R5 (band)

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R5 in Glasgow, Scotland, in October 2015. Left to right: Ross Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Riker Lynch, Ellington Ratliff and Rydel Lynch.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 2009–present
Labels Hollywood
Website r5rocks.com

R5 is an American pop rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009.[4] The band consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch, (bass/vocals) Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch (lead guitar/vocals), Rydel Lynch (keyboard/vocals), and Ellington Ratliff (drums/vocals). Since releasing their debut album, Louder, on September 24, 2013, which peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200, they have toured across five continents. Their sophomore album, Sometime Last Night, was released on July 10, 2015, and debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and in the top 20 in five other countries. They have also released four EPs, ten singles, and a live DVD.


2009–11: Formation and Ready Set Rock[edit]

R5 is made up of brothers Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Ross Lynch and their sister Rydel Lynch, all born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, and family friend Ellington Ratliff, who they met at a California dance studio called the Rage.[5] About a year after meeting, they asked Ratliff to join the band.[6] While living in Colorado, the Lynch children went to a performing arts school. They used to put on shows for their family and charged them at least a dollar to watch them perform in their basement.[5] At age 16, Riker decided he wanted to move to L.A. to pursue an acting career. Their parents, Mark and Stormie, moved the entire family there in order to stay together. Shortly after the move, the siblings began appearing in commercials, while Rocky began teaching himself, Ross and Riker how to play guitar.[7] In 2009, R5 officiated the band and debuted their YouTube web series, R5 TV, documenting the band's day-to-day life and career begginning.[8] On september 5, they released their frist music video, "Without You", directed by Riker.[9]

The band self-released a five-track EP entitled Ready Set Rock on March 9, 2010, consisting of songs written primarily by Riker, Rocky, Rydel, vocal coach Mauli B, and band coach E-Vega, who produced the EP.[10] No official single was released from EP.[11] On September 4 they released a music video for "Can't Get Enough of You" and, in the next mouth, for "Never".[12][13] On July 26, 2011, the band released their debut promotional single, "Say You'll Stay".[14] The music video was released on August 3.[15] 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.

2012–14: Loud and Louder[edit]

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

In April 2012, the band members announced via their website that they had signed a record deal with Hollywood Records, and that they were planning for their first mini-tour in May.[16][17] They collaborated on charity single "Make Some Noise" for Family Channel's Stand Up philanthropic campaign.[18] Their debut tour, West Coast Tour, started in May 3, 2012 and traveled only to west coast.[19][20] The second tour, East Coast Tour started on December 15, in Jamestown, New York, and traveled only to east coast serving to promote the band with the younger crowd.[21] They also held three special concerts, entitled 3M Tour, at Madison on November 18, 2012, Milwaukee on November 19 and Minneapolis on November 20.[22][23] On February 19, 2013, they released the four-song EP Loud, which charted in the top 3 of the iTunes chart within 24 hours of its release.[24] One of the songs on the EP, "Here Comes Forever", was written by Riker, Rocky and Ross. The R5's debut single, "Loud", was released on February 13 and also serves as the first single from the debut album.[25] The song peaked at number 72 in Japan and 199 in United Kingdom.[26][27]

Rocky, Ross and Riker in 2013

On August 16, 2013, "Pass Me By", the second single from their debut album Louder, was released. Louder was released on September 24, 2013,[28] and climbed its way to number 2 on the iTunes charts, being classified as a "chart-topper" on the iTunes End of the Year Album list. On December 25, 2013, the third single from Louder was released, titled "(I Can't) Forget About You" and, shortly after, the official video was released on the band's website. The band had songwriting credits on 6 of the 11 songs on Louder.[29] The album includes all four songs from the Loud EP.[17] In March 2013, R5 embarked on a 50-date North American tour,[17] and later that year they toured in Australia.[30] On February 5, 2014, the band embarked on the first leg of its first world tour starting in Warsaw, Poland. They toured numerous countries in Europe including: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Israel. The band also performed at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and at the Radio Disney Music Awards.[31][32] On April 24, 2014, the band appeared on Ryan Seacrest's popular KIIS-FM radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, where it was announced that they would be the opening act at the Wango Tango Music Festival.[33] The band released "One Last Dance" as fourth and final single from Louder on May 30, 2014.[34] On June 9, 2014, they released the music video for "Rock That Rock", a song written for Candymania's Ring Pop, featuring fan content.

2014–16: Heart Made Up On You and Sometime Last Night[edit]

R5 performing in Commerce, California in 2014.

Their third EP, Heart Made Up on You, was released on July 22, 2014, and consists of the songs "Heart Made Up On You," "Things Are Looking Up," "Easy Love," and "Stay With Me."[35] The music video for "Heart Made Up on You" was released on August 1, 2014. R5's second full-length album, Sometime Last Night, was released on July 10, 2015.[36] Riker shared in interviews that their second album was "more mature," and that Ross was one of the key writers on the record.[37] Ross stated that, earlier in the year, the band had an entire record finished and mastered, but they had second thoughts and scrapped it, feeling it was too similar to Louder and didn’t accurately reflect the direction they wanted to go in.[36] The album was originally going to include all four songs from the Heart Made Up on You EP.[36] The band rewrote the entire album, taking a bigger role in the album's composition, writing most of the songs on the album. Some of the bonus tracks from the deluxe edition of Sometime Last Night were tracks intended for the original album.[29][36][38] On November 15, 2014, the band released the album's lead single, "Smile", and performed the song at the American Music Awards pre-show. "Let's Not Be Alone Tonight", the second single, was released on February 13, 2015.[39] On March 4, 2015, the group hosted an intimate "Hollywood Hang" at the Roxy in Los Angeles. On April 16, 2015, the band's concert movie, R5: All Day, All Night, was screened in select Regal cinemas for one night only. In the documentary, Rydel and Ratliff confirmed that they are in a relationship.[40]

R5 members.

"All Night" was released as the third single on June 2, along with the album's iTunes pre-order.[41] On June 11, R5 made their late night debut, performing "All Night" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On April 6, 2015, R5 announced the first leg of their Sometime Last Night Tour.[42] Following the conclusion of their summer tour, R5 released R5 Live: Sometime Last Night At the Greek Theatre, a two-disc DVD set featuring 80-minutes of live music and exclusive behind-the-scenes content.[43] They toured around Europe, Australia, Asia, North America and South America, and wrapped up the last show of the tour on March 17, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. Jacob Whitesides joined the band as opener for first leg of the US tour, Jack and Jack opened for them in Australia, and DJ Ryland joined the band for whole tour.[38][42][44] On June 30, 2015, "F.E.E.L. G.O.O.D." was released on iTunes as an instant grat track for pre-orders.[45] On July 8, 2015, the music video for "All Night" was released.[46] On October 17, 2015, R5 released a music video for "I Know You Got Away".[47] The video was shot during the European leg of the Sometime Last Night Tour and was directed by Ross and edited by Rydel.[48] On December 18, 2015, R5 premiered a music video for "Wild Hearts" on Live Nation TV.[49] The video was directed by the band during their trip to Las Vegas for Rocky's 21st birthday.[49] In June 2016, R5 announced that they would headline Youth Music Zone in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 9, 2016.[50] The band will be playing at Summer Sonic Festival in Japan on August 20, 2016. Other artists on the lineup include Underworld, Fergie and Weezer.[51]

2016–present: Upcoming third studio album[edit]

On 16 October 2016, Riker announced that the band was recording their third studio album.[52]

Musical influences[edit]

The band has cited The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, INXS, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Queen as big musical influences. They have also mentioned more recent artists, including McFly, The Killers, Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, Maroon 5, Jack White, Bruno Mars and The Script.[38][53][54][55]


Main article: List of R5 members
Current members



Main article: R5 discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2013 Next Big Thing Awards Next Big Thing Themselves Won [56]
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Group Nominated [57]
Best Acoustic Performance "Loud"
Funniest Celebrity Take Air Guitar
Teen Icon Awards Iconic Band / Group Themselves [58]
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Band Won [59]
Best Music Group Nominated
Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFF "Loud"
Favorite Roadtrip Song "Pass Me By"
Show Stopper Award Themselves Won
Vevo LIFT Fan Vote Awards Vevo LIFT Artist Nominated [60]
Young Hollywood Awards Social Media Superstar [61]
Teen Choice Award Choice Music Group [62]
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Band [63]
Best Song That Makes You Smile "Smile"
Fiercest Fans R5Family
2016 Best Music Group Themselves [64]

Concert tours[edit]


Year Book Publisher
2013 On The Road[65] Independent
2014 Live on Tour[66]


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