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Word Up!


Word Up! is a song by America soul funk group Cameo. Little Mix released a cover version of the song as the 2014 Sports Relief single.

Background

Little Mix first announced the single on January 16, 2014, through their official Twitter. The song was first played on BBC Radio 1 on January 20, 2014, during Nick Grimshaw's Breakfast show. The cover art of the single was revealed on January 24, 2014.

Critical Reception

The song received rather positive reviews with the Popjustice ranking it as third for the best version of the song and third for the best Sport Relief single and gave the song 7 out of 10 stars. Kevin Kevinpod of DirectLyrics said that "[Little Mix's] harmonies are spot-on, and the whole record is pure fire." and that the song is a chance of the band getting a number one hit. Its production was also likened to Janet Jackson's single "Black Cat."

Chart Performance

The song peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as #45 and #13 respectively on the Australian Charts and Irish Charts.

Music Video

The shooting for the music video started in early February 2014. The band posted an exclusive picture from the video on 25 February 2014. The video premiered on the Chart Show TV on 28 February 2014 and was posted on VEVO on 3 March 2014. It features celebrity cameos from Nick Grimshaw, Louie Spence, Louis Smith, Arlene Phillips, Melanie C and Chris Barrie.

Synopsis

The video starts off with the band in a changing room of a gym. As they walk out of the changing room, Jade tries to pick up a barbell pretending that she cannot lift it but then she lifts it up easily and walks away carrying it. Perrie then walks along four women who are working out while Jade is on a stationary bicycle among three other women, following the instructions of a trainer. With the bicycle, Jade starts going forward with the rest following her at the back.

The scene then switches to a court with the band exercising and dancing the same time along with other people while singing the chorus of the song. Afterwards, Leigh-Anne is stood in front of some athletes with one using her as a barbell at the end of her part. Jesy continues with her part while dancing in front of two men working out on treadmills and fall off them after some time. During the chorus, the scene changes again to the court with the owner (Barrie, who had previously played a gym manager in BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire) of the gym seeing the girls and the rest dancing and runs upset out of his office. As he is going down to the court, he sees the athletes in the swimming pool shaping out the title of the song. When he reaches the court, he starts dancing with them.

Little Mix - Word Up!03:34

Little Mix - Word Up!

Lyrics

All:
W-O-R-D We're coming up
Ke-ke-keep it
Keep it coming up
So do your dance
Do your dance
Do your dance quick, mama
Come on, baby
Tell me what's the word

Perrie:
Ow!

Leigh-Anne:
Woo!

Jade:
Word up

Leigh-Anne:
Word up

Jesy:
C'mon, c'mon
Woo!

Perrie (with Jade):
Yo pretty ladies around the world
Got a weird thing to show you
So tell all the boys and girls
Tell your brother, your sister
And your mama, too
Cause we're about to throw down
And you'll (know just what to do)

Jade:
Wave your hands in the air
Like you don't care
Glide by the people
As they start to look and stare
Do your dance
Do your dance
Do your dance quick, mama
Come on, baby
Tell me what's the word

Little Mix:
Word up, ooh
Everybody say
When you hear the call
You've got to get it underway
Word up, ooh
It's the code word
No matter where you say it
You'll know that you'll be heard

Leigh-Anne (with Little Mix):
All you (sucker DJs)
Who think you're fly
There's got to be a reason
And we (know the reason why)
You try to (with Jesy: put on those airs and act real cool)
But you've (with Perrie: got to realize that you're acting like fools)

Jesy (with Little Mix):
If there's music
We can use it
We need to dance
We don't have the time
For psychological romance
(No romance)
(No romance)
(No romance for me), mama
Come on, baby
Tell me what's the word

Little Mix:
Word up, ooh
Everybody say
When you hear the call
You've got to get it underway
Word up, ooh
It's the code word
No matter where you say it
You'll know that you'll be heard

W-O-R-D UP (Jesy: Ohh)
W-O-R-D UP (Jade: Eey ooh)
W-O-R-D UP (Jesy: Everybody say)
W-O-R-D UP (Jade: Yeah hey)
W-O-R-D we're coming up
(Jesy and Leigh-Anne: Dial L for low)
Ke-ke-keep it
Keep it coming up
So do your dance
Do your dance
Do your dance quick, mama
Come on, baby
Tell me what's the word
Word up

Perrie:
Word up!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Word up, word up! Ow!
Hey hey! Hey hey!

Little Mix:
Word up, ooh
Everybody say
When you hear the call
You've got to get it underway (Jesy: Get it underway)
Word up, ooh
It's the code word (Jade: Oh woah ohh)
No matter where you say it
You'll know that you'll be heard
Word up, ooh (Leigh-Anne:B-b-baby)
Everybody say (Leigh-Anne: Ahhhh oh)
When you hear the call
You've got to get it underway
Word up, ooh
It's the code word (Jade: Ah ah ah ah ah ahhh)
No matter where you say it
You'll know that you'll be heard

Jade:
Hey Yeah


Audio

Little Mix - Word Up! (Official Audio)03:27

Little Mix - Word Up! (Official Audio)




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