The Spice Girls used to be the biggest British girl group in Billboard history–until two weeks ago. That’s when British girl group Little Mix‘s debut album, DNA, took the fourth spot on the Billboard charts and became the highest charting debut for a British girl group in history.
The rise of Little Mix comes on the heels of One Direction‘s massive takeover of the pop music market, and the two groups have a lot in common. Both started out as groups put together on Great Britain’s The X Factor, but unlike One Direction, Little Mix actually came in first place in their season. Since then, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall, have gone from being unknown teenaged girls with dreams of singing to international superstars.
Their song “Wings” has been covered on Glee, their dating lives make the tabloids, and their X Factor mentor, Tulisa, has been dragged into an epic drug dealing scandal back in the United Kingdom.
The girls are literal pop superstars, with all the glamour and the baggage that comes with it, and yet they each still come across as humble and down-to-earth that’s truly refreshing and endearing. (Example: Jade offered me her popcorn before the interview even started.)
We got a chance to talk with the lovely and loquacious ladies of Little Mix on their last day stateside and we got all the scoop on how they deal with the pressure of pop stardom, who they want to work with next, what they really think of being compared to the Spice Girls and what Mariah Carey‘s movie Glitter has to do with their dreams.
VH1: So, how has America been treating you guys?
Jade: We’ve had the best time and we’ve been here for like two weeks and we’re going home today so we’re really sad, but it’s been the best trip ever. There’s been thousands of fans here and we found out we got a number four on the charts. We broke a record! So I think this has been probably one of the highlights of our career so far being here.
VH1: Now, everyone has been comparing you guys to the Spice Girls. Do you guys like that comparison or–?
Jesy: WE LOVE THAT COMPARISON!
Jesy: We all like loved them growing up as kids. We had the big covers, posters, everything possible. So, to be like compared to them—they were the biggest girl group in the world—is just like absolutely amazing.