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RALPHIE REPORT: A new girl group is in town


April 03. 2013 1:23AM
By Ralphie Aversa, Special to the Weekender



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There hasn't been a girl group to take over the United States since a void was left by the Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane. UK quartet Little Mix is looking to change that.

“I do find it really strange,” responded singer Jesy Nelson to the idea that there hasn't been a popular girl band in the States since the aforementioned groups. “Yanno what, it's time to change it up. Little Mix is here!”

Nelson's comment elicited laughter from her bandmates. The girls were in a great mood as they walked the red carpet at their performance with J-14 Magazine inside the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. Little Mix's debut single “Wings” just cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart this month.

“We just feel incredibly lucky,” said Perrie Edwards who, by the way, is romantically linked to One Direction's Zayn Malik. “We didn't know what the response was going to be like, and so far so good.”

“Wings” will serve as the first single from the band's album “DNA,” which will be released in the U.S. this May. The girls wouldn't reveal if the American version would feature any new collaborations with artists from the States. Jade Thirlwall did divulge some advice received from the 1D fellas about making the media rounds across the pond.

“We did obviously ask them and they just said, 'The main thing is to be yourself and just be confident with everything, and believe in yourself,'” she recalled. “And we believe in us, so hopefully it all goes well.”

Little Mix won “The X-Factor” overseas back in 2011. The singers are signed to Simon Cowell's SYCO Music and their music is distributed in the States by Columbia Records, which is also the U.S. home for One Direction and Olly Murs.

BOYZ II MEN'S STOCKMAN CALLS 'PACKAGE' TOUR REACTION 'CRAZY'

Shawn Stockman admits that when plans were finalized for “The Package” tour, he didn't know what to expect.

“Donnie (Wahlberg) and me had been talking about it for a long time, as far as putting it together,” Stockman told “The Ralphie Show” of the summer tour, which features the Philly singers along with New Kids on The Block and 98 Degrees. “Once it was released, I was nervous.”

No one involved with the tour has any reason to be nervous now, unless they're uncomfortable with big crowds. Dates sold out quickly, and second shows along with new venues were quickly added to an itinerary that has swelled to over 30 performances.

“It's exciting,” Stockman noted. “I really can't wait. It's something that we've been wanting to do for a long time.”

“The Package” tour kicks off with three sold-out shows this May at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

-Listen to “The Ralphie Show” weeknights from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. on 97 BHT.




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