Rue 21 store. No lining up will be permitted before Chicago Ridge Mall opens at 8 a.m.
Updated: June 29, 2013 6:27AM
British girl group Little Mix is poised to invade America like One Direction did last year.
The group — Perrie Edwards, 19; Jesy Nelson, 21; Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 21; and Jade Thirlwall, 20 — won the British edition of “The X Factor” in 2011, the year after One Direction placed third. An eight-state U.S. promotional tour is under way now, and debut album “DNA” comes out here Tuesday.
The singers’ American television debut, on “Good Morning America” June 7, could help make girl-power anthem “Wings” this year’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
“Wings” has received some high-profile TV placements, being used for a group performance on “American Idol” and in the season finale of “Glee.” The tune has 14 writers, including the four members of the group and the three members of the production team TMS.
“We wrote the majority of it with Iain James and TMS,” Pinnock says. “It had to feel right, so we kept adding to it.”
Edwards is dating Zayn Malik of One Direction. “They’re a really cute couple!” says Thirlwall. Their high profile has made them gossip-column fodder.
Pinnock recounts one embarrassing situation, when a phone interviewer asked her a question about Prince Harry. “Then they said I called him Prince Barry — as if I didn’t know the names of the royal family!” she says. “You can imagine how it made me look to the public.”
Much of “DNA,” released in November in the U.K., sounds like an update of ’90s female R&B, with a couple of specific nods to that era. T-Boz of TLC appears on a song called “Red Planet,” and Missy Elliott joins the group on its current single in Great Britain, “How Ya Doin’?”
“Missy’s actually Jesy’s idol,” Pinnock says. “She said in every interview that she wanted to collab with Missy, so it’s become true.”
The deluxe edition of “DNA” also contains an acoustic cover of “We Are Young,” by fun. “We always like to do covers that people don’t expect us to do,” Thirlwall says. “We really changed it up and made it a lot slower.”
Gannett News Service