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Interview:
Fifth Harmony is out to show who's the "Bo$$" in Royal Oak
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Fifth Harmony isn't the kind of group that's spent a great deal of time forming and paying its dues.

Much like British male counterparts One Direction, the female vocal quintet from Miami was assembled from individual contestants during the second season of "The X Factor" in the U.S. So far the group has released an EP and an album, "Reflection," that debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in February, and three of its singles -- "Miss Movin' On," "Bo$$" and "Sledgehammer" -- have been certified gold.

And, by the way, the feel more like a group every day according to Camila Cabello.

"We've been a group for almost three years now," says the 18-year-old, Cuban-born singer. "It's probably not a long time when you look a it, but for us it feels like we've been together for awhile and we've been working at this for a very, very long time.

"The album's just come out and we're really excited about the reaction we've gotten from it, and we'happy our fans like it and happy that fans from outside the fandom are liking it, too. So we feel like things are going really, really well."

Cabello and her group mates worked on the Girl Power-flavored "Reflection" with an A-list of hitmaking producers and songwriters, including Stargate, Dr. Luke, The Family and others, while Kid Ink guests on the track "Worth It" and Tyga appears on "Like Mariah." The album also includes a pair of songs, including "Sledgehammer," written by Meghan Trainor, a labelmate who Fifth Harmony came to know before she became successful in her own right.

"It's so funny, because I think it was back in the summer, the label played us a song by this girl Meghan Trainor called 'All About the Bass,' and we were like, 'Oh yeah, that's pretty cool, really catch,' " recalls Ally Brooke Hernandez, Fifth Harmony's oldest member at 20. "And literally, like a month or two later Meghan and that song just blew up and it was so crazy.

"So when we were told that she had songs for us and we were able to use them, we were so excited 'cause we were like, 'Wow, she's obviously very, very talented and such a great writer. We heard them and we loved them, so it was awesome that we got to form that kind of relationship."

Fifth Harmony, Jacob Whitesides, Jasmine V. Mahogany and Lox

Monday, March 16. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 316 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $32.50.


Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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