Earlier this month, Digital Spy sat down with Little Mix’s Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne at their record label Sony to have a chat about their new album Salute.
Below are the ten most important, essential and interesting things we learned about the record.
1. ‘Move’ was either going to be first single or probably not a single at all.
“I think because it’s so quirky and different it could only be the first single,” Jade said. “I’d definitely say we’ve gone a bit cooler with this one. I love the sound and structure of it – it’s so different that it means you have to listen to it a few times to get your head around it. Leigh-Anne added: “I don’t think we’d be Little Mix if we didn’t take a risk. When ‘Wings’ came out there was nothing else like it at the time – it was something a bit different – and we like doing that. It’s about finding our sound and having fun with it.”
2. The album was recorded in just 12 days.
Jade told us: “We had a few months of writing but only 12 days to record it. It was full on, but you’ve got to keep it all going. We don’t want people to forget about us!”
3. If Salute was an animal, it would be…
“A TIGER!” Perrie shouted, before letting out an impressive growl. Leigh-Anne confirmed this by adding: “Definitely. A strong, powerful tiger.” We suggested ‘Move’ was a bit like a cheetah, which they seemed to like.
4. Listening back to the album makes Perrie want to cry because it’s so amazing.
“Every time I hear this album I wanna cry – literally,” she said. “I’m so proud of this album that I can’t believe how good it is. It’s everything I could have hoped for. I want to cry again.”
5. There are a number of contenders for the album’s best song.
Jade suggested: “We listened to ‘Boy’ the other day for the first time since it’s been mixed and that’s just amazing. But like Perrie, I love ‘Salute’ – It’s got such a positive and uplifting message.” Perrie seemed to ignore this and said: “‘Mr Loverboy’ is just so old school and so groovy. It’s definitely one for our older audience.”
6. Nicola Roberts has become an honorary member of the group.
The Girls Aloud singer helped them write two songs for the record, both of which appear on the deluxe edition. “We love her!” Jade insisted. “She’s really talented and so much fun to be around. She’s very wise as well. She’s been in the game for a long time so she always has wise words to pass on.”
7. A song on the album called ‘These Four Walls’ is a particularly emotional one.
“That was such an emotional day,” Jade recalls. “We each passed a mic around talked about our experiences of people we’ve lost, boyfriends, everything,” Leigh-Anne continued. “Then we ended up writing what we think is the best song we’ve ever done.” Perrie then revealed that they had in fact planned to come up with an uptempo track that day and not a ballad. We’ve heard this particular track and it’s very good.
8. This album has been made with their US fanbase in mind, but they’ve by no means Americanised themselves.
Jade explained: “We always keep in mind that our sound needs to be universal. We’ve worked with a couple of American producers who add that little twist. I’d say this album will be even more appealing to our US fans.”
9. There are no collaborations on Salute, but they’re not against chucking a guest on a single at the last minute ala Missy Elliot on ‘How Ya Doin’?’.
“There’s an artist I can easily imagine fitting on ‘Little Me’, but I can’t say who in case it happens,” Perrie said, much to the surprise and confusion of her bandmates. Jade then offered the standard: “Nicki Minaj – but we always say that.”
10. They’re going to let the label decide the next single.
Because, as they all say in unison: “We would be happy to release any of the songs,” before Perrie added: “Can you imagine if there were songs on there we didn’t like?” We can, but we don’t imagine it would end well.