Break Up Song (Little Mix song)

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"Break Up Song"
Single by Little Mix
from the album Confetti
Released27 March 2020 (2020-03-27)
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length3:20
LabelRCA UK
Songwriter(s)
  • Jade Thirlwall
  • Perrie Edwards
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock
  • Camille Purcell
  • Frank Nobel
  • Linus Nördstrom
Producer(s)
  • Kamille
  • Goldfingers
Little Mix singles chronology
"One I've Been Missing"
(2019)
"Break Up Song"
(2020)
"Holiday"
(2020)
Music video
"Break Up Song" on YouTube

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"Break Up Song" is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was released by RCA UK on 27 March 2020 as the lead single off their upcoming sixth studio album, Confetti (2020).[2][3] Group members Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards wrote the song with Frank Nobel, and producers Kamille and Goldfingers.[4][5] The song peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and at number two on the Scottish Singles Chart and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for selling 200,000 units.

Background[edit]

Little Mix members Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall wrote "Break Up Song" with Frank Nobel, and producers Kamille and Goldfingers.[5] According to Thirlwall, they wrote the song more than a year prior to its release with 1980s pop music and an element of nostalgia in mind, similar to that of their 2015 single "Black Magic".[6][7] Edwards, Pinnock and Thirlwall composed it during a whirl of creativity where they wrote seven songs with Kamille in one day, after having only one melody from a frustrating previous session.[8][9] The track's 1980s sound stemmed from a synthesiser they dabbled with in the studio.[6]

A different song was initially chosen as their sixth album's lead single with an accompanying music video already filmed. However, the group opted for "Break Up Song" at the last minute after hearing the demo again during a playback session.[6] The demo had only one verse and main line. Edwards described it as "very basic at the time. The beat was all over the place and it was really, really rough - but it just had something about it."[8] Thirlwall recalled, "We got that jittery feeling that we had with 'Shout Out to My Ex' and 'Black Magic' where it just felt special."[6]

Composition[edit]

Thirlwall described the track as "a very feel-good kind of empowerment song about going out and just forgetting about all your woes and troubles".[2] It was also called an "80s-synth pop anthem" about "getting over the end of a relationship".[1]

Promotion[edit]

A Little Mix-themed filter on Instagram was made available to the group's followers to promote the track.[4] The song received a Spotify vertical video and a lyric video, both released on 27 March 2020.[10][11] The latter was made by Kayleigh, a fan of the band from the Netherlands.[12] The official music video of the song was released on 8 May 2020 at 9am BST.[13]

Live performances[edit]

On 21 August 2020, Little Mix performed "Break Up Song" as part of the set list for their "Little Mix Uncancelled" concert.[14][15]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Break Up Song"3:20
Digital download – Acoustic[16]
No.TitleLength
1."Break Up Song" (acoustic)3:22
Digital download – Nathan Dawe Remix[17]
No.TitleLength
1."Break Up Song" (Nathan Dawe remix)3:21

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Qobuz.[5]

  • Jesy Nelson - vocals
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock - vocals, songwriting
  • Jade Thirlwall - vocals, songwriting
  • Perrie Edwards - vocals, songwriting
  • Kamille – production, keyboards, vocal production, bass, background vocals
  • Goldfingers – production, drums, keyboards, programming
  • Raphaella Mazaheri-Asadi – vocal production
  • Frank Nobel – drums, keyboards, programming
  • Phil Tan – mixing
  • Paul Norris – engineering
  • Bill Zimmerman – engineering assistance
  • Randy Merrill – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Break Up Song"
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[18] 4
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[19] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[20] 15
Canadian Hot Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[21] 49
Croatia (HRT)[22] 43
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 2
Greece (IFPI)[24] 81
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[25] 13
Hungary (Single Top 40)[26] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 18
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[28] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[29] 10
Netherlands (Single Tip)[30] 18
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[31] 9
Portugal (AFP)[32] 142
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[33] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[35] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label(s) Ref.
Various 27 March 2020 Original RCA UK [37]
Australia Contemporary hit radio Sony [38]
United Kingdom 3 April 2020 RCA UK [39]
Adult contemporary [40]
Various 10 April 2020
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Acoustic [16]

Ariana Grande and Kesha version[edit]

"Break Up Song"
Single by Ariana Grande Duet With Kesha
ReleasedDecember 11, 2020 (2020-12-11)
GenreDance-pop
Length3:40
Label
  • Republic
Songwriter(s)
  • Jade Thirlwall
  • Perrie Edwards
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock
  • Camille Purcell
  • Frank Nobel
  • Linus Nördstrom
Producer(s)
  • Kamille
  • Goldfingers
Ariana Grande Duet With Kesha singles chronology
"Nasty"
(2020)
"Break Up Song"
(2020)

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American singer Ariana Grande and Kesha covered the song, taken from her upcoming sixth studio album Positions (2020). It was released by Republic Records on October 30, 2020.

References[edit]

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  3. @LittleMix (16 September 2020). "CONFETTI 🎉 We are soooo happy to share this news with you guys, our new album will be all yours 6th November 2020. So much love, emotion and energy has gone into the making of this record and now the news is out we can finally get excited about it with you!! #CONFETTI 🎉 🎉 🎉" (Tweet). Retrieved 16 September 2020 – via Twitter.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Murray, Robin (24 March 2020). "Little Mix Prep New Single 'Break Up Song'". Clash. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
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  14. @LittleMix (21 August 2020). "#AD Tonight's the night! Watch our exclusive Meerkat Music Show tonight at 8pm" (Tweet). Retrieved 16 September 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. Little Mix (21 August 2020). "Little Mix - Compare The Market - Meerkat Music Presents - Holiday". Retrieved 16 September 2020 – via YouTube.
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