Glory Days (Little Mix album)

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Glory Days
Little Mix - Glory Days (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Little Mix
Released 18 November 2016 (2016-11-18)
Recorded 2015–16
Genre
Length 42:51
Label
Producer
Little Mix chronology
Get Weird
(2015)
Glory Days
(2016)
Singles from Glory Days
  1. "Shout Out to My Ex"
    Released: 16 October 2016
  2. "Touch"
    Released: 9 December 2016
  3. "No More Sad Songs"
    Released: 3 March 2017
  4. "Power"
    Released: 26 May 2017

Glory Days is the fourth studio album by British girl group Little Mix. It was released on 18 November 2016, by Syco Music and Columbia Records.[2] The album was preceded by the UK number-one single "Shout Out to My Ex", which later won best single at 2017 BRIT Awards, released a month before. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart; it later became their first album to yield more than two top ten singles when the fourth single, "Power", reached number six on the UK Singles Chart.

Singles[edit]

"Shout Out to My Ex" was released on 16 October 2016, as the album's lead single. The song was premiered on the day of release by a live performance on The X Factor results show before it was made available to download along with the pre-order of the album.[3] The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart.[4] The song remained at number one for three consecutive weeks before falling to number two in its fourth week.[5] On 5 December 2016, the group announced "Touch" as the second single from the album.[6]

On 1 March 2017, the group announced they would release "No More Sad Songs" as the third single from the album, on 3 March 2017. The new mix of the song will feature American hip-hop artist Machine Gun Kelly.[7] On 19 May, Little Mix announced through their official Twitter that "Power" would be released as the album's fourth official single on 26 May 2017. Two hours after the announcement of the single's release, they announced that the single release of "Power" would be remixed, with an added feature from English grime act Stormzy.[8][9]

Promotional singles[edit]

"You Gotta Not" was released as the first promotional single on 27 October 2016.[10] The song debuted at number sixty-one on the UK Singles Chart on the week beginning 4 November 2016.[11] "F.U." was released as the album's second promotional single on 4 November 2016.[12] The song debuted at number eighty-two on the UK Singles Chart on the week beginning 11 November 2016.[5] "Nothing Else Matters" was released as the third promotional single on 11 November 2016.[13]

Three more songs (which were not promotional singles) were released in the final three days before the album was, starting with "Touch" on 15 November.[14] The second song "Nobody Like You" was released on 16 November.[15] The third and final song, "Down & Dirty", was released on 17 November.[16]

Promotion[edit]

Tour[edit]

The UK leg of The Glory Days Tour was announced on 14 October 2016, to start on 27 October 2017.[17] The European leg to take place in May and June 2017 was announced in November 2016.[18] The Oceanian leg to take place in July 2017 was announced in December 2016.[19][20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[21]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[22]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[23]
The Times 3/5 stars[24]
Evening Standard 3/5 stars[25]
NewsComAu 3/5 stars[26]

The Guardian called the album "chart pop perfection."[22] In another positive review, Digital Spy wrote "Little Mix have put together their most personal album yet, without sacrificing big hooks, a mainstream pop sensibility and plenty of sassy attitude." The article continued by saying "Glory Days hears four young women come together with a very real bond, making their message all the more believable."[23] The Evening Standard praised Little Mix for surviving with their fourth studio album, writing "Glory Days mostly sticks to their winning formula", and adding that "the foursome have carved out a pop niche for themselves."[24]

Digital Spy considered Glory Days the 12th best album of the year.[27]

Commercial performance[edit]

Promotion campaigns were arranged for fans in the UK, Australia, the US, France, Netherlands, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Finland and Singapore, called the Glory Days Road Trip.[28] Glory Days became the group's first UK number-one album, and its 90,000 sales in its first week in the UK made it the fastest-selling album since David Bowie's Blackstar, released over 10 months earlier. This record was later broken by The Rolling Stones two weeks later.[29] In January 2017, Glory Days tied Destiny's Child's Survivor (2001) for the longest running number-one album by a girl group in the UK.[30] Later that month, the album became the long-reigning number-one album by a girl group since the Spice Girls achieved the feat with Spice (1996) twenty years prior.[31] The album, as of 9 June 2017, has been certified 2× Platinum for sales of over 600,000 in the UK.[32] The album reached number-one in Ireland, and debuted at number-two in Australia,[33][34] and in the top 10 in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain.[35][36][37]

Track listing[edit]

Glory Days – Standard version[38]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Shout Out to My Ex"
  • Edvard Førre Erfjord
  • Henrik Michelsen
  • Camille Purcell
  • Iain James
  • Perrie Edwards
  • Jesy Nelson
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock
  • Jade Thirlwall
4:06
2. "Touch"
  • Hanni Ibrahim
  • Patrick Patrikios
  • A.S. Govere
  • Phil Plested
3:33
3. "F.U."
3:58
4. "Oops" (featuring Charlie Puth)
  • Puth
  • Cottone[a]
3:24
5. "You Gotta Not"
  • Carlsson
  • Noah Passovoy[a]
3:11
6. "Down & Dirty"
  • Edwards
  • Nelson
  • Pinnock
  • Thirlwall
  • Cottone
  • Fridolin Walcher
  • Sam Romans
2:55
7. "Power"
4:07
8. "Your Love"
  • Purcell
  • Jeremy Coleman
  • Abrahart
  • JMIKE
  • Cottone[a]
3:27
9. "Nobody Like You"
  • Robson
  • Tommy Baxter[b]
  • Adam Midgley[b]
  • Joe Kearns[a]
4:08
10. "No More Sad Songs"
  • Warren
  • Erfjord
  • Michelsen
  • Tash Phillips
  • Electric
  • Kearns[a]
3:26
11. "Private Show"
  • Edwards
  • Nelson
  • Pinnock
  • Thirlwall
  • Walcher
  • Romans
  • Cottone
2:41
12. "Nothing Else Matters"
3:55
Total length: 42:51

Notes

  • ^a signifies a vocal producer
  • ^b signifies an additional producer

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[42]

  • Nils Petter Ankarblom – horn, horn arrangements
  • Simon Baggs – violin
  • Paul Bailey – assistant engineer
  • Tommy Baxter – additional production
  • Cory Bice – assistant engineer
  • Chris Bishop – engineer, vocal engineer
  • Ian Burdge – cello
  • Mattias Bylund – editing, horn, mixing
  • Johan Carlsson – guitar programming, piano programming, producer, programming, synthesizer programming, vocal producer, vocals
  • Jeremy Coleman – instrumentation, programming
  • Nick Cooper – cello
  • Maegan Cottone – arranger, engineer, vocal producer
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Cutfather – producer
  • Daniel Davidsen – bass programming, drum programming, guitar programming, instrumental, producer, programming
  • Alison Dods – violin
  • Electric – engineer, producer
  • Uzoechi Emenike – drums, keyboards
  • Edvard Førre Erfjord – instrumentation, programming
  • Freedo – additional production, engineer, instrumentation, mixing, producer, programming
  • Alice Frost – art direction
  • Richard George – violin
  • Robert Gerongco – drums, keyboards, piano
  • Sam Gerongco – bass, guitar
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Susie Gillis – string contractor, strings contractor
  • Ross Golan – vocals
  • Wojtek Goral – alto saxophone
  • Isobel Griffiths – string conductor, string contractor
  • John Hanes – mixing engineer
  • Mich Hansen – percussion
  • Wayne Hector – background vocals
  • Sam Holland – engineer
  • Ash Howes – mixing
  • Mark Hunter – photography
  • Jeremy Isaac – violin
  • J-Mike – producer
  • Steve James – producer
  • Magnus Johansson – trumpet
  • Peter Noos Johansson – trombone
  • Joe Kearns – engineer, vocal engineer, vocal producer
  • Kuya – producer
  • Jeremy Lertola – assistant engineer
  • Little Mix – primary artist
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Roma Martyniuk – art direction
  • Cliff Masterson – conductor, string arrangements
  • Laura Melhuish – violin
  • Randy Merrill – mastering
  • Henrik Michelsen – instrumentation, programming
  • Adam Midgley – additional production, bass, drum programming, keyboards, producer
  • Sam Miller – engineer
  • MNEK – engineer, producer
  • Steve Morris – strings, violin
  • Dano Omelio – engineer, instrumentation, producer, programming
  • Noah Passovoy – vocal producer
  • Tash Phillips – background vocals
  • Tom Pigott-Smith – strings, violin
  • Camille Purcell – vocals, background vocals
  • Charlie Puth – engineer, featured artist, instrumentation, producer, programming
  • Matt Rad – producer
  • Alex Reid – vocal engineer
  • Steve Robson – piano, producer
  • Shane Shanahan – engineer
  • Emlyn Singleton – strings, violin
  • Phil Tan – mixing
  • Meghan Trainor – background vocals
  • Peter Wallevik – drum programming, instrumental, piano programming, programmer, programming
  • Matthew Ward – violin
  • Emily Warren – background vocals
  • Paul Willey – violin
  • Bill Zimmerman – assistant, mixing assistant

Charts and certifications[edit]

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