It hasn't even been four years since they were a band but 5 Seconds of Summer has achieved levels of success previously unknown to mankind.
The Australian band first gained momentum in 2012 following the release of their debut EP Unplugged, which caught the attention of One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. Their big break came when they were hired to be One Direction's opening act on their global Take Me Home Tour, which led to them being noticed by music industry big-shots and eventually earned them their first record deal with Universal's Capitol Records. Music experts weren't the only people 5 Seconds of Summer attracted on their tour—they also caught the eyes and the ears of One Direction's fans, whom they won over with their strong musicianship, catchy songs and good looks.
In February 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer made a strong entrance into the mainstream market with "She Looks So Perfect", a single that earned them fans outside of the One Direction world. Things started skyrocketing from there: a self-titled debut album was released, said debut album reached #1 on Billboard, three million albums sold worldwide in half a year, five million songs sold worldwide to date, more than a million concert tickets sold to date, and a nomination for Best International Group at one of the most prestigious music award ceremonies in the world: The BRIT Awards.
It usually takes musicians years of touring and perfecting their craft to release a live studio album but just half a year after their debut album was released, 5 Seconds of Summer released their first live studio album LIVESOS. Even though they may seem to be moving too fast, they have not neglected the quality of their music in exchange for going full-speed. Their music—both studio-recorded and live-performed—is superb; add that to the long list of reasons why 5 Seconds of Summer is here to stay.
With more than 430,000,000 online video views and more than 23,000,000 combined Twitter followers, the unstoppable 5 Seconds of Summer is just getting started on their plans for world domination via music.
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