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Fifth Harmony have absolutely skyrocketed into the spotlight since finishing third on the second season of The X Factor USA in 2012. Much like One Direction in 2010, the girls were originally rejected as solo artists by the judges. But just as Harry, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Niall banded together to form arguably the biggest boy band of their generation, the girls of Fifth Harmony are here to achieve the same feat for the women of music.
As Billboard’s new Fifth Harmony feature shows, these women are re-writing the book on successful girl groups and penning their names alongside some of the biggest acts of the ’90s. After a five-year period when only one girl group was able to crack the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 (even then, it was Pistol Annies featured on Blake Shelton’s song), Fifth Harmony have contributed to two top 20 hits in the past two years. “Work From Home” is the first girl group song to land in the top 10 since The Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up” in 2008. Check out Billboad’s graphic below.
With their second studio album 7/27 set to release later this month on May 27, and their single “Work From Home” still holding strong at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, Fifth Harmony seem poised for a very special summer. So before the madness really ensues and before the girls take the stage at 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs, Billboard made sure to set you up for what you can expect from the girl group going forward. And of course, we made sure to give you all the highlights. So here’s what we learned from Fifth Harmony’s Billboard cover story.
The actual meaning of the album title is that it’s a little nod to the date they all joined forces to form this now super girl group. But as Lauren Jauregui said, “727 is a jet… and we’re about to take flight, know what I mean?” Enter air horns here.
When asked why he originally did the song with the girl group, Ty Dolla Sign said it was because his daughter always played them. It turns out she’s not the only one in the family who enjoys some Fifth Harmony. “But the other night on tour out here, we had all these girls in the hotel room. Usually we put on Future or something more turnt, but they all just wanted to hear Fifth Harmony. That’s the first time that ever happened,” said the rapper.
Toward the beginning of the interview, Dinah Jane Hansen quoted Ronda Rousey. “I’m not a do-nothing bitch!” said the 18-year-old singer. “We finally have a damn voice… We feel like actual artists. We were little babies in the beginning. Now we’re becoming big girls.”
When it comes to the Yeezy and T-Swift drama, the girls of Fifth Harmony take a very deliberate stance. “I spoke to [Swift] and she did not know he was going to say that,” said Camila Cabello. “Taking credit for her success and then saying ‘you owe me sex for that’? Disgusting.”
Their have their own Barbies, have teamed up with Taylor Swift, had a cameo on Sesame Street, sang “America the Beautiful” at Wrestlemania 32 and oh yeah, performed at the White House… twice. Very decent.
The demanding schedule of touring has taken its toll on the girls. Cabello expressed that she began suffering from terrible anxiety. Cabello has made the most of the situation though, turning that negative into a positive, as she now writes in a diary every day, works out and meditates to deal with the pressures of fame.
“We try to keep that little piece to ourselves because we share so much,” said Hansen.
Watch the 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs hosted by Gigi Hadid and featuring performances from Tegan and Sara, Shawn Hook, Hailee Steinfeld, Fifth Harmony, Alessia Cara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nick Jonas and more on Sunday, June 19!