Fifth Harmony is an American girl group formed on the second season of The X Factor. The group consists of members Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen, 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.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.Three of these covers received public praise from the original artists, namely Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Mikky Ekko.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.
On September 9, 2013, the group announced the title of their debut EP, Better Together, which was released on October 22, 2013.The EP debuted #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on iTunes album charts.The lead single from Fifth Harmony’s debut EP Better Together is Miss Movin’ On.The single debuted at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 during its first week of release, making Fifth Harmony the first X Factor USA alumnae to chart on the Hot 100. The group performed the single for the first time on television on July 18, 2013, on the Today Show in New York City.Within three days of the single’s music video being uploaded on Fifth Harmony’s official Vevo account, over one million views were amassed. Miss Movin’ On was certified Gold by the RIAA in June 2014.
The promotional single “Me & My Girls” was released exclusively to Radio Disney on July 13, 2013.Fifth Harmony also performed the song on the Today Show on July 18, 2013.On July 15, 2013, Radio Disney announced that Fifth Harmony would be the first artists featured on a reformatted version of The Next Big Thing, a program that chronicles an artist’s journey from being discovered to becoming music’s “next big thing”; with each segment appearing on Disney Channel, Radio Disney, Disney.com, and on social media, as well as live Radio Disney events in local markets.
Throughout the months of July and August 2013, Fifth Harmony performed at shopping malls across the United States in a tour titled “Harmonize America” .The pop-up concerts throughout the city included performances at the iHeartRadio Theater and Madison Square Park.The group was one of the opening acts for Cher Lloyd during her I Wish Tour which started on September 6, 2013.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.Their opening act is indie pop band AJR.
Fifth Harmony appeared at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards alongside Demi Lovato to present the Acuvue Inspire Award to Nick Jonas.On October 10, 2013, it was announced that Fifth Harmony will be performing on the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards on November 24.They performed an acoustic version of the single “Better Together.”
The acoustic Spanish version artwork was also revealed. Both EPs were released on November 11, 2013.”Juntos” and “Juntos Acoustic” debuted at 2 and 12 respectively on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The English acoustic and remix EPs of “Better Together” were released on November 19 and November 25, 2013,respectively.
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.
Demi Lovato revealed on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on September 30, 2013 that Fifth Harmony is one of two opening acts for her 2014 Neon Lights Tour playing 27 arenas across North America.
In early 2014, the girl group continued the recording process for their debut album that started in 2013. Fifth Harmony revealed in an interview with Billboard that following the end of the North American leg of the Neon Lights Tour, they will return to the studio to complete their album, which is expected to be released in mid-to-late 2014. Of the new songs already recorded, members of the group have stated that their music is taking on a “more mature sound” and is “more rhythmic… laidback… less pop”. 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.
On April 26, 2014, Fifth Harmony performed “Miss Movin On” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. That night, they were announced as the winners in both of the categories they were nominated in, Breakout Artist and Best Song to Rock Out To With Your BFF for “Me & My Girls”.
The single, “BO$$”, from the group’s upcoming debut album was officially announced on 30 May, 2014, when Fifth Harmony played a teaser snippet of the track towards the end of their performance at the Kiss 108 FM Concert in Boston.The official music video for “BO$$” was released on July, 8, 2014.The music video was directed and choreographed by Fatima Robinson.