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Little Mix get real about their exes on new single 'Break Up Song'

Perrie, Jade, Jesy and Leigh-Anne return with buzzy banger that's perfect for your self-isolation aerobics

2020-03-27

After teasing the start of a new musical era, Little Mix are back today with retro-tinged, synth-slick track 'Break Up Song' – and it's making us reach for the legwarmers.

As the name implies, it's a track about relationships that didn't last, and the heartbreak that comes with them.

"I'll be good all by myself / Yeah I'll find a way to dance without you / In the middle of a crowd / I'll forget all of the pain inside," sings Jesy, while the chorus includes the scathing "all the times they screwed us over".

In the second verse, Perrie gets personal with the lines: "The best thing I ever did was to let you go / Did you think you were the only one who could save me? / I ain't gonna take you back like I did before."

Highly relatable stuff – though the idea of dancing in the middle of a crowd is a distant memory for most of us these days.

The track, which leans into the current 80s trend (see also Dua Lipa's 'Physical' and The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights'), was written by Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne, with help from Kamille, Frank Nobel and Linus Nordstrom.

A music video is yet to be released, though a teaser video released on Tuesday when the track was announced shows the girls serving throwback glamour, so we're hoping the retro-styling carries through.

The track is believed to be the first single from the group's forthcoming album – their sixth since winning The X Factor in 2011.

 
 
 
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Alongside new music, Perrie, Jade, Jesy and Leigh-Anne are hoping to find a new group to replicate their success on new BBC show Little Mix: The Search, which is set to air next month.

A summer tour is also in the works, including a date headlining Hyde Park's British Summertime festival in July – still currently scheduled to go ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outspoken allies of the LGBTQ community, in 2018 Little Mix won our Honorary Gay Award at the Attitude Awards. Watch Jade and Leigh-Anne's acceptance speech below.

It's an especially good day for pop music, with Dua Lipa's new album Future Nostalgia out now – click here to find out why our review calls it "pop heaven in hellish times".