” Shout Out to My Ex ” is by Little Mix, the British girl group formed for the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011. The four girls are Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson. After winning, they signed to Syco Music, Simon Cowell’s record label.
The song was written by Edvard Førre Erfjord, Henrik Michelsen, Camille Purcell, Iain James, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall.
Production for the single was by Edvard Førre Erfjord and Henrik Michelsen, known professionally by their production name of Electric.
Norwegian producers Electric have worked with many artists including Ronan Keating ( former Boyzone lead singer ), The Wanted, Florence + The Machine and Cheryl Cole. Electric worked previously on the group’s second album, Salute, which reached number six on the Billboard 200 Chart. It also made number four on the UK and Australian albums (ARIA) charts.
” Shout Out to My Ex ” was released on the 16th of October 2016 by record label Syco and taken as the group’s lead single from their fourth album, Glory Days.
The album became Little Mix’s first to reach Number One in the United Kingdom. Sales in the first week of 90,000 made it the fastest-selling album since the late David Bowie’s Blackstar ( which sold 146,000 copies in its first week ) which was released ten months before. The record held by Little Mix for albums sales in the first week of release was broken by the Rolling Stones just two weeks later.
Lyrically the empowering dance-pop song talks about not showing regret after a breakup with a boyfriend and wishing the new couple all the best. Some suggested the song was directed at the relationship breakdown between group member Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik, the former member of boyband One Direction. It’s also thought that not only are the lyrics directed at Zayn but at his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid ( Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid ), the American fashion model.
According to news.com.au, the original lyrics had to be cleaned up for the group’s target market, an earlier version of the song had the lyric ” heard he been f—-ng some model chick, yeah that s— hurt I’ll admit, but f— that boy I’m over it. ”
Perrie Edwards explained of the lyric change and the need to clean up the song ” We had to make it clean. We didn’t want to have the parental advisory sticker on our albums and singles. Even though our fans are our age, 20 or over 18, we still have a lot of young fans. But it does feel good to swear, doesn’t it? ”
The accompanying music video was directed by Amalia Rosen-Rawlings, the director has worked with the like of Robbie Williams, Olly Murs and Foxes. The video was filmed on location in The Tabernas Desert ( known as Desierto de Tabernas in Spanish ), it is one of Spain’s semi-deserts which is in an area within Spain’s southeastern province of Almería. The expanse is the driest in Europe and is officially the only real desert in the whole of the Continent.
” Shout Out to My Ex ” was a commercial success for Little Mix. In the United States, the song reached number sixty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and to date has spent three weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 27th of October 2016 and peaked at Number One, spending three weeks at the top. It spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
” Shout Out to My Ex ” has also reached the top ten in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand and has charted in many other countries.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 69
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 4, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 24, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 13, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 11, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 37, Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 22, Denmark (Tracklisten) 36, Finland Download (Suomen virallinen latauslista) 21, France (SNEP) 105, Germany (Official German Charts) 52, Hungary (Single Top 40) 18, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 41, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 42, Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard) 10, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 26, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 7, Norway (VG-lista) 19, Portugal (AFP) 28, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 16, South Africa (RISA) 4, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 18, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 38, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 49
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