Fifth Harmony's Billboard Chart Highlights: The First Chapter
As the group’s Camila Cabello departs, let’s review the highlights of the act's first four-and-a-half years together.
As Fifth Harmony announced Sunday (Nov. 18) in a message on their social media channels, Camila Cabello has officially exited the group after four-and-a-half years. The act’s four remaining members - Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui – also confirmed their intention to continue as a quartet.
With Cabello’s departure, Fifth Harmony wraps an impressive first chapter of their history with a strong set of years on the Billboard charts. Here are some of their highlights to date, since the group first formed on The X Factor in 2012.
Fifth Harmony sent three releases into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, and notably, each of those entries peaked higher than its predecessor. The streak began with its Better Together EP, which opened at No. 6 in November 2013. Afterwards, the group’s debut full-length set, Reflection, bowed at No. 5 in May 2015, and their most recent album, 7/27, named after the day of the group’s founding on Factor, zoomed to a No. 4 debut in June of this year.
All told, the girl group has sold 424,000 albums in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.
On the songs front, the women’s Billboard Hot 100 history dates back to the arrival of “Miss Movin On” in August 2013. Since then, they’ve added six further chart hits including their first top 10 earlier this year: “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, which rallied to a No. 4 peak in June. With “Work,” Fifth Harmony became the first all-female group to claim a Hot 100 top five song since Dixie Chicks climbed to the same rank with “Not Ready To Make Nice” in 2007.
In addition, Fifth Harmony also owns three more top 40 successes: “Worth It” (No. 12), “All in My Head (Flex),” featuring Fetty Wap (No. 24), and “Sledgehammer” (No. 40).
Radio also warmed up nicely to Fifth Harmony, lifting the act to seven appearances on the Pop Songs airplay chart. “Worth It” marked their first top 10 smash, darting to No. 4 in August 2015. Their next hit, “Work From Home,” though, gave the group its first No. 1, reigning for two weeks in June 2006.
Besides radio airplay, the popularity of Fifth Harmony songs is reflected in their sales and streams: Through Dec. 15, the act has sold 7 million U.S. digital downloads and a staggering 1.6 billion U.S. on-demand streams, according to Nielsen Music.
For Cabello, her solo career is already off to a strong start, thanks to two hit singles she released while still a member of Fifth Harmony. Her solo debut, the Shawn Mendes duet “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” leapt to a No. 20 peak on the Hot 100 in January 2016. Meanwhile, follow-up (and current single) “Bad Things,” with Machine Gun Kelly, has zipped to No. 10 on the Hot 100, and became her first top 10 solo entry on the Pop Songs airplay chart, riding to No. 9 on the most recent list, dated Dec. 31.