In a major blow to Fifth Harmony's loyal fan army, the girl group announced on Twitter that they've decided to take an indefinite hiatus and launch their solo careers. The statement, which was posted to their Twitter account on Monday, March 19, read, "After six years of going hard, non-stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths, and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family."
To be sure, Fifth Harmony's announcement about their indefinite hiatus reads more like their desire to split. More often than not, band members' decision to pursue solo careers usually spells death for a band. Not too long ago, One Direction made a similar announcement and there's been no news of members reuniting. It is possible that the band, which came to life on the US version of 'X Factor' could be headed the same road.
After all, the dynamics within the girl group went through a seismic shift after Camila Cabello's exit in 2016. Even as the four singers- Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui, entered 2017 with their third studio album and a united front, cracks within the group and their label, Epic, began to show.
A source told The Sun that the band's record label found it difficult to work with them after Camila came out with her chart-topping single, 'Havana' in September 2017. The source added that band members felt ignored as Epic poured more money and time into choreographing Camila's image as a solo artist.
For a long time, many credited her as being the voice of Fifth Harmony and the four-members' collaborative effort on their third album paled in comparison to Camila's debut album. For the record, their album Fifth Harmony debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 while her album, Camila, popped up at #1 on the same chart.
At the same time, the band's six-year reign in the pop music industry turned them into divas and in many ways, strained their relationship with Simon Cowell' Synco Records and Epic. The Sun claimed that Synco lost faith in the singers and wouldn't be teaming up for a fourth album.
That the record label was more focused on Camila rather than the group sent a clear message to band members- they began to pursue their own solo careers. In January, rumors suggested that Lauren had signed a deal with Columbia Records to work on her solo album. At the same time, Dinah collaborated with RedOne, Daddy Yankee and French Montana, 'Boom Boom' and Normani tied up with DJ Khalid to produce 'Love Lies.'
For many months after Camila's departure, rumors of a split surfaced but Fifth Harmony denied it and labeled them as lies. But then came their decision to cancel their Australia tour in February. The band announced they couldn't perform due to "scheduling conflicts" and a month later, they announced their decision to split and launch their solo careers.
In their Twitter statement, Fifth Harmony said they plan to follow through with the rest of their performances for this year, which includes three concerts in May. However, it may be a long time before we see the four members on stage again.
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