WHEN Jesy Nelson quit Little Mix last month, many fans feared it spelled the end of the nation’s favourite pop group.
But the remaining trio have proved there is no stopping them after scoring their fifth No1 single and promising more new music is just weeks away.
Sweet Melody, taken from sixth album Confetti, which was released in November, last night became their first chart-topper since 2016’s Shout Out To My Ex.
And Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards have been posing with their Official Charts trophies to celebrate.
Insisting there is plenty more to come from the group, Leigh-Anne told me: “We have new music coming very soon.
“We’re working on something really exciting that will be out this spring, and can’t wait for you all to hear it.”
Getting to No1 ahead of superstar Ed Sheeran’s Afterglow is testament to the hard work Little Mix have put in.
After finding out they’d won the chart race, Perrie said: “This No1 is so special because the fans really fought for it. They’ve been downloading and streaming all week and we love that.
“As a song, Sweet Melody has built and built over the last few months, so it’s great for it finally to be at No1.”
Jade added: “It’s also special because it’s our first No1 as a trio. Starting off 2021 with a No1 is amazing.”
The three girls are planning to be back on stage in April with their Confetti tour, although it remains to be seen whether that will go ahead.
Perrie said: “We can’t wait to get back on stage and tour again.
“We want to be on stage, seeing the fans.”
Rehearsing for their tour is a far cry from what Jade has been up to while stuck at home in lockdown.
She joked: “I’ve been doing more jigsaws and watching Lord Of The Rings.
“So I’ve been very productive.”
After the year Little Mix have had, they deserve to be putting their feet up.
1D: Our video nasty
ONE DIRECTION were fairly clean-cut and unproblematic during their time as band – but now Liam Payne admits one video still haunts him.
It features a parody of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Strip That Down singer Liam and video director Ben Winston have confirmed that Niall Horan’s character in the promo for their 2013 hit Best Song Ever was based on Weinstein – and could never have been filmed in a post-#MeToo climate.
Ben told an Instagram Live: “We couldn’t make that video these days. We based a character on Harvey Weinstein. Listen, he was just a famous guy . . . ”
Liam added: “I know, I often think about that. Jesus Christ.”
The video, which has racked up 700million views, saw each member of the band – also Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson – play different characters and the credits include: “Niall Horan as Harvey, studio exec.”
Ben, also a TV producer, has recently been working on a Friends reunion special and Liam hopes he can work his magic on 1D.
He joked: “If you can get them back together, can you work on my lot next?
"Sort my lot out, will you? The real friends, the friends who were really friends before.”
Holden on for a holiday
AMANDA HOLDEN clearly isn’t like the stupid celebrities who have gone off to Dubai and Barbados amid the pandemic.
Posting this throwback picture of herself looking stunning on a beach in a bikini, she told her Instagram followers she had axed her holiday plans.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge said: “I cancelled my holiday on Boxing Day. It was hard.”
Any stars reading, this is how you do it.
Blud mum’s bungle
IF there’s one person you can count on it’s your mum – but maybe not in Yungblud’s case.
The singer was gutted she bought his rivals’ album during a chart battle last month.
He told The Graham Norton Show: “My mum bought the Alfie Boe BOE and Michael Ball album (Together At Christmas).
When I asked why, she said, ‘I didn’t think it would count’.”
Luckily, his record Weird! topped the chart – his first No1 album.
The rocker, real name Dominic Harrison, also told how he coped with the first lockdown, while recording.
He said: “I was stuck in America and David Mitchell saved my life – I binged on Peep Show, and Hobnob biscuits sent from my mum.”
DAVID BOWIE was planning on making more music, his musician friend Donny McCaslin has revealed.
Tomorrow marks five years since the singer’s death. But Donny, who worked on his final record Blackstar, said it was not meant to be his last album.
He said: “There is the narrative of Blackstar being this farewell, which I totally get. But that co-exists with the fact that he was just so creative.”
He added: “He was working on new music and he wanted to record in January.”
Sounds a bit batty, Cate
CATE BLANCHETT will soon be feeling very zen at home – she’s building a garden office complete with meditation room.
The Aussie actress has won planning permission to demolish a derelict cottage and construct the new building in the grounds of her secluded £5million Sussex mansion.
But after a survey found that the small cottage had “high suitability” for a protected species of bat, she’s now facing a long process of submitting a “bat mitigation strategy” before the work can be carried out.
The Ocean’s 8 star’s sprawling property boasts seven bedrooms, five reception rooms and a lavender garden set in 13 acres and surrounded by ancient woodland.
Her planning agent said: “The proposed building will be a place for the applicants to retreat to for work and relaxation.
“They are creative people and it is beneficial for them to have a place to work that is tranquil and inspires through the beauty of the art, architecture and landscape setting.”
After all that work to get it built, Cate will surely be needing that meditation room.
There are no flies on Cardi
CARDI B has got some front wearing this Louis Vuitton get-up.
She clearly has time on her hands by making the effort to climb into the unzipped outfit and share it on Instagram.
It has been almost three years since Cardi’s debut album, although she has released a string of tunes since then.
But given she promised to release her second record in 2019, it now feels well overdue.
'Tis all due to Insta
SWEDISH dance duo Galantis met their latest collaborator in such a 2021 way – over Instagram.
Speaking about how their new song with hip-hop performer JVKE happened, Christian Karlsson said: “Dandelion came about after JVKE requested to hop on a Galantis Instagram Live.
"I recognised him from TikTok and I asked him what he was up to. He said he was working on an idea for a song and started to sing it for me.
“I really loved the vibe and he asked if I was down to work on it together.
"We ended up sending it back and forth and it became this natural organic collaboration with no real plan or goal.”
NICKI MINAJ has agreed to pay Tracy Chapman £330,000 after illegally sampling her 1988 song Baby Can I Hold You.
The rapper used it in a song called Sorry, which she later leaked online, despite Tracy not giving her permission for the track to be used.
The singers had been due to go to court for the copyright battle later this year but the case has now been settled after Nicki offered the six-figure sum.
Miley on hold
LIL NAS X has revealed he almost collaborated with Miley Cyrus last year, although it was put on ice because of the coronavirus crisis.
The Old Town Road rapper, gearing up to release his debut album in 2021, said: “I had plans to work on this one song with Miley, and then the pandemic happened.
"But you know, maybe it’ll happen now.”
- Sweet Melody – LITTLE MIX
- Afterglow – ED SHEERAN
- Whoopty – CJ
- Anyone – JUSTIN BIEBER
- Levitating – DUA LIPA
- Get Out My Head – SHANE CODD
- Without You – THE KID LAROI
- 34+35 – ARIANA GRANDE
- You Broke Me First – TATE McRAE
- Paradise – MEDUZA feat. DERMOT KENNEDY
– LITTLE MIX have hit the top spot ahead of Ed Sheeran, whose comeback track Afterglow is up 11 places to No2.
Justib Bibeber scored the highest new entry with Anyone, which is in at No4, while Shane Codd’s dance hit Get Out My Head has leapt 16 places to No6.
- Evermore – TAYLOR SWIFT
- Fine Line – HARRY STYLES
- Confetti – LITTLE MIX
- Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon – POP SMOKE
- Future Nostalgia – DUA LIPA
- Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – LEWIS CAPALDI
- Greatest Hits – QUEEN
- Music To Be Murdered By: Side B – EMINEM
- Love Goes – SAM SMITH
- F*** Love – THE KID LAROI
TAYLOR SWIFT has beaten ex-boyfriend Harry Styles to No1 with Evermore.
Harry’s Fine Line was the second best-selling record in the UK last year but this is its highest chart position.
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