Fifth Harmony

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Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony interviewed by Vevo in 2015
Fifth Harmony interviewed by Vevo in 2015
Background information
Also known as
  • Lylas (2012)
  • 1432 (2012)
OriginMiami, Florida, U.S.[1]
Genres
Years active2012–2018 (on indefinite hiatus)
Labels
Websitefifthharmony.com
Past members

Fifth Harmony is an American girl group formed on the US version of The X Factor in 2012. The members are Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, Normani, and Camila Cabello. Cabello left the group in December 2016, while the remaining members announced that they were taking a break in 2018 to go after their own career.

They are famous for performing the songs "Boss", "Sledgehammer", and "Worth It" from their first album Reflection (2015), as well as "Work From Home", "All In My Head (Flex)", and "That's My Girl" from their second album 27/7 (2016).

Career[change | change source]

2012–2014: Group creation and first EP[change | change source]

Fifth Harmony performing in 2013

Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, Normani, and Camila Cabello auditioned on the second season of the US version of The X Factor on July 27, 2012, failing to make it past the "Teens" and "Young Adults" categories. They were eventually brought back by the judges, and became a five person girl group on July 7, 2012.[2] They eventually came third on the show on December 20, 2012, losing to second-place winner Carly Rose Sonenclar, and winner Tate Stevens.[3]

On January 17, 2013, The X Factor creator Simon Cowell signed them to his record label, Syco Music, along with Epic Records. The group performed covers of famous songs on YouTube, before releasing their extended play, Better Together on October 22, 2013.[4] They performed on stadium tours for Cher Lloyd and Demi Lovato, as well as performing at smaller concerts.[5][6] They also began recording songs for their first studio album in 2014, which would eventually be known as Reflection.[7][8]

2015–2016: Album releases and Cabello's exit[change | change source]

Fifth Harmony performing in 2016

Reflection was released on February 3, 2015, where it sold 80,000 copies in the first week and reached number five on the Billboard 200 chart.[9] The third single on the album, "Worth It" was the album's most successful song, peaking at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100.[10]

Fifth Harmony announced that they were working on a second album, which was eventually called 7/27.[11] On February 26, 2016, the album's first single, "Work From Home" was released, which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.[12] 7/27 was released on May 27, 2016, selling 74,000 copies and peaking at number four on the Billboard 200.[13]

On December 18, 2016, Cabello announced that she would be leaving Fifth Harmony, which was confirmed by the group in a statement. The four members decided to still perform together.[14][15]

2017–2018: Third album and break[change | change source]

On May 29, 2017, the group released "Down" as the first song from their self-titled third album Fifth Harmony.[16] The album was released on August 25, 2017, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[17] After touring, the group announced that each member wanted to separate and work on their own projects, causing them to go on a break for an unknown time period.[18][19]

Musical style[change | change source]

Fifth Harmony is mainly a pop[20][21][22] and R&B[23][24][25] girl group. They have described their music as having a "retro feel" to it as well.[26] The group lists the Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Destiny's Child as their main influences.[26] Lana Del Rey, Adele, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Taylor Swift, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Patti LaBelle, Cher Lloyd, Carrie Underwood, Jessie J, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Selena, Celia Cruz, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran and Leona Lewis have inspired each member of the group.[1][27]

Members and timeline[change | change source]

Members from left to right: Ally Brooke (2013), Dinah Jane (2013), Lauren Jauregui (2012), Normani (2013), and Camila Cabello (2013).

Tours[change | change source]

Headlining
Supporting act

Filmography[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

Year Name Role Notes
2012 The X Factor Contestants 22 episodes
2014 Faking It Boy Banned Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2015 Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Themselves (voices) Episode: "Sisters' Fun Day"
2016 The Ride Themselves Episode: "Fifth Harmony"
2018 Lip Sync Battle Themselves Episode: "Fifth Harmony"
2018 Sugar Themselves Episode: "Fifth Harmony surprises a remarkable fan and her wheelchair dance group."[28]


References[change | change source]

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  3. "He's got the X Factor! Country singer Tate Stevens beats Carly Rose and Fifth Harmony to win $5m recording contract". Daily Mail. London. December 21, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. "iTunes – Music – Better Together by Fifth Harmony". iTunes. September 10, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
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  6. "X Factor's Fifth Harmony Performs on Billboard 'Candid Covers'". Broadway World. November 29, 2013.
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  8. "Platinum Selling Artist and the X Factor Judge Demi Lovato Announces The Neon Lights Tour Set To Launch in February 2014". The Wall Street Journal. September 30, 2013.
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  11. Polanco, Luis (February 25, 2016). "Fifth Harmony Announces Second Album '7/27,' Video Coming Tomorrow". Billboard. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  12. "Drake's 'One Dance' Holds Atop Hot 100, Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous Woman' Returns to Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  13. "Drake's 'Views' Rules at No. 1 for Fifth Week on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard.
  14. Khatchatourian, Maane (December 19, 2016). "Camila Cabello Quits Fifth Harmony". Variety. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  15. Halperin, Shirley. "Camila Cabello Leaves Fifth Harmony". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  16. Roth, Madeline (May 30, 2017). "Fifth Harmony's New Single Comes with the Steamiest Cover Art". MTV News. United States: Viacom. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  17. Wass, Mike (July 24, 2017). "Fifth Harmony's New Album Is Reportedly Self-Titled". Idolator. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  18. Kaplan, Ilana (July 4, 2018). "Fifth Harmony release final goodbye music video for 'Don't Say You Love Me'". The Independent. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  19. "Every Fifth Harmony Solo Single, Ranked: Critic's Take". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
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  21. "Pop singing group Fifth Harmony to perform at NY State Fair Sept. 4". Watertown Daily Times. Johnson Newspaper Corporation. July 20, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  22. Baker, Chris (July 17, 2015). "Pop group Fifth Harmony to play Chevy Court at NYS Fair". Syracuse.com. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
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  24. "fifth harmony's new album is risk-taking r&b inspired by the pussycat dolls". MTV. August 14, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  25. Gantt, Kareem (March 21, 2016). "The top 10 best Fifth Harmony songs". AXS. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Lansky, Sam (June 4, 2013). "Fifth Harmony: 7 Questions About The Girl Group's Upcoming Album & Cover Swag". Idolator. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  27. "TeenNick Top 10: An Interview With Fifth Harmony". Teen Nick. August 22, 2013. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  28. Milman, Lilly (August 3, 2018). "'Sugar' Trailer: Watch Maroon 5, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth and More Surprise the 'Most-Deserving Fans'". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2018.