STORY OF SONG

Story of Song

Jesy Nielson from Little Mix explained the meaning behind the song to Artist Direct: “Wings’ is literally about not letting anyone put you down. It’s about believing in yourself. Haters are going to hate. You have to believe in yourself and who you are. That’s what ‘Wings’ is about. It’s a strong message for our fans. We love it, and we think it’s quite uplifting.” In another interview with Attitude, she added: “It’s a feel-good song. We want people to feel something when they listen to it. But we didn’t want to be too cheesy with the ‘Believe in yourself’ thing. There’s nothing wrong with writing songs about clubs and parties, but I think it’s cool to do a song that means something.””

Release date

Released August 2012

Songwriter/s

Thomas Barnes – Peter Kelleher – Ben Kohn – Lain James – Perrie Edwards – Jesy Nelson – Leigh Anne Pinnock – Jade Thirlwall – Erika Nuri – Michelle Lewis – Mischle – Heidi Rojas

Label

Syco – Columbia

Chart Rankings

In the UK, ‘Wings’ topped the Official Charts Company, becoming Little Mix’s second consecutive number 1 single. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Gold for sales over 526.717 copies. The song also topped the Scotland Official Charts, Japan Hot Overseas, and the charts in Ireland. In Australia, it peaked at number 3 and was certified Triple Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). In the US, ‘Wings’ entered the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 79; the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Gold for over half a million copies.

Artist’s age on release date

Little Mix had been active for 1 year when this song was released.

Cover Versions

Ellona Santiago (The X Factor USA 2013) – Rita Castagna – Carly, Jessie & Liv – Saphira (The Voice Kids 2014) – Glee cast – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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