The group consists of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall.
With help from their mentor, Tulisa Contostavlos, the group built up a strong fanbase with their excellent vocal harmonies, strong performances and, on December 11, 2011, they made history by becoming the first group ever to win X Factor UK in the show's eight-year history. They released their first single, a cover of the Damien Rice song "Cannonball", that same day via digital download. A physical copy of the single, which will also contain 3 of the group's best performances from the show, was released in stores on December 14, 2011. "Cannonball" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Charts 4 days later on December 18, 2011.
Post X Factor UKEdit
On January 25, 2012 during a backstage interview at the National Television Awards, they confirmed that they had been writing songs and do have plans on releasing a new single soon.On May 30, 2012 during a live stream via Twitcam, the ladies announced that their debut single will be called "Wings". They then released a lyric video of the song on their VEVO channel on July 1, 2012 followed by the music video on July 25, 2012. The song has since hit number 1 on the UK Singles Charts and has earned mostly positive reviews. Thanks to the ladies signing a deal with Columbia Records on January 8, 2013, "Wings" was released as their first single in the United States.Their debut album, DNA, was released on November 19, 2012 in the UK and on May 28, 2013 in the US.
Their second album, Salute, was released on November 8, 2013 in the UK and released on February 4, 2014 in the US.
Their third album, Get Weird, will be released on November 6, 2015 and will feature their 2015 single, Black Magic, along with Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song, Lightning, I Won't, Grown, and Let Go.