Underrated girl band, Fifth Harmony, will be splitting up soon – it’s inevitable.
Following Camila Cabello’s departure, the girl band were faced with a tough situation. Do they stop now, knowing full well that when one lead singer leaves, it’s only a matter of time before the group disbands? Or do they try and break the band curse, and release a new album and continue without?
We know they chose to continue, releasing a self-titled third album. Fans were divided – whilst it had bops, such as Lonely Night – there didn’t seem to be much passion. A U.K. tour wasn’t even on the cards, like it was for 7/27, and there was very little promo. Lead single ‘Down’ failed to chart as high as previous releases, despite following a formula similar to big hit, Work From Home.
Meanwhile, Camila Cabello was going solo. Crying in the Club became an instant hit, and to help promote a new album, she released two new teaser songs. Such was the success of these teaser songs that Camila couldn’t deny Havana had to be a single. And thus, Havana propelled Camila as a serious artist.
The album, Camila, came out, outselling all of Fifth Harmony’s albums in a week. It was the curse of Zayn Malik or Robbie Williams – the first to leave is the first to succeed. Big time.
Now, Camila is an opening act for the Taylor Swift tour. And Fifth Harmony have just cancelled their Australian leg of their world tour.
The girls don’t appear to be happy. They’re a manufactured girl band of egos that wish to be anything but a girl group. The obvious tension with Camila was noticed by fans and press near the beginning – she was always on the outside looking in.
Whilst her departure might have been a natural movement, it is obvious the other girls wish for the same. All four members, Lauren Jauregi, Normani, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke, have now signed solo deals. Ally, the last to sign a deal, has a deal for a debut solo album. Dinah confirmed via live chat that her live album was 30% done. Lauren has ventured into solo features, most notably with Halsey.
So, naturally, the end is in sight. Lauren has left Epic Records for Columbia. Normani has signed with new management.
Rumours are now saying that any time soon, the band will announce a ‘hiatus’ – which is supposed to mean time away, but in popstar terms, it means never coming back.
It’s been a fun ride, but the Fifth Harmony days are sadly numbered.