5 Seconds of Summer have been already in shock when their album beat out Beyoncé and JAY-Z for the highest spot on the Billboard 200 chart this summer time. But having their single “Youngblood” attain the No. 1 spot on the pop songs chart and grow to be a global smash hit has the band in awe.
“We actually didn’t anticipate this,” mentioned singer-guitarist Michael Clifford of the Australian rock-pop band, which incorporates Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin.
“Youngblood” just lately spent 5 weeks at No. 1 on the pop songs charts, which tracks Top 40 radio airplay. The monitor is spending its seventh week within the Top 10 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart, the place rap songs have closely dominated within the final 12 months.
Clifford calls the hit track “authentically us” and mentioned it permits followers to “see the true model of ourselves and our music in a really daring method than what we’ve delivered in different songs.”
“You can by no means predict the success of a track -- you may solely hope,” he added.
The band’s spectacular 12 months kicked off when Youngblood, additionally the title of their newest album, outsold Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Everything Is Love, giving the band their third No. 1 album on Billboard’s 200 albums chart.
Clifford admits the band was apprehensive when the famous person duo launched their album as a shock a day after 5SOS’ album.
“It was extremely scary for us,” Clifford mentioned. “But our followers actually rallied behind us. They knew what it meant to us. We’ve at all times been sort of underdogs. But we have been capable of present on a big scale, a big platform that we will carry out. We additionally confirmed that 5 Seconds of Summer imply enterprise.”
They adopted the success with an in depth tour -- which wraps on Nov. 19 in Madrid -- enjoying “Youngblood” to 1000's of followers because the track continued to climb the charts.
5SOS initially deliberate to launch an album final 12 months however held off to “good” a brand new sound. “Youngblood” comes three years after 2015′s “Sounds Good Feels Good.” The band’s self-titled debut was launched in 2014.
“You write totally different songs whenever you’re 16 or 17 to whenever you’re 22 or 23,” mentioned Hemmings, who sings and performs guitar. “I feel our followers have been the identical age as us after we got here out. I feel they grew up with us. I feel, in a method, we have now comparable tastes. We have been looking for one thing that will outline ourselves as males like in our 20s. I feel folks have responded to that.”
Each band member was a solo artist earlier than they fashioned the group in 2011. The foursome posted movies on YouTube of themselves protecting songs by Ed Sheeran, Blink-182 and Chris Brown, garnering tens of millions of views.
Their profitable grassroots motion afforded them a possibility to tour with One Direction in 2013, which gave them their first declare to fame. At the time, the group mentioned it was a “large danger” by leaving the comforts of Australia, the place they'd already constructed an excellent help base.
But Clifford provides that the band at all times knew they'd make it.
“We have been enjoying to 20 folks in Sydney, Australia, and we knew that we have been going to be the most important band on the planet,” he mentioned. “With that mindset, we have been similar to unstoppable. There was no ceiling. You can by no means actually know what you’re going to do, however you may manifest. Our profession has been telling folks what we’re going to be. I feel folks believed us.”