Starting out as solo artists to later being placed in a group was no small fete for Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen, and Camila Cabello known more formerly now as Fifth Harmony. Having met on music talent competition show The X Factor, Simon Cowell (the show’s producer and judge) knew there was something even more dynamic about these ladies when placed together. With the brand new single “Boss”, off their soon to be released second studio album, these five singing sensations are back with a bolder sound, and a hot new look. Styled out in the latest designer dresses by Jovani, these lovely ladies caught up with Celebrity Blogger, and Television Personality Perez Hilton to discuss the makings of a girl group, new music, and their endless quest for girl power.
Perez: Why do you think girl groups have made a comeback?
Camila: Music has a phase or cycle. Pop music has changed in the sense that a lot of indie and retro types of sounds have made a comeback and even something to the effect of how boy bands had a phase of resurgence. I would say it’s a circle of life sort of thing but in the Top 100 way.
Perez: How would you say Fifth Harmony is different from the other girl groups?
Lauren: Every group has their own individual thing to some degree because a group is a combination of different individuals. We’re just so excited for the new single “Boss” because the song and style is totally new and different for us.
Perez: We’ve heard snippets of the new single on various radio stations across the country, what has the initial response been?
Dinah: It has been pretty amazing. Our fans are super excited to hear new music from us. We performed a bit of it at a show recently and it was great to see the single become a trending topic worldwide.
Perez: Sonically it is a different sound for you all. How would you describe it?
Normani: It definitely is a more urban and rhythmic for us. We also wanted to focus on the dance feel of the song also. Our music is growing as we grow as people, but we still sing about girl empowerment, and being true to your self.
Perez: Who are some of the people you’ve worked with on this new project?
Ally: Wallpaper, Yung Berg, Tommy Brown, and Julien Bunetta
Perez: You have been working non-stop as of late. Have you had any sort of vacation recently?
Camila: Nooooo, we don’t know what that is.
Perez: When was the last time you had some time off?
Lauren: I went home for prom for a few days and that was cool.
Normani: Yeah, I went home for prom, but that has been about it.
Perez: What has it been like for you to record an album while being on the road touring? Is it stressful? Do you love it? How do you handle it all?
Lauren: We’re not machines, so obviously we get tired. There are days when you want to shut down, but we all have a dream and we know that in order for that dream to become a reality you have to put in the time, dedication, and hard work that it takes. We constantly remind ourselves that this is what we want and it is extremely important to us.
Perez: With the evolution of sound for you the group, how will you visually evolve
Normani: We’re trying to step up our game. We each have our own style, but this time around I guess you would say we’re a bit more fashion forward. We’re taking risks and trying new things.
Perez: Why is Boss the new first single?
Ally: The song really stood out to us. It’s a strong song and the best way for us to come out this time around.
Dinah: It definitely has a shock value and it makes a statement, so that’s why we wanted it for the first single.
Perez: In the new single “Boss”, there’s a line “I want a Kanye not a Ray J”. Have you heard anything from Ray J since releasing the song?
Camila: No, we haven’t heard from him.
Perez: With your fans being so involved with you via social media, does it make it difficult for you ladies to date and go out and have fun because people are tweeting or instagraming your every move?
Camila: Our fans are so protective of us. I think it comes from a place of love. They don’t want to see us get hurt, so they are trying to look out for us.
Lauren: We thank them for it, but we also want them to trust our judgement.
Perez: That’s nice. So what’s the dirt now? Who’s dating and who’s single?
Camila, Lauren, Dinah: We’re all single and dating.
Ally: I just want Ryan Gosling in my life.
Perez: You all are going on tour with Austin Mahone, so why don’t one of you ladies get with him?
5H: (laughs) Ha ha, that would be funny.
Perez: What former girl groups have inspired you?
5H: Destiny’s Child
Perez: Last year you went on tour with Demi Lovato and girl group Little Mix. Was there any tension between the groups with having so many women on the road together?
Camila: There really wasn’t any tension. The tour showed girl empowerment.
Dinah: We’re happy for any other girl group that’s doing their thing. Why try to stand in the way of someone else’s opportunity?
Perez: Any plans to go abroad to connect with your fans?
Camila: We haven’t been yet, but this Fall we are scheduled to go to Brazil and a few other places so it will be great to see our fans abroad.
Perez: You first came our attention through the talent competition show X Factor. That show is no longer around, but you are. Does it seem weird to you in any way? Have you spoken to Simon Cowell lately? Was he involved in the process of making this album?
Camila: He’s been extremely busy with the new baby so we haven’t seen him as much, but he has been extremely involved. He loves the new single “Boss”, so we’re glad about that. LA Reid has also been equally involved in the process along the way.
Perez: What are your plans for the summer?
Normani: We will be on the road this summer on the Austin Mahone Tour.
Perez: One of things I love the most about seeing you ladies perform is your dancing. What new moves do you have in store for us?
Normani: We are working with Fatima Robinson and she has created an amazing team for us to work with for our show.
Camila: I’ve never been a dancer so I was concerned with how challenging it could be, but she has made it so fun for us. I find it enjoyable now.
Perez: You have been together as a group for about two years now, and within that time what would you say has been one of your greatest lessons learned either about yourself or the entertainment business?
Ally: I used to be really shy but now I’m more comfortable with knowing I have a voice.
Normani: I’ve learned that although you’re in a group, it is important to keep your individuality.
Perez: What are your favorite things to do when you go back home?
Ally: I’m from Texas so I love eating Tex Mex when I go back home.
Dinah: I love just hanging out with my family and friends in the park.
Perez: Who has any hidden talents?
Camila: I do this weird thing with my tongue where I can make a 3 leaf clover.
Normani: I can put my legs behind my head.
Perez: What has been your favorite part of touring?
Camila: The fact that we get to look out and see them singing back to us has been our favorite part of touring. Having that connection with someone is such an amazing feeling.
Perez: You’re shooting the music video to “Boss” in a few days, what can you tell us about what we can expect to see?
Dinah: We don’t really know yet. We’ve been eating healthy so we look our best, but we can say there will for sure be a lot of dancing.
Perez: Thanks so much. Keep working hard and we’ll be waiting for new things from Fifth Harmony.
5H: Thank you so much form your continued support of us, and be sure to check us out this summer!
Photography: Ron Cadiz
Styling: Darius Baptist
Hair: Giselle Modeste for Paul Mitchell/ Epiphany Artist Group
Make-Up: Brandy Allen for Cover FX/ Epiphany Artist Group