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Black Magic is a song by Little Mix that serves the lead single and appears as the first track on their third studio album Get Weird.

Background and release

On May 14, 2015, Little Mix officially announced that Black Magic will be the lead single from the third album. Black Magic was scheduled to premiere on May 26th but was later moved forward to May 21st, after the single leaked online on May 20th.

Critical Reception

Upon release, "Black Magic" was positively received by contemporary music journalists, who welcomed Little Mix's new '80s influenced sound. Matt Bagwell of the Huffington Post UK called the single "one of the best pop releases of the year", complimenting its "killer chorus" and "trademark call to arms chant", while writing that "Black Magic" is "significantly better" than Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's single "Pretty Girls", which Little Mix co-wrote.

Ariana Bacle of Entertainment Weekly described the song as "bouncy" and "incredible catchy". Jocelyn Vena of Billboard noted Little Mix's "soaring vocals over a shimmery melody". The Guardian compared the song to the "carefree joy" of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", while also comparing the song to those of their debut album DNA (2012).

Chart Performance

The song debuted at 25 on the Australian singles chart and two weeks later, it peaked at number 8. The song also charted on both Ultratip Belgian airplay charts, peaking at 4 on the Flanders chart and 37 on the Wallonia chart. On the Israeli television airplay chart, the song peaked at 5. During the midweek chart update for the British singles chart, the song entered at number 1 and stayed there for three consecutive weeks. "Black Magic" had the fourth highest debut of the year in the UK, as well as the biggest preorder sales of 2015. In its first week, the song had combined sales of 113,000, including 1.19 million streams and it became their first UK number one single since their 2012 single "Wings".

In the United States, the song debuted at number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending August 29, 2015, becoming the group's first entry on the chart since "Wings" (2012). In the second week of it charting on the Billboard Hot 100, it climbed 31 spots to number 68; it achieved a new peak of 67 in its third week on the Hot 100, becoming the group's highest charting US single to date. [1]

Music Video

Filming for the music video took place between May 22-23 2015 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. It was released May 29, 2015 and was directed by Director X.

Synopsis

The video begins showing the campus, then introduces the band, who are dressed as nerds. They see a super hot boy wave at them, and become excited, but he is actually waving to the popular girl behind them. Sadly, the scene changes to the library, where we see Jade take off her headphones and go search for a book. Suddenly, an old magic book falls on her head, and that night the girls open it. They are given special gifts, like Perrie turns her hair purple, Leigh-Anne has yellow fire powers, Jesy has blue powers, and Jade levitates her glasses. We see the girls made over in beautiful outfits as all the boys stare at their newfound hotness, and they make the mean popular girl fart and burp in front of all the boys. She then runs away, while the scene changes to a nerdy boy being made fun of by 4 popular girls. The band feels bad for him, so they make the girls fall in love with him. We see them walking down the hall as everyone stares, intertwined with a scene of the girls standing back to back as the camera circles them. It then switches to a classroom, where the students are not paying attention to the teacher. The girls use their magic to transform the classroom into a full on dance party, and then even the teacher (along with students) dance on the desks and chairs. They then party their way down the hallways of the school, as the video ends with "By Director X". The video is based off the film The Craft.[2]

Little Mix - Black Magic03:46

Little Mix - Black Magic

Remixes

Two remixes were released on Little Mix's VEVO channel.

Lyrics

Little Mix:
All the girls at the block knocking at my door!
Wanna know what it is make the boys want more!

Perrie:
Is your lover playing on your side?
Said he loves you,
But he ain't got time
Here's the answer
Come and get it
At a knocked down price

Little Mix:
Hey!

Jade (with Little Mix):
(Full of honey)
Just to make him sweet
(Crystal balling)
Just to help him see
(What he's been missing)
So come and get it,
While you've still got time

Little Mix:
Hey!

Leigh Anne:
Get your boy on his knees
And repeat after me, say

Little Mix (Jesy):
Take a sip of my secret potion
I'll make you fall in love
For a spell that can't be broken
One drop should be enough!

Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

Take a sip of my secret potion
One taste and you'll be mine
It's a spell that can't be broken
It'll keep you up all night

Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(Jade: And it's called black magic)

Jesy:
If you're lookin' for Mr. Right,
Need that magic
To change him over night
Here's the answer
Come and get it,
While you've still got time

Little Mix:
Hey!

Leigh Anne:
Get your boy on his knees
And repeat after me, say
Oh!

Little Mix (Jesy):
Take a sip of my secret potion
I'll make you fall in love (Perrie: I'll make you fall in love)
For a spell it can't be broken (Perrie: Can't be broken)
One drop should be enough! (Perrie: One drop should be enough)

Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

Take a sip of my secret potion
One taste and you'll be mine
It's a spell that can't be broken
It'll keep you up all night (Jade: All night!)

Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe (I got the recipe)
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic) (Jade: Magic)

Jesy, Leigh Anne, and Perrie (Jade):
All the girls on the block knocking at my door
(I got the recipe)
Wanna know what it is make the boys want more
(Now you belong to me)
All the girls on the block knocking at my door
(I got the recipe)
Wanna know what it is make the boys want more
(Now you belong to me)

Leigh Anne (Jade, Perrie, and Jesy):
(Oooh) Take a sip of my secret potion
I'll make you fall (Oooh) in love
For a spell that can't be broken
(Oooh) One drop should be enough!

Boy, you belong to me (Hey!)
I got the recipe
And it's called (Jade and Jesy: Black magic)
And it's called

Leigh Anne and Perrie:
And it's called black magic!

Jade and Jesy (Leigh Anne and Perrie):
Take a sip of my secret potion
(Oh woah!)

Little Mix:
One taste and you'll be mine (Leigh Anne: Be mine!)
It's a spell that can't be broken
It'll keep you up all night
(Jade: Oh woah!)

Boy, you belong to me (Jade: Belong to me)
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(Jesy: And it's called, and it's called black magic)
(Perrie: Oh yeah!)

Little Mix:
Falling in love, hey!
Falling in love, oh (Perrie: Yeah, yeah, yea!)
Falling in love, hey!
Falling in love

Falling in love, hey
Falling in love, oh (Jade: Ooh, yeah)
Falling in love, hey
Falling in love

Jade:
Magic


Audio

Little Mix - Black Magic (Audio)03:33

Little Mix - Black Magic (Audio)



Videos

References

  1. wikipedia.org - Chart performance
  2. mirror.co.uk - Music video synopsis



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