This week, Little Mix set a chart record previously held by their idols the Spice Girls: "DNA," Little Mix's debut album, starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the highest debut ever for a U.K. female group's first album. The Spice Girls previously held the record by bowing at No. 6 with their debut, "Spice," in 1997.
For Little Mix, who stopped by the Billboard studio recently to chat about their recent successes, "DNA" was an opportunity to amplify the message of positivity that the Spice Girls helped spread in the 90s.
"When we were younger, we had the Spice Girls and groups like that to look up to, that had this really empowering message and made you feel really good about yourself," says Jade Thirlwall, who comprises Little Mix along with Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinncok and Perrie Edwards. "And I think it's kind of about time that it was brought around again."