5 Seconds of Summer

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5 Seconds of Summer
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5 Seconds of Summer backstage during their 2014 UK tour. From left to right: Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin.
Background information
Also known as 5SOS
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Pop punk, pop rock
Years active 2011–present
Labels Capitol
Associated acts
Website www.5sos.com
Members Michael Clifford
Luke Hemmings
Calum Hood
Ashton Irwin

5 Seconds of Summer (also known as 5SOS) are an Australian pop punk/pop rock band.[1][2]

Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals).[3] The group were originally YouTube celebrities, who posted videos of themselves covering songs from various artists in 2011. From there, they started to gain a small following in 2012 after posting a series of cover versions of popular songs onto YouTube, then rose to international fame when One Direction invited them on their Take Me Home Tour.

The group have been referred to as a boy band in the media.[4][5][6][7] In February 2014, they released "She Looks So Perfect" as their debut worldwide release. It topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Their self-titled debut studio album was released in June 2014.


2011–12: Origin and debut

5 Seconds of Summer at their EP launch gig at The Metro Theatre on 25 November 2012

5 Seconds of Summer began in December 2011 when Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood, who all attended Norwest Christian College, started posting videos of themselves performing covers of popular songs together on Hemmings' YouTube channel. Hemmings' first video, a cover of Mike Posner's "Please Don't Go", was posted on 3 February 2011.[8] Their cover of Chris Brown's "Next to You" received over 600,000 hits.[9] In December 2011, they were joined by drummer Ashton Irwin,[10] and the four-man line up was completed.[11]

The band attracted some keen interest from major music labels and publishers, and have signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV Music Publishing.[12] Despite having had no promotion apart from on Facebook and Twitter,[12] their first music release, an EP entitled Unplugged, reached number 3 on the iTunes chart in Australia,[12] and the Top 20 in both New Zealand and Sweden. Their international following increased significantly once again when One Direction member Louis Tomlinson posted the link to their YouTube video of their song "Gotta Get Out", stating that he'd been a fan of 5 Seconds of Summer "for a while".[13] 5 Seconds of Summer were once again the subject of interest for One Direction following the release of their first single, "Out of My Limit", on 19 November 2012, this time with Niall Horan tweeting the link to the video clip.[14]

5 Seconds of Summer spent the second half of 2012 writing and developing their sound with Christian Lo Russo and Joel Chapman of Australian band Amy Meredith, with whom they wrote two of the songs that feature on the Somewhere New EP: "Beside You" and "Unpredictable". The EP was also co-produced by Joel Chapman. 5 Seconds of Summer released their first single "Out of My Limit" on 19 November 2012, the video clip for the song receiving over 100,000 views within the first 24 hours.[15] In December 2012, the boys embarked on a songwriting trip to London, where they have written with various artists including McFly,[16] Roy Stride of Scouting for Girls, Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs,[17] Jamie Scott,[18] Jake Gosling, Steve Robson and James Bourne of Busted.[19]

2013–present: Debut studio album 5 Seconds of Summer

On 14 February 2013, it was announced that 5 Seconds of Summer would support One Direction on their worldwide Take Me Home Tour.[20] The tour kicked off at the O2 Arena in London on 23 February 2013, and 5 Seconds of Summer joined One Direction for shows in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, including seven shows at Allphones Arena in 5 Seconds of Summer's home town of Sydney.[21] Whilst on a break from the Take Me Home Tour, 5 Seconds of Summer returned home to Australia where they played a National headlining tour, with all dates selling out within minutes. It was around this time when the band began to gain popularity and become more well-known.[22] On 21 November 2013, the band announced that they had signed to Capitol Records.[23]

On 5 February 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer listed their debut single "She Looks So Perfect" for pre-order on the iTunes Store.[24]

5 Seconds of Summer performing at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia on 30 April 2014

The connection between 5SOS and One Direction extends to both artists being managed by London-based Modest Management. This led to 5SOS being called a boy band in the media.[4] Members of the band have said the group is not a boy band.[25] Unlike many boy bands, they write their own songs, play their own instruments, and they are not primarily a dance group.[26] Nevertheless, the band has attracted a fanatical following of girls just like other boy bands.[27] Ashton Irwin has compared the band's female following to Fall Out Boy which also has a sizable female fanbase. John Feldmann, frontman of Goldfinger and producer on 5 Seconds of Summer, attributes 5 Seconds of Summer's fanbase to "a fundamental change in the pop punk demo[graphic]", mentioning the gradual demographic shift away from the majority male audiences of early 1990s pop punk acts such as Blink-182 and Green Day.[28]

In late March 2014, "She Looks So Perfect" was released in UK. Despite only one day on top in the British iTunes store and ending its week in the lower end of the top 10, 5 Seconds of Summer became only the fourth Australian band to have a UK number-one single, and the first to do so in 14 years.[29] In the following week's chart the song dropped to number 10, which was the biggest drop from number one since McFly's ""Baby's Coming Back"/"Transylvania" fell from number one to number 20, also in its second week on the UK chart. On 5 March 2014, it was announced that 5 Seconds of Summer will once again join One Direction on the road, supporting them on their 2014 Where We Are Tour in the US, Canada, UK and Europe.[30] On 9 April 2014, the She Looks So Perfect EP debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.[31]

On 13 May 2014, the band announced that their debut album, named 5 Seconds of Summer, will be released on 27 June 2014 in Europe and Australia with other releases coming later. The album won a Kerrang! award; Luke Hemmings said it was a real honour to win one, as all the band's idols are in Kerrang!.[32]


5 Seconds of Summer cite McFly, blink-182, All Time Low, Green Day, Boys Like Girls and Busted as their influences.[33][34]

Band members



Opening act


  • Mini Australian Tour (2012)
  • Twenty Twelve Tour[37] (June 2012)
  • First New Zealand Show[38] (3 November 2012)
  • Pants Down Tour (2013) (Australia)
  • UK Tour[39] (February & March 2014)
  • 5 Countries 5 Days European Tour[40] (March & April 2014) (Sweden, Germany, France, Italy & Spain)
  • Stars, Stripes and Maple Syrup Tour (April 2014) (North America)
  • There's No Place Like Home Tour (May 2014) (Australia)[41]
  • Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour (May - September 2015) (UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada)[42][43][44]

Awards and nominations

Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards

Billboard is an American music magazine, headquartered in New York City, New York and owned by Prometheus Global Media.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Breakout Star Nominated

Channel V

Channel V is the brand name for multiple international music television networks owned by STAR TV and Fox International Channels, fully owned subsidiaries of 21st Century Fox.

Year Nominated Award Result
2013 5 Seconds of Summer Oz Artist Award Won


Kerrang Awards became one of Britain's most recognised award events by the now defunct Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, often listing some of the winners in their annual round-up of the previous year. The event is always presented by major music celebrities, with many others outside the industry who attend the event.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Best International Newcomer presented by Troxy Won

MTV Awards

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Buzzworthy's Favorite Breakthrough Band Won

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) were established in 1994 by MTV Networks Europe to celebrate the most popular music videos in Europe.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Best Push Act Pending

MTV Video Music Awards

The American MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) is an award show by the cable network MTV to honor the top music videos of the year.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 "She Looks So Perfect" Artist to Watch Nominated
"Don't Stop" Best Lyric Video Won

MuchMusic Video Awards

The MuchMusic Video Awards (also known as (the) MMVA or MMVAs) are annual awards presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic to honour the year's best music videos.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 "She Looks So Perfect" International Video of the Year – Group Nominated

Neox Fan Awards

The Neox Fan Awards are presented annually since 2012 by Spanish media group Atresmedia in association with The Coca-Cola Company, being Fanta the main sponsor of the awards.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Best New Act of the Year Pending

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids Choice Awards, is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel, which is usually held on a Saturday night in late March or early April, that honors the year's biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon viewers.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Aussies' Fave Hot New Talent Won


Rockbjörnen is a music prize in Sweden, divided into several categories, which is awarded annually by the newspaper Aftonbladet. The prize was first awarded in 1979, and is mostly centered on pop and rock.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 "She Looks So Perfect" Årets utländska låt (Best Foreign Song) Nominated

Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards were established in 1999 to honor the year's biggest achievements in music, movies, sports and television, being voted by young people aged between 13 and 19.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 "Amnesia" Choice Music: Break-Up Song Nominated
5 Seconds of Summer Choice Music: Breakout Group Won
Choice Music: Group Nominated
Choice Summer: Music Group Won
"She Looks So Perfect" Choice Music: Song – Group Nominated

TRL Awards (Italy)

The TRL Awards were established in 2006 by MTV Italy to celebrate the most popular artists and music videos in Italy.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Best Artist from the World Nominated
Best New Artist
5SOS fam Best Fans

We Love Pop Awards

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Best Band Pending
Best Newcomer
5SOS fam Best Fandom
"She Looks So Perfect" Best Summer Anthem
Ashton Irwin Fittest Boy on the Planet
Calum Hood
Luke Hemmings
Michael Clifford
Ashton Irwin Nicest Pop Star

World Music Awards

The World Music Awards is an international awards show founded in 1989 that annually honors recording artists based on worldwide sales figures provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer World's Best Group Nominated
World's Best Live Act
"She Looks So Perfect" World's Best Song
"Wherever You Are"
"She Looks So Perfect" World's Best Video
"Wherever You Are"

Young Hollywood Awards

The Young Hollywood Awards is an award presented annually which honors the year's biggest achievements in pop music, movies, sports, television, fashion and more, as voted on by teenagers aged 13–19 and young adults.

Year Nominated Award Result
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Breakout Music Artist Nominated


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