Fifth Harmony’s first EP, “Better Together,” has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Better Together” had sales of 28,000 copies in the U.S. in the EP’s first week of release, compared to Katy Perry’s No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart for her album “Prism,” which sold 286,000 copies in the U.S. in the same week. Billboard made the announcement on Oct. 30, 2013.
“Better Together,” was released in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 22, 2013. The Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart had been expected since “Better Together” debuted at No. 2 on iTunes in the U.S. and No. 6 on iTunes in Canada. “Better Together” is now the highest-charting debut on the Billboard 200 from an alum of “The X Factor” U.S., surpassing Emblem3’s “Nothing to Lose” album (No. 7 debut on the chart in August 2013) and Tate Stevens’ self-titled first album (No. 18 debut on the chart in April 2013).
On “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012, Fifth Harmony came in third place, Emblem3 came in fourth place, and Tate Stevens was the winner. They are all signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music.
Fifth Harmony was formed in 2012 on “The X Factor” U.S. when five contestants (Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei and Dinah Jane Hansen) who originally auditioned as solo singers were rejected by “The X Factor” as solo singers and put together in a group. Cowell was the “X Factor” mentor of Fifth Harmony and Emblem3.
It remains to be seen how much staying power “Better Together” will have on the charts, since “The X Factor” U.S. alumni have not had gold or platinum sales in America. A few of these alumni have had their albums debut high on the Billboard 200 chart due to strong first-week sales, but then the albums don’t last long on the chart because sales plummet in subsequent weeks. In addition, “X Factor” alumni still have not had a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
Fifth Harmony has been promoting “Better Together” with several concerts and personal appearances
As previously reported, Fifth Harmony’s “Better Together” autograph events included Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, N.Y., on Oct. 22, 2013, and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, N.Y., on Oct. 23, 2013.
Fifth Harmony performed on “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” which was prerecorded at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2013. The Hub televised the special on Oct. 26, 2013, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT.
Fifth Harmony also promoted “Better Together” in New York City with a performance on the syndicated talk show “Live! With Kelly and Michael” on Oct. 22, 2013, an appearance VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan” on Oct. 23, 2013 and a photo op at the Empire State Building on Oct. 23, 2013. Fifth Harmony also appeared on the Los Angeles-based “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Oct. 21, 2013.
“Better Together” has five songs but Fifth Harmony’s second single, “Me & My Girls,” is a special bonus track for those who pre-ordered the EP on iTunes. As previously reported, the music video for Fifth Harmony’s “Me & My Girls” (the second single from Fifth Harmony) premiered exclusively on Radio Disney’s website on Aug. 24, 2013.
An official stream of “Better Together” began on MTV.com on Oct. 15, 2013.
According to a press release, there are four more Fifth Harmony EPs: The Spanish-language “Juntos” and “Juntos Acoustic” will be released on Nov. 11, 2013; “Better Together Acoustic” will be released on Nov. 19, 2013; and “Better Together The Remixes” will be released on Nov. 25, 2013.
In October 2013, Fifth Harmony became the first artist to become part of the Vevo Lift promotion based on fan votes, getting more votes than emerging artists Zedd and “The Voice” U.S. Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope. Up until that point, artists who were selected for the Vevo Lift promotion were chosen by Vevo.
In August 2013, Fifth Harmony (nicknamed 5H) were in New York City for some high-profile appearances, including:
- Crazy Good VMA Concert on Aug. 20, 2013. Other performers at the concert were the bands Hot Chelle Rae and Darling Parade.
- Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day performance on Aug. 24, 2013.
- Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Brooklyn” party on Aug. 24, 2013.
- MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013.
Fifth Harmony and Cher Lloyd teamed up for a North American tour in September 2013. Lloyd headlined the tour. Fifth Harmony was the opening act.
Lloyd came in fourth place on “The X Factor” U.K in 2010. Fifth Harmony came in third place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012. They are both signed to Syo Music/Epic Records, which has mostly failed in getting hits for “X Factor” U.S. alumni.
Fifth Harmony’s next concert tour is as the opening act for Demi Lovato on her “Neon Lights” concert trek in North America in February and March 2014. Lloyd and Little Mix (the girl group that won on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011) are the opening acts on select dates of the tour. Lovato became a judge on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012.
Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony is performing during the pre-show event at the 2013 American Music Awards on Nov. 24 in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live on several websites, including TheAMAs.com and Yahoo.com.
Fifth Harmony is also set to perform at KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2013, and at KISS 98.5s Kissmas Bash at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., on Dec. 12, 2013.
Although “Better Together” had a high debut on iTunes and the Billboard 200 chart, sales were a flop for Fifth Harmony’s first single, “Miss Movin’ On.” The song debuted at No. 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the song peaked at No. 76. The song got a brief sales boost after Fifth Harmony performed “Miss Movin’ On” on NBC’s “Today” on July 18, 2013, when it peaked at No. 19 on the iTunes (U.S.) Top 100 Songs chart. However, “Miss Movin’ On” quickly dropped down to the lower half of the iTunes chart and the song failed to become a big hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.