Lauren Jauregui

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Lauren Jauregui
Birth name Lauren Michelle Jauregui
Born (1996-06-27) June 27, 1996 (age 21)
Miami, Florida
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2012–present
Labels

Lauren Michelle Jauregui[1](born June 27, 1996) is a Cuban-American singer[2] and member of American girl group Fifth Harmony. A collaboration between Jauregui and American electro-pop duo Marian Hill, titled "Back To Me", premiered on December 9, 2016.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jauregui was born and raised in Miami. She is Cuban American. Her father Michael Jauregui is a Cuban musician[citation needed] and her mother Clara Jauregui is a teacher, who was born on the Caribbean island, moved to America when Fidel Castro came to power, arriving in the US “with absolutely nothing”.[4]

At the age of 16, Jauregui auditioned for The X Factor.[5] Jauregui came out as bisexual in an open letter to Donald Trump's voters, published in Billboard magazine on November 18, 2016.[2]

Inspired at an early age by music, her influences range from Journey and Paramore to Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, Jauregui limited her school-age performances to karaoke parties and talent shows. It wasn't until The X Factor that she took her vocal talents, which have been called mature and fiery, seriously.[6]

Career[edit]

The X Factor[edit]

Jauregui auditioned for the second season of the American version of The X Factor in 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina with the song "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. Her performance was described at “perfect” by Demi Lovato, who was really impressed by Jauregui because she has a perfect tone at age 16. She sang E.T. during the first round of bootcamp, but it was not shown. On the second round of bootcamp, she was put up against country group Sister C with the song "These Arms Of Mine". After failing to make it to the live shows as solo artist, Jauregui was brought into a group alongside Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Camila Cabello (whose departure was announced on December 18 2016), the ladies were put together and formed as a group by Simon Cowell and his co-judge Demi Lovato.

The band were originally called LYLAS (standing for Love You Like a Sister) but were forced to change their name as a band called The Lylas already existed. Their replacement name, 1432 (standing for I Love You Too) was slammed by Cowell and eventually the name Fifth Harmony was selected by the viewing public – and went on to come third in the competition behind winner Tate Stevens and runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar.

Fifth Harmony[edit]

The band released their debut album Reflection in January 2015 and follow up album 7/27 in May 2016. Their first album spawned songs like "Boss" and "Sledgehammer" before "Worth It" featuring Kid Ink, peaked on 3rd in the United Kingdom. Their follow-up single "Work From Home" featuring Ty Dolla $ign, became their most successful song to date – peaking at number 2 in the United Kingdom and number 4 in the United States, while "All in My Head (Flex)" and "That’s My Girl" failed to replicate the same success. The girls also offered music to the soundtrack of animated children’s film Hotel Transylvania 2 with their song "I’m in Love with a Monster".

Solo[edit]

After "Work From Home", they continue with Fifth Harmony as well as their solo endeavors, individual members are already starting to launch solo projects outside of the group.

In December 2016, the first solo effort of Jauregui appeared as she lent her vocals to a track without her bandmates. The single was titled "Back to Me" with Lauren’s vocals being a feature for Marian Hill.[7]

Jauregui was later a feature on Halsey's album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom on the LGBT anthem "Strangers."

Personal life[edit]

In January 2015 she was linked to British singer Brad Simpson of The Vamps, in an interview with Billboard magazine, Fifth Harmony confirmed Jauregui's relationship, and that they dated for eight months before splitting in December.[8]

Jauregui wrote an open letter to voters of president Donald Trump, which was published by Billboard on 18 November 2016 stating she is bisexual. Writing about her sexuality, Lauren wrote: “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another.” She commented on Trump voters, saying: “your actions have led to the single-handed destruction of all the progress we’ve made socially as a nation.”[9]

Legal issues[edit]

On 13 December 2016, Jauregui was allegedly caught with a small amount of marijauna at Washington Dulles International Airport. The singer was stopped at a checkpoint and asked to go through secondary screening when a security officer found what appeared to be a bag of marijuana in her hand luggage. Her lawyer quickly released a statement denying Jauregui had been arrested. A spokesman for the airport confirmed Jauregui had been charged with possession and released on summons.[10]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Peak chart positions Year
FRA
[11]
SPA
[12]
"Back to Me"
(with Marian Hill)
195 14 2017

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[13]
AUS
[14]
FRA
[15]
PHI
[16]
POR
[17]
SCO
[18]
SLK
[19]
"Strangers"
(Halsey featuring Lauren Jauregui)
2017 100 93 137 90 57 45 89 hopeless fountain kingdom

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norwin, Alyssa (2015-06-01). "Lauren Jauregui". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Pens Open Letter to Donald Trump Voters: 'I Am a Bisexual Cuban-American Woman & I Am So Proud of It'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Marian Hill Teams Up With Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui on 'Back to Me': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  4. ^ 2015, Por: John Benson 06 marzo. "Lauren Jauregui talks Fifth Harmony and her Latina roots". La Opinión (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Lauren Jauregui Sings ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ Perfectly on ‘X Factor’". PopCrush. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  6. ^ 2015, Por: John Benson 06 marzo. "Lauren Jauregui talks Fifth Harmony and her Latina roots". La Opinión (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Listen to Fifth Harmony's Lauren first solo track". Digital Spy. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Fifth Harmony Confirms Lauren Jauregui and Brad Simpson's Breakup". J-14. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Pens Open Letter to Donald Trump Voters: 'I Am a Bisexual Cuban-American Woman & I Am So Proud of It'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  10. ^ "Fifth Harmony star charged with drug possession". Sky News. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "lescharts.com - Discographie Marian Hill". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "spanishcharts.com - Marian Hill feat. Lauren Jauregui - Back To Me". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  14. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #423 | auspOp". auspOp. 2017-06-03. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP". SNEP (in French). 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  16. ^ Staff, BillboardPH (2017-06-19). "BillboardPH Hot 100 - June 19 - Billboard Philippines". Billboard Philippines. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "portuguesecharts.com - Halsey feat. Lauren Jauregui - Strangers". portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  19. ^ "Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna". IFPI Czech Republic.