Jesy Nelson's first independent single flops

The former Little Mix singer parted ways with her record label last year

Singer Jesy Nelson arrives at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in London, Britain, December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Jesy Nelson's new single failed to chart in the UK. (Alamy)

Jesy Nelson's first single as an independent artist has been an enormous flop as it failed to chart in the UK.

The song, entitled Bad Thing, failed to reach the Official Singles Chart Top 100.

It was her first single since leaving Polydor Records in 2022 and released in conjunction with Women's Aid and details Nelson's experiences with her father who was in and out of prison during her childhood.

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Nelson said of the single: "I just feel like so many women in my life have been through horrific experiences like this and I just really wanted to raise awareness about it."

JULY 1, 2019: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) (L-R) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix pose during a photo shoot in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Justin Lloyd / Newspix / Getty Images)
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix. (Justin Lloyd / Newspix / Getty Images)

While Bad Thing failed to land on the main chart, it did reach number 15 on the download chart and 17 in the sales chart.

Bad Thing is also Nelson's second solo single since leaving Little Mix. Her first single and its video – Boyz – released in 2021, was criticised for blackfishing and cultural appropriation.

Nelson was criticised for tanning her skin to make herself appear racially ambiguous.

Jesy Nelson arrives at Global's studios in Leicester Square, London, to support Global's Make Some Noise Charity Day. Picture date: Friday October 8, 2021. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jesy Nelson has been accused of blackfishing. (Getty Images)

She later defended herself in an interview with Vulture: "The whole time I was in Little Mix I never got any of that. And then I came out of [the band] and people all of a sudden were saying it. I wasn’t on social media around that time, so I let my team [deal with it], because that was when I’d just left.

"But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on. I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t."

The single also underperformed commercially, dropping out of the UK chart after seven weeks and failing to chart in the US at all despite the appearance of Nicki Minaj on the track.

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