Word Up!

Album: single release only (2014)
Charted: 6

Songfacts®:

  • This track is a cover of Cameo's 1986 hit of the same name and was first played on Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on January 21, 2014. The single was released to UK stores on March 16, 2014.
  • The song was recorded in aid of Sport Relief, a biannual UK charity event that brings together celebrities from the sport and entertainment worlds to raise money to benefit vulnerable people. "We've all seen people push themselves and do incredible things for Sport Relief, so it's a dream come true to be releasing the official single this year," said Little Mix's Perrie.
  • Here's a list of the previous Sport Relief singles with their UK chart placings:

    2002 "Your Song" by Elton John with opera singer Alessandro Safina (#4).
    2004 "Some Girls" by Rachel Stevens (#2).
    2006 "Don't Stop Me Now"/"Please, Please" by McFly (#1).
    2008 "Footprints In The Sand" by Leona Lewis (#2).
    2010 "Morning Sun" by Robbie Williams (#45).
    2012 "Proud" by JLS (#6).
  • The song's music video finds Little Mix exercising with a number of famous faces, including Spice Girls star Mel "Sporty Spice" C, TV personality and choreographer Louis Spence, comic actor Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf, The Brittas Empire) and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.

    Mel C's appearance on set was a surprise for the foursome. "We didn't even know she was going to be there. Literally, we were filming and then she come running out," Little Mix's Jesi told MTV News. "It was so weird though, I was thinking, God, I was such a massive fan."

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