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After a rocky year, Fifth Harmony is in control — and tighter than ever
Fifth Harmony is at a crossroads. Having lost a member in a public fallout right after the group brokeout, the girls are in full control of their sound and brand. Will they finally make it big?
By Gerrick D. Kennedy

Inside a Burbank rehearsal studio, the women of Fifth Harmony — surrounded by the thousands of album booklets they’ve autographed for fans, the most dedicated of whom are known as “Harmonizers” — are having an emoji debate.

They want to use the digital icons to accompany the online reveal of the track list for their upcoming self-titled album, due Aug. 25 via Syco Music/Epic.

Dinah Jane Hansen, 20, suggested a finger pointing downward as a clue for the album’s lead single, “Down,” but the rest weren’t as easy.

“We need to go quicker, guys,” Ally Brooke Hernandez, 24, instructed as they struggled to stifle giggles.

After all, there’s other, more important business for Fifth Harmony to convey in 2017.

“We should mention we wrote most of these,” said Normani Kordei, 21.

Co-writing and ownership of records is a first for these women — since being put together on the U.S. edition of the televised singing competition “The X Factor,” the members of Fifth Harmony, which also includes Lauren Jauregui, 21, have struggled to assert their independence and prove they’re singular artists who are not just a made-for-TV creation.

We’re so in sync, the four of us. When you have a strong unit, there’s no stopping you.

— Lauren Jauregui

That Fifth Harmony even made it to album No. 3 is something of a feat. Just a few months ago, the group was parting ways — acrimoniously — with one of its founding members as rumors of conflict hit a fever pitch.

And yet in recent weeks, the act has filmed two music videos — including a sexy, lo-fi clip for “Angel,” its new single that was produced by Skrillex and carries hip-hop-inflections — and its members are rehearsing for a tour and Fifth Harmony’s debut at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27.

“It’s the most monumental moment of our careers,” Kordei said. And the turnaround couldn’t have come quicker. Though the act seemed to be coming into its own with last year’s well-received release “7/27,” there was enough behind-the-scenes drama to fill a whole other reality show.

In December, the group appeared to be in crisis when it announced that singer Camila Cabello had exited just hours after a performance.

The group claims Cabello informed them via her representatives that she was out, something Cabello has rebutted.

And then things got messier.

Shortly after news of Cabello’s departure broke, a recording was leaked of Jauregui tearfully telling Hernandez that the group was being treated like “literal slaves.”

They were exhausted from touring — a period in which more than one member lost loved ones — and frustrated by a lack of creative fulfillment. From the beginning, Fifth Harmony has said that it had zero say in collaborators or the creation of its music, often receiving songs the day before studio sessions.

Often, its members say, the anxiety was crippling, and they started to resent performing. The dream of being the preeminent girl group of its generation was proving to be anything but.

We’ve been taking leaps of faiths — and trusting ourselves.

— Dinah Jane Hansen

“We lost the magic of it all,” Hansen added. “We were doing songs just to do songs.”

The magic, such as it was, began in 2012 when the thenteens entered the short-lived U.S. edition of “The X Factor” as solo contestants. They fizzled out but were then packaged as a group by Simon Cowell and then-Epic Records Chairman L.A. Reid.

Fifth Harmony took third place in the competition, scoring a joint deal with Epic Records and Cowell’s Syco Music.

Though a wave of boy bands had found recent success — including One Direction (assembled on the British version of “X Factor” — no girl group had managed to hit it big like Danity Kane, Pussycat Dolls, Destiny’s Child, the Spice Girls or TLC did in their prime.

Today, pop is dominated by assertive yet solo female artists, and Fifth Harmony risked looking like a relic from another era. And that doesn’t even consider the simple challenge of cultivating chemistry among a group of teenage girls who met on a TV show.

“When you get in a group, you have to go in understanding it’s not just about you and your ideas. It is a collaboration,” said TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. “When you think of [girl groups], most of them don’t stay together, because it’s not easy at all. Chemistry is something you either have or don’t have.”

Epic worked heavily to sell Fifth Harmony, keeping the group on the road constantly, often booking concerts at malls. “Every season, for 4½ years … I was a zombie,” Jauregui recalls.

From the outside, there was much to celebrate.

Fifth Harmony’s 2015 debut, “Reflection,” saw the group pick up where Destiny’s Child and TLC had left off, with an album full of slinky dance-pop and R&B/hip-hop-informed girl power anthems — with breakout single “Worth It” becoming one of the year’s biggest earworms.

The act then made history last year as the first girl group to score a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 smash in nearly a decade with the snappy “Work From Home.”

Yet the women in Fifth Harmony said they it felt burnt out and controlled by the label — like “puppets,” they agree. The women pushed though teary onstage breakdowns, infighting and family feuding.

“It came to a point where I’d catch myself onstage and realize, ‘I’m not feeling this,’” Kordei said. “It scared me, because this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Today, the women are relaxed and comfortable discussing their recent history. They’re dressed in active wear — Kordei’s shirt has “Phenomenal Woman” emblazoned across it, while Jauregui is wearing the anti-discrimination top Frank Ocean recently made famous — and their faces are makeup-free.

Jauregui reflected on the stress of the past.

We’ve been grateful to have a machine behind us. But we definitely needed respect — and we had to demand it.

— Ally Brooke Hernandez

“You’re in front of so many people that you know love you,” she said. “To be in a space where you don’t connect or when you feel bored in that kinda setting …”

“You feel guilty,” Kordei offered.

“It’s overwhelming to have your whole, entire life planned for something you don’t feel passionate about,” said Jauregui, the room falling silent. “You’re not seeing your family, your friends. You’re not doing anything for yourself. It was depressing, draining and sad. Now, it’s a whole different thing.”

In fact, the members of Fifth Harmony had long been fighting for the autonomy and respect that they are only now receiving. In late 2015, Hernandez contacted outspoken L.A. music lawyer Dina LaPolt, who helped the group clean house.

LaPolt got them new management with the powerhouse firm Maverick and helped transfer the Fifth Harmony trademark from Cowell to its members, giving them complete ownership of the brand.

A more favorable contact with Epic was then negotiated, but the women still weren’t in the driver’s seat when it came to music.

Everything we’ve been through, the ups and downs, I really believe it was to shape and mold us for this moment.

— Normani Kordei

“We were 15, 16 and 19 when we started,” Jauregui said. “We didn’t have any basic understanding of business, and we’re being thrown into this world of wolves where they really screw you over with contracts. We were really in a line of adversity.”

After Cabello’s departure, the women realized they wanted to work on repairing the group’s dynamic as well as its relationship with the label in order to become more vocal about its career ambitions. “We all got on the same page … and fought for our say,” Hansen said.

A key ally was Epic A&R executive Chris Anokute, who joined their team during the recording of “7/27.”

“They were uninspired, beaten up, bruised. They weren’t gelling,” Anokute said. “You could tell there were some things going on between the girls … issues with management. They started venting their insecurities and desire to write songs, and I realized they were never a part of it.”

Anokute pushed Reid to commit to another album after the turmoil with Cabello (Reid left the label in May), bolstering the group’s confidence.

“We are being more respected this time around,” Hansen said. “We are in a place where we know what we want and who we are. We’ve recognized our truth and what we have to offer — and our power.”

I love these girls and consider them sisters. I have such high visions for us, the four of us. Everything that has come true this year has been validation.

— Ally Brooke Hernandez

Fifth Harmony finding its voice shows on the new album — its title a nod to the group’s newfound independence.

The album was recorded in seven weeks at Santa Monica’s Windmark Recording, and the women co-wrote more than half of the songs on the project — splitting into pairs and penning the type of tunes they’ve wanted to do alongside handpicked producers, including Dreamlab, the Stereotypes, Harmony Samuels, the Monsters & Strangerz and Tommy Brown.

The record is raw, soulful, sexy and fully the group’s own vision.

On a recent afternoon, the pop of a Champagne bottle echoed around a boardroom inside Epic Records’ headquarters on the Sony lot in Culver City.

Cheers, air kisses and hugs awaited the ladies as they filed into a room stuffed with label staff gathered to hear Fifth Harmony’s new album — a mountain of tacos and bottles of tequila and Champagne awaiting them.

Before the music began, acting Epic President Sylvia Rhone led the room in a toast.

“To the baddest ladies in the business — it’s a pleasure to have worked with you guys,” Rhone said, her glass of Champagne hoisted high above her head as the women looked on with glassy eyes, clutching one another’s hands.

“It finally feels like we are living our lives. We’ve taken ownership,” Kordei said. “It’s been there all along, but maybe we weren’t confident enough or bold enough. This time, we’ve got the extra fire … and we don’t care what anyone else has to say.

“I kinda wish it could have been like this all along,” Kordei said with a sigh.

Jauregui, unarguably Fifth Harmony’s most outspoken member — she’s the first to admit group members barely listen to their earlier work — takes a bolder stance.

“We would have freaking dominated,” she said.

| Fifth Harmony’s Vocal Profile |

Ally Brooke

  Vocal Type: Full-Lyric Soprano

  Vocal Range: F3 - G6 [ 3 Octaves 1 Note ]

  Highest Belt: B5

Lauren Jauregui 

  Vocal Type: Alto

  Vocal Range: E3 - F6 [ 3 Octaves 1 Notes ]

  Highest Belt: E5

Camila Cabello

  Vocal Type: Light-Lyric Soprano

  Vocal Range: D3 - G#6 [ 3 Octaves 3 Note 1 Semitone ]

  Highest Belt: G#5

Normani Hamilton 

  Vocal Type: Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

  Vocal Range: C#3 - Eb7 [ 4 Octaves 3 Notes ]

  Highest Belt: G#5

Dinah Hanson

  Vocal Type: Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

  Vocal Range: E3 - F6 [ 3 Octaves 1 Note ]

  Highest Belt: G5

anonymous asked:

Man, those anons... I get it, they don’t like Lauren but say that she doesn’t know how to project her voice is too much, is beyond dislike, is ignorance. I’m so glad that she’s trying to sing like she used to on The X Factor, because singing is practice and her voice just “forgot” how to sing like that, plus her insecurity. I’m so happy for her. Can this fandom let everyone shine? It’s so much hate

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anonymous asked:

i just went back to look at 4th Impact, that Filipina girl group that blew up on X Factor, and found out that one of their members is an open and proud lesbian, in a longterm relationship with a Korean woman! I can't even begin to express how happy this makes me...

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The ones with the “bows”

Jade from Little Mix & Camila from Fifth Harmony!

Camila sure reminds me of Jade, because I’ve watched her on The X Factor UK version since 2011, and Jade always was the cute one that wore bows/headbands etc. =p

Interesting Facts about Jade

1. If Jade could eat anything for the rest of her life, she would eat biscuits and lasagna.

2. She describes her fashion sense as “geeky”.

3. Her favorite movies are Disney movies.

4. She had her first kiss at 12.

5. She was never into or going out with Harry Styles.

6. She was Head Girl at her school.

7. She says she wasn’t considered very cool or liked until people heard her sing.

8. Her ideal date would be going to a biscuit factory in the morning, then to Disneyland Paris, and then buying loads of presents.

Interesting Facts about Camila

1. Camila loves food (specifically Pizza and chicken nuggets).

2. She LOVES One Direction and if she could, she would date Harry

3. She is known as the fangirl of the group.

4. She is currently in virtual school.

5. She likes movies more than books.

6. She is the messiest of the group.

7. Camila has never been kissed.

8. She can play the guitar

My Track By Track Review of Little Mix’s Fourth Album Glory Days

The excitement every time Little Mix announce a new album never gets old or decreases, because there is nothing better than ending the year with new Little Mix music! Glory Days is the fourth studio album from the amazing British girl group, who have come such a long way from winning the X-Factor. I’m not going to wait anymore, cause excitement is just too damn high, so let’s listen to what I’m sure will be a wonderful masterpiece of an album.


Track 1 - Shout Out To My Ex

A catchy as hell song, one when you listen too you’ll understand why it’s the opening track and also the lead single for Little Mix’s fourth album. I must admit  when I first heard this song it had similar sounds to Ugly Heart, but when you listen to it more and more you can clearly hear the differences between the two songs. Either way that doesn’t make this song any less fun, catchy, sassy or extremely addictive to listen too. The Little Mix girls have once again delivered a banger song.

Rating: 8/10

Stand out vocally: Perrie

Favourite Song Lyric: Forget that boy, I’m over it


Track 2 - Touch

The beat is certainly catchy and something you would hear on the charts nowadays, and the girls vocals are brilliant as always. However the repetitive chorus is what brings this song down, in my opinion. I was hoping that we would get something like A.D.I.D.A.S but a more mature version accompanied by a good beat. We have the beat, but the lyrics (in the chorus) is what we just missed out on.

Rating: 7/10

Stand out vocally: All

Favourite Song Lyric: And I’m not afraid to fade into emotions. Cause I know that this could be something real


Track 3 - F.U

I thought this song was going to have a similar sound to Shout Out To My Ex, but nope it surprised me and Little Mix turned it into a soaring ballad. The vocals the girls deliver are exactly what you come to expect from 4 talented, powerhouse women who shine when they sing together. This song is what You Gotta Not missed or lacks, which was the lyrics to accompany the great beat. But I’m glad Little Mix delivered on this track.

Rating: 8/10

Stand out vocally: Jade

Favourite Song Lyric: Why am I such a fool when it comes to you


Track 4 - Oops (feat Charile Puth)

Reminds me of a 50’s type sound that is very pleasing to listen too. Would it be a strong single choice? Probably not, but considering it features Charlie Puth the girls much choose it. Both Little Mix and Charlie have voices that compliment each other very well, and that makes this collab a fantastic choice.

Rating: 7 and a half/10

Stand out vocally: Perrie and Jade

Favourite Song Lyric: Now I accidentally need you, I don’t know what to do


Track 5 -  You Gotta Not

This track was written by Meghan Trainor so that explains why the lyrics aren’t as strong as other Little Mix songs. Personally this song could be better in so many ways and I feel like it’s a step back for the girls lyrically. The beat is catchy and the girls vocals are on point, but that’s all the praise I can give this song. The obvious let down is the verses which could have been re-written to be stronger, the chorus is the only part of the song where you don’t mind singing out loud, plus the catchy line of “And baby when you wanna start growin’ up. We can boom, boom, boom, baby, fall in love”, is the one that I personally sing whenever it comes on. However overall this song is only meant to be enjoyed for the beat.

Rating: 6/10

Stand out vocally: Don’t have one

Favourite Song Lyric: I need a man, a man who can act like a man


Track 6 - Down & Dirty

This song right here, is the many reasons why I love Little Mix. When you think you know exactly what to expect from Glory Days, they literally blow you away. Down & Dirty is a new sound for the girls, but they rock it! The beat drops in all the right places, and the girls vocals are all fierce. The bridge is the best part and gives off Salute type vibes, the only negative about this song is the time duration. Why in the world it couldn’t be longer baffles me, this in my opinion would be such a strong single choice and it’s that good that people won’t care that it’s only 2:55 long.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Stand out vocally: Perrie

Favourite Song Lyric: Glad I didn’t listen to my teachers, teachers teach you not to be a dreamer


Track 7 - Power

If there is one song one this album that is 100% worthy of being a single is Power! Everything about this song down to the vocals, production, lyrics is on point. Little Mix have never done something like this before and it gives off fierce vibes. I was actually expecting a ballad, but this is WAY better. Hands down one of Little Mix’s best songs to ever be made.

Rating: 9 and a half/10

Stand out vocally: All

Favourite Song Lyric: Got you thinking that I’m all innocent, but wait ‘till I get you home


Track 8 - Your Love

I must admit along with You Gotta Not this isn’t the strongest song on the album, but it has it’s moments. It’s a sweet song that reminds you of the beach or some tropical island.

Rating: 7/10

Stand out vocally: Perrie and Leigh-Anne

Favourite Song Lyric: Woah, your the one that I need


Track 9 - Nobody Like You

Here it is, the big ballad moment that Little Mix always have on each of their albums. And undoubtedly Nobody Like You is emotional, adding the girls vocals and we have a heart-wrenching ballad. If I was asked which ballad was my favourite, I honestly wouldn’t know which one to choose. However Little Mix deliver a whole new set of emotions in this song, and in turn takes this ballad to another level.

Rating: 9/10

Stand out vocally: All, but Jesy really stands out in this song

Favourite Song Lyric: But all you left me with was scars, and that’s the hardest part


Track 10 - No More Sad Songs

This could be a great summer single, it’s got a nice laid back vibe and the beat is calming. One of the many songs on this album that you will have blasting in your car, and you will most certainly be dancing once that chorus kicks in.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Stand out vocally: Perrie and Jade

Favourite Song Lyric: I will only hurt myself, tryna hurt you


Track 11 - Private Show

Another amazing song, this is a sexy song for sure! It’s a stand out and in my personal opinion better than Touch. Like Down and Dirty it’s a shame that it’s a short song, however that doesn’t take away from how sexy the girls are, especially the bridge singing “Under the sheets, let me love you so good. If you want to touch then baby you should”. Sexy Little Mix is a down right blessing.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Stand out vocally: All

Favourite Song Lyric: Right from the get go, you had me at hello


Track 12 - Nothing Else Matters

What do Little Mix do best? Surprise us with basically everything that they do, whether that comes to their vocals or the sound they’re going for, they always manage to deliver. This is a uplifting song, one that you can imagine a crowd full of Mixers signing along too. A very feel good song that automatically makes you smile. What’s even more of a bonus is that I’m completely obsessed with the bridge, Jade and Leigh-Anne really shine!.

Rating: 8/10

Stand out vocally: Jade and Leigh-Anne

Favourite Song Lyric: All of them, all the boys will never be you now


Track 13 - Beep Beep

Remember A.D.I.D.A.S and how I wanted Touch to have a similar vibe? Well Beep Beep has just delivered that. It’s the older sister to A.D.I.D.A.S, Little Mix aren’t holding back and get quite cheeky, singing, “I’ve blown my engine, I think I broke the stick. Too busy dreaming of jumping on ya…”, there is no doubt that we can all fill in the blank there, and it’s such a new side of the girls, but it’s one that I personally like. Little Mix are grown women, so why shouldn’t they sing about adult topics?. It’s a song from the snippet I didn’t think I’d enjoy, but it has pleasantly surprised me

Rating: 8/10

Stand out vocally: All

Favourite Song Lyric: I’m going crazy, the thought of you is driving me wild


Track 14 - Freak

Forgot about Touch, Freak is the one that you want to blast. The way I see this song is similar message to F.U. In the first verse Jesy sings, “Lipstick on your shirt, don’t make it worse by lying to me”. Indicating that the girls know the guy is going behind their backs and messing around, and that the guy better watch out for the girls “freak” side, so to speak. It’s without a doubt one of the stand out songs on this album.

Rating: 9/10

Stand out vocally: All

Favourite Song Lyric: There’s emotions you haven’t seen, be your nightmare or your queen


Track 15 - Touch (Acoustic)

To be honest I much rather listen to the acoustic version of Touch than the original, the girls manage to turn a club banger song into a sexy acoustic piece. Their voices shine and it adds a whole new level to the song, it’s amazing how stripping a song back really gives it another vibe.

Rating: 8 and a half/10

Stand out vocally: All

Favourite Song Lyric: And I’m not afraid to fade into emotions. Cause I know that this could be something real


Rating: 90/100

Stand out songs: Nobody Like You, Power, Freak, Private Show, No More Sad Songs, Down and Dirty

Girl(s) that shine vocally: Jade no doubt has so many strong moments in this album. Her tone is so beautiful to listen too, that majority of the time I replayed her verses because of how much I loved her voice. The other girls shine as well, however for me personally Jade is just a stand out in every song.

Strong single choices: Power, Freak, Private Show, No More Sad Songs, Down and Dirty


Conclusion

This is most certainly a different direction for the girls, Glory Days embodies the current trends that are on the charts now, but it still holds the essence of Little Mix. In saying that, the disappointment some mixers might feel is that the girls sacrificed the lyrics, in order to maintain a good beat, which is something that didn’t need to be done (just take a listen to Shawn Mendes album Illuminate). However I personally fell in love with Glory Days after just one listen, and there is plenty on here to love.

The positives are that Little Mix delivered a sassy, honest and fun album that you will definitely blast in your room or in your car. It has many big moments vocally and production wise, and there is no doubt it makes you want to dance. What I appreciate about Little Mix is no album of theirs is the same, they all have their unique personality’s and you can easily guess which song is from what era. The girls always manage to produce amazing albums, and even if Glory Days isn’t your cup of tea there is still at least one song (or maybe more) that you’ll instantly love.

Little Mix have proven time and time again that they can sing just about anything. They push themselves to make each album bigger and better. I can see how this sound might not appeal to many of their fans, but it’s appealing to many others and this might just bring in a whole new demographic/fans for the girls, fingers crossed.

Glory Days is a statement, the girls aren’t playing around anymore and are not holding back one bit. They are determined to prove how much they’ve grown, they aren’t afraid to be honest and they know who they’re and what they want to say. No matter what sound of theirs you like, you can’t deny that this is an album that is jam packed with hits and the production is on point in each song. I give a huge round of applause to Little Mix for keeping it fresh but still being able to stay the same old Little Mix we know and love.

anonymous asked:

Just to spread some positivity, let's not forget that they went from going on mall tour and barely making it through X factor to being called the biggest girl group of the decade by the grammys and going to world tours like yasss my girls did that even with everyone being against them I'm so proud 😭😭😭😭

They have really come so far and I couldn’t be more proud
-Alyssa

Little Mix: Jesy is not fat, Perrie is not ugly, and the girls aren't flops.

If you don’t know who Little Mix is, then you’re missing out on a lot of talented music from a very entertaining group. 

Little Mix is a British girl-group who won the X-Factor in 2011 and let me tell you something, they sure as hell deserved it. They’re an extremely talented girl group who have amazing vocals and dance perfectly on stage without missing a note or a beat. Yes this is spoken from experience. They were an opening act from Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights Tour and I saw them live in New Jersey. 

They were almost better than the main act, Demi.That’s how great they were. So when it was requested for me to defend these girls, I was more than happy too. 

Jesy is not fat. 

Weight remarks are our society’s favorite to pick out. It’s disgusting to make fun of someone’s weight and I had a post on this revolving around 4 stars you sure know of: Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Christina Aguilera. You can check out that post here. Let me show you a couple pictures of Jesy Nelson and you can tell me whether or not she’s fat. 

Jesy did lose weight throughout time, but she was never “fat”

She wore layers of clothes that don’t exactly do any justice to anyone’s weight, and still managed a slim, yet curvy figure. 

So if you think Jesy Nelson is fat or was ever fat, you my dear, are mistaken. 

Perrie is not ugly.

I think it’s ridiculous how I have to defend looks here especially someone like Perrie Edwards. 

Even in close-ups she looks amazing

If I didn’t know that Perrie is a singer, I’d think she’s a Victoria Secret model. My friend actually mistaken her for one at the Neon Lights Tour. She was like “She looks familiar, does she model or VS?” No Rachel, she’s just perfect. 

What confuses me even more about Perrie’s beauty, is that she looks better without makeup. 

She just has mascara and lipgloss there, not actual face makeup.

Perrie is definitely on my list of celebrities I would love to swap bodies and faces with. 

Little Mix aren’t flops. 

It’s actually funny how Little Mix’s success is degraded considering the fact they broke records that they didn’t even know were records. Unlike other fanbases, I’ll post legit receipts that are relevant when defending someone’s success. 

They broke three relevant records

  • They’re first girl group since The Pussycat Dolls to reach the U.S. top 5 with their debut album.
  • They earned the highest debut U.S. chart position by a British girl group, breaking the record previously held by the Spice Girls, whose 1996 debut Spice charted at number five.
  • More than 500 customised versions of their album DNA were sold out in just 13 seconds of release online, which broke One Direction’s Up All Night Record. 

Their success in the UK is remarkable

  • DNA (album) is platinum and Salute (album) is close to being platinum as well.
  • They have two #1 singles (Wings and Cannonball). Reminder: Cannonball wasn’t even an album single.
  • They have nine top 20 hits
  • Four gold singles 
  • Two top 3 albums

That should summarize it. 

Globally, their success is pretty impressive.

  • Two albums in the top 10 in the US. (DNA at #4 and Salute at #6)
  • In Australia they’ve had platinum success.
  • They’re able to go gold in countries like New Zealand and Ireland

Little Mix has had more achievements than I just listed above, but I’m too lazy to dig through their discovery. They have had massive success for being an underrated girl group with rarely any promo. They don’t get performances at award shows as much as other stars do, and award show performances are great promo. Perrie Edwards is engaged to Zayn Malik and I’m surprised that no one refers to her as “Zayn Malik’s finance” and no one refers to the group as “Zayn Malik’s finance a member or British girl group Little Mix”. Other stars who date famous stars, usually are known for that instead of their work. I proudly say that Little Mix are known for their work and only their work alongside their talent and entertaining presence. 

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Regarding Camila's Departure

In light of the news about Camila’s exit, I am saddened by the decision but wish nothing but the best for her. As someone who has watched Fifth Harmony blossom from a group on The X Factor to a thriving girl band, this is all very sad to me. My heart hurts for Camila as a lot of her fans are celebrating her exit. She helped the band reach this level of fame and success through so much sacrifice. She put so much time into this band that it didn’t become fun anymore. Over the past year or so, you can tell she’s grown apart… but honestly, all of them have. Many people are happy that she left because her solo career took off. Let me remind you, every single one of them has also had solo projects and it’s a way of self-expression. They are all happiest when they can be themselves and for awhile, Camila hasn’t been herself. They have spent years and years working and sacrificing themselves in an unfair music industry, there is so much behind the scenes that we don’t know. I’m sure, while Camila is probably happy to leave, it was a difficult decision for her. It’s frustrating to see all these people celebrating her departure- please don’t be so hard on her, I’m sure she’s already very hard on herself.

I am happy for Camila, happy that she finally got out of a band that was continuously managed by people whom overworked their clients and disallowed them to truly be themselves. Sure, there had been some progress since the last management company but still. I am happy that Camila left solely because she’ll be free to be happy again. I miss the 2012-2013 era full of mall tours and goofy interviews and live streams. I miss the close relationships they all had and joked about. I miss the inside jokes, like what happened in the elevator, and the late night follow sprees and the excessive hashtag voting. I’m proud that all of them are finally expressing themselves again. I’m proud that Camila had finally had enough and I won’t be surprised if others are to follow. The music industry has always been vicious and I won’t be surprised if they decide to go on a hiatus or break up all together. I love Fifth Harmony, always have and always will, but I can sense the displeasure and disunity. They’re all so different and all have different dreams to pursue. Let me remind you, they had all gone to The X Factor with dreams of becoming successful solo artists. In the mean time, we will wait. Will they be the next One Direction, Destiny’s Child, or NSYNC? Maybe, years from now, they’ll be Fifth Harmony again.

Now, of course, there is the issue of Camren. I do believe that this was a factor into Camila’s departure. I believe that our incessant pegging about Camren over the years lead to Camila’s discomfort. I do believe that they were together at some time, if not still are (I will, however, continue to be supportive of Lauren and Lucy). Is it a coincidence that Lauren wrote that letter just recently? Lauren herself has always been of a rebellious nature. Her recent arrest and the audio going around about management using them as slaves has lead me to believe that she’ll be leaving soon too. In conclusion, it’s only fitting that we all listen to “Miss Movin’ On”, “Gonna Get Better”, and “Goodbye”. LONG LIVE CAMREN!

Billboard's 21 Under 21 2015: Music's Hottest Young Stars

2. Fifth Harmony

Birth Dates: Allyson Brooke Hernandez, July 7, 1993 (Age: 22); Normani Kordei Hamilton, May 31, 1996 (Age: 19); Lauren Michelle Jauregui, June 27, 1996 (Age: 19); Karla Camila Cabello, March 3, 1997 (Age: 18); Dinah Jane Hansen, June 22, 1997 (Age: 18)

Last Year’s Rank: No. 5

Why They’re Hot: After heavy touring in 2014, the ladies of Fifth Harmony finally dropped their debut, Reflection, in 2015. The wait was totally “Worth It,” to quote the title of the LP’s smash third single, featuring rapper Kid Ink. The tune climbed to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the album cracked the top five of the Billboard 200, proving once again that these former X Factor contestants are a real-deal girl group, not some relic of a bygone reality show. In September, the quintet quickened the pulses of Harmonizers – the name given to its legions of superfans – by announcing that work had begun on album No. 2. "You’ll have music to soothe your soul soon, everything will be fine, we love you to death and we’re not going anywhere. I promise,” member Lauren Jauregui told Billboard, looking ahead to another big year.[x]