R5 (band)

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R5 in 2014
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 2009–present
Labels Hollywood (2012–present)
Website r5rocks.com
Members Ross Lynch
Riker Lynch
Rocky Lynch
Rydel Lynch
Ellington Ratliff

R5 is an American pop rock band based in Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2009, the band consists of: Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel's Austin & Ally), Riker Lynch (of FOX's hit tv-show Glee), Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch, and Ellington Ratliff. In March 2010, they self-released an EP, Ready Set Rock, and in September released their debut studio album with Hollywood Records.[1]

R5's debut EP Loud was released on February 19, 2013, which featured the lead single and title track "Loud". The band's first full-length album, Louder, was released on September 24, 2013 and the album not only includes the four songs from Loud but also seven new songs. The lead single from Louder, "Pass Me By", was released on iTunes on August 20, 2013. The music video premiered on August 29, 2013 on the band's Vevo channel.


2009–2011: Beginnings and Ready Set Rock[edit]

R5 is made up of a group of siblings born and raised in Littleton, Colorado (brothers Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Ross Lynch, sister Rydel Lynch and another brother who is not in the band, Ryland Lynch). While living in Colorado, the Lynch children went to a performing arts school where they learned to dance. They made up and put on shows for their family and charged them at least a dollar to watch them perform in their basement at a young age, as young as four or five. In 2008, Riker (the oldest brother), at 16, decided that he wanted to move to L.A. to pursue an acting career. To accommodate, their parents, Stormie and Mark Lynch, moved the whole family to L.A. so that they could stay together. Shortly after moving, the second eldest brother, Rocky Lynch, picked up guitar and soon taught Riker and Ross how to play as well. Opportunity after opportunity arose, and the siblings began their debuts on commercials. Four of the brothers were members of the dance team, the Rage Boyz Crew on the T.V. show So You Think You Can Dance in 2009. In October 2009, the family met Ellington Ratliff at a dance studio in California, in which he was also a member of the aforementioned Dance Crew. Ratliff joined the band on the drums and Rydel picked up the piano/keyboard (she had taken lessons previously), and R5 was created.

In Mid-2009, R5 began to make a YouTube web series called R5 TV to "show their fans what they are up to" on Riker's YouTube Channel (Which they then switched to a new channel February 2012). This has proved to be very successful marketing for the band with over 4 million views to date.[2] Throughout mid to late 2012 R5 recorded their debut Loud, which was released on February 19, 2013. They worked with producers Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou and Evan "Kidd" Bogart for the EP.[3] They made their first self-created music video for their song "Can't Get Enough of You" on September 4, 2010 which received 768,992 views.[4]

The band self released an EP entitled Ready Set Rock on March 9, 2010, consisting of songs written primarily by Riker, Rocky, Rydel, band coach E-Vega, and vocal coach/songwriter, Mauli B. The EP was produced by E-Vega.[5] During these early years they played sets throughout Southern California at venues, including the Orange County Fair, the San Diego County Fair, the San Diego IndieFest, the Knitting Factory, and Six Flags Magic Mountain.

2012–2014: Loud EP and Louder[edit]

Rocky, Ross and Riker on R5 West Coast Tour, in 2012

In April 2012, the band announced via their website that they had signed a record deal with DMG's Hollywood Records and that they are planning for their first Mini Tour in May.[6] The EP Charted in the Top 3 of the iTunes chart within 24 Hours of its Release.[7] One of the four songs on the EP "Here Comes Forever" was written by Riker, Rocky and Ross. Riker has described their debut single "Loud" as "It's like this big huge loud party."[8]

On August 16, 2013, the lead single from their debut album was premiered on Radio Disney. "Pass Me By" was released digitally on August 20, 2013,[9] and was available for instant download upon pre-ordering their debut album Louder. The album released on September 24, 2013.[10] Fans can use the iTunes "Complete My Album" option to purchase the EP,[11] which will allow them to purchase the entire album at a lower price. "Louder" climbed its way to number 2 on the iTunes charts and was classified as a "Chart-topper" on iTunes end of the year album list.

On December 25 2013, the second single from Louder was released titled (I Can't) Forget About You. Shortly after, it was announced that they would release a music video on 2014. The official video was released in the band's official website on January 15, 2014. It features the band members being in different kinds of crazy adventures while in Japan.

2014–present: World Tour and Second Studio Album[edit]

On February 5, 2014, the band embarked on the first leg of their first ever world tour starting in Warsaw, Poland. They toured numerous cities in Europe including shows in, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, England, Scotland and Ireland and also one show in Israel. They ended their European tour with their last show in Dublin, Ireland.

The band also had a small radio tour, visiting popular radio stations around the United States to promote both their album and their tour. After this, they resumed with the second leg of the tour on April 2, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. They ended the second leg in Vancouver, Canada and will then start with the third leg in the United States in Norfolk, Virginia on May 23, 2014.

R5 also announced their second studio album scheduled to be released in 2014. To date, R5 has 3 albums released: Loud, Louder, and the deluxe version of the latter.[12][13] Riker revealed that their second album will likely be sounding "more mature" and Ross has started writing songs for it.[13] R5 is set to perform at the Radio Disney Music Awards on April 26.[14][15]


The band cites Mcfly, Fall Out Boy, The 1975, The Beatles, The Script and Maroon 5 as some of their influences.[16] In the early life they listened to Elvis Presley, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.[16]


R5 performing live at The Citadel Outlets' 12th Annual Tree Lighting Concert in 2013


Studio albums
Extended plays

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2013 Radio Disney Music Awards[17] Best Music Group Themselves Nominated
Best Acoustic Performance "Loud" Nominated
Teen Icon Awards[18] Iconic Band/Group Themselves Nominated
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Group Themselves Pending[19]
That's My Jam "Loud" Pending[20]
Favortie Roadtrip Song "Pass Me By" Pending[21]


The band embarked on a mini Tour Club sponsored by Buena Vista Radio, entitled R5 West Coast Tour during Summer 2012. On June 1, 2012, it was announced that the band would be playing at the Big Ticket Summer Concert performing "Say You'll Stay" in Canada. The event was broadcast on Family Channel, The Big Ticket Summer Concert also featured Tyler Medeiros, Bridgit Mendler, Veronica and Allstar Weekend. The band also performed at the Big Ticket Summer Concert once again in 2013.


  1. ^ Staff (April 26, 2012). "Ross Lynch Signed a Record Deal with R5!". asweetbeat.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ YouTube
  3. ^ http://r5rocks.com/2013/news/r5-to-release-loud-ep-february-19/
  4. ^ Lynch, Riker. "R5 - Can't Get Enough of You - Official Music Video". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ [dead link] "About". R5Rocks.com. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sheehan, Katie (April 30, 2012). "R5 Signs to Hollywood Records". Artistdirect. (April 30, 2012). Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  7. ^ http://tommy2.net/content/?p=42088
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ibf9cEJWMI&list=TLyH8RHb86umw
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDN0HLM/ref=dm_att_alb6
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/louder-deluxe/id686098303
  11. ^ Ho, Rachel (January 8, 2013). "Ready, Set... R5". Musichel. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  12. ^ Dreaming, Disney. "Ross Lynch And R5 Working On Their Next Album While On Tour". Disney Dreaming. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Up, Ocean. "R5 ‘Second Album Will Be More Mature’". Ocean Up. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Nededog, Jethro. "Fifth Harmony, Becky G and R5 to Perform on Radio Disney Music Awards (Video)". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Ng, Philiana. "Radio Disney Music Awards Set 2014 Date and First Performers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "R5 Band - Influences, Biography.". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "2013 Radio Disney Music Awards: Nominees Announced! - Bop and Tigerbeat Magazine". bopandtigerbeat.com. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  18. ^ "J-14 TEEN ICON AWARDS: Meet Your 2013 Nominees & Vote Now!". J-14. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  19. ^ "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards". 
  20. ^ "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards". 
  21. ^ "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards". 

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