Better Together (EP)

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Better Together
Fifth Harmony - Better Together.png
EP by Fifth Harmony
Released October 18, 2013
Recorded March – May 2013
Genre Pop/Dance-pop
Length 18:04
Label
Producer
Fifth Harmony chronology
Better Together
(2013)
Reflection
(2015)
Singles from Better Together
  1. "Miss Movin' On"
    Released: July 16, 2013

Better Together is the debut extended play (EP) by 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 18, 2013 through Epic Records.[1] 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 No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100. Better Together debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. A song that was not on the album but was promoted on the Harmonize America Mall Tour was "Tellin' Me".

Background[edit]

Fifth Harmony spoke about the EP 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]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Better Together features five differents tracks, its primarily a pop that explores '80-inspired dance-pop, pop rock, minimal urban music and bubblegum pop.[4][5] The EP opens with the'80's-inspired "Don't Wanna Dance Alone", the song has an uptempo dance beat and incorporates elements of funk music.[6][7][8] The song gained comparisons to Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) for similar message and upbeat sound.[6][7] The second track is the single "Miss Movin' On", the song was produced by "The Suspex, lyrically, it deliverers a message of empowerment expressing the "moving on from a relationship".[7] As noted by David Greenwold from Billboard who wrote that the "empowering track fulfills the group's promise of "fun pop".[9] Sugarscape compared the track to Demi Lovato's songs. It has a power pop-influenced chorus.[10][11][12]

The title track Better Together is a throwback R&B-pop song,[6] critics compared its sound to musical style from Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande.[7][8] The fourth track "Who Are You" is the only ballad present in the EP,[7] it contains a slow piano melody and strings harmonizing around.[6] The last track "Leave My Heart Out Of This" is a pop rock song with acoustic guitar during the first verses and breakdown,[6] it received comparisons to Demi Lovato's Heart Attack.[7][6]

Promotion[edit]

Fifth Harmony at Hollywood & Highland Center on August 16, 2013.

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.[13] The quintet appeared on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan on October 23.[14] 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.[15] 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.[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

"Miss Movin' On" was released as their debut single and the lead single on July 16, 2013.[16] The song debuted at No. 85, and peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 27 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA in June 2014.[17] "Me & My Girls" was released as the promotional single through Radio Disney and it reached No. 4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, No. 17 on the Heatseekers Songs, and No. 53 on Digital Songs.[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

Better Together debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 28,000,[19] and at No. 3 on Digital Albums. It also debuted at No. 18 on the New Zealand Albums Chart and at No. 22 on the Canadian Albums Chart. Juntos Acoustic peaked at No. 5 on Latin Pop Albums, while Better Together: The Remixes debuted at No. 20 on Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums.[20] Juntos debuted at No. 2 on both the Billboard Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Wanna Dance Alone"
  • Julian Bunetta
  • Andre Merrit
  • Edwin Serrano
  • Autumn Rowe
Bunetta 3:50
2. "Miss Movin' On" The Suspex 3:14
3. "Better Together" Samuels 3:14
4. "Who Are You"
Bunetta 3:56
5. "Leave My Heart Out of This"
3:50
Total length: 18:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 18
US Billboard 200[23] 6
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[24]
Better Together: The Remixes
20
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard)[25]
Juntos
2
US Latin Pop Albums (Billboard)[26]
Juntos
2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Better Together by Fifth Harmony". iTunes. October 18, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fifth Harmony "Better Together Box Set Bundle"". Fifth Harmony Store US. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Fifth Harmony". Fifth Harmony Official. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (February 11, 2015). "Fifth Harmony:Reflection". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fifth Harmony - Better Together". AllMusic. October 22, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Review: Fifth Harmony's Debut EP, 'Better Together', Is Here At Last". MuuMuse. October 26, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Fifth Harmony - Better Together". Sputnikmusic. May 21, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Album Review: Fifth Harmony – 'Better Together'". PopologyNow. October 22, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Fifth Harmony Bows 'Miss Movin' On' Lyric Video: Watch". Billboard. June 18, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Smith, Carl (June 16, 2013). "The X Factor USA's Fifth Harmony unveil debut single 'Miss Movin' On' - Listen". Sugarscape. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Fifth Harmony Premieres Debut Single "Miss Movin 'On" (Single Review)". Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Top 10 New Pop Songs July 16, 2013". About. 
  13. ^ "October 22, 2013 - LIVE with Kelly and Michael". Disney/ABC Domestic Television. October 22, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Fifth Harmony - Miss Movin' On (Big Morning Buzz Live) - MTV". MTV. November 4, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fifth Harmony Chats with Glitter Magazine at Empire State Building". Glitter Magazine. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Miss Movin' On - Single by Fifth Harmony". iTunes Store (US). July 16, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - November 03, 2015". RIAA. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Fifth Harmony Chart History - Hot Digital Songs". Billboard. 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  19. ^ Katy Perry Knocks Miley Cyrus Down a Couple Pegs | Chart Watch - Yahoo Music
  20. ^ "Fifth Harmony Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for Fifth Harmony. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Fifth Harmony - Better Together EP - Only at Target : Target". Target Corporation. October 22, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Fifth Harmony – Better Together EP". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  23. ^ "Fifth Harmony – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Fifth Harmony. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  24. ^ "Fifth Harmony – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for Fifth Harmony. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  25. ^ "Fifth Harmony – Chart history" Billboard Top Latin Albums for Fifth Harmony. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "Fifth Harmony – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Albums for Fifth Harmony. Retrieved November 17, 2016.