Fifth Harmony Biography
Following their exit from The X Factor, their debut single "Miss Movin' On" was released and peaked at number 76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over half a million digital downloads. Their debut EP, Better Together was released in 2013 with a first week position of number six on the US Billboard 200. Fifth Harmony won MTV's Artist To Watch award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The group released their debut studio album, Reflection in February 2015. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, with 80,000 units sold in the first week and was supported by the group's first major headlining tour, the Reflection Tour. All the singles released from the album, "Boss", "Sledgehammer" and "Worth It" (featuring rapper Kid Ink) were certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling one million digital downloads each. "Worth It" also became the group's first top 15 hit, after peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. With over 5 million records sold in the United States alone, Fifth Harmony has emerged as the most successful alumni from the X Factor US franchise and have also been labeled the most influential contestant to come from the series.
Fifth Harmony is composed of five singers who all successfully auditioned as soloists on the second season of The X Factor USA in 2012, but failed to progress individually to the judges' houses stage of the competition. On 27 July 2012, they were formed as a group at the end of bootcamp by Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. Originally, the group's name was "LYLAS" (acronym for Love You Like a Sister), but another group called "The Lylas" (which consists of four of Bruno Mars' sisters) claimed that the show stole their name. Thereafter, LYLAS changed their name to 1432 (which stands for I Love You Too), which was announced on the first live show on October 31, 2012, during which 1432 performed "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were critical of the new name, and Cowell suggested that the group be renamed again. During the first live results show on November 1, 2012, 1432 performed "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato in a sing-off with Sister C. Cowell decided to send 1432 through to the Top 12 and he announced that they would be renamed by the viewers online. The name chosen by the public was announced: "Fifth Harmony".
In the semi-finals stage of the show, they performed Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" as well as Shontelle's "Impossible" (for the second time during the competition). Their performance of "Anything Could Happen" was "a finals-caliber performance" according to L.A. Reid and described as "magic" by Britney Spears. Their performance of "Impossible" received mostly negative reviews from the judges because the group had previously performed the song at Simon Cowell's home (although not on The X Factor concert stage). Three members of the group (Camila, Lauren, and Ally) sang parts of the song in fluent Spanish. The following night's public vote results advanced Fifth Harmony to the final 3 along with Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar. On the Top three live show, Fifth Harmony performed Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" for the second time as their "Song of the Series" song. Their second song was a duet with The X Factor judge Demi Lovato singing "Give Your Heart a Break". Their final song of the night was "Let It Be" by The Beatles, billed as their "$5 million song". After the first round of the finals they did not receive enough votes from the public to advance to the Top 2, and they finished in 3rd place on December 20, 2012.
Approximately one month following the X Factor season 2 finale, on January 14, 2013, Fifth Harmony was voted the "Next Pop Superstar of 2013" by Popdust Magazine They began recording covers of songs and they uploaded these onto YouTube. Three of these covers received public praise from the original artists, namely Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Mikky Ekko. Fifth Harmony was also featured on Boyce Avenue's 2013 EP "Cover Collaborations, Volume 2", singing covers of "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake and "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars.
Their debut Extended Play (EP), Better Together was released October 22, peaking on the Billboard 200 at number six, selling 28,000 copies in its first week. The EP also peaked at number three in the US Billboard Digital Albums chart. Spanish versions of the EP, Juntos and Juntos Acoustic was released on November 8, peaking at number two and 12 respectively on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The EP's lead single, "Miss Movin' On" peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-six, becoming the highest charting single from an The X Factor contestant to appear on the chart.Also, the song charted on the US Billboard Streaming Songs chart at number 45 and on the US Billboard Heatseekers Songs chart at number four. The song was certified Gold for selling over half a million copies. "Miss Movin' On" was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Break-Up Song. The EP's promotional single, "Me & My Girls" charted on the US Billboard Heatseekers Songs chart at number seventeen and on the Hot Digital Songs chart at fifty-three. "Me & My Girls" won a Radio Disney Music Award for "Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFFs".
Throughout the months of July and August 2013, Fifth Harmony performed at shopping malls across the United States in a tour titled "Harmonize America".On August 5, 2013 the girl group celebrated their one-year anniversary by performing five shows in New York City. The pop-up concerts throughout the city included performances at the iHeartRadio Theater and Madison Square Park. The group was one of the opening acts for Cher Lloyd during her I Wish Tour which started on September 6, 2013. On September 11, 2013 the girl group revealed that they would be headlining their first concert hall tour "Fifth Harmony 2013", playing concert halls in Canada and the US. Their opening act was indie pop band AJR. Fifth Harmony appeared at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards alongside Demi Lovato to present the Acuvue Inspire Award to Nick Jonas. On November 24, they performed "Better Together" on the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Demi Lovato revealed on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on September 30, 2013 that Fifth Harmony was one of two opening acts for her 2014 Neon Lights Tour playing 27 arenas across North America. On January 23, 2014, Fifth Harmony headlined the MTV Artists To Watch concert, an annual concert which showcases breakout artists that will be promoted by MTV during the year. The 2014 concert also featured performances by Tori Kelly, Rixton, Echosmith and Jake Miller.
In early 2014, Fifth Harmony confirmed reports that recording had begun for their full-length debut album with record producers Julian Bunetta, Daylight, Joe London and multi-instrumentalist songwriter Ricky Reed. The group stated the album is less pop, "more rhythmic" and has a more mature sound than Better Together. Fifth Harmony's fourth headlining tour was revealed at the end of March 2014, titled Fifth Times a Charm Tour, with dates in Puerto Rico and the US. It was announced by Billboard that a rep from Epic Records confirmed that the album release was moved from December 16, 2014 to January 27, 2015.
Their debut studio album, Reflection was ultimately released on February 3, 2015.After a full week of sales, Reflection entered the US Billboard 200 at number five with 80,000 units (with 62,000 of that coming from traditional album sales). The album's lead single, "Boss", released on July 7, 2014, peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with first-week sales of 75,000, becoming the group's highest-charting song as well as their song with the highest first week sales, at the time. The song charted on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 at number 37, as well as in other countries such as the Canadian Hot 100 chart at number 75. "Boss" received a Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the US. The second single from Reflection, the Meghan Trainor-penned "Sledgehammer", went on to become Fifth Harmony's first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and highest charting single on the Mainstream Top 40 chart peaking at number 21. "Sledgehammer" also became the group's highest-charting single in Canada at the time, peaking at number 63 on the Canadian Hot 100. On June 26, 2015, "Sledgehammer" was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million copies in the United States. The third single from the album, "Worth It", featuring American rapper Kid Ink, made its peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at 12, making it their second Top 40 hit and highest-charting single in the United States.On June 3, 2015, "Worth It" was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1 million copies in the United States. "Worth It" became the group's first international hit, charting in the top ten charts in the United Kingdom, Scotland, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, and Luxembourg, as well as peaking within the top twenty of the music charts in countries such as Australia, France, Belgium, Canada, Slovakia and Germany. The album was supported by the group's first major headlining tour, the Reflection Tour. The tour started on February 27, 2015, in San Francisco and ended on March 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox were the opening acts. The Reflection: Summer Tour was announced on April 24, 2015. The tour started on July 15 and will end on September 15. It will feature Bea Miller, Debby Ryan, and Natalie La Rose as opening acts.
On October 28, 2014, the group made a cameo appearance on MTV’s Faking It, on the episode "The Ecstasy and the Agony" performing a cover of the New Kids On The Block’s 1988 hit single “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”. On December 4, 2014, they were invited to sing at the White House for the National Christmas Tree Lighting, where they performed a cover of Mariah Carey's hit Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Fifth Harmony returned to the White House on April 6, 2015 to perform at the annually-held White House Easter Egg Roll. Fifth Harmony were scheduled to perform on the Billboard Music Awards but due to some issues, they only presented on stage. They performed their single "Worth It" on the Dancing with the Stars finale and also made their first late night appearance when they performed the song (with Kid Ink for the first time) on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 18, 2015. On June 16, 2015, it was revealed that the group had recorded a song titled "I'm In Love With A Monster" for the film Hotel Transylvania 2. It was featured in the trailer for the movie, and will be heard in the movie as well, which is set to release on September 25, 2015.