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Damien Rice

Album Released as a single

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‘Cannonball’ was the debut single for Little Mix, and is a cover of a song originally released by singer Damien Rice in 2002. Damien Rice, the writer of this song, wrote it from personal experience. It’s about the irony of life and how with everything we learn and know about living, we still go through it, often with the exact opposite things happening against our wishes. He goes through a relationship where the events are going on too fast, while he wants them to go more slowly because he’s scared he might lose it all. He feels he has no control over things and that this relationship is like a cannonball that might go loose at any point.

Release date

Released December 11, 2011


Damien Rice


Syco – Sony

Chart Rankings

UK – 1



‘Cannonball’ became the fastest-selling single of 2011, It topped the charts in the UK, Ireland, and Scotland. It was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 492.000 copies. In Ireland, the Irish Recording Music Association (IRMA) certified it Gold.

Artist’s age on release date

This was the band’s debut single after winning The X Factor UK 2011.

Cover Versions

Natalie Imbruglia.


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