Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello came together as Fifth Harmony during season 2 of “The X Factor U.S.” in 2012. Even though the ladies finished in third place, they went on to become the biggest selling act from the entire American series. 5H notched two top five albums on the Billboard 200 chart with 2015’s Reflection and 2016’s 7/27 along with four top 40 hits (“Sledgehammer,” “Worth It,” “Work from Home” and “All in My Head”) before Cabello departed the group in Dec. 2016.
Jauregui, Kordei, Hansen and Brooke carried on Fifth Harmony as a quartet and released a self-titled album last year, which hit No. 4 on Billboard. As Cabello was doing before she left, the remaining members were free to explore solo opportunities while promoting the Fifth Harmony record. They made quite a statement at the MTV Video Music Awards last August. Before launching into a performance of “Down,” the foursome appeared with a mystery fifth person who jumped off the stage. It was a move to show that the new Fifth Harmony was unshaken by the line-up change.
“After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors,” the group said in statement. “To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifth Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.”
In a post Spice Girls and Danity Kane world, Fifth Harmony was getting the world excited about girl groups and girl power again. Hansen released “Boom Boom” with Daddy Yankee, RedOne and French Montana last year while Jauregui has recorded songs with Steve Aoki and Halsey. Brooke dropped “Perfect” earlier this year with Topic and Kordei is making waves with Khalid and their “Love, Simon” single “Love Lies.”