Monday, February 4, 2013

     Little Things 

(by:One Direction)

"Little Things"
Single by One Direction
from the album Take Me Home
Released 11 November 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Pop, folk
Length 3:39
Label Syco Records
Writer(s) Fiona Bevan, Ed Sheeran
Producer Jake Gosling
One Direction singles chronology
"Live While We're Young"
"Little Things"
"Kiss You"
Music video
"Little Things" on YouTube

"Little Things" is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction, released in November 2012 as the second single from their second studio album Take Me Home. It was produced by Jake Gosling. In February 2012, One Direction stated interest in working with Ed Sheeran for their second studio album and in June 2012, Sheeran disclosed that One Direction would be recording two of his songs. Sheeran co-wrote "Little Things" with Fiona Bevan when he was 17 and subsequently lost it. Bevan found it in 2012 as Sheeran was in studio with One Direction, resulting in the group recording it. "Little Things" is a pop, folk ballad, about the insistence that flaws are what make a person unique.
The track received a mixed reception from contemporary music critics, many of whom felt that the song is not tailored to them. Commercially, the track became the group's second number-one hit in the United Kingdom, while reaching the top ten in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. The song's accompanying black-and-white music video was directed by Vaughan Arnell and premiered on 2 November 2012. One Direction performed "Little Things" in a series of live appearances, including at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II.


1 Background
2 Composition and lyrics
3 Critical response
4 Commercial performance
5 Music video
6 Live performances
7 Track listing
8 Charts and certifications
8.1 Weekly charts
8.2 Certifications
8.3 Year-end charts
9 References


The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran (pictured).
The song was written by British singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Fiona Bevan, and produced by Jake Gosling.[1] In February 2012, One Direction stated interest in working with Sheeran for their second studio album, after he gave them the song "Moments" for their debut studio album.[2] In April 2012, Sheeran confirmed in an interview with that they were in contact: "I've got two songs that their manager emailed me for — old songs that were meant to go on my last album — a big stadium anthem. So I'm going to put them towards them and see if they like them, I wouldn't necessarily do that with any other bands."[3] In June 2012, Sheeran disclosed that One Direction would be recording two of his songs. He told the Daily Star: "I wrote a couple of songs when I was 17 that One Direction want for their next album. I'm going into the studio in August to produce the tracks for them. I won't feature on the tracks though. There's definitely a divide in genre."[4]
In September 2012, Sheeran told SB.TV, "I wrote the next One Direction single, Little Things. That's coming out soon I think. I wrote that [song] around four years ago and they asked for it so they got it[..] but yeah no featuring."[5] In October 2012, Sheeran acknowledged Bevan's songwriting credit in an interview with British radio network Capital FM: "The great thing about it is I wrote that song with a girl called Fiona Bevan when I was 17 and we lost the song. I've kept in touch with Fiona, we've done gigs and stuff and about two months ago she sent me the tune and was like, 'Oh, do you remember this?' I was like, 'Yeah, I do remember that', and I was in the studio with the One Direction boys at the time and I was playing it and they were like, 'We really like that'. It's got one of my favourite lines that I've ever written in a song."[6] On 15 October 2012, Louis Tomlinson confirmed via social networking website Twitter that "Little Things" would serve as the second single of their second studio album Take Me Home.[7] On 29 October 2012, "Little Things" received its worldwide airplay debut on BBC Radio 1 at 8:17 GMT.[8]

Composition and lyrics

"Little Things" is a mid-tempo pop, folk ballad which runs for 3:39 (3 minutes, 39 seconds).[1][9] Written in the key of G major,[10] the beat is set in common time and moves at a moderate 110 beats per minute.[10] One Direction's vocal range in the song span from the note of A3 to D5.[10] Instrumentation includes guitar strings, piano lines and vocals.[10] The song utilises an acoustic guitar riff and a rotation of lead vocals.[11][12] The song's lyrics chronical the insistence that flaws are what make a person unique.[12] In a September 2012 interview with MTV News, Sheeran quipped that the song "is about the best things about someone, kind of like the things you wouldn't expect."[13] He described "Little Things" as an "appreciation song," and concluded: "Seventeen-year-old Ed just wrote a lot of love songs, so expect to hear a lot of love songs on their album, I guess. I had a wicked girlfriend at 17. She was great. Actually my + album is pretty much about her. So she spawned off a lot of songs."[13]

Critical response

"Little Things" received mixed reviews from music critics. Grady Smith for Entertainment Weekly perceived the song to be problematic toward the boy band's core audience aged approximately 8 to 12. Smith conceded that there are "girls currently enduring middle school, who may very well be feeling insecure about their bodies. In that case, it seems terribly misguided to tap into that insecurity with 'Little Things' and ask girls to find their validation in One Direction’s blanket affection".[14] Melinda Newman of HitFix acknowledged, "We don’t need for you to point out that it’s those things that make you love us. We just want you to pretend they don’t exist and that you don’t see them. Now all you've done is make us more self-conscious."[15] While Bill Lamb of asserted that One Direction is marketed "so strongly" at pre-teens it does seem as if they are sending a message they want young girls to hear clearly", he lauded the "beautiful" sound of "Little Things".[12] Lamb further complimented the rotation of lead vocals.[12] Rolling Stone writer Jon Dolan cited lyrics: "You still have to squeeze into your jeans, but you're perfect to me," contradicting "Hey, buddy, you're a millionaire: Buy her some loose jeans."[16] Robert Copsey of Digital Spy felt that "Little Things" shows "minor signs of growth" for the group, "even if it's not the greatest addition to their singles catalogue."[11] Kate Wills of The Independent criticised the ballad for apparently being "too saccharine for anyone who doesn't practice kissing on the back of their hand."[17] Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush gave the song four out of five stars, characterising it as "a sweet song" which ultimately "lets their individual vocal styles shine, and they can sidestep that nonsense about being puppets who sing studio-created and overly treated songs."[18] Alexis Petridis for The Guardian opined that "Little Things" is "noticeably more sophisticated lyrically and emotionally than anything else on the album" and named the track's lyricism "touching".[19] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times assessed that Sheeran's songwriting reads as "unusually lumpy" in the hands of "such a polished group".[9]

Commercial performance

The track debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 18 November 2012, becoming One Direction's second number-one hit in the United Kingdom.[20] With the album and the single both debuting simultaneously at number one in the UK, One Direction became the youngest act in British chart history to achieve the feat.[21] The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 41, selling 91,000 copies in its first week.[22]

Music video

The music video for "Little Things" was directed by Vaughan Arnell and shot in black-and-white.[23] Tomlinson disclosed that an accompanying music video for "Little Things" was in production on 15 October 2012.[7] The same day, Horan tweeted that it was "going good."[24] The next day, Zayn Malik confirmed that they had finished filming the video.[25] The official video was uploaded to their Vevo account on YouTube on 2 November 2012.

Live performances

They performed the song along with "Live While We're Young" on The X Factor USA (8 November),[26] and "Little Things" solely on The X Factor UK (11 November).[27] The band performed "Little Things", "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", and "Kiss You" on The Today Show at the Rockefeller Center (13 November), to a record breaking crowd estimated at 15,000.[28] They performed "Live While We're Young" and "Little Things" at the BBC's Children in Need 2012 telethon (16 November).[29] In addition, they performed "Little Things" on British television series Surprise, Surprise (17 November),[30] at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance (19 November), in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II,[31] and on The X Factor Australia (20 November).[32] "Little Things" was included in the set list of the group's headlining sold-out show at Madison Square Garden (3 December).[33]

Track listing

  • Album version
  1. "Little Things" – 3:39

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2012–13) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[34] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[35] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[36] 42
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[37] 33
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[38] 20
Denmark (Tracklisten)[39] 23
France (SNEP)[40] 58
Germany (Media Control AG)[41] 89
Ireland (IRMA)[42] 2
Israel (Media Forest)[43] 5
New Zealand (RIANZ)[44] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[45] 1
Slovakia (IFPI)[46] 73
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[47] 70
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[48] 27
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[49] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[50] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[51] 33
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[52] 18


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[53] 3× Platinum 210,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ)[54] Gold 7,500*
United States (RIAA)[55] Gold 500,000*
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

[edit] Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Peak
UK Singles Chart[56] 65


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