On last week’s Hot 100 chart, Emblem3’s debut album “Nothing to Lose” scored a No. 7 debut with 46,000 copies sold in its first frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After finishing in fourth place on the U.S. version of “The X Factor,” the trio has arguably become the Fox reality competition’s biggest breakout stars to date — and they’ve enjoyed every step of the journey.
“Every day is a new adventure, with something new and crazy that happens,” the group’s Wesley Stromberg said during Emblem3’s recent studio session at Billboard’s New York studios. Along with a pair of performances, Stromberg, Drew Chadwick and Keaton Stromberg discussed the wild ride leading up to “Nothing to Lose” and the album’s rising lead single, “Chloe (You’re The One I Want).”
Emblem3 cites artists like Sublime and Rise Against as main influences, but says that “Nothing to Lose” was more informed by pop music, thanks to the group’s successful TV run. “The style we were before ‘X Factor’ — we tried to be edgy and stuff, but like, now we have to appeal to the masses and obviously our fan base is a lot younger now,” says Wesley Stromberg.
Although Chadwick says that the Emblem3 are “not really pop dudes,” the group didn’t have any problem tweaking their sound for their debut album with executive producer Savan Kotecha’s guidance. And with a Top 10 debut for “Nothing to Lose” in the bag, the trio will accompany Selena Gomez on her upcoming Stars Dance tour and expose their new tunes to a much larger audience.
Watch the video interview above for more with the Emblem3 guys, and check out a bonus performance — this time of the album standout “Sunset Blvd.” — below: