5 Seconds of Summer is exuding success with Sounds Good Feels Good, the group’s second straight Number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, while on the Jingle Ball Concert tour with other top-rated bands between December 14 and 19, 2015. The Australian band’s status will be further augmented on December 16 when it shares the same stage with high-flyers Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, and DNCE at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois.
The Sounds Good Feels Good album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart after its release on October 23 through Hi Or Hey/Capitol Records. According to Billboard, the 5 Seconds of Summer’s new set moved 192,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 29, as confirmed by Nielsen Music.
The closing words on the Sounds Good Feels Good piece “Outer Space/Carry On”, which promises “…you know it’s going to get better”, has elicited online chatter among fans familiar with the Aussie group’s beginnings. Identified as misfits in high school with only each other to count on as friends, the 5 Seconds of Summer band members reportedly touch on themes reflective of dysfunction.
A lyric from their lead single “She’s Kinda Hot” mentions “the new broken scene”, which is the name of their website, inferring a place for broken kids. With two of the 5 Seconds of Summer members high school dropouts, they seem to embrace their role as misfits who’ve had their share of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. They project The New Broken Scene as a place for broken kids, and share an understanding with their listeners that “everything is going to be alright”.
Bassist and vocalist Calum Hood, 19, often mistaken for Asian, is actually Maori and Scottish. He recently brought on some fan controversy when he wrote and deleted a tweet about quitting 5 Seconds of Summer to live a normal life. He has since made it clear that he is no Zayn Malik, and has no intention of leaving the band. He went on to say that he simply wants some time off down the road.
Guitarist and lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, 19, started uploading YouTube videos of himself singing in 2011. By 2012, the others had joined him to release the E.P.s Unplugged and Somewhere New. In 2014, his 5 Seconds of Summer band clinched the American Music Award for New Artist of the Year.
Drummer Ashton Irwin, 21, used to be in a band called “Swallow The Goldfish”, who hated 5 Seconds of Summer for “messing around too much.” Eventually, on December 3, 2011, he capitulated to the lure of becoming the band’s drummer and now helps band mate Michael compose their songs.
Guitarist Michael Clifford, 20, enjoys the distinction of bringing calamity on himself. During a live performance at the S.S.E. Wembley Arena in London for Radio 1’s Teen Awards, he fell into a pit in front of the stage on November 8. On June 13, Clifford’s hair caught on fire while 5 Seconds of Summer performed at Wembley Arena. According to International Business Times, the guitarist felt compelled to post this rueful tweet about his penchant for disaster.
“Why Do I Always Hurt Myself?”
The accomplishments of 5 Seconds of Summer this year started with the band’s first headlining “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” tour of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America in May 2015. The release of the Aussie singers’ first single “She’s Kinda Hot!” followed on July 17.
Their second studio album Sounds Good Feels Good came out on August 12, going global on October 23. “She’s Kinda Hot” surfaced in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 28, and “Hey Everybody!” came to life on October 9.
On October 9, the band announced their Sounds Live Feels Live tour, effective 2016 with dates in Asia, the UK, Ireland, and North America. This project represents 5 Seconds of Summer’s first full world tour.
As the Jingle Ball Tour provides 5 Seconds of Summer opportunities to do more of the same, fans are literally a-twitter with anticipation.
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