After coming close to victory on Little Mix: The Search, pop/R&B girl group Melladaze assert their independence with the release of their debut single, a fiery feelgood anthem called ‘I H8 U’, which is out now
With it’s acoustic guitar, all-girls-together vocals, and lyrics about post-breakup liberation, the song cannot help but bring to mind their former mentors’ hit, ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, but as the title hints, the Melladaze girl take things one stage further, dropping in the f-word and coming up with the most infectious just-split-up chorus since Kelis’ ‘Caught Out There’. But despite the brashness, the girls’ emotional nuance is apparent in the verses. “We wanted to write about the realities of a breakup,” they say of the track. “You hate your ex, but you miss them too!”
“We all go through stuff in our lives, and we wanted our fans to hear a song like this and feel uplifted,” the group explain. “We’d been working to find the perfect song for our first release. We’d got a few contenders, but then we wrote this in one session and just knew it was the one.”
The unreleased visual for the track shows the Melladaze girls going through the creative process of writing the track, with their five unique personalities shining through.
Melladaze are Megan, Ellie, Lauren, Liv, and Aisli. They met for the first time when they were put together by Little Mix to form the “girl dance group” for their reality TV contest, The Search, the winner of which would get to support them on their tour.
Melladaze ultimately finished runners-up, but they’d formed such a strong bond that they decided they had to keep going. Without management or any outside financial investment, and with the pandemic raging all around them, they set to work, collaborating with songwriters, producers, and choreographers, honing their look and their sound. This was no easy task given that Megan and Aisli live in Dublin whilst the other three live in the south of England. But they battled through, and the release of a track as strong as ‘I H8 U’ is a testament to their spirit, determination, and attitude — as they say, “We’re pop with an R&B twist — but with a cooler undertone.”
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