THROWBACK THURSDAY: LITTLE MIX
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who are little mix? let's look at their history!

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Little Mix are a British girl group formed in 2011 during the eighth series of the UK version of The X Factor. They were the first group to win the competition, and following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell's record mark Syco Music and released a front of Damien Rice's "Cannonball" as their winner's single. The members are Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson. 


Little Mix released their debut album DNA in 2012, which crested inside the top 10 in ten countries including the UK and US. This made Little Mix the first girl group since the Pussycat Dolls to achieve the US top five with their debut album, as well as earning the highest debut US chart position for a British girl group's first release, breaking the record previously held by the Spice Girls. The group's second album Salute (2013) became their second album to debut inside the top 10 in both the UK and US. Their third album Get Weird was released in 2015. Their fourth album Glory Days (2016) became their first number one album in the UK, and furthermore accomplished the longest-reigning girl group number one album since the Spice Girls' debut album 20 years sooner, and the highest first week UK album sales for a girl band since 1997. In the UK, the group has earned four number-one singles, including "Wings", "Black Magic" and "Shout Out to My Ex". 


The group won Best British Single for "Shout Out to My Ex" at the 2017 Brit Awards and they won Best British Video for "Woman Like Me" at the 2019 Brit Awards; they have also gotten several other awards during their profession, including three MTV Europe Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and two Glamor Awards. As of August 2018, the group has accomplished four platinum certified albums and sixteen certified singles in the UK.Little Mix showed up on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.


In 2011, Edwards, Thirlwall, Pinnock, and Nelson individually auditioned successfully as soloists for the eighth series of the UK version of The X Factor,but failed the first challenge of the "bootcamp" section. They were allowed another chance to contend when they were placed in two separate ensembles by the judges during the "group bootcamp" stage, with Edwards and Nelson in four-member group Faux Pas and Thirlwall and Pinnock in three-member group Orion. The two groups failed to make it through to the next stage. A later decision recalled two members from each group to shape the four-piece group Rhythmix, sending them through to the "judges' houses" section. 


They reached the live shows section and were mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos. During the first live show on 8 October 2011, 'Rhythmix' performed Super Bass by American artist Nicki Minaj. Their rendition was praised by the judges with Gary Barlow calling them the "best girl band that's ever been on The X Factor." On 26 October 2011, the band announced that they would change their name following a dispute with Rhythmix, a Brighton-based children's music charity of the same name, after the program tried to trademark "Rhythmix". A spokesman for The X Factor said, "At the request of the charity Rhythmix, the members of the girl group Rhythmix have decided to change their name, a decision which has the support of Syco and TalkbackTHAMES." It was accounted for that the group decided to make the change, with no legal requirement to do as such, to avoid any difficulties for the charity. On 28 October 2011, it was announced that the group's new name would be "Little Mix". 


On 20 November 2011, Little Mix became the first girl group in the show's eight-year history to progress past the seventh live show. The previous longest-surviving girl groups were The Conway Sisters (series 2) and Hope (series 4), who had both lasted until week 7. Through the remaining course of the competition the group generally received positive feedback. During the semi-final stage of the show, Little Mix performed The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" as well as Beyoncé's hit "If I Were a Boy". Their performance of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" received mostly negative feedback from the judges with Louis Walsh stating that they "lost their mojo" and Kelly Rowland telling the girl group she had seen them do "better vocal performances." Their second performance of the night, "If I Were a Boy", was generally acclaimed by the judges with Walsh telling them they have "amazing potential" and calling them the "next big girl band." Rowland also told them they could be "incredibly dynamic" and "change the world" when they find the strength within each other. The group advanced through to the final live shows along with Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily following the public vote.


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