Move (Little Mix song)

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"Move"
Little Mix Move (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Little Mix
from the album Salute
Released 3 November 2013 (2013-11-03)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre R&B
Label Syco
Songwriter(s)
  • Maegan Cottone
  • Nathan Duvall
  • Perrie Edwards
  • Jesy Nelson
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock
  • Jade Thirlwall
Producer(s) Nathan Duvall
Little Mix singles chronology
"How Ya Doin'?"
(2013)
"Move"
(2013)
"Little Me"
(2013)
"How Ya Doin'?"
(2013)
"Move"
(2013)
"Little Me"
(2013)
Music video
"Move" on YouTube

"Move" is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Salute (2013). It was co-written by the group with Maegan Cottone and Nathan Duvall, and produced by the latter. An R&B[1] song, that moves away from Little Mix's previous melody-led ventures, featuring more quirky sounds with bass synth. The girl band stated that the song is about when a boy on the dance floor is "acting too cool for school" and they would like him to move. The single was made available for pre-ordering on iTunes on the same day as its radio impact without the official single artwork.

The single received its first airplay in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2013 and was released for digital download on 3 November 2013, a week before the release of Salute in that country.[2][3] It debuted and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

"I love the 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." "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."
Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock talking to MTV about the song.[4]

Following Little Mix's debut headlining tour, they began work on their second studio album. They wrote the song wanting to show off their musical progression with mature sound. The group achieved this by allowing the song to be more production-led than their previous material.

Little Mix co-wrote "Move" with Nathan Duvall and their vocal coach, Maegan Cottone. During a livestream, the group revealed the name of their next single and Jade Thirlwall described the songwriting process as, "We all sat in the studio together and vibed and made little noises..."[5] Lyrically, the song talks of boys who think they are too cool to dance and ultimately leads to Little Mix telling them to move.

Critical reception[edit]

"Move" garnered critical acclaim from music critics. The Daily Record gave the song five out of five stars, mentioning that it contains inspiration from 90s club pop as well as being R&B-infused compared to their previous singles. It highlighted the lyrics as being "full of attitude and the trademark Little Mix harmonies and melodies, making this song a sure hit."[6]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the track four out of five stars and wrote it "subtly blends the current pop trends with [Little Mix's] own inimitable style," also noting similarities with 1990s club music.[7]

Idolator's Sam Lansky gave the single a positive review: "The best girl group singles are always so wonderful because they're strange, and British girl groups do that better than anyone: “Move” [...] fits the bill perfectly."[8] Jamie Clarke of So So Gay called the song "brilliant" and wrote "the girls have strong enough vocals to sing R&B convincingly."[1] Jon OBrien from Yahoo! UK & Ireland wrote on his review of the album that "the tongue-clacking beats and addictive harmonies of 'Move' have already signalled that the group have upped their game considerably."[9]

Billboard named the song #92 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[10]

Music video[edit]

The official music video premiered on YouTube on 25 October 2013.[11] The video starts with silhouettes of the band members appearing in front of brightly coloured backdrops. They are then seen in a shiny white room and Thirlwall then begins to sing the first verse. Throughout the video, the members are seen performing hip-hop style dances, with several dancers in the background. The video then moves to a large stage with bright flashing lights, where the group perform the final dance for the song.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Move" – 3:44
Remixes EP[12]
  1. "Move" (The Alias Radio Edit) – 3:44
  2. "Move" (Deekly and Eightysix Remix) – 3:19
  3. "Move" (Mike Delinquent Remix) – 5:29
  4. "Move" (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Radio Mix) – 3:42
  5. "Move" (Over Exposure Remix) – 5:51

Live performances[edit]

Little Mix performed "Move" on The X Factor Australia on 21 October 2013, The X Factor UK on 3 November 2013[13] Friday Download on 8 November 2013, and also performed it on The X Factor USA on 5 December 2013. The girls also performed this song live on Good Morning America on 4 February 2014 to promote the US release of Salute. On the same day, Little Mix performed the song at their Hard Rock Cafe album signing in New York City, and on Watch What Happens Live. They also performed the song on the Wendy Williams Show on 6 February 2014, and it is included on the setlist for Demi Lovato's Neon Lights Tour, as they are one of the opening acts.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Radio and release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[citation needed] 23 September 2013 Radio impact Syco Music
Australia[31] 7 October 2013 Digital download
Ireland[32]
United States [33]
United States[34] 18 February 2014 Mainstream radio

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Little Mix have taken a risk with new single 'Move'". MTV. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Deen, Sarah (12 September 2013). "Little Mix announce new single move". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Singles Review: Little Mix + Rizzle Kicks + Taylor Swift + Storm Queen". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Robert Copsey (18 October 2013). "Little Mix: 'Move' - Single review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Sam Lansky (30 September 2013). "Little Mix Grow Up On Great New Single "Move": Listen". Idolator. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
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