R5 (band)

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R5 at Walmart Soundcheck, in 2014. From left to right: Ellington Ratliff, Rydel Lynch, Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch and Rocky Lynch.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 2009–present
Labels Hollywood
Website r5rocks.com
Members Ross Lynch
Riker Lynch
Rocky Lynch
Rydel Lynch
Ellington Ratliff

R5 is an American pop rock band[4] formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009.[5] The band consists of Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch and Ellington Ratliff. In March 2010, they self-released an EP, Ready Set Rock. The second EP, Loud, was released on February 19, 2013, which featured the single "Loud". The band's first full-length album, Louder, was released on September 24, 2013. The second single from the album, "Pass Me By", premiered on August 16. The music video premiered on 29 August and is available for public viewing on the band's Vevo channel. The third single, "(I Can't) Forget About You", was released on December 25, 2013 and reached number 47 on Billboard Digital Pop Songs, and the fourth single "One Last Dance" on May 29, 2014.

Their third EP, Heart Made Up on You, was released on July 22, 2014 and the single of same name on August 1, 2014. On November 16, 2014 the band released the single, "Smile", which would later be included on their second album. On February 16, 2015 the band released the single "Let's Not Be Alone Tonight" which would also be included on their second album. On April 6, 2015 the band announced their second album, Sometime Last Night which was released on July 10, 2015. On June 1, 2015 the band released the third single from the album, titled "All Night." The fourth single from the album will be "Dark Side".[6]


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

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

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 family friend Ellington Ratliff, from California. 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.[7] At age 18, Riker decided he wanted to move to L.A. to pursue an acting career. Their parents, Mark and Stormie, moved the whole family to L.A. to keep the family together. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, the siblings began appearing in commercials, while Rocky began teaching himself, Ross and Riker how to play guitar.[8]

In mid-2009, R5 began their YouTube web series called R5 TV that showed the band's everyday life. The videos have accumulated over 4 million views to date.[9]

R5 made their first music video for their song "Can't Get Enough of You" on September 4, 2010.[10] 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.[11] 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, Louder and Heart Made Up On You[edit]

Rocky, Ross and Riker in 2013

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.[12] On February 19, 2013 band released EP Loud. The EP Charted in the top 3 of the iTunes chart within 24 hours of its release.[13] 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 "this big huge loud party."[14] On August 16, 2013, the lead single from their debut album was premiered. "Pass Me By" was released digitally on August 20, 2013,[15] and was available for instant download upon pre-ordering their debut album Louder. The album was released on September 24, 2013 [16] 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 second 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.

On February 5, 2014, the band embarked on the first leg of its first world tour starting in Warsaw, Poland. The band toured numerous cities in Europe including: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, England, Scotland and Ireland and also one show in Israel. The band also performed at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and at the Radio Disney Music Awards.[17][18] 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 the band would be the opening act at the Wango Tango Music Festival.[19] The band also released a music video on June 9, 2014 to "Rock That Rock", a song written for Candymania's Ring Pop, featuring fan content. The third EP, entitled 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." The music video for "Heart Made Up on You" was released on August 1.

2015–present: Sometime Last Night[edit]

R5 performing in Commerce.

R5's second full-length album, Sometime Last Night, was released on July 10, 2015.[20][21] Riker shared in interviews that their second album was "more mature," and that Ross was one of the key writers on the record.[21] On November 15, 2014 the band released the lead single of the album, "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.[22] 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. "All Night" was released as the third single on June 2, along with the album's iTunes pre-order.[23] On June 11, R5 made their late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with "All Night".

On April 6, 2015, R5 announced the first leg of their "Sometime Last Night Tour." The tour will continue into 2016 wrapping on March 17, 2016 in Sioux City, Iowa. Jacob Whitesides joined the band as opener for first leg of the US tour. DJ Ryland joined the band for whole tour.[24][25] On June 30, 2015 "F.E.E.L. G.O.O.D." was released on iTunes as an instant grat track for pre-orders.[26] On July 8, 2015 music video for "All Night" was released.[27] The Sometime Last Night Tour took the band across North America, to Europe, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand.[28] Following the conclusion of the 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. The DVD is available exclusively on r5rocks.com.[29] On October 17, 2015, R5 released a music video for "I Know You Got Away" on their YouTube page.[30] The video was shot during the European leg of the Sometime Last Night Tour and was directed by Ross, edited by Rydel, and features band members' girlfriends Courtney Eaton and Savannah Latimer.[31] On December 18, 2015, R5 premiered a music video for "Wild Hearts" on Live Nation TV.[32] The video was self-directed by the band during their trip to Las Vegas for Rocky's 21st birthday.[33]

Musical Influences[edit]

The band cites The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys as big musical influences. They have also mentioned McFly, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars[34] and The Script[35] as their inspiration.


Main article: List of R5 members
Current members
  • Ross Lynch – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Riker Lynch – bass, vocals
  • Rocky Lynch – lead guitar, vocals
  • Rydel Lynch – keyboards, vocals
  • Ellington Ratliff – drums, vocals


Main article: R5 discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2013 Next Big Thing Awards Next Big Thing Themselves Won [36]
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Group Nominated [37]
Best Acoustic Performance "Loud"
Funniest Celebrity Take Air Guitar
Teen Icon Awards Iconic Band / Group Themselves [38]
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Band Won [39]
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 [40]
Young Hollywood Awards Social Media Superstar [41]
Teen Choice Award Choice Music Group [42]
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Band [43]
Best Song That Makes You Smile "Smile"
Fiercest Fans R5Family

Concert tours[edit]


Year Book Publisher
2013 On The Road[44] Independent
2014 Live on Tour[45]


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  19. ^ Wango Tango 2014 - Announced Artists 
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  32. ^ "Premiere: R5 Take a Vegas Vacation In the Video for 'Wild Hearts' | Live Nation TV". Live Nation TV. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  33. ^ https://lntv.com/en_us/article/premiere-r5-wild-hearts.
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  38. ^ "J-14 TEEN ICON AWARDS: Meet Your 2013 Nominees & Vote Now!". J-14. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
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  40. ^ "Breaking Artists". Yahoo!. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  41. ^ "Young Hollywood Awards Nominees: Ariana Grande, One Direction & More". Hollywood Life. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  42. ^ "The 2014 Teen Choice Awards Reveals Their Very Long List Of Nominees". ET Online. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  43. ^ "2015 RDMA Nomination Special". Disney Life. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  44. ^ "R5 Tour Book". Zinepark. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  45. ^ "R5 Live Tour Book". Wanelo. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 

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