Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall have been extremely busy during the first lockdown. Their quarantine period was put to good use to finish their sixth album. “Confetti” is its title, and it came out on November 6. It features their recent hit singles „Holiday“, as well as “Break Up Song“, among others. Let’s all welcome the arrival of the new album of Little Mix!
With more than fifty million records sold worldwide, eighteen million Spotify listeners and three billion YouTube views, Little Mix are the most successful girl band in the world. In 2019, the band received their second BRIT Award – this time in the “Best British Video” category for the hit “Woman Like Me“, which they also performed live at the award show. Furthermore, they received two Global Awards (“Best Group” and “Best Songs”) and their fourth EMA Award for “Best UK & Ireland Act.”
Their hit song of 2020, “Break Up Song“, has amassed more than 75 million times to date, giving Little Mix their 15th top ten hit on the UK charts in their career. In November, the band will host through the MTV EMAs, where they will also perform.
Little Mix is excited: “What an honor! To present the MTV EMAs is a dream, it’s such a special event. We’ve always loved watching the spectacular performances and learning who everyone voted the winner. This year we will also present our new single ‘Sweet Melody’ – our second EMA performance. The show will go on and we can’t wait!”
THE GIRLBAND THROWING „CONFETTI“
Little Mix aka Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne, and Jesy has been working on their sixth album for almost a whole year. And at the beginning of November, the long-player, eagerly awaited by hundreds of thousands of fans, has finally been released. “Confetti”, as the title reads, is a confident, danceable pop record and definitely is worthy of getting in line with the 5 prior smash albums. It will contain thirteen “solid gold pop songs” and once again prove the exceptional talent that the four members have for great, cross-generational pop.
In addition to these, the Grammy-nominated British production team TMS (Dua Lipa, Tom Walker, and, others) and their longtime partner Kamille also participated in the creation of “Confetti”.
Unfortunately, shortly after the album release, a quarter of the band confirmed to leave the successful pop group. On December 14, Jesy Nelson publicly announced that she will no longer be a part of Little Mix. At first, she just meant to take a break. However, stress and public pressure were harsh on the former band member’s mental health, as she explains in a statement. She now wants to spend time with her loved ones and do things that make her happy. She is ready for a new chapter and continues to hope for the support of her fans. But the band Little Mix will definitely keep on living. After having said a sad but duly farewell to Jesy, its three remaining members dedicate themselves to upcoming events.
One of those is the „Confetti“ tour planned for next year. Because parallel to the new album, the successful quartet announced an extensive UK and Ireland tour, which will take place in April and May 2021. The official pre-sale for this already started on September 23. One pound per ticket will go to the organizations Black Minds Matter UK and the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
LITTLE MIX ON BIG SCREENS
On September 26, a brand new season of the TV show “Little Mix The Search” premiered on BBC One. In the series produced by ModestTV, the four female singers help to form new bands. Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne, and Jesy take on the role of mentors for the young talents. The newcomer singers who make the leap into these new bands will live together and moreover gain access to Little Mix’s Inner Circle.
The latter played an important role in the band’s sensational success story, including vocal coaches, songwriters, producers, and stylists. In addition, the winning band will have the opportunity to join Little Mix on their “Confetti Tour 2021”.
As if that is not already enough of an on-screen appearance, the girlband also released a whole cinema movie this year. Since 21st November, the concert film „LITTLE MIX: LM5 – THE TOUR FILM“ has been shown in many cinemas worldwide. It was recorded during the last show of Little Mix’ last tour, the LM5 Tour, in the legendary O2 Arena of London.
Obviously, the former four, now three Little Mixers have accomplished a lot this year. They also managed to announce plenty of things that their fanbase can look forward to in the nearer future. So thank you for that, Little Mix, and a happy new year 2021!
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Text: Ronja Buchin