Fifth harmony

Pop’s big­gest girl band have found a new voice with their third, self-ti­tled al­bum

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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.”

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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.

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Down, the first sin­gle ( fea­tur­ing Gucci Mane), has been their fastest-ris­ing sin­gle on iTunes, hit­ting No 2 within mo­ments of re­lease.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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