Better Together (EP)

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Better Together
EP by Fifth Harmony
Released October 22, 2013[1]
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop, R&B
Label Syco, Epic
Producer Julian Bunetta (exec.), The Suspex, The Monsters and the Strangerz, Harmony Samuels
Singles from Better Together
  1. "Miss Movin' On"
    Released: July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)

Better Together is the debut EP of American girl group Fifth Harmony. It was their first release after placing third on the second season of The X Factor (U.S.), and was released on October 22, 2013 through Epic Records. Throughout the recording process, the group worked with a variety of music producers: The Monsters and the Strangerz, Savan Kotecha and Harmony Samuels as well as Julian Bunetta who served as the executive producer of the EP. Spanish language versions of the EP, "Juntos" and "Juntos Acoustic", were both released to digital music stores on November 8, 2013, while a physical bundle of both versions packaged together was released exclusively at Walmart on November 11, 2013. An acoustic version of 'Better Together' was released to digital music stores on November 15, 2013, with physical copies sold exclusively at Justice stores. Finally, a remix EP was released exclusively to iTunes on November 25, 2013.

A four disc Better Together: Deluxe Edition set started selling exclusively on Fifth Harmony's official store on December 3, 2013, consisting of the standard five-track EP Better Together, along with Better Together Acoustic, Juntos, Juntos Acoustic and a card to download the remix EP.[2]

The EP is preceded by the single "Miss Movin' On" which peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100. Better Together debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200.

Background[edit]

Fifth Harmony spoke about the album in an exclusive interview, saying " It’s definitely going to sound different. All of the songs have a common thread - they’re all a genre of pop, we’ve got a ballad in there. There’s an 80’s song in there, they all sound really different, but there is a connection there".[3]

Promotion[edit]

The group served as one of the opening acts for Cher Lloyd's I Wish Tour which commenced on September 6, 2013. All of the songs appearing on the EP were performed as part of the setlist, including bonus tracks that appear on the iTunes and Target versions.

On the day of the EP release, Fifth Harmony were interviewed during a 30-minute "Live From MTV" live stream on MTV.com. They also performed "Miss Movin' On" on Live with Kelly and Michael and The Arsenio Hall Show. The quintet appeared on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan on October 23. Other promotional visits during the week of release included visits to Billboard headquarters and a trip to the top of the Empire State Building with members of the media for photo ops and short interviews. Autograph signing events for the EP included stops at Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, New York on October 22, 2013 and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, New York on October 23, 2013.

Singles[edit]

"Miss Movin' On" was released as their debut single and the lead single on July 16, 2013. The song debuted at number 85, and has thus far peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 27 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA in June 2014.

Promotional Singles[edit]

"Me & My Girls" was released as the promotional single through Radio Disney and it reached #4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, #17 on the Heatseekers Songs, and #53 on Digital Songs.

"Better Together", the track after which the EP is named, was also released as a promotional single on October 26, 2013.

Reception[edit]

Better Together went to number two on the iTunes album chart on the day of its release, behind Katy Perry's album Prism which was released on the same day.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Wanna Dance Alone"   Ally Brooke Hernandez, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Julian Bunetta, Andre Merrit Bunetta 3:50
2. "Miss Movin' On"   Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Lindy Robbins, Julia Michaels The Suspex 3:14
3. "Better Together"   Harmony Samuels, Savan Kotecha, Evigan, PJ Bianco Samuels 3:14
4. "Who Are You"   Brooke, Cabello, Hansen, Jauregui, Kordei, Bunetta, PJ Bianco, Nasri Tony Atweh Bunetta 3:56
5. "Leave My Heart Out of This"   Evigan, Tebey Solomon Ottoh, Marcus "Marc Lo" Lomax, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson The Monsters and the Strangerz, Jason Evigan 3:50
The Remix - EP
  1. "Don't Wanna Dance Alone" (Col Plante Remix) - 3:55
  2. "Miss Movin' On" (Papercha$er Remix) - 4:07
  3. "Better Together" (DayDrunk Remix) - 3:16
  4. "Who Are You" (Bit Error Remix) - 4:11
  5. "Leave My Heart Out of This" (Buzz Junkies Remix) - 4:41

Chart performance[edit]

Better Together (EP) debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 28,000,[6] and at number 3 on Digital Albums. It also debuted at number 18 on the New Zealand Albums Chart. In addition, it debuted at number 22 on the Canadian Albums Chart. Juntos Acoustic (EP) peaked at number 5 on Latin Pop Albums, while Better Together: The Remixes (EP) debuted at number 20 on Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums. Juntos (EP) debuted at number 2 on both the Billboard Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[7] 22
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 18
US Billboard 200[9] 6
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[10] 3
US Latin Pop Albums (Billboard) 2
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard) 2
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard) 20

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