Shortly after Little Mix won the eighth series of The X Factor, both Gary Barlow and Biff Stannard were rumoured to be writing songs for the group's debut studio album. On 25 January 2012, the group made an appearance at the National Television Awards, and performed the En Vogue song "Don't Let Go (Love)". They also accompanied The X Factor judges Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on stage to receive the Best Talent Show award won by the program. During an interview backstage, the group confirmed that they themselves had been writing material for their debut album, however had not yet received any input from Gary Barlow; and that plans to release their next single in March of that year were underway. It was announced, shortly after, that the release of the single had been delayed, and would now not be released until August.
On 30 May 2012, the group announced through a live stream via Twitcam that their new single would be called "Wings", and a short snippet would premiere on Channel 4 that week after being played at their filming session for Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The group performed the single for the first time at the T4 on the Beach concert on 1 July 2012. "Wings" received its official premiere on BBC Radio 1 on 2 July 2012. The single debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart on 2 September 2012. On 17 September, the album's artwork was unveiled via the group's official Facebook page, which also confirmed that the album's second single, "DNA", would premiere on radio on 1 October and will be officially released on 12 November, a week prior to the release of the album. The album's track listing was revealed on 28 September 2012 when it was posted on Amazon.co.uk, along with the pre-order link for the album. An exclusive version of the album available at HMV comes with a free CD single of "DNA".
- On 30 May 2012, Little Mix confirmed the lead single and its title via Twitcam. Wings was released by Syco records on 26 August 2012 in the UK and Ireland. It was later released in New Zealand as well as Australia due to fan demands on 5 October 2012.
- Little Mix revealed that DNA would serve as the second single from the album. The album's sophomore single was made available for digital download on iTunes on 11 November 2012.
- Change Your Life has been released as the third single from the album on 3 February 2013.
- How Ya Doin'? is the fourth single from the album. The single version features singer/rapper, Missy Elliott and premiered on UK radio station Capital FM on 27 March 2013. The single was originally scheduled for a digital release on 5 May 2013, but instead was released on 17 April 2013.
DNA has peaked in the top 10 of eight countries worldwide, including the UK, Australia and Italy. It has gone on to become the highest charting debut-week entry in the US from an album by a British girl group, whilst selling over 50,000 copies, as well as the first debut album from a British girl group in the US to debut in the top 5, after it placed 4th on the 5 June Billboard 200 album chart, behind Daft Punk, Alice in Chains and John Fogerty, beating the record previously held by the Spice Girls' debut album Spice which debuted at number 6 but later went on to number 1. On digital sales alone, "DNA" was second in the charts. "DNA" has sold 100,000 copies in the US and 10,305 copies in Canada.
The DNA Tour was launched in support of Little Mix's debut album 'DNA'. The tour was announced on 3 September after the girls got to number one with their debut single 'Wings'. A full list of dates were announced on 4 September. A fan Pre-sale was released on 6 September with general sale on the 8th. The tour started on 25 January and ended on 24 February. The tour consisted of dates in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The setlist included songs from the band's debut studio album: DNA as well as covers and medleys.
|1.||"Wings"||Little Mix, Tom Barnes, Ben Kohn, Iain James, Heidi Rojas, Erika Nuri, Michelle Lewis, Mischke Butler & Peter Kelleher||TMS||3:39|
|2.||"DNA"||Little Mix, Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Kohn, James||TMS||3:56|
|3.||"Change Your Life"||Little Mix, Richard "Biff", Tim Powell, Ash Howes||Stannard, Powell, Howes||3:21|
|4.||"Always Be Together"||Ester Dean, Dapo Torimiro||DAPO||3:26|
|5.||"Stereo Soldier"||James, Barnes, Kohn, Kelleher||TMS||4:22|
|6.||"Pretend It's OK"||Little Mix, Luke Fitton, Brian Higgins, Miranda Cooper||Xenomania||3:44|
|7.||"Turn Your Face"||Steve Mac, Priscilla Renea||Mac||3:41|
|8.||"We Are Who We Are"||Mac, Wayne Hector, Ina Wroldsen||Mac||3:03|
|9.||"How Ya Doin'?" (featuring Missy Elliott)||Little Mix, Lewis, Babalola, Lewis, Carter, Skinner, Volpeliere-Pierrot, Thorp, Brookhouse, Drummond, Missy Elliott||Future Cut||3:12|
|10.||"Red Planet" (featuring T-Boz)||Jon Levine, Autumn Rowe, T-Boz||Levine||3:46|
|11.||"Going Nowhere"||Little Mix, Nicola Roberts, Fred Ball, James||Ball||3:45|
|12.||"Madhouse"||Little Mix, James, Rufio Sandilands, Rocky Morris||Pegasus||3:49|
|iTunes Store Standard Edition Bonus Track|
|13.||"We Are Young"||Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, Jeffrey Bhasker||Jarrad Rogers||5:12|
|Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks|
|13.||"Love Drunk"||Paul Meehan, Tim Woodcock, Alessandro Benassi, Leigh-Anne Pinnock||Jarrad Rogers||3:35|
|14.||"Make You Believe"||Barnes, Kelleher, Kohn, Philippe-Marc Anquetill, James||TMS||3:41|
|15.||"Case Closed"||Little Mix, Robbie Lamond, Cathy Dennis, Darren Lewis, Iyiola Babalola||Lamond, Future Cut||3:12|
|16.||"DNA (unplugged)"||Little Mix, Kohn, James, Kelleher, Barnes||TMS||4:15|
|Australian Albums Chart||10|
|Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)||48|
|Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)||87|
|Canadian Albums Chart||4|
|Croatian International Albums Chart||21|
|Czech Albums Chart||2|
|Danish Albums Chart||13|
|Dutch Albums Chart||49|
|Finnish Albums Chart||50|
|French Albums Chart||24|
|Irish Albums Chart||3|
|Italian Albums Chart||5|
|Japanese Albums Chart||20|
|Mexican Albums Chart||28|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||14|
|Norwegian Albums Chart]||5|
|Portuguese Albums Chart||30|
|Scottish Albums Chart||5|
|Spanish Albums Chart||17|
|Swiss Albums Chart||86|
|UK Albums Chart||3|
|US Billboard 200||4|