Last Friday, Little Mix released their new album LM5. The promo for the album was more stripped back than we're used to with Little Mix, but I absolutely loved it. It's great for the girls to show their young fans what natural beauty is like, and how you don't need gimmicks to be successful. The only problem I have however, is the name of the album. If you're a Little Mix fan on Twitter than you would understand what the album title means, but if you're not, it doesn't make much sense. When fans are speculating about their favourite artist's new record, they will often use the artist's initials and the number album it will be. Therefore, when discussing Little Mix's fifth studio album, fans would refer to it as 'LM5'. On the one hand I do actually like the fact that they named the album LM5 because it's like a tribute to the fans, however by doing this they have almost limited themselves to just Twitter, as many other people may not understand what it means.
Coming away from the title, the whole album is brilliant. This is the maturest we've seen Little Mix, with what feels like some of their most honest lyrics. I really loved their last album, Glory Days, so my expectations were very high for LM5.
The variety of tracks on LM5 is impressive. From Strip, to Notice to Joan of Arc, this album offers a selection of songs for everyone to enjoy. As previously mentioned, the lyrics are raw and honest, allowing fans to truly connect with the band.
I took to Twitter to ask Little Mix fans what they thought of the new album by running a number of polls. The first poll asked if fans had listened to LM5 yet, with 195 votes, 91% voted yes. I then asked if they had already listened to LM5, what did they think about it? Again, out of 188 votes, a huge 98% said that they loved it.
LM5 has three songs with features, therefore I asked fans what their favourite feature was out of Strip (ft. Sharaya J), Woman Like Me (ft. Nicki Minaj) and More Than Words (ft.Kamille). The results of this poll were a lot tighter and out of 192 votes, the overall favourite was Woman Like Me (ft. Nicki Minaj) getting 38% of the votes. Both Strip and More Than Words received 31%.
The final question asked if LM5 was their favourite Little Mix album and unsurprisingly out of 183 votes, 95% voted yes.
Overall, LM5 is my favourite Little Mix album to date. Little Mix seem to constantly improve with every album they release and there doesn't seem to be anything stopping them and their success!
If you haven't already, definitely give LM5 a listen!
Check out all the music videos from 'LM5' on YouTube so far:
Ariana Grande has just released her new single, Thank U, Next. Although her latest album Sweetener has only been out since August, Ariana took to Twitter to let fans know that her fifth studio album is actually finished. So why wait to release it? We found out yesterday that the album is also called Thank U, Next and it should be out very soon!
I woke up this morning to see that Ariana had unexpectedly released the lead single, Thank U, Next. The main thing that blew me away about this track were the lyrics. In the first part of the song she named all four exes, yet rather than shading them, she talks about what they taught her and how she’s thankful for them. I really love this approach to writing about exes. It’s very common to have a song talking about how bad your ex is, but Ariana turning this around and giving a more positive and self-loving vibe is beautiful.
I really love Ariana’s attitude to the heartbreak that she’s faced and the way she’s dealt with it is nothing but inspirational. Showing her fans that although you can lose people and be hurt, the important thing is what you learn from it and what you take away to make yourself an even better person.
Another great thing about this track is how catchy it is. The chorus will be stuck in your head from the first moment you listen to it, but that's not actually a bad thing, because the song is great!
Fans are lucky to have Ariana as a role model and I really can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album will sound like!
Thank U, Next is out now.