Pop’s biggest girl band have found a new voice with their third, self-titled album
The band believe they’ve “got their power back” with their latest release. “I feel like we’ve learnt to love music again because it reflects our voices and we say everything that we want to say,” Normani Kordei says. “It finally feels like we’re living our lives. We’ve taken ownership. It’s been there all along, but maybe we weren’t confident enough or bold enough. This time, we’ve got the extra fire.”
The album was recorded in seven weeks and the foursome wrote more than half the songs – a first for them. It was also the first time they worked with powerhouse producers such as Skrillex, Tommy Brown and Sebastian Kole.
Down, the first single ( featuring Gucci Mane), has been their fastest-rising single on iTunes, hitting No 2 within moments of release.
According to Dinah Jane the group hit a low after Camila Cabello’s controversial exit last year, but they became more focused and vocal about their career ambitions. “We all got on the same page . . . and fought for our say. We’re more respected this time around,” she says.
They raised eyebrows at the MTV VMAs (where they won best pop video for Down) when a fifth singer was seen falling off the stage during their performance. But Ally Brooke says they weren’t throwing shade at Camila, as was speculated. “We get asked all the time if we’re getting a fifth member and we wanted to show the world in an artistic way that, hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony.”
This month also sees Camila releasing her first solo album. She says making the album – called The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving – was a “cathartic process” after the split.
The members of Fifth Harmony (from left), Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui.