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Fifth Harmony
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Fifth Harmony performing in 2013
Background information
Origin Miami, Florida, U.S.[1]
Years active 2012–present
  • Ally Brooke
  • Normani Kordei
  • Lauren Jauregui
  • Camila Cabello
  • Dinah Jane

Fifth Harmony is an American 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 behind Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar on the show. Since then, they have released an EP and a full-length album.

Following their exit from The X Factor, their debut single "Miss Movin' On" was released, peaked at number 76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified Gold in the US for selling over half a million digital downloads. Their debut EP, Better Together was released in 2013 with a first week position of number six on the US 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. It debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, with 80,000 units sold in the first week and was supported by the group's first major headlining tour, the Reflection Tour. Two singles from the album, "BO$$" and "Sledgehammer", have achieved Platinum certification and "Worth It" (featuring rapper Kid Ink) has achieved Double Platinum certification in the US. The latter also became the group's first top 20 single, after peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song reached the top-ten in eight other countries. Fifth Harmony has emerged as the most successful alumni from the X Factor US franchise and have also been labeled the most influential contestant to come from the series.[3]


2012: The X Factor

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.[4] 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".[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Performances on The X Factor

2013–14: Better Together

Fifth Harmony performing on their Harmonize America Tour, August 2013.

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[8] 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.[9][10][11][12][13] 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.[14][15]

Their debut Extended Play (EP), Better Together was released October 22,[16] peaking on the Billboard 200 at number six, selling 28,000 copies in its first week.[17] The EP also peaked at number three in the US Billboard Digital Albums chart. Spanish versions of the EP, Juntos and Juntos Acoustic was released on November 8,[18][19] peaking at number two 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 seventy-six, becoming the highest charting single from an The X Factor contestant to appear on the chart.[20] Also, the song charted on the US Billboard Streaming Songs chart at number 45[21] and on the US Billboard Heatseekers Songs chart at number four.[22] The song was certified Gold for selling 500,000 digital downloads and streams combined in the United States.[23] "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 Heatseekers Songs chart at number seventeen and on the Hot Digital Songs chart at fifty-three.[24][25] "Me & My Girls" won a Radio Disney Music Award for "Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFFs".[26]

Throughout the months of July and August 2013, Fifth Harmony performed at shopping malls across the United States in a tour titled "Harmonize America".[27] 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.[28] The group was one of the opening acts for Cher Lloyd during her I Wish Tour which started on September 6, 2013.[29][30] On September 11, 2013 the girl group revealed that they would be headlining their first concert hall tour "Fifth Harmony 2013", playing concert halls in Canada and the US.[31] Their opening act was indie pop band AJR.[32] Fifth Harmony appeared at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards alongside Demi Lovato to present the Acuvue Inspire Award to Nick Jonas.[33] On November 24, they performed "Better Together" on the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards.[34]

Demi Lovato revealed on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on September 30, 2013 that Fifth Harmony was one of two opening acts for her 2014 Neon Lights Tour 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.[37]

2014–present: Reflection and breakout success

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 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] 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, becoming the group's highest-charting song as well as their song with the highest first week sales, at the time.[44] The song charted on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 at number 37, as well as in other countries such as the Canadian Hot 100 chart at number 75. "Boss" 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.[23] The second single from Reflection, the Meghan Trainor-penned "Sledgehammer", went on to become Fifth Harmony's first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and highest charting single on the Mainstream Top 40 chart peaking at number 21. "Sledgehammer" also became the group's highest-charting single in Canada at the time, peaking at number 63 on the Canadian Hot 100. On June 26, 2015, "Sledgehammer" was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[23]

The third single from the album, "Worth It", featuring American rapper Kid Ink, made its peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at 12, making it their first top 20 single and highest-charting single in the United States.[45] On August 26, 2015, "Worth It" was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.[23] "Worth It" became the group's first international hit, charting in the top ten charts in Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Reflection was featured in both Rolling Stone's and Complex magazine'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.[48] The tour started on February 27, 2015, in San Francisco and ended on March 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides and Mahogany Lox were the opening acts.[49] The Reflection: Summer Tour was announced on April 24, 2015. The tour started on July 15 and ended on September 15. It featured Bea Miller, Debby Ryan, and Natalie La Rose as opening acts.[50] The Reflection: European Tour was announced in September 2015, running from October 26, 2015 to November 9, 2015 in Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and France.[51]

On October 28, 2014, the group made a cameo appearance on MTV’s Faking It, on the episode "The Ecstasy and the Agony" performing a cover of the New Kids On The Block’s 1988 hit single “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”.[52] 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".[53] Fifth Harmony returned to the White House on April 6, 2015 to perform at the annually-held White House Easter Egg Roll.[54] Fifth Harmony were scheduled to perform on the Billboard Music Awards but due to some issues, they only presented on stage.[55] They performed their single "Worth It" on the Dancing with the Stars finale and also made their first late night appearance when they performed the song (with Kid Ink for the first time) on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 18, 2015.[56] On June 16, 2015, it was revealed that the group had recorded a song titled "I'm in Love with a Monster" for the film Hotel Transylvania 2. It was featured in the trailer for the movie, and was heard in the movie as well, which was released on September 25, 2015.[57] On October, 25, 2015, Fifth Harmony performed "Worth It" at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards red carpet.[58]

On September 23, 2015, the group announced on The Real that they had started recording for their second studio album.[59]


We want our songs to be fun, positive, and inspiring, and for our vocals to shine through, The songs are a direct reflection of us and what we go through. Because we've been able to co-write, we've been able to personalize our music and make it relatable. We want to be collectively unique and yet show our individuality, We're teenage girls hoping teenage girls can listen to the songs and feel like we're saying what they want to say.

— Fifth Harmony, on their musical style.

Fifth Harmony cites Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, the Spice Girls and Destiny's Child as their main influences.[60] Fifth Harmony also cites solo artists Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Selena, Celia Cruz, Alejandro Fernandez, and Leona Lewis as sources of musical inspiration.[1]

Fifth Harmony is mainly a pop[61][62][63] and R&B[64] girl group They have described their music as having a "retro feel" to it as well.[60] Each member has a different voice type: Lauren has a mature, smoky voice, which brings a fierce and "feisty flavor",[1] Camila has a unique voice that gives the group a "raw edge",[1] Normani has a bluesy vocal style that comes from her roots as a gospel singer,[1] Ally has a "powerful" vocal range which has vibrant energy and Dinah has drawn comparisons to Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.[1]


Fifth Harmony supports a number of charities and organizations whose initiatives are focused on sponsoring underprivileged teenagers and promoting youth empowerment. In November 2013 they partnered with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and visited patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.[65] They have also performed for patients at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In 2013, Fifth Harmony took part in the Social Media Mania initiative, sponsored by the executive producers of the Teen Choice Awards, which included seminars at high schools on topics such as promoting social media awareness and protecting against the dangers of technology misuse; and two members of the quintet also shared some of their own experiences as victims of cyber bullying.[66]

Fifth Harmony has a partnership with Girl Scouts of America, performing a number of free concerts for young girls who have participated in various fund-raising and charitable activities for the organisation. Fifth Harmony has performed concerts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia.[67]

The girl group participated in Goodwill Industries' 2013 Fall Haul Donation Challenge whereby schools in Wisconsin and Illinois were encouraged to donate as many items as possible to the charity organization; the school with the most donations won a private live Fifth Harmony performance.[68] It was revealed in January 2014 that Fifth Harmony is the new face of the Aéropostale and Do Something Teens for Jeans campaign. The girl group recorded a public service announcement encouraging community-driven donations of "gently worn" denims to the campaign, in aid of homeless teens.[69]

In conjunction with the release of Fifth Harmony's single "BO$$", the group launched a self-esteem campaign in partnership with Do Something called #ImABOSS. The campaign ran from July 9, 2014 to September 9, 2014 and it encouraged young people to make signs for their friends that include a compliment or unique trait of those friends. The purpose of the campaign was stated to be to instill confidence and kindness in the youth. Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke was quoted as saying, "The #ImABoss campaign is exactly in line with our new single BO$$ because it's all about owning and sharing what makes you confident and strong."[70][71][72]

Fifth Harmony were also announced as ambassadors for The Cybersmile Foundation, an anti-cyberbullying initiative, in May 2015.[73] Born prematurely herself, Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke became a spokesperson for the mother and child health organization March of Dimes in November 2015, in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day.[74] During that same month, member Normani Hamilton lent support to teen magazine Glitter's #SelfLove campaign, releasing a video advocating the importance of self-acceptance and acceptance of others.[75][76]

Endorsements and sponsorships

In December 2013, Fifth Harmony was revealed as the faces of Jovani Fashions' Prom 2014 line. This included a feature spread in Seventeen and a competition with the prize of having the girl group perform at the winner's high school prom.[77]

On January 30, 2014, Fifth Harmony invited members of the media to The Grammy Museum for a press conference to reveal the group's new multi-year partnership with Mattel's Barbie brand. The girl group recorded a global brand anthem for Barbie, "Anything Is Possible", which they performed at the press conference. The line of dolls, made in each member's likeness, was revealed in November 2014.[78]

In June 2014, Sony Music Entertainment announced that they would be launching endorsement deals between Fifth Harmony and a number of companies, including two clothing lines with Wet Seal. The first clothing line with Wet Seal was launched in August 2014 in 200 stores across America, featuring a collection from each member based on their individual style.[79] Among other licensing agreements signed by Sony Music on behalf of Fifth Harmony were JCorp (apparel), Accessory Innovations (accessories), Brown Trout (posters) and Sky High (back-to-school supplies).[80]

As opening act on Demi Lovato's Neon Lights Tour, Fifth Harmony teamed up with Clean & Clear.[81] The group recorded a series of commercials for the product, which were shown to arenas of concert attendees and later uploaded onto Clean & Clear's YouTube profile.[82] In August 2014, Clean & Clear commercials featuring Fifth Harmony were played on the MTV channel in the run-up to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.[83] In 2015, national commercials for Clean & Clear featuring Fifth Harmony began airing on television.[84]

The national television commercial for Hershey's Caramels features Fifth Harmony's single "Worth It".[85] In June 2015, Fifth Harmony were named as the faces of Candie's, a clothing brand stocked exclusively at Kohl's. With this endorsement deal, the girl group became the first one to face the brand since Destiny's Child.[86] Fifth Harmony recorded a jingle and music video for the brand, titled "Rock Your Candie's", which premiered at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.[87][88]


Ally Brooke

Allyson Brooke Hernandez was born in San Antonio, Texas on (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 22)[89] to parents Jerry and Patricia Hernandez. Ally's mother suffers from scoliosis and Ally has spoken out about the struggles of the disease and how her mother has shown "great strength".[90] In early 2015, Fifth Harmony fans decided to initiate a GoFundMe scheme to help raise money for Mrs. Hernandez's medical costs.[91] Ally has an older brother named Brandon. She is of Mexican descent.

Ally auditioned for The X Factor in Austin, Texas, singing a track from contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez.[92] During a recap of Season 2 of the X Factor, the Huffington Post highlighted Ally's audition as one of the highlights of the season, stating that "it was a quiet but controlled performance, hitting some amazing grace notes".[93] Ally's biggest musical influence is Tejano music artist Selena.

Normani Kordei

Normani Kordei Hamilton was born in Atlanta, Georgia on (1996-05-31) May 31, 1996 (age 19)[94] to parents Derrick and Andrea Hamilton. She spent her early years in New Orleans. Her family relocated to Houston, Texas after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Normani has two older half-sisters, Arielle and Ashlee. Hamilton has been performing since she was three, and was an award-winning dancer and gymnast before recording her first single at age 13. She has also had a small role in the HBO series Treme.

Hamilton considered herself a soul and gospel singer until she was incorporated in a girl group. Before The X Factor, she competed in the Miss Texas competition and made it to the final but decided to audition for the reality music competition. Like most of the other members, Hamilton's first bootcamp wasn't shown. She credits Beyoncé as her main artistic influence.[1]

Lauren Jauregui

Lauren Michelle Jauregui was born in Miami, Florida on (1996-06-27) June 27, 1996 (age 19)[95] to parents Michael and Clara Jauregui. She has two siblings; Taylor and Chris. Jauregui is of Cuban descent. She cites Journey, Paramore, The Script, Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera as her influences.[1] She attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart since 7th grade.[citation needed]

At 16, Jauregui auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina with the song "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. She was given four "yeses" and allowed to move on to bootcamp. She was then eliminated, but later was brought back to form what is now Fifth Harmony.

Camila Cabello

Karla Camila Cabello was born in Cuba on (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997 (age 18)[96] to parents Alejandro and Sinuhe Cabello. She has a sister named Sofía. She is of Mexican and Cuban descent. By the time she was five years old, Cabello had lived in Havana and Mexico before permanently relocating to Miami, Florida. Growing up she listened to Hispanic artists such as Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernandez.[1]

Cabello auditioned for The X Factor in North Carolina. She first auditioned for the producers' part of the audition and got the call back saying that she will audition for the judges as an alternative, meaning that if after the show, if they were to have time, she would be able to audition. After her audition, she got a 'yes' from all four judges. After elimination during bootcamp, Cabello was called back to the stage along with four other female contestants, to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony.

In November 2015, Cabello released a duet with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer".[97] The song has charted at number 97 in the US and 85 in Canada.[98]

Dinah Jane

Dinah Jane Milika Ilaisaane Hansen was born in Santa Ana, California on (1997-06-22) June 22, 1997 (age 18)[99] to parents Gordon and Milika Fot'aika. She is the oldest of six siblings. She is of Polynesian, Tongan and Danish descent.[1] Hansen auditioned for The X Factor singing "If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé, during which L.A. Reid stated that she "took the song to places that even Beyoncé didn't". She cites Ciara, Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey and Etta James as her musical influences.

During the final round of bootcamp, Hansen sang "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson with another contestant. She forgot of the song throughout the performance. Due to this, Hansen was eliminated as a solo performer, but was later brought back into the competition to form Fifth Harmony.




Year Name Role Notes
2012–13 The X Factor (US version) Contestants 22 episodes (2012)
Guest: 1 episode (2013)
2014 Faking It BOY Banned Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2015 Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Themselves Episode: "Sisters' Fun Day"


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