Wings (Little Mix song)

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"Wings"
Four girls in a light blue background. The girl on the far left has red hair and shoes and is standing with her one hand on her hip. The second girl from the left has blonde hair and is sitting on a chair with her hand under her chin. The girl on the far right is standing a sway position and the second girl from the right is sitting on a box wearing red high heels. Behind the girls in large yellow font is the word 'WINGS' and above it in white capital blocks, 'Little Mix'. A small red heart is visible in the top left corner of the image with 'LM' in white font inside of it.
Single by Little Mix
from the album DNA
Released 24 August 2012 (2012-08-24)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2012; The Music Shed
(London, England)
Genre Pop
Length 3:40
Label Syco, Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) TMS
Little Mix singles chronology
"Cannonball"
(2011)
"Wings"
(2012)
"DNA"
(2012)

"Wings" is a song by British girl group Little Mix. It was co-written by the group in collaboration with Iain James, Erika Nuri, Michelle Lewis, Mischke Butler, Heidi Rojas and the song's producers, TMS. It was released as their second single after winning the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, and the lead single from their debut studio album DNA (2012). Syco Music serviced the single to BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2012 and it was released for digital download on 24 August 2012. The uptempo song, which features modern beats, drums, horns and clapping, is a pop arrangement with elements of R&B and old school. Lyrically, the song has themes of girl power, maternal advice and individuality.

"Wings" was well received by contemporary music critics, who praised its lyrical message, upbeat sound and vocals. "Wings" is the group's most successful single to date. It topped the UK Singles Chart with sales of 107,000 copies in its first week. The single also reached number one in Ireland and Scotland and number three in Australia, where it was certified double platinum. It charted in the top 40 in three other countries, peaking at number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the US Billboard Pop Songs chart.

The accompanying music video was directed by Max and Dania at an abandoned warehouse. The clip shows the group dancing and singing in front of colourful backdrops and a pink Union Jack flag, wearing urban-styled outfits corresponding to the backdrops. The video received favorable reviews from critics, who praised the group's fashion sense, dancing and confidence. Little Mix promoted the song by performing it live on a number of television shows (including Red or Black? and The X Factor Australia) and during their 2013 DNA Tour.

Background[edit]

"We wanted our first single to be a song that meant something to us, but also meant a lot to our fans. We wanted an uplifting message about believing in yourself, listening to what your mum says (because she's always right!) and just not letting any negativity bring you down."

Jesy Nelson talking to Twist about the song.[1]

After becoming the first group to win The X Factor in 2011 and having their first number-one single in the United Kingdom with their cover of Damien Rice's song "Cannonball",[2] the group began recording "Wings" with the song's producers, TMS.[3] The recording was made while Little Mix were on the X Factor Tour in the United Kingdom.[4] at the Music Shed in London.[3] In a January 2012 interview with British newspaper the Daily Mirror, Perrie Edwards said "We're going a bit urban, old school with a bit of pop. We wanna bring back old school harmonies. And Jesy beat-boxes and Leigh-Anne raps, so we're trying out different things."[5] On 9 March 2012, Little Mix met with Syco Music label owner Simon Cowell; Cowell was impressed with their progress,[4] saying it was the group's input that made the song good.[6] The recording of "Wings" was described by Edwards: "It was just such a good time and a really cool experience to be able to go into the studio and have a laugh." According to her, the group knew on first listen that the song had to be a single.[7] In writing "Wings", the group were inspired by Beyoncé Knowles and Michael Jackson.[8]

Little Mix co-wrote "Wings" with TMS, Iain James, Erika Nuri, Michelle Lewis, Mischke Butler and Heidi Rojas;[3] the lyrics are based the group's experiences.[9] Most of the song was written by Little Mix, James and TMS.[10] The writers collaborated on "Wings" until it felt as if the song was complete.[10] Leigh-Anne Pinnock told Brian Mansfield of USA Today, "It had to feel right, so we kept adding to it."[10] It features backing vocals from Carmen Reece and James.[3] The song was mixed by Serban Ghenea at Virginia Beach, Virginia, and mastered by Tom Coyne.[3] "DNA" was engineered by John Hanes (with the assistance of Phil Seaford), and received additional programming from MNEK.[3] Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders and TMS were responsible for the track's instrumental arrangement, and performed its keyboard and saxophone tracks.[3] Kick Horns are credited for the song's brass, David Liddell for its trombone composition and Ryan Quigley and Darren Wiles for the song's trumpet section.[3] It was co-written by the group as a "feel-good" song, to which their listeners could relate without the song sounding cheesy.[11] In an interview with Attitude, Jesy Nelson said "There's nothing wrong with writing songs about clubs and parties but I think it's cool to do a song with meaning."[11] Speaking to MTV Australia, Jade Thirlwall said "We're really proud of [the song], and we hope people smile and dance when they listen to it."[9] The group felt that the song was a good representation of its parent album, DNA, and a "different style" for them.[8] More information about "Wings" was disclosed by Leigh-Anne Pinnock in an interview with BBC Online, where she explained the song as a re-enforcement of standing up to bullying:[12]

We've all been through it and we wanted to write something that people who've experienced it can relate to. But also, we didn't want it to be cheesy. We wanted to be clever with the lyrics. The line "mama told me not to waste my time" was really important. It's not us preaching. I think we've done it in quite a cool way.

—Pinnock talking to Mark Savage of BBC Online about "Wings".[12]

Little Mix were the first ever X Factor UK winner to co-write their Second song, and Wings was the earliest release of an original song from an X Factor UK winner.

Release[edit]

Four young women singing on a stage in front of a crowd. The women are wearing baggy pants and are all rising one of the hands while singing into a microphone with their other hand.
Little Mix performing "Wings" at the DNA Tour (2013).

On 30 May 2012, Little Mix revealed "Wings'" title during a live Twitcam with their fans on Twitter.[13] The group revealed the artwork for "Wings" on 1 June 2012.[14] The artwork features the group against a sky-blue background; their logo includes four icons (one for each member).[14] While signing the single's cover sleeves, Perrie Edwards said "It feels so weird seeing our single cover in real life."[15] Also on 1 June, the single was made available for pre-order for 22 July 2012 on the iTunes Store in the United Kingdom.[14] A preview of the song was then premiered during an interview on Alan Carr: Chatty Man on 1 June 2012.[14] It was announced on 11 June 2012 that the single's digital release in the United Kingdom was delayed until 19 August 2012, with a CD single release the following day.[16] On 23 June 2012, Little Mix began counting down to the premiere of the song on Twitter.[17] The song was premiered live at T4 on the Beach on 1 July 2012 and on BBC Radio 1 on 2 July 2012.[15] "Wings" was released for digital download in Ireland on 24 August 2012.[18] It was released in the United Kingdom on 26 August, after being postponed a second time.[19] A CD single of "Wings" was released in Australia on 30 October 2012.[20]

After signing with Columbia Records on 8 January 2013, Little Mix announced that "Wings" would be the lead single from DNA in the United States.[21] Leigh-Anne Pinnock felt that releasing the single in the U.S. was "exciting,": "It's always been our dream from the start – we always wanted to be international, so we're just gonna work our bones off and hope it works out for us."[22] Jade Thirlwall said the song was written with the U.S. in mind.[23] Perrie Edwards noted about the release of "Wings," "It seemed like the introduction to Little Mix, it gets our individual personalities across, and it's got a really good message, which we want our fans to have."[22] Labelmates One Direction were also supportive of the release; Jesy Nelson said, "[One Direction] basically told us to go over [to the U.S.] and be ourselves. There's nothing more you can do – you just gotta try your best and hope for the best."[22] "Wings" was digitally released in Canada and the United States on 5 February 2013.[23]

Composition[edit]

A 22-second sample of "Wings," where Little Mix sing the maternal advice-inspired lines "Mama told me not to waste my time / She said 'Spread your wings my little butterfly'" in harmony.[12][22][24]

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"Wings" is an uptempo pop song[9][25][26] incorporating R&B and old school, running three minutes and forty seconds.[8][18][27] Instrumentation includes a modern tempo, trumpets, trombone, keyboard, saxophone, drums and clapping.[3][8][26][28] "Wings" is sung in timed harmony,[24] and features a dubstep-composed breakdown two-thirds into the song.[26] Tina Hart of MSN Music likened the song's breakdown to those in Destiny's Child's songs.[29] "Wings" opens with brass instrumentation and clapping[29] before the group harmonises on the lyrics: "Mama told me not to waste my life, she said spread your wings my little butterfly".[29] The group's vocal performance on the song has been compared to American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera by a number of critics. Gordon Smart of The Sun and Louis Boroditsky of NOW likened "Wings" to Aguilera's "Candyman" (2007).[30][31] Other critics felt that the song is reminiscent of girl groups En Vogue and Sugababes,[25][32] particularly the group's "confident R&B vibe" on their cover of En Vogue's "Don't Let Go (Love)".[29]

[The song is] not only [inspired by bullying], but also people telling you that you're not good enough. When I was at school and I told teachers I wanted to be a singer they'd say "Really? What's your backup plan? If you don't work hard you'll be at Tesco." This is a song about believing in yourself.
On our first week on X Factor the paps waiting outside to shoot us were all shouting "See you on This Morning on Monday" because that's where the losers go. I was like: "Oh, right, thanks!" We were sitting in the green room during the first week and someone was reading all the odds out for who would get kicked out first. We were favourites to go and it made us feel really bad. [Jesy's] mum's boyfriend put a bet on us to win and ended up with £10,000 because the odds were so low on us winning! He wanted to put £1,000 on rather than £500 but my mum wouldn't let him.
—Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock speaking about some of their personal experiences that influenced the song's lyrics.[33]

Little Mix's vocal range in the song runs from B3 to E5.[34] Written in E minor, the song is set in common time at a quick tempo of 112 beats per minute.[34] The song is composed of an instrumental introduction, a chanted first chorus, first verse with gloomwobble, a pre-chorus where the gloomwobble fades, a first chorus where it fades back in, a second chorus, a small post-chorus into shorter second verse with gloomwobble, a pre-chorus, first chorus, second chorus, breakdown, first chorus, second chorus and outro.[28] Lyrically, the song is about being yourself and following your dreams: "Don't let what they say keep you up at night / No matter what you say, it won't hurt me / These wings are made to fly."[35] It has been compared to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (2011) for its lyrical themes of individuality and maternal advice.[22] "Wings" is also seen as having a girl power message[35] similar to songs by the Spice Girls.[30] Jade Thirlwall spoke out about bringing back girl power with the song in an interview with Jocelyn Vena from MTV News:

I think, like obviously, the boys had been dominating, and it's about time we get some girl power in there. We were obsessed with girl bands and the Spice Girls were huge, like everyone in Britain absolutely loved them. It was like B*Witched, Destiny's Child, TLC, there were so many girl bands. It was really cool when you were young and you'd stay out with your friends and you'd be like 'Oh which one are you going to be?' ... We take a lot of inspiration from the '90s girl bands.[36]

Critical reception[edit]

Four young women singing on a stage in front of a crowd. The women are wearing baggy trousers while singing into a microphone with their other hand as bright pink stage lighting shines upon them.
Little Mix performing "Wings" on the DNA Tour.

"Wings" was acclaimed by music critics. Robert Copsey from Digital Spy awarded the song a four (out of five)-star rating, saying it lived up to its expectations and is a "seriously promising start" for the group. Copsey also praised the song's beat and the group's vocals.[37] Rachel Aroesti of Time Out called the single "[a] dancefloor-friendly hit".[38] "Wings" was called "addictive" by Al Fox of BBC Online.[39] Popjustice felt that the song was the best single by a girl group since Girls Aloud's "Call the Shots" (2007),[40] and the outro is so "astounding that it will probably be the best outro of any song to be released this summer." The website also likened the song to Christina Aguilera's music, concluding "There's enough intense greatness in this song to launch Little Mix in at least eight countries that aren't the UK."[28] Daily Mirror reporter James Robertson wrote, "Little Mix have made history by becoming the first X Factor winner to have a second single that is actually really good and loads better than their debut track." Robertson further opined that "Wings" is "infectious" and "exactly what made the girls so popular."[41] The song was praised by Michael Cragg of The Guardian, who said "'Wings' is brilliant because it's got everything you'd want to hear in a pop song in 2012". He complimented the song's "horns, big clomping beats, gloomy dubstep bit, double-time handclaps, ridiculous vocal runs last heard on a Christina Aguilera single and a marching band that arrives out of nowhere!"[26]

"Wings" was Jon Dingwall's "Single of the Week", receiving a three (out of five)-star rating in the Daily Record.[42] The song was described as "irresistibly catchy" by Bill Lamb of About.com; in his review, of the song he considered the group's vocal style reminiscent to that of En Vogue.[32] Popdust's Katherine St Asaph complimented Little Mix's "big voices" and "well-timed harmonies" on the song.[24] Kate Lucey of Sugarscape described its "catchy chorus, full of harmonies and enough clapping to make us dance on our chairs like we're in some kind of gospel choir".[43] Seventeen's Lauren McKarus praised the song's girl-power message.[35] Daniella Graham of Metro also positively reviewed the single, writing "'Wings' is a catchy, up-tempo number with the inspirational lyrics you'd expect from a group who were styled as perfect role models for teenage girls during their time on The X Factor."[44] MTV Buzzworthy's Sam Lansky labeled the song "a sure-fire banger" and "an anthemic, horns 'n' clapping 'n' stomping track with a big inspirational message."[45] Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle described the track as ridiculously catchy, adding "All hail the Spice Girls 2.0!"[46] A writer for Contactmusic.com called the song "a pop anthem", and felt that the song makes Little Mix "the pop group to watch out for in 2013."[47] Ian Gittins from Virgin Media described "Wings" as a "swoon of pop bliss suggestive of Sugababes rulin Tamla Motown."[25] Jon Buckleworth of So So Gay felt that "Wings" was "attitude-filled", and would remain "as punchy as ever".[48] Nicky Diaz of The Miami Hurricane called "Wings" an empowering pop song against hate, adding "The track has the same quality that the album and the group itself has: sass".[49] Andrew Trendell of Gigwise wrote that the song "is one of those unrelentingly infectious pop beasts".[27] Brian Mansfield of USA Today said that "Wings" could be the "What Makes You Beautiful" of 2013 in the United States.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

"Wings" made its first chart appearance at number one on the Irish Singles Chart on 20 August 2012.[50] The song became Little Mix's second consecutive number-one single in Ireland (following "Cannonball," which topped the chart on 15 December 2011).[51] "Wings" is the group's longest-charting single to date on the Irish Singles Chart, with a total of 25 weeks.[51] The single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom with 107,000 copies sold in its first week,[52] giving the group their second consecutive number-one single in the country and the fastest-selling single by a group for 2012.[53] The song remained atop the chart for one week before being deposed by Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)".[54] Little Mix commented on their satisfaction with the song's UK performance: "It means a lot because obviously we got number one at Christmas with 'Cannonball,' but that wasn't our song really, so now that we've become number one with our own song that we wrote, we're so proud, best feeling ever."[52] It has since became the group's longest-charting single to date on the chart, with a total of 19 weeks.[55] As of 2 January 2013, "Wings" has sold 397,000 copies in the United Kingdom and was the 40th best-selling single of 2012 in the country.[56] In Scotland "Wings" debuted at number one, becoming the group's second consecutive single to do so.[57]

The single entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 17 on 15 October 2012. After three weeks in the top 20, the song peaked at number 15.[58] After nine weeks on the chart, "Wings" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand for sales of 7,500 copies.[59] The song debuted at number 34 on the Australian Singles Chart on 28 October 2012, becoming the group's first single to chart in Australia. After four weeks climbing the chart, it peaked at number three on 18 November 2012.[60] The song has been certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association, denoting sales of 210,000 copies.[61] It was the 82nd-best-selling single of 2012 in Australia.[62] "Wings" marks the first single by a British girl group to reach the top three in Australia since Sugababes' "Push the Button" (2005), and the first single by a British girl group to be certified double platinum in Australia since All Saints' "Never Ever" (1998).[63] In South Korea "Wings" debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 191 on 13 January 2013, with sales of 119,284 digital copies.[64] On 12 November 2012 "Wings" debuted at number 25 on the Hungarian Airplay Chart, peaking at number 22 the following week.[65] In Slovakia, the song debuted at number 48 in the 38th week of 2012. After two weeks of fluctuating on the chart, it peaked at number 26.[66] "Wings" spent a total of 10 weeks on the chart,[66] and peaked at number 91 in the Czech Republic and number 165 in France.[67][68]

In North America, "Wings" debuted at number 71 on the Canadian Hot 100 on 16 March 2013 before dropping off the chart the following week.[69] It re-entered the chart at number 97 on 4 May, and after weeks of fluctuating peaked at number 69.[69] The song has been on the chart a total of eight weeks.[69] In the United States the song debuted at number 40 on the Pop Songs chart on 14 March 2013,[70] peaking at number 26.[71] "Wings" debuted at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 11 April 2013.[72] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the single had sold a total of 97,000 copies in the country prior to the week of its Hot 100 debut, where it sold 18 000 copies.[73] "Wings" peaked at number 79 on the Hot 100, spending nine weeks on the chart.[72] The song has sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States.[74]

Music video[edit]

Background and synopsis[edit]

"[The music video] was so fun. It was our first one: obviously, we didn't really have one for 'Cannonball,' it was just loads of scenes of what happened on X Factor. So this is our first proper video. It was amazing, but we were proper tired. I think we started at 4 AM in the morning, and we didn't finish until 2 AM the next day. And the routine that's in the video, we kept having to keep shooting it and doing it again."

—Jesy Nelson talking to Jenn Selby of Glamour about shooting the music video.[75]

On 1 July 2012, the group posted a lyric video of "Wings" on their Vevo account.[76] The following day, Little Mix said that the song's music video would include a dance routine.[8] The single's music video was directed by Max and Dania.[77] It was shot in an abandoned warehouse,[78] described as "dark and deserted" by Emily Hewett of Metro.[79] Jesy Nelson said, "This is like our video, there's no one else in it, it's just us and it's incredible."[80] It was shot over a 22-hour period, due to re-takes of the video's dance routine.[75] The music video premiered online on 25 July 2012.[81] After the video's release, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock shared their excitement on Twitter. Edwards wrote, "I'm SO glad you all love the #wings video! :D This is all too exciting! :D eeeek! Love it, and i love you guys!"[82] Pinnock said, "Omgoshhhh it's so weird seeing our first proper vid up! So eeekcited! Lol :D".[82]

With no storyline, the video[79] features the group dancing and performing the song in front of backdrops and a pink Union Jack flag.[83] The Huffington Post described it as "laced with girl power and some Brady Bunch-style cutaways."[78] The video begins with close-ups of each member performing in front of backdrops matching their outfits.[84] Edwards wears a studded "Ragged Priest" jacket over a pink floral bralet with pale dyed denim cutoffs[84] in front of a floral vinyl-record background.[82] Jade Thirlwall wears a chambray sleeveless top with a Topshop bow tie and print skirt[84] in front of a bow-tie background.[82] Pinnock and Jesy Nelson evoke the 1980s' Flashdance with colour, bright denim and studs,[84] Pinnock in front of a graffitied wall and Nelson in front of a hi-fi background.[82] The video cuts to the girls dancing in hotpants in a dark-blue warehouse.[82] The group then unites for a dance scene, wearing different outfits. Thirlwall wears leopard-print pants and Edwards white Dr. Martens in this scene.[84] The group then perform a hip-hop dance routine with a group of male dancers with a pink Union Jack behind them,[82] followed by a chair-dancing sequence.[45]

Reception[edit]

Four young women dancing in front of a Union Jack flag in a dark warehouse. The women are backed by male dancers and bright lighting is seen shining from behind the flag.
A screenshot from the music video showing Little Mix performing during the video's hip-hop dance scene in front of a large Union Jack flag.[82]

The video was well received by fans, becoming a trending topic on Twitter[85] and receiving over 46 million views on the group's Vevo page.[86] Fehintola Betiku of the Daily Mail said the group looked "fabulous" and the video cemented their place on the music scene.[85] MuchMusic described it as "a fun music video, free from the over-sexed and under dressed pop stars we've come to expect in 2013" and "a breath of fresh air in the music industry," concluding that "Little Mix may just be the second coming of girl-power wave started in the 1990s by the Spice Girls."[87] Lauren Franklin of Sugarcape wrote, "It has pretty much everything we'd ever need from a girl band." Franklin also said the video makes its viewer want to "tune sassy" and "start clicking your fingers in people's faces."[88] ContactMusic.com called it a "colourful bubbly video".[47] Liza Darwin of MTV Style praised the group's fashion sense in the video: "It's refreshing to see outfits that fans can rock in everyday life."[84] Sam Lansky of MTV Buzzworthy praised the video, saying that the chair-dancing sequence was his favourite since Britney Spears' "Stronger" (2000). Lanksy also wrote, "It's dazzling and colourful, but it basically just sees the girls looking effortlessly cool in a series of hip getups".[45] Digital Spy's Lewis Corner said that it is "complete with sassy poses, on-point strutting and a whole lot of attitude."[89] Rebecca Martin of Sky Living cited the group's "quirky outfits" and "fun dance moves" as highlights of the music video; she also felt that the video "proves [Little Mix are] ready to give other girlbands on the scene a serious run for their money."[90] Emily Hewett of Metro was also a fan of the video:

Although the music video doesn't have a storyline as such, the girls' energy is enough to keep fans entertained as they bop to their beat in a dark and deserted warehouse. The girls have bucket loads of attitude, confidence and clearly just want to have fun. There's plenty of marching, clapping and loads of different brightly coloured backdrops. What more does one need?

—Emily Hewett talking about the music video for "Wings".[79]

Live performances[edit]

"Wings" was performed live for the first time on T4 on the Beach on 1 July 2012.[15] On 19 July, Little Mix did an acoustic version of "Wings" live on British radio station In:Demand.[91] Wearing camouflage, the group performed "Wings" live on This Morning on 20 August. On 4 September, the group arrived in a helicopter to perform the track live from London's South Bank on ITV's Daybreak.[92][93] Sarah Bull of the Daily Mail praised their performance: "The girls put their heart and souls into the performance, [...] rocking their individual styles".[93] The group performed the song at G-A-Y on 18 August.[94] "Wings" and "DNA" were performed at the 2012 BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards,[95] and the group sang "Wings" at Girlguiding UK's Big Gig 2012.[96] "Wings" was also performed on the Today Show's Toyota Summer Concert Series on June 17, 2014.

In Australia, the group performed "Wings" on Sunrise on 30 October,[97] and on The X Factor the same day.[98] The song was performed by the group at the 2012 Jingle Bell Ball without Perrie Edwards, who had tonsillitis at the time.[99] An acoustic version of "Wings" was performed in North America for the first time on 17 March 2013 for Sirius XM Radio as part of their U.S. Radio Tour;[100] Idolator described the group's vocals as "predictably on-point".[101] The track was performed as part of the group's 2013 DNA Tour. A writer from Shields Gazette praised Little Mix's performance at Newcastle City Hall: "[Little Mix] showed off some slick dance moves and were perfectly in sync with each other".[102] Digital Spy's Lewis Corner praised the group's performance of the song at the Hammersmith Apollo: "'Wings' had screaming teenage girls standing on their seats and wiggling to the beats, while even the parents who had been dragged along couldn't resist a shoulder shuffle or two."[103] Mike Atkinson of the Nottingham Post, who saw the group at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, wrote that the performance of the song "was an early highlight, so much so, that they reprised it for the encore".[104] "Wings" is performed after the group's second costume stage and again during the encore.[105] Sammi Ruane of The Press (York) wrote, "Little Mix were full of energy and excitement as the crowd happily sang along to the initial performance of the song".[105] Ruane described the encore: "[The group] ask 'Does anyone know the lyrics to 'Wings'? A huge scream gave Little Mix the answer they were hoping for as they burst into the chorus of their single all over again!"[105] A journalist for the Express & Star, reviewing the show at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, said that the crowd was in riotous voice during the group's "powerful" performance of the song.[106] Little Mix performed the song as part of a two-song setlist during the 2013 Radio 1 Breakfast Show Tour.[107]

Usage in the media[edit]

English pop-rock band Scouting for Girls performed a cover of the song for BBC's Live Lounge on 30 August 2012.[108] On 1 May 2013, American Idol (season 12) finalists Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb performed "Wings" during the quarterfinal round of the live shows.[109] The dance troupe of Lancaster, Lancashire performed a routine to "Wings" joint appearance with the dance troupe of York in the 2013 Roses Tournament.[110] Many of the group's fans designed tattoos based on the song's inspirational message. Leigh-Anne Pinnock later inked a tattoo featuring a musical note and four butterflies as a tribute to Little Mix fans and "Wings".[111] The song was performed by Jessica Sanchez in the fourth-season finale of Glee, "All or Nothing", which aired on 9 May 2013.[112] "Wings" was featured twice during the 21st episode of the third season of Hawaii Five-0.[113]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and mixing
  • Recorded at The Music Shed, London, England; mixed at MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of "Wings," Sony Music Entertainment, UK.[3]

Track listings and formats[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[15] 2 July 2012 Radio impact Syco Music
Ireland[18] 24 August 2012 Digital download
Australia[121] 26 August 2012
Austria[122]
Belgium[123]
Denmark[124]
Finland[125]
France[126]
Germany[127]
Italy[128]
Netherlands[129]
New Zealand[130]
Norway[131]
Portugal[132]
Romania[133]
Spain[134]
Sweden[135]
Switzerland[136]
United Kingdom[114][137] Digital download, CD single
Australia[20] 30 October 2012 CD single
Canada[23] 5 February 2013 Digital download Columbia Records
United States[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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