Fifth Harmony announced a “hiatus” to “pursue solo endeavors.”
You might remember them collectively as Fifth Harmony (or 5H), but fans of the girl group, also known as Harmonizers, just know them as Camila, Normani, Lauren, Dinah and Ally.
It’s been six years since the group formed on “The X Factor,” two years since Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony to go solo and a few months since the remaining group members announced their hiatus in March. So what are they doing now?
Well, it turns out that they’re doing a little bit of everything, from writing books and curating tours to dropping music and slaying all around. We rounded up what all the ladies of 5H are up to since embarking on their solo careers, including an interview with one of the women.
Cabello has had a landmark 2018. After leaving the group at the end of 2016 – and after going back and forth in dueling PR statements with her former group members – she released a few singles and collaborations before dropping her debut eponymous album at the start of this year.
Her Latin-infused single “Havana” from the album became her biggest song to date, earning her commercial success (it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts), critical acclaim and landing on the radar of former President Barack Obama, being featured as one of the songs on 44’s annual top tracks list.
She’s done a solo tour, opened Taylor Swift’s 2018 “Reputation” tour and performed at awards shows, including the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. To make things even better, Cabello scored two 2019 Grammy nominations, one for pop solo performance for “Havana” and one for pop vocal album.
Normani was the second member from the newly formed quartet to release a single outside of the group, debuting a collaboration on Valentine’s Day with fellow Texas singer Khalid called “Love Lies.” She’s teamed up with Khalid for performances of the song on late night shows, awards shows and at Jingle Ball this year, even snagging a Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song earlier this year.
Since the girls announced their hiatus from creating music as a group, Normani has been steadily racking up features. She released two songs with Calvin Harris, “Checklist” and “Slow Down.” She was also featured on “Swing” with Davido on Migos member Quavo’s solo album “Quavo Huncho.” She released the song “Waves” featuring 6lack in November to round out the year.
Another win for the 5H performer? She’s opening up Ariana Grande on her upcoming “Sweetener” tour, so fans can probably expect some more music from Normani once the tour starts in March.
Jauregui was the first to do a feature while still in the four-girl group, singing on the Halsey track “Strangers.” The two stayed close professionally following the collab, with Jauregui opening for Halsey on her “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” tour during the Latin American tour dates in June. She also released an EDM song with Steve Aoki in 2017, called “All Night,” snagging a 2018 Teen Choice Award for Choice Electronic/Dance Song.
While the other ladies of the group are dropping pop hits and rhythmic jams, Jauregui chose a slightly different route for her first solo project. She released the sultry and soulful power ballad “Expectations” in October with an accompanying black-and-white music video that has built up 8.9 million views.
Jauregui has said that when she drops her forthcoming album, she won’t have any features since this is her first solo project (similar to Cabello’s debut album). And in the meantime, she’s dating and collaborating with Ty Dolla $ign, even hopping on her boyfriend’s track “In Your Phone” in 2017.
She has also continued in her political activism, performing ahead of the 2018 midterm elections for MTV and using her social media platforms to encourage people to vote.
Dinah Jane chose “Bottled Up” as her first solo single, featuring 5H “Work From Home” collaborator Ty Dolla $ign (and a playful nod to the track) and Marc E. Bassey, with the video for the song racking up 7.9 million views in the month since its release. “It was just a feeling in my gut where I kind of want to introduce myself in this way,” she told USA TODAY.
Dinah also debuted a pair of new songs at Jingle Ball in early December: “I Don’t Mind” and “Retrograde.”
“I can just be my true self and I can see how much I’ve evolved since then” she said. “My music’s matured so much, I don’t have to create any barriers.”
And while Dinah might be singing about feeling “Bottled Up,” her career isn’t looking like it will be.
“It’s bittersweet, there are moments where I’m like super stoked and like ‘Wow, this is so exciting’ and there are also times where I’m like ‘Whoa, this is a lot of pressure,’ ” she said about striking out on her own.
As her latest endeavor, she’s curated The Future of Awesome Tour with Sofar Sounds and XFINITY, handpicking artists of all genres to perform across the country.
“There’s a great selection of artists out there who are so talented and need this exposure,” she said. “I know how excited they are because I’ve been in their position before.”
She calls her bond with the other women of the group a sisterhood and keeps in touch with and bounces ideas off of Jauregui.
“We met each other at a perfect time. We didn’t really quite know ourselves at 15 and 16 and now that we’re 21, 20, we’ve evolved so much since then,” she said. “We’ve become the women we were meant to be all this time.”
Brooke has had the most varied post-5H career, basically throwing her hat into every ring possible.
While still in the group, she was featured on DJ-duo Lost Kings song “Look at Us Now” with A$AP Ferg and collaborated with German DJ Topic for the song “Perfect.”
Since the group’s hiatus, she announced that she is working on her debut album and released the Latin-fusion song “Vámonos” with Kris Kross Amsterdam and Messiah. Like Dinah Jane, Brooke also released a Christmas song, covering Wham!’s “Last Christmas” and performed it at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In the most different move of any of the group members, Brooke announced that she is penning a memoir. “Finding Your Harmony” will be released in April 2019, so fans can probably expect some details from her life before and during Fifth Harmony.
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