Fifth Harmony is an American four-piece girl group, consisting of members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and formerly Camila Cabello. The group began working on their debut EP, Better Together. It was released in 2013, following their exit from the second season of the American televised singing competition, The X Factor. At this time, the group contributed guest vocals on two covers, "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars and "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake, for Boyce Avenue's cover EP, Cover Collaborations, Volume 2. The first single released from their debut EP, Better Together, was "Miss Movin' On", a power pop song with a synth-backed chorus written by singer Julia Michaels among other writers. While the group had very limited songwriting credits in their EP, they are credited as writers on the promotional single, "Me & My Girls" with collaborations from Patrick James Bianco, Beau Alexandrè Dozier and John Ryan. Their EP was subsequently released four times with an acoustic version, a remixes EP, and two Spanish versions, one standard and one acoustic.
The group's debut studio album, Reflection, saw collaborations with different sets of producers and songwriters as well as artists who previously worked on their EP. A returning composer includes Julian Bunetta who co-wrote the titular track. Different writers and producers were heavily involved in making this album including Taylor Parks, and Chris Aparri and Victoria Monét, who was the most involved co-writing and co-producing a total of four tracks. "Worth It, the third and final single released from Reflection, incorporates strong elements of Balkan music in its production, a trademark of Ori Kaplan, who is credited as a co-producer. The previous single, "Sledgehammer", the synthpop and electronic dance song with new wave and 1980's music style influences was penned by Meghan Trainor with additional writing from Jonas Seberg and Sean Douglas. The lyrical content cast a more mature, reflective, darker and somber tone over Better Together, which critics noted as a step away from the group's "teen" image in their previous EP. Fifth Harmony's second studio album, 7/27 saw the group experiment with new genres such as tropical house, reggae and funk. New songwriters and producers for this record include Joshua Coleman, musician Kygo and Dallas Koehlke. Coleman co-wrote album's lead single, "Work from Home", the R&B track with trap and tropical house influences with help from the song's featured artist, Ty Dolla Sign. The group is credited as songwriters in only one song, "All in My Head (Flex)" with additional writing from Eriksen and Hermansen from Stargate and production from Monét, among other credits.
The group's third album, Fifth Harmony, was released on August 25, 2017 following the departure of group member Camila Cabello. It was preceded by the lead single, "Down", which was released June 2 and features guest vocals from rapper Gucci Mane. A promotional single from the album "Angel", was released on August 10 and the second single, "He Like That" was released on August 25. The remaining members (Hernandez, Jauregui, Kordei and Hansen) co-wrote at least half of the songs from the album, and in general had more freedom in choosing which songs to record and produce, as well as suggesting song ideas. The album's main genres are pop, R&B, hip-hop and tropical house.
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- ^"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a 1994 song written by Mariah Carey, the group recorded a cover of the song which was included in the extended play I'll Be Home for Christmas.
- ^"All In My Head (Flex)" contains an interpolation of "Flex" written by Ewart Brown, Clifton Dillon, Richard Foulks, Herbert Harris, Daniel Gonzalez and Handel Tucker and performed by Mad Cobra.
- ^"Body Rock" contains an interpolation from "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", written by John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz and Franke Previte, performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
- ^"Brave Honest Beautiful" contains a portion of the composition "Bootylicious", written by Rob Fusari, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelendria Rowland, Falonte Moore and Stevie Nicks, performed by Destiny's Child.
- ^"Eres Tu" is the Spanish-language re-recording of "Who Are You".
- ^"Juntos" is a Spanish version of the extended play, "Better Together".
- ^"Gonna Get Better" is a remake of Vybz Kartel's song "Gon' Get Better", the singer was credited as songwriter in 7/27 liner notes.
- ^"He Like That" contains a portion of the composition "Pumps and a Bump", written by Dexter Ansley, Gerald Baillergeau, Ondreius Burgie, MC Hammer, George Clinton, Garry Shider and David Spradley, performed by MC Hammer.
- ^"I'm in Love with a Monster" was released as single for the film Hotel Transylvania 2.
- ^"Like Mariah" contains elements of the composition "Always Be My Baby", written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal, Jr., performed by Mariah Carey.
- ^"Messy" contains a portion of the composition "It Wasn't Me", written by Shaggy, Rikrok, Shaun Pizzonia and Brian Thompson, performed by Shaggy featuring Rikrok, which interpolates "Smile Happy", performed by War, written by Thomas Allen, Harold Brown, Morris Dickerson, Leroy Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Levitin, and Howard Scott.
- ^"Que Bailes Conmigo Hoy" is the Spanish-language re-recording of "Don't Wanna Dance Alone".
- ^"Que El Corazon No Hable Por Mi" is the Spanish-language re-recording of "Leave My Heart Out Of This".
- ^"Sin Tu Amor" is the Spanish-language re-recording of "Miss Movin' On".
- ^"Tu Eres Lo Que Yo Quiero" is the Spanish-language re-recording of "Better Together".
- ^Fifth Harmony also recorded a Spanish version of "Worth It" titled "Worth It" (Dame Esta Noche).
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This article is about the Fifth Harmony album. For July 27, see July 27. For other uses, see 727 (disambiguation).
7/27 is the second studio album by American girl groupFifth Harmony. It was released on May 27, 2016 by Syco Music and Epic Records. The album is the follow-up to their debut studio album Reflection. Lyrically, the album discusses themes of female empowerment and love. It features guest appearances from American rappers Ty Dolla Sign and Fetty Wap, and hip hop artist Missy Elliott with collaborations from several notable producers such as Jack Antonoff, Kygo and Norwegian duo Stargate. 7/27 is primarily a pop, tropical house and R&B record with elements of reggae, funk, electronic dance music, hip hop and trap. Unlike the genres explored on Reflection, the album's songs dip into new genres such as tropical house. This is the final album of the group to feature Camila Cabello, who left in December 2016 to pursue a solo career.
Commercially, the album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, becoming the group's joint highest charting album in the country alongside their third album Fifth Harmony, earning 74,000 equivalent album units (49,000 in pure album sales). The album earned the group their first top ten entry in the United Kingdom, peaking at number six and a top five entry in Canada, where it peaked at number three. Elsewhere, it peaked in the top ten of thirteen other countries, reaching number one in Spain and Brazil. Since its release, the album has accumulated 1.6 million equivalent album units, with streams and digital downloads included, according to Adam Leber, from the group's management team, Maverick, who spoke in an interview with Billboard. To further promote the album, the group embarked on their second headlining tour, The 7/27 Tour, visiting countries in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 7/27 received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
The album's lead single, "Work from Home", released on February 26, 2016, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's highest charting single in the United States and the first top five entry from an all-female group to chart in ten years since "Buttons" by The Pussycat Dolls charted at number three. Since its release, the song has charted in the top ten of twenty two countries. The second single, "All in My Head (Flex)" featuring Fetty Wap, was released on May 31, 2016 and charted within the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 and eight other countries, earning the group their fourth top 40 entry in the United States. Two promotional singles were spawned: "The Life" and "Write on Me" before the album's release. The third single from the album, "That's My Girl", was sent to contemporary hit radio on September 27, 2016. The album 7/27 was certified Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales, streaming and track equivalent units of 1,000,000 (220,000 in pure album units).
Background and production
"It's a side of Fifth Harmony that no one's really seen. In the beginning, we were super happy. Our first album was very jumpy. This time, we're showing who Fifth Harmony really is behind closed doors."
In an interview with Billboard on September 21, Cabello was quoted as saying, "We're about to start recording our new album the day after tomorrow." The following month, Jauregui also spoke with magazine saying that Max Martin was "heavily involved" in the production of the group's second full-length album. On another interview, Dinah Jane told Spin that Martin had produced six songs for their album since the previous interview took place. Harmony Samuels, who previously worked on the Hotel Transylvania track "I'm in Love with a Monster", told Entertainment Scoop that he is "currently working on a new project with them."
The title and the cover of the album were unveiled on February 25, on the group's official Instagram page, with the following caption, "We know there has been a lot of talk, but we wanted you to hear this from us... Our new album 7/27 is coming May 20th." The album's title refers to July 27, 2012, the date the group was formed on The X Factor. It was announced that the group would postpone the album's release date by one week from May 20 to 27. The following day, digital music platform site, iTunes updated the track list with two tracks under the explicit label, making this Fifth Harmony's first release to contain explicit lyrics. The group stated they moved the album to May 27 "to fit in with the 27 theme".
Speaking to Billboard, Jauregui said that the group wants to make the album sound "a bit more soulful." She also said that they want to aim towards a more R&B sound. According to Hansen, her favorite tracks from their debut album were "Reflection" and "Going Nowhere", which inspired their R&B and soul direction for this album.
Unlike Reflection, where the group had no writing credits, Jauregui said that all five of the girls will be more involved in the album, lyrically. When revealing the track list, group member, Dinah Jane confirmed that her and the rest of the girls co-wrote a song on the album called, "All in My Head (Flex)" featuring Fetty Wap.
Music and lyrics
Musically, 7/27 is a maturation of the '90s R&B/pop leanings of its predecessor, Reflection, except that many songs have a hip hop or tropical house flavor. The album opens with "That's My Girl", while Normani sings in the bridge: "Destiny said it, you got to get up and get it/Get mad independent, don't you ever forget it." The song uses horns, heavy bass and an electronic arrangement. The second track and lead single "Work from Home", is an electropop song that incorporates elements of trap music and features a repetitive chorus. The song introduces a vocal appearance by Ty Dolla Sign. The third song, "The Life", is an electronic dance music song. The album continues with the tropical house track "Write On Me". "I Lied" is the fifth track, "Lewis Corner" by Digital Spy noted that the song "centres around high-pitched squiggles Diplo and Skrillex like to use."
"All In My Head (Flex)" features hip hop recording artist Fetty Wap, and contains an interpolation of the 1995 song "Flex" by Mad Cobra. Its an reggae-pop, with "reggae guitar, synth and percussion. The next track, "Squeeze" is another song that has a tropical house style, co-written and co-produced by Kygo, while its lyrics show a request for a hug, as they are heard singing "Put your arms around me baby/and squeeze". "Gonna Get Better" features an "acoustic guitar" similar of "Write On Me", while "Scared of Happy" is a "house-pop". The tenth track "Not That Kinda Girl" features vocal by hip hop singer Missy Elliott is a funk inspired song Several critics noted the influence of the singer Prince in the song.
The deluxe version of the album continues with "Dope", in the song Lauren sings "I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fuckin dope/just so you know". The deluxe edition of the album concludes with "No Way", they sing: "I know you don't want me anymore by the look on your face," they sing over a tumbling beats and electronics effects. It's a bit downtempo compared to the rest of the album which is Lauren's favorite track off the album, and was originally supposed to be on their debut album.
Release and promotion
After announcing their album artwork for 7/27, Fifth Harmony released their lead single "Work from Home", along with its pre-order, which was performed for the first time at the annual post-Oscars show, broadcast by Live! with Kelly and Michael. Recreating the set of the music video and wearing the same costumes, the girls performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 24, 2016. Each track was announced hourly through the group's Instagram page on April 28. "That's My Girl" was featured in the commercial for the United States Women's Gymnastics team for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
On February 26, 2016, Fifth Harmony premiered the album's lead single, "Work from Home", which was written by Joshua Coleman, Jude Demorest, Dallas Koehlke, Tyrone Griffin, Jr., Alexander Izquierdo, and Brian Lee. The music video, directed by Director X, was released on the same day as the official release date. It features the vocals and appearance by American hip hop and R&B recording artist, Ty Dolla Sign. The song debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number four in its thirteenth week, making it the group's highest charting single in the United States. Internationally, the song peaked within the top ten of twenty five countries, while becoming their highest-charting single in the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The second single All in My Head (Flex)" featuring rapper Fetty Wap was serviced to radio on May 31, 2016. The music video was released on June 23, 2016. The song debuted at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 24. Since its release, the song charted within the top ten of Hungary and New Zealand, peaking in the top twenty in countries such as Australia and reaching the top forty in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the single was certified platinum for selling combined sales and streaming of one million equivalent units. It was also certified platinum in Australia and Canada and silver in the United Kingdom.
The third and final single "That's My Girl" was serviced to contemporary hit radio on September 27, 2016. Since its release, the song peaked at 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold for selling combined sales and streaming of 500,000 equivalent units. The music video was released on September 19, 2016. An alternate music video was released on September 28, 2016, and features scenes from the web series DC Super Hero Girls and the movie, DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year.
"The Life" was released as the first promotional single on March 24, 2016. It made its chart debut in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 97 on the Official Charts and number-one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
"Write on Me" was the second promotional single released on May 5, 2016. A music video for the song was released on May 6, 2016 on the group's Vevo channel and features all five members singing with spotlights on them while sitting down on stools in a black and white setting.
Main article: The 7/27 Tour
The group embarked on their second world tour, "The 7/27 Tour", from June 2016 to November 2016. They performed 64 shows, 32 in the United States, 3 in Mexico and Canada, 8 in South America, and 23 in Europe. Following Camila Cabello's departure from the group, the group announced a new Asian leg for the tour. The tour ended during April 2017.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 7 reviews. Matt Collar of AllMusic was positive, calling it "a sophisticated production that finds the all-female outfit nicely transitioning from the brash ingenues who finished third on the second season of The X Factor into reliably mature pop divas." He noted that "while 7/27 isn't quite as loose or as fun as one might hope, Fifth Harmony prove they can balance youthful swagger with grown-up sophistication." Praising the mature environment, Nolan Feeney of Entertainment Weekly named it "deep, vulnerable, personal--these were some of the quintet's stated goals for 7/27. It's not a bad look by any means."
Maura Johnston of Boston Globe stated: "The group's power has always come from its Spice Girls-like ability to form a massive unit of self-actualization, and the peppy 7/27 has no shortage of that, both lyrically and musically." Lewis Corner of Digital Spy noticed that "while the debut album 'Reflection' was a mixed bag in terms of styles, '7/27' is a cleverly structured collection. The uptempo numbers pop off with confidence, while the slower tracks barely detract from the overall energy of the record. There's sass, there's vulnerability, there's sexiness; it draws upon all the emotions a great pop album craves. Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone opined that the album "isn't a massive step forward, but with a constant bombardment of hooks, high energy and incredible harmony there's not much time to catch your breath to compare."
However, some reviews were not so positive. In a mixed review, Brian Josephs of Spin referred to "I Lied" as the song where the album "regresses into blandness". He also comments on how the group faced a "personality crisis" on Reflection that was not resolved in this record. Pitchfork editor, Katherine St. Asaph shared similar sentiments, commenting that several songs "suffer from brutally protracted lyrical metaphors that function as near-parodies of pop song form." St. Asaph states that the group fails to establish a "sonic identity, nor a lyrical identity beyond vague empowerment" and notes how the album "dutifully triangulates every trend and radio format of the past couple years." Conversely, she praised the group for their distribution of vocals.
While the album did not land in many critics' end of year list, Rolling Stone placed it at number ten on its '20 Best Pop Albums of 2016' list stating that the group "thrived on its unapologetic celebration of girl power."
In the United States, the album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, earning 74,000 equivalent album units (49,000 in pure album sales) in its first week and becoming the group's highest charting album to date. The album has sold (as of August 2017) over 200,000 copies in the U.S. with soundscan and over 800,000 album-equivalent units in the U.S.
In Europe, 7/27 debuted at number six on the United Kingdom's Official Charts Company, marking their first top ten debut, and has since sold 40,000 copies there. The album also reached number one in both Spain and Brazil, becoming the group's first album to top both charts. Elsewhere, the album charted in the top ten of thirteen countries and the top twenty of three countries.7/27 has accumulated 1.6 million equivalent album units worldwide as of November 2016, according to Billboard.
The album debuted at number 20 in Japan on the Oricon Albums Chart, making it the group's first album to debut in Japan. The album dropped to number 22 in its second week on the chart.
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- "All in My Head (Flex)" contains a portion of the composition "Flex", written by Ewart Brown, Clifton Dillon, Richard Foulks, Herbert Harris, LeRoy Romans, Lowell Dunbar, Brian Thompson and Handel Tucker.
Credits for 7/27 adapted from AllMusic.
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We've definitely matured and grown in the last year, compared to our Reflection album. It's more edgy and I feel we had more of a voice. We were included in the project -- that's what we always wanted and we've finally been given the opportunity. Our voice has been more engaged in this project -- from the taste in the music to speaking from the heart and the direction. We've incorporated our ethnicities into this album. We're five different girls and we come from different cultures and backgrounds, and that explains our album 7/27. It's about how we all started: 7/27 is the day we were formed, when we were placed together to become a group. – Dinah Jane talking about the growth of the group in interview to Billboard.