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Fifth Harmony is an American five-piece girl group formed on the second season of the The X Factor USA in July 2012. The group consists of members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui. They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid's record label, after finishing in third place on the show.

Following their exit from The X Factor, they released their debut single "Miss Movin' On". Their debut EP, Better Together was released in 2013 with a first week position of number six on the U.S. Billboard 200. The following year, they won the Artist to Watch award at the MTV Video Music Awards.[2] The group released their debut studio album, Reflection in February 2015 debuting at number five on the Billboard 200 and receiving a Gold certification from the RIAA.[3] The album included the platinum singles "Boss", "Sledgehammer" and "Worth It". The latter achieved triple platinum certification in the U.S. and reached the top 10 in thirteen countries. Their lead single, "Work from Home" from their sophomore album, 7/27, continued to replicate similar success, becoming the group's first top 5 single on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] With over 5.5 million certified digital singles sold, Fifth Harmony has emerged as the most successful alumni from the X Factor U.S. franchise

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.[7] 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".[8]

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.[9] 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. On January 17, Fifth Harmony was officially signed by their X Factor mentor Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music, in a joint deal with fellow X Factor judge L.A. Reid's label Epic Records.[11][12] 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.[13][14][15][16][17] 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.[18][19]

Their debut extended play Better Together was released October 22,[20] selling 28,000 copies in its first week and peaking on the Billboard 200 at number six.[21] Spanish versions of the EP, Juntos and Juntos Acoustic was released on November 8,[22][23] peaking at number 2 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 76, the highest charting single from an The X Factor contestant to appear on the chart.[24] The song was certified Gold in the United States for selling 500,000 digital downloads and streams combined.[25] "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 Hot Digital Songs chart at 53.[26] "Me & My Girls" won a Radio Disney Music Award for "Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFFs".[27]

Throughout the months of July and August 2013, Fifth Harmony performed at shopping malls across the United States in a promo tour titled "Harmonize America".[28] 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.[29] The group was one of the opening acts for Cher Lloyd during her I Wish Tour which started on September 6, 2013.[30][31] On September 11, 2013 the girl group announced their first concert hall tour "Fifth Harmony 2013", playing in concert halls in Canada and the US.[32] Their opening act was indie pop band AJR.[33] On November 24, they performed "Better Together" on the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards.[34] They supported Demi Lovato's 2014 Neon Lights Tour as the opening act playing 27 arenas across North America.[35][36] 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.[38] The group stated the album is less pop, "more rhythmic" and has a more mature sound than Better Together.[39] Fifth Harmony's fourth headlining promo tour was revealed at the end of March 2014, titled Fifth Times a Charm Tour, with dates in Puerto Rico and the US.[40] It was announced by Billboard that a rep from Epic Records had confirmed that the album release was moved from December 16, 2014 to January 27, 2015.[41]

Their debut studio album, Reflection was ultimately released on February 3, 2015.[42] 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)[43] and was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA in February 2016.[25] 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.[44] and received a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling a million digital downloads and streams combined in the United States.[25] The second single from Reflection, the Meghan Trainor-penned "Sledgehammer", went on to become the group's first top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also certified platinum by the RIAA.[25] The third single from the album, "Worth It", featuring American rapper Kid Ink, became the album's most successful single, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100,[45] and receiving a triple platinum certification by the RIAA.[25] "Worth It" also became the group's first international successful single, charting in the top ten charts in thirteen countries and receiving certifications from twelve countries.

Reflection was featured in both Rolling Stone and Complex's mid-year Best Albums of 2015 So Far lists, ranking at number 21 in the latter.[46][47] The album was supported by the group's first major headlining tour, the Reflection Tour, visiting 63 cities in North America and 6 cities in Europe[48]

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".[49] Fifth Harmony returned to the White House on April 6, 2015 to perform at the annually-held White House Easter Egg Roll.[50] They promoted their single "Worth It" with televised performances on the Dancing with the Stars finale and their first late night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 18, 2015 with Kid Ink for the first time.[51] They released "I'm in Love with a Monster" on September 25, 2015, a song for the film Hotel Transylvania 2. It was featured in the trailer for the movie, and was heard in the movie as well.[52] On October 25, 2015, Fifth Harmony performed "Worth It" at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards red carpet.[53]

On September 23, 2015, the group announced they had started recording for their second studio album.[54] The album is said to be produced by Max Martin, Stargate and other producers. Band members Lauren Jauregui and Dinah Jane have written a few songs for the album along with the likes of Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Aaron Pearce, Tayla Parx, etc.[55]

On December 11, 2015, the group received the "Group of the Year" award at Billboard Women in Music 2015 ceremony.[56]

In January 2016, it was announced that Fifth Harmony had moved from Faculty Management and Productions to a new management company, Maverick management.

After a winter break, it was announced on February 25, 2016 that Fifth Harmony will be releasing their second studio album "7/27" on May 20, 2016.[58] The album is named after the day they were formed on the The X Factor. The lead single, "Work from Home", which features American singer Ty Dolla Sign was officially announced the same day and was released on February 26, 2016, along with its music video.[58] The single received positive reviews and was commercially successful, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming their highest charting single in the United States, while reaching the top 10 in twenty-two other countries.[59] The group will embark on The 7/27 Tour starting June 22, 2016 in Lima, Peru. As of April 27, 2016, only 8 South American dates have been announced.


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