The title track of Little Mix's second album is a rumbling R&B number with a military theme that is all about empowering women. "I think we all absolutely love 'Salute,'" Leigh-Anne told MTV News. "We all wanted to write a song — a real proper, empowering girl-power song for such a long time, and for this album we got it. We just love performing it and it kind of, it just sums us up."
Little Mix wrote the song with Maegan Cottone ("Move"). It was produced by TMS ("Wings," "DNA"). Perrie from the band explained: "It's about the force of women and being united and strong."
16-tear-old Lorde wrote the lyrics to "Royals" at home in just half an hour. She was inspired by the "ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence" that runs through such albums as Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die.