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How Ya Doin'? is a song by Little Mix which serves as their fourth single and final single and appears as the ninth track on their debut album, DNA. It features American rapper Missy Elliott.

Background

Little Mix aspired to release "How Ya Doin'?" as the album's fourth single, but with a different marketing strategy to that of the previous single's release. In an interview with Robert Copsey of Digital Spy, Jade Thirlwall mentioned, "It was tricky with 'Change Your Life' because a lot of fans already had it from the album, it's hard to push songs that have been available to buy for months already, where as 'How Ya Doin'?' is a bit different." The group were keen on the track featuring a guest appearance from another recording artist. Jesy Nelson told Jocelyn Vena of MTV News, "We just wanted to change it up a little bit and make it more funky and, yeah, just give something a little bit different."

The single version of "How Ya Doin'?" premiered on Capital FM on 27 March 2013. Following the premiere, the version was met with universal praise from the group's fans who took to Twitter, deeming the song as "perfection". The single's digital release date was pushed back and brought forward on numerous occasions. Of which included proposed dates of 14 April, 17 April, 5 May, and 6 May. It was, however, released on 15 April instead.

Critical Reception

Digital Spy's Robert Copsey awarded "How Ya Doin'?" four out of five stars, opining that Little Mix "have finally [settled] into their groove". Copsey added, "And what better way to lead the pack than by sampling a De La Soul track and bagging a guest spot from legend of the field Missy Elliott for their latest effort?" The song received three out of five stars from Amy Sciaretto of PopCrush, who wrote, "It's not as saccharine or as safe as their former fellow 'X Factor' alums One Direction, but then again, Little Mix aren't looking to satiate really young teenagers with their tracks." Sciaretto went on to say, "There's more 'oomph' and bumping and grinding that takes place in their songs, since they are reaching out to an older audience." She deemed the group's harmonies "flawless" and their vocal performance a better one than their girl group contemporary, the Spice Girls. Sciaretto felt that Little Mix and Missy Elliott balance each other out on the song and concluded, "The track has its heels planted in several decades, but thankfully, the ladies and their voices keep tight control over the song so it doesn't drift and become unlistenable."

Chart Performance

"How Ya Doin'?" debuted at number 57 on the UK Singles Chart on 20 April 2013, before ascending 24 positions to number 23 the week after. In its third week on the chart, the song climbed seven places to its peak of number 16, marking Little Mix's fifth consecutive top 20 hit in the United Kingdom. It charted for a total of seven weeks. "How Ya Doin'?" has sold a total of 110,000 copies in the UK. The single debuted at number 55 on the Irish Singles Chart on 11 April 2013. It then climbed 27 places in its third week on the chart to peak at number 26. Consequently, "How Ya Doin'?" became Little Mix's first single to miss the top 20 in Ireland, but spent a total of seven weeks on the chart. The single peaked at number 16 on the Scottish Singles Chart on 11 May 2013, marking the group's fifth consecutive top 20 hit in Scotland. [1]

Music Video

The shoot was set in East London in early March of 2013. Little Mix released a few teasers of the video and did a countdown for the release date. The girls described the video as "really colorful, really old school" with "a lot of dancing". The video was posted on April 4, 2013 on their official VEVO account. It shows the girls in different colorful sets and clothes while dancing and singing to the song. Missy Elliott is later shown in an orange outfit studded with diamonds while performing her rap verses via a telephone before teasingly cutting the phone's cord.

Little Mix - How Ya Doin'? ft03:34

Little Mix - How Ya Doin'? ft. Missy Elliott

Countdown

Lyrics

Little Mix:
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you (Jesy: Oooh)
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you

Leigh-Anne (Jade):
Ain't got no time for what you think can be described as love
I've cut your hold on me, you're missing me, I've had enough
It's been so long since you have treated me like I deserved
So long (long), baby I'm gone (gone), you can leave a message for me after the tone (oh)

Jesy:
You called, I missed it
You called, I missed it
You called, and I missed it
Never get back, gettin' tired of listenin'

Little Mix:
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry we don't mean to be rude
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you

I know that you keep calling my phone
But baby there ain't nobody home
So won't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you

Perrie:
I'm through with wishing things with you and me could be so good
Time to wake up for no make-up's can make me a fool

Perrie with Jade:
Too much history, now it comes down to one thing

Perrie (Jade):
So long (long), baby I'm gone (gone), you can leave a message for me after the tone (oh)

Jesy:
You called, I missed it
You called, I missed it
You called, and I missed it
Never get back, gettin' tired of listenin'

Little Mix (Jade):
(Hey) Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
(Oh woah) Why don't you leave your name and your number (your number)
And we'll get back to you (we'll get back to you)
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry we don't mean to be rude
(Oh yeah) Why don't you leave your name and your number (number)
And we'll get back to you

I know that you keep calling my phone
But baby there ain't nobody home
So won't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you

Missy Elliott:
Now listen boy you can never play miss got my mind twisted
Whenever I don't answer you be leavin' messages
You don't do me right cause you got way too many chicks
You get the wrong number "brrr" it's unlisted
I'ma change my digits, I'ma keep you distant
Oh now you want me back, you wanna pay a visit
You get the dial tone "mmmm" click-click (wha)
Brand new song here yeah-yeah Missy with Little Mix
Yeah I used to hold you down, I don't want you 'round
Cause I won't play that, you just saw me the clown
Well it's over now, yeah it's over now
And when you call, I'ma send you to my voicemail

Little Mix (Jade):
Hey (Hey), how ya doin'? (doin'?) Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number (your number)
And we'll get back to you (Hey yeah)
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry we don't mean to be rude (sorry we don't mean to be rude)
Why don't you leave your name and your number (number)
And we'll get back to you (we'll get back to you)

Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never gonna get back (Aaah)
Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never gonna get back

Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never gonna get back (Oooh)
Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never...

Jade:
Never get back to you

Little Mix:
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you

Leigh-Anne (Jade):
Ain't got no time for what you think can be described as love
I've cut your hold on me, you're missing me, I've had enough
It's been so long since you have treated me like I deserved
So long (long), baby I'm gone (gone), you can leave a message for me after the tone (oh)

Jesy:
You called, I missed it
You called, I missed it
You called, and I missed it
Never get back, gettin' tired of listenin'

Little Mix:
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry we don't mean to be rude
Why don't you leave your name and your number
And we'll get back to you

Perrie:
I'm through with wishing things with you and me could be so good
Time to wake up for no make-up's can make me a fool

Perrie with Jade:
Too much history, now it comes down to one thing

Perrie (Jade):
So long (long), baby I'm gone (gone), you can leave a message for me after the tone (oh)

Jesy:
You called, I missed it
You called, I missed it
You called, and I missed it
Never get back, gettin' tired of listenin'

All (Jade):
(Hey) Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
(Oh woah) Why don't you leave your name and your number (your number)
And we'll get back to you (we'll get back to you)
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't get through
(Oh yeah) Why don't you leave your name and your number (number)
And we'll get back to you (we'll get back to you, yeah)

Jesy:
You called, I missed it
You called, I missed it
You called, and I missed it
Never get back, gettin' tired of listenin' (Jade: Oh!)

All (Jade):
Hey (Hey), how ya doin'? (doin'?) Sorry you can't get through
Why don't you leave your name and your number (your number)
And we'll get back to you (Hey, yeah)
Hey, how ya doin'? Sorry you can't through (sorry you can't get through)
Why don't you leave your name and your number (number)
And we'll get back to you (we'll get back to you)

Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never gonna get back (Aaah)
Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never gonna get back

Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never gonna get back (Oooh)
Never get back, never gonna get back
Never get back, never...

Jade:
Never get back to you

Audio

Click here to listen to it on Deezer

Click here to listen to it on Deezer

References

  1. wikipedia.org - Chart performance



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