Girl, girl groups are making a comeback
This undated publicity photo released by RCA Records shows members of G.R.L., clockwise from foreground left, Simone Battle, Natasha Slayton, Emmalyn Estrada, Paula Van Oppen and Lauren Bennett. G.R.l. is one of a new crop of girl groups currently on the music scene. (AP Photo/RCA Records, Tomo Muscionico)
NEW YORK (AP) — I'll tell want you want, what you really, really want: Girl groups.
Even if you don't want them — they're back on the scene. A new batch of pop tarts are ready to dominate the charts and fill a void since best-selling groups like Destiny's Child, TLC and the Spice Girls aren't dropping songs as fast as music fans want them.
The duo Icona Pop has one of the year's biggest hits — and possible song of the summer — with the anthem "I Love It." Little Mix won U.K.'s "The X Factor" in 2011 and Fifth Harmony finished third on the U.S. version of the show last year. The fivesome G.R.L. is signed to mega-hitmaker Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Ke$ha) and The Rosso Sisters are currently in the studio with Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera).
Others are using reality TV to help establish their brands: The Saturdays, who have a dozen Top 10 hits in their native United Kingdom, launched a reality show on E! this year and are gaining buzz with their playful, electro-pop tune "What About Us"; Bruno Mars' four sisters, the Lylas, will debut on a WEtv series this fall; and Jessica Simpson's father is managing a group, The Alectrix, whose development is being documented on an MTV show.
Here are four girl groups who are rivaling One Direction and The Wanted for your attention.
Call them the female One Direction. Seriously.
Like 1D, Little Mix was formed on the U.K.'s "The X Factor," where the girls won the competition in 2011 (1D placed third in 2010.) The group is signed to the same U.S. label as the popular boy band, and the girl group is following the boys' chart-topping path: Their debut, "DNA," splashed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart last month.
"I thought it was a joke at first," Jesy Nelson said of the album's success.
Little Mix is currently working on a second album that they will also release this year — 1D's formula last year.
"We always look at One Direction as opening the gates for us," said Perrie Edwards, who is dating 1D's Zayn Malik. "They work really hard and we just want to follow in their footsteps."
The early twentysomethings auditioned individually on "X Factor," but were put together on the series.
FILE - In this June 15, 2013 file photo, from left, Liegh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy Nelson of Little Mix pose for photographers at the Isle of Wight Festival in Newport on the Isle of Wight. Little Mix is one of a new crop of girl groups currently on the music scene. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP, File)
"From day one we clicked," said Edwards (Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall round out the foursome). "We worked on our friendship first before we got to the singing. ... We're like sisters."