British vocal quartet Little Mix breaks a Spice Girls chart record this week, as the former’s debut album, “DNA,” bows at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s the highest debut ever for a British female group’s first album, surpassing the No. 6 arrival of Spice Girls’ “Spice” in 1997. “DNA” was led by the single “Wings,” which reached No. 26 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (known as Mainstream Top 40 on Billboard.biz).
Overall, Little Mix has the highest start for any female group’s debut album since 2006, when Danity Kane’s self-titled set started at No. 1. “DNA” enters with 50,000 sold in the week ending June 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Little Mix won the 2011 British version of “The X Factor,” the same show that brought us its SYCO/Columbia Records label-mates One Direction. The latter came in third place on the 2010 series.
Little Mix (comprising Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinncok and Jade Thirlwall) will make its U.S. television debut this Friday (June 7) on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” performing as part of the show’s annual Summer Concert Series. Three days later, the group will appear on ABC’s “Live With Kelly & Michael.”