There are a number of important dates when discussing the vertiginous rise of the UK's best girl band, Little Mix.
There's the date they were crowned winners of The X Factor (December 11 2011), and when they scored their second UK Number 1 with their first single proper, Wings (September 2, 2012). But perhaps the moment the pop axis truly shifted was on June 5 2013 when the band's album, DNA, became the highest debut ever for a British female group's first album, entering at Number 4 and eclipsing a sixteen-year-old record previously held by the Spice Girls Spice album.
Within two years, Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne – for it is they – have gone from obscurity to being one of the biggest bands on the planet, a steep trajectory going interstellar with the release of their second album, Salute and its ludicrously amazing first single Move.
They experiment with trap on the Beyoncé-inspired Salute, old school R&B on the groove-lead Mr Loverboy and experimental acapella harmonies on Boy. Bold, confident, emotionally-resonate and bursting with character, Salute is a quantum leap forward from what Little Mix have done in the past.
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