LM5 (album)

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LM5
The band's members stand in a row on a tree lined street. Around the image is a white border, and in the top left corner is the title "LM5" and the name "Little Mix".
Studio album by
Released16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
Genre
Length44:15
Label
Producer
Little Mix chronology
Glory Days
(2016)
LM5
(2018)
Singles from LM5
  1. "Woman Like Me"
    Released: 12 October 2018
  2. "Think About Us"
    Released: TBA

LM5 is the fifth studio album by British girl group Little Mix, released on 16 November 2018, by RCA UK and Columbia Records.[1] The album's title, artwork and release date were revealed on 15 October 2018 through the group's social media.[2] The album is available in standard, deluxe and super deluxe editions—the deluxe edition contains four bonus tracks, while the super deluxe edition contains the bonus tracks along with a hardback book including handwritten notes from the group.[3] The group stated that they were inspired to name the album LM5 because they "love what [their fans have] named each of our eras over the years".[2] This is based on the common practice by fans of an act of promoting a forthcoming unnamed album on social media with a hashtag stating the act's initials and album number.[4] The vinyl was released on 7 December 2018.[5] It is a pop, R&B[6], hip hop[7] and tropical album.[8][9]

The album's lead single, "Woman Like Me" featuring Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj, was released on 12 October 2018.[10] The tracks "Strip" and "Woman's World" were later mentioned in a Vice article.[11]

Promotion and singles[edit]

"Woman Like Me" was released on 12 October 2018, as the album's lead single. The song debuted at number five on the UK Singles Chart. It was performed at BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards 2018 on the 21 October 2018, although this performance was not aired.[citation needed] The music video for the song was released on 25 October 2018. The first proper televised performance was on The X Factor on the 28 October 2018. On 2 November 2018, the song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Little Mix and Nicki Minaj performed the song at the MTV European Music Awards on 4 November 2018.

"Joan of Arc" was released as the first promotional single on 2 November 2018.[12] "Told You So" was released as the second promotional single on 9 November 2018.[13] On 13 November 2018, "The Cure" was released as the third and final promotional single.[14] Videos for two further tracks from the album, "More Than Words" and "Strip", were released in November 2018.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[16]
Attitude4/5 stars[17]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
Hot Press9/10[18]
Idolator4/5[19]
The Independent3/5 stars[20]
Metro4/5 stars[21]
NME3/5 stars[6]
The Times3/5 stars[22]

Kate Solomon from Metro pointed out that the album "hangs together better than last year's Glory Days but still ricochets wildly between styles. Some elements are pure Little Mix. Their lush harmonies permeate even the minimal half-rapped anthem 'Strip'." She further commented: "LM5 has a handful of songs destined to be hits and feels like a group of best friends welcoming you into their fold".[21] Joe Passmore from Attitude started by saying, "Sounding 'more mature' is a common buzz-phrase for pop artists on the promotional circuit for a new album, but LM5 does make genuine effort to step away from the always infectious but often Disney-fied pop that we have come to expect from them", and added that the sound of this record "is more cohesive, polished and confident than their past two records in particular".[17] Mike Nied from Idolator found the album "filled with creative risks", and stated that "Low on filler and high on quality pop that bridges a variety of sounds, LM5 is easily one of Little Mix's best releases to date", also considering it "perhaps their most ambitious".[19] Michael Love Michael of Paper noted that the "resulting collection is arguably their most uplifting batch of songs yet".[23]

Amy McMahon of Hot Press magazine gave LM5 nine out of a possible ten, appreciating the song "The National Manthem" by saying that it "showcases the girls' true talent. Stripped back, no catchy beat just beautiful harmonies. It also opens the album with a pledge to girlhood, setting the tone for the loud and proud feminist album that it is." She finally deemed the album as "made by empowered women to empower women".[18] Hannah Mylrea of NME opined that the album was somewhat lacking in tunes but that "there are moments of pop sparkle" and that "lyrically [it's] the most mature they've ever been", concluding that the record "is the culmination of the band's growth over the past seven years. Yes it may sometimes musically miss the mark; but with its strong and relevant message it's something of a milestone for the band".[6]

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian stated that the album "ticks most of modern pop's boxes" but felt that it was aimed at the US market and that "the group often sing not so much in an American accent but in a full-blown imitation of a deep south mumble rapper". According to Petridis, however, "LM5's flaws aren't really down to its US-focused slant... They're the classic flaws of today's pop albums: it's too long, its highlights appearing amid boilerplate filler... but the strike rate is high enough for LM5 to prolong Little Mix's career even further, at least in Britain."[7] In The Guardian's sister paper, The Observer, Alim Kheraj also had mixed feelings, saying, "Little Mix albums have always struggled to find their own identity, and LM5 still owes too much to Beyoncé's flirtation with hip-hop and top-40 trend chasing. It's frustrating, because songs like 'Love a Girl Right' (which channels Ricky Martin, Sisqó and Mis-Teeq), the trip-hop of 'American Boy' and 'Strip''s stomps of stilettos are weird wonders that prove Little Mix can be a formidable pop force."[24] Alexandra Pollard of The Independent said that the album "hopscotches between genres with whiplash-inducing speed" and that "at points, the whole thing starts to feel a little derivative", concluding that "ultimately, despite a few high points, LM5 is so scattershot, both thematically and musically, that it's hard to find much to grab onto".[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the UK, LM5 opened at number three in the UK Albums Chart with 56,840 combined sales.[25]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the iTunes Store.[26]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The National Manthem"Joe Kearns0:29
2."Woman Like Me" (featuring Nicki Minaj)Steve Mac3:49
3."Think About Us"
3:55
4."Strip" (featuring Sharaya J)3:19
5."Monster in Me"
  • Purcell
  • Crowhurst
  • Nordstrom
  • Nobel
  • Anya Jones
3:45
6."Joan of Arc"
Loosechange3:11
7."Love a Girl Right"
3:02
8."American Boy"
3:11
9."Told You So"
3:12
10."Wasabi"
  • Thirlwall
  • Emenike
  • Mike Sabath
  • Govere
2:34
11."More Than Words" (featuring Kamille)
3:18
12."Motivate"
3:21
13."Notice"
  • Pinnock
  • Thirlwall
  • Sabath
  • Govere
3:34
14."The Cure"
3:35
Total length:44:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[32] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 51
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 25
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[36] 31
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[37] 16
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[38] 9
Estonian Albums (Eesti Ekspress)[39] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[40] 55
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[41] 22
Irish Albums (IRMA)[42] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[43] 22
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[44] 60
Japanese International Albums (Oricon)[45] 15
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[46] 56
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[47] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[48] 32
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[49] 42
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[50] 11
Scottish Albums (OCC)[51] 2
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[52] 16
Slovak Albums (ČNS IFPI)[53] 31
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[54] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[55] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[56] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[57] 3
US Billboard 200[58] 40

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition Ref.
Various 16 November 2018
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[60]
7 December 2018 LP Standard [61]

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