5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer, also referred to as 5SOS, is a band from Australia which was formed in 2011. The group started performing with Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, and Calum Hood as its only members. Their journey to fame started on YouTube when Luke, Calum, and Michael, who were then schoolmates, began uploading videos of themselves doing their versions of some popular songs. This earned them lot of admirers, and in the last month of 2011, the group added Ashton to the group who acted as their drummer. The band received international recognition after they participated in the ‘Take Me Home Tour’ which was organized by the British band known as One Direction.
In 2012, they released their first Extended Play titled “Unplugged”. Though they were not helped by any recognized record label by then, their EP managed to peak at number three on Australia’s iTunes chart, and performed well in countries like Sweden and New Zealand. They followed it up with their first official single later that year which was entitled “Out of My Limit”. The track became so popular that the video garnered more than 100,000 views within a day. Later, the group released series of hit songs, including “Don’t Stop” and “Want You Back”.
After recording some amount of successes with their singles, the band dropped their debut eponymous album in 2014. The album became an instant hit and was ranked number one on the Billboard 200. It also topped a number of charts in over 10 countries. In order to promote their album, they embarked on their maiden headlining tour dubbed “Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour”. 5SOS have dropped other successful albums with the notable ones titled “Sounds Good Feels Good”, “Youngblood”, and “Calm”. Their hard work and talent have also gotten them the opportunity to work with some high-profile record labels such as Interscope, Capitol, and Hi or Hey.
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Their works have won them lots of awards, including ‘American Music Awards’, ‘World Music Awards’, and ‘Teen Choice Awards’. They’ve also been recognized by organization such as ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30’, and Billboard.
In order to support the fight against HIV/AIDS, the band did a rendition of the song titled “Killer Queen” which was originally recorded by the Queen band. All monies generated from this initiative were donated to the charity organization known as Mercury Phoenix Trust which was formed by members of the aforementioned band.
In 2019, 5SOS founded a philanthropic brand named Friends of Friends. As part of efforts to raise money, a limited clothing collection was released that same year and the money generated were used to support the Safe Place for Youth foundation.
In 2020, Yahoo! Finance ranked them as the 10th “Richest Boy Bands in the World”. That same year, they were 17th on the list of Sunday Herald Sun’s “Greatest Australian Bands Of All Time”.
They have also appeared on a number of television shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden”.