Following their exit from the X Factor, their debut single "Miss Movin' On" was released, peaking at #76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified Gold in the US for selling over half a million digital downloads. Their debut EP, Better Together, was released in 2013 with a first week position of number six on the US Billboard 200. The following year, they won the Artist to Watch award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
In early 2015, they released their debut album Reflection which debuted in the top five on the Billboard Top 200. Their Breakthrough Hit "Worth It" (featuring Kid Ink) peaked in the top 5 in multiple countries, and hit #12 in the U.S. Their second hit "Work from Home" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) became their first top 10 hit and ended up peaking at #4.
In 2015, rumors of Cabello wanting to go solo soon surfaced when she started recording music away from the other girls. It only amplified throughout 2016, only to be confirmed later that year. In December 2016, it was announced that Cabello had left the group for a solo career. Since then, the group has remained a foursome and have continued on successfully.
In March 2018, it was announced that the group would be taking a hiatus to focus on solo endeavors, starting in the summer 2018.
To date, the group has sold over 20 million records worldwide.
Members of Fifth Harmony:
Current members in bold:
- Ally Brooke Hernandez (born July 7, 1993) (2012-2018)
- Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996) (2012-2018)
- Lauren Jauregui (born June 27, 1996) (2012-2018)
- Dinah Jane Hansen (born June 22, 1997) (2012-2018)
- Camila Cabello (born March 3, 1997) (2012-2016)
- Better Together EP (2013)
- Reflection (2015)
- 7/27 (2016)
- Fifth Harmony (2017)
Tropes that apply to Fifth Harmony include:
- Arc Number: 7/27 is named after the date the group was first formed (a celebratory date for fans, similar to was July 23rd is to fans of One Direction), and while it was initially planned to be released on May 20th, it was postponed to the 27th to go along with the theme (or to avoid competition with Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman).
- Artifact Title: Still named Fifth Harmony even though they now have only four members.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Reflection has Kid Ink on "Worth It" and Tyga on "Like Mariah", while 7/27 has Ty Dolla $ign on "Work from Home" note , Fetty Wap on "All in My Head (Flex)", and Missy Elliott on "Not That Kinda Girl". It continued with Fifth Harmony as Gucci Mane was featured on "Down" and Pitbull collaborated with the girls on "Por Favor".
- "Days of the Week" Song: "Who Are You"
- ''Monday, you sent me flowersTuesday, made me feel stupidWednesday, the world was oursThursday, you didn't prove itFriday, fell back in loveSaturday, we didnt talkSunday, you said you needed space''
- Distaff Counterpart: Seen as this to One Direction, see Transatlantic Equivalent below.
- Fanservice Pack: Reflection has the group ditch their initial wholesome image from Better Together in favor of a more mature and sexually charged image.
- Girl Group: Ticks all the criteria that fits into one, Stripperiffic outfits and music videos, sexual overtones, and young women.
- Gratuitous Spanish:
- Incorporated this into their reprise of Shontelle's "Impossible" (the song they sang at the Judges' Homes stage of the competition), which seemed like a natural decision given that three of its five members are of Hispanic origin.
- In "Work From Home", there's "I ain't wearing na-nada" (nothing).
- Played Up to Eleven when they released entire songs rewritten in Spanish like "Worth It", as well an entire EP translated into Spanish!
- Hot Men at Work: The guys in their "Work From Home" video are muscular, shirtless, and hard at work.
- Intercourse with You: "Work from Home" compares sex to a 9-to-5 job, though the music video focuses on construction work instead.
- Non-Indicative Name: Since Camila left the group, their name can no longer fit the criteria of the group containing 5 members. It's even speculated that they'll change their name to Fourth Harmony someday. (It wouldn't be the first time they underwent a name change).
- Retraux: The single "Angel" from their self-titled 2017 album, and it's awesome.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: Easily the most successful alumni from the US X Factor's history, and (from an American standpoint) likely the biggest act ever produced by the franchise not named One Direction.
- Shout-Out: Something of a Creator Thumbprint for them is name dropping other musicians (and sometimes other public figures).
- "We get diva on it, we get Queen B on it, we get Britney, Demi, One Direction, Bieber on it." (Me And My Girls)
- "You're talking to a lady; I want a Kanye-ye, not a Ray-J." [...] "This convo be like Dre-e" [...] "Boss, Michelle Obama, purse so heavy, getting Oprah dollars." (Bo$$)
- "When you touch my body, you got me singing like Mariah" [...] "You're so sidity like Aaliyah" (Singing Like Mariah)
- "You can dance like Beyoncé, you can shake like Shakira [...] So whine like Rihanna, go and pose like Madonna" (Brave Honest Beautiful)
- "How Mary J call it? That real love." (I Lied)
- "Destiny said it, you gotta get up and get it" (That's My Girl)
- Title-Only Chorus: "That's My Girl", aside from the backing "What you waiting for"s.
- Title Track: "Reflection" from the album of the same name.
- Transatlantic Equivalent:
- To Little Mix of the X Factor UK, given how they started as solo artists and were later put in a group.
- Now that they've finished third, they have been frequently been compared to One Direction. Both groups had five members (until Zayn left 1D and Camila left 5H), were solo artists put together in a group, and have the exact same final ranking. Furthermore, both bands' names consist of a number and a word and are commonly called by initials consisting of the number and the first letter of the second word. Now that they're the show's most successful contestants in both versions of their respective shows, the comparisons are inevitable.
- Worth It: "Worth It". Double-subverted; the song is about the girls telling guys to "give it to them" because they're (in their own words) worth it, not an action's consequences being such.