Fifth Harmony on 7/27: The group share details of their 'vulnerable' new album
Fifth Harmony has a new album, and Fifth Harmony can’t talk about it. Or anyhow, they can’t go too deep into specifics. The pop girl-group behind last year’s “Worth It” and the new hit single “Work From Home” has a new album hitting on May 20, 2016. The title of the album is 7/27 – a reference to the date Fifth Harmony formed, back when the five singers were contestants on the American version of The X-Factor. Beyond the title, though, 7/27 is shrouded behind a veil of NSA-level secrecy, because everything in pop culture is J.J. Abrams now.
But that doesn’t stop the singers from teasing the album a little bit. “We’ve had a lot more creative say,” says Normani Kordei, who explains how the singers had greater input into this second album than the tunes on their debut LP Reflection. “It’s more personal than the last.”
Her bandmate, Camila Cabello, agrees. “I think on the Reflection album, and since we got off of X-Factor, we tried to establish what the sound was for Fifth Harmony. What best represented us. With our first album, you heard the 808 urban-leaning drums as a skeleton in some of the songs, like ‘Boss’ and ‘Worth It.’ You can hear that now in ‘Work From Home,’ and you’re gonna be hearing an expansion of that.”
“People will get a deeper insight into who we are,” says Ally Brooke. “We talk about topics from love to heartbreak to confusion about someone. The main thing for all of us was having a ballad, a slower song. Finally, they get to hear more of a vulnerable side to us! We didn’t really have that in Reflection, and that’s something we all fought for.”
“There’s a song on here that’s from our last album cycle,” says Lauren Jauregui. “It was thrown out, gone. Dinah and I kept bringing it up, and finally they gave in.” Why did they have to fight for the song? Lauren smiles. “It’s, like, politics.”
One thing that isn’t changing: The name “Fifth Harmony,” which was actually the third name for the group formerly known as LYLAS and 1432. “You take control of your name,” says Dinah Jane. “The way you carry your name is the vibe people get off it.”