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Little Mix react to their fifth number one as Sweet Melody hits the top spot

The song is the girls' first number one since Jesy Nelson left the band last month.

2021-01-08

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Instagram

Little Mix are celebrating news of their fifth number one single, 'Sweet Melody'.

Congrats all!

It's been a long time coming, too: the band - comprised of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock - first released the song back in 23 October.

Founding member Jesy Nelson left the band on 14 December.

"We literally can’t thank the fans enough"

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Official Chart host Scott Mills and OfficialCharts.com, Little Mix said in a statement: "We literally can’t thank the fans enough. We see them every day fighting to get this song to Number one.

"The fact this song has been out since October and now it’s got to number one just shows how dedicated they are.

"We can’t wait to eventually get back on the road again and see them all – and give them a big hug when we’re allowed."

The song, which has already sold over 200,000 copies in the UK, has also reached the top 10 in countries like Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The girls' other number ones are their cover of Damien Rice's 'Cannonball' (2011), 'Wings' (2012), 'Black Magic' (2015) and 'Shout Out To My Ex' (2016).

Little Mix finish ahead of Ed Sheeran’s 'Afterglow', which climbs 11 places to number two, and 'Whoopty' by rapper CJ, also up 11 rungs to number three.

This week’s highest new entry is Justin Bieber's 'Anyone' at number four. 

Taylor Swift returns to the top of the albums charts with Evermore.

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