5 Seconds of Summer
5sos at the 2014 brit awards
Members Luke Hemmings

Michael Clifford
Calum Hood
Ashton Irwin

Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Pop, pop rock, pop punk
Years active 2011-present
Labels Capitol Records, Hi Or Hey Records
Associated acts One Direction, Alex Gaskarth, Hey Violet

5 Seconds of Summer (commonly initialized as 5SoS) is an Australian pop rock band formed in Sydney in December 2011. The band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals, lead guitar), Calum Hood (vocals, bass guitar), and Ashton Irwin (vocals, drums)


5 Seconds of Summer began in December 2011 when Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood started posting videos of themselves performing covers of popular songs together on YouTube. Their cover of Chris Brown and Justin Bieber's "Next To You" received over 600,000 views. In December 2011, drummer Ashton Irwin joined and the current 5 Seconds of Summer lineup came to be. They have since amassed over 5 million YouTube views, and a large following on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The band attracted some keen interest from major music labels and publishers, and have signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV Music Publishing. Despite having had no promotion apart from on Facebook and Twitter, their first music release, an EP entitled "Unplugged", reached #3 on the iTunes chart in Australia, and the Top 20 in both New Zealand and Sweden. Their international following increased significantly once again when One Direction member Louis Tomlinson posted the link to their YouTube video of their song "Gotta Get Out", stating that he'd been a fan of 5 Seconds of Summer "for a while".[1] 5 Seconds of Summer were once again the subject of interest for One Direction following the release of their single, "Out of My Limit," on November 19, 2012, this time with Niall Horan tweeting the link to the video clip.[2] They get along very well with Niall Horan from One Direction.


5 Seconds of Summer spent the second half of 2012 writing and developing their sound with Christian Lo Russo and Joel Chapman of Australian band Amy Meredith, with whom they wrote two of the songs that feature on the Somewhere New EP: "Beside You" and "Unpredictable". The EP was also co-produced by Joel Chapman.
5 Seconds of Summer released their single "Out of My Limit" on November 19, 2012, the video clip for the song receiving over 100,000 views in the first 24 hours. In December 2012, the boys embarked on a songwriting trip to London, where they have written with various artists including McFly, Roy Stride of Scouting For Girls, Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs, Jamie Scott, Jake Gosling, Steve Robson and James Bourne of Busted.

On February 14, 2013, it was announced that 5 Seconds of Summer would support One Direction on their worldwide Take Me Home Tour. The tour kicked off at the O2 Arena in London on February 23, 2013, and 5 Seconds of Summer joined One Direction for shows in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand, including 7 shows at Allphones Arena in 5 Seconds of Summer's home town of Sydney. Whilst on a break from the Take Me Home Tour, 5 Seconds of Summer returned home to Australia where they played a Pants Down Tour, with all dates selling out within minutes. On November 21, 2013, the band announced that they had signed to Capitol Records.[3] 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album, which is titled after their band name, was released on June 27, 2014. With Capitol Records the created their own record label, Hi or Hey Records. Hi or Hey Records is named after a famous line they said in one of their first ever interviews.

On February 5, 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer listed their worldwide debut single "She Looks So Perfect" for pre-order on iTunes. Within two days, it had reached the #1 position in 39 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 5SOS had also came out with another single, "Don't Stop". Their EP with the same title came out on June 15, 2014.


The band cite their influences to include Blink-182, All Time Low, Ed Sheeran, Mayday Parade, Boys Like Girls, and Busted.


In May 2012, 5 Seconds of Summer announced tour dates at Factory Theatre in Sydney, Old Museum in Brisbane and Xavier College in Melbourne. All shows sold out within two minutes of going on sale, and so second shows were announced in each city, which also sold out within minutes. Following the success of their June 2012 release of their "Unplugged" EP, the band embarked on their Twenty Twelve Tour, playing dates at Uni Bar in Adelaide, Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, Old Museum in Brisbane, and Corner Hotel in Melbourne.

During October 2012, 5 Seconds of Summer toured Australia, supporting Hot Chelle Rae and Cher Lloyd, playing at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, the Convention Centre in Brisbane, Festival Hall in Melbourne, Royal Theatre in Canberra, and AEC Theatre in Adelaide.[4]

On November 3, 2012, 5 Seconds of Summer played their first International show at Zeal Cafe, in Auckland, New Zealand. On November 25, they played a headlining show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, before leaving for a three month stint in the UK.

5 Seconds of Summer joined One Direction on their worldwide Take Me Home Tour, which kicked off in London on February 23, 2013.

On May 17, 2013, 5 Seconds of Summer announced a national Australian tour, nicknamed the "Pants Down Tour"[5], it included dates in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, all of which sold out within minutes.

In November 2013, 5 Seconds of Summer announced a UK Tour that sold out within minutes. They also played seven shows around UK between February and March 2014.

On February 19, 2014, a North American/Canadian tour, named the "Stars, Stripes & Maple Syrup Tour", was announced by the band, to take place in April 2014.[6]

5 Seconds of Summer announced in early March 2014 that they will be supporting One Direction on their Where We Are Tour across North America and Canada,[7] and that they will embark on a "5 Countries in 5 Days" tour of Europe, playing in Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

They also toured Australia in April and May 2014, on their "There’s No Place Like Home Tour".


Extended Plays

Title Album details
  • Released: June 26, 2012
  • Format: Digital download
Somewhere New
  • Released: December 7, 2012
  • Format: CD, digital download
She Looks So Perfect
  • Released: March 21, 2014
  • Format: CD, digital download
Good Girls
  • Released: May 14, 2014
  • Format: CD, digital download
Don't Stop
  • Released: June 15, 2014
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: September 8, 2014
  • Format: CD, digital download
She's Kinda Hot
  • Released: August 28, 2015
  • Format: Digital download


Year Title Peak Chart Positions Certifications Album
Out of My Limit 2012 Somewhere New
She Looks So Perfect 2014 1 1 1 1 24
  • ARIA: 3x Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • MC: Gold
  • RMNZ: Platinum
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
5 Seconds of Summer
Don't Stop 3 1 1 2 47
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
  • RIAA: Gold
Amnesia 7 3 6 7 16
  • ARIA: 2x Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • MC: Gold
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
Good Girls 19 12 15 19 34
  • BPI: Silver
  • RIAA: Gold
What I Like About You 137 LiveSOS
She's Kinda Hot 2015 6 7 11 14 22
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
  • RIAA: Gold
Sounds Good Feels Good
Hey Everybody! 70 49 49
Jet Black Heart 34 78 60 95
Girls Talk Boys 2016 21 39 28 68 Ghostbusters
Want You Back 2018 32 26 22 61
  • ARIA: Gold
Youngblood 1 4 1 4 25
  • ARIA: 3x Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • RMNZ: Platinum
  • RIAA: Gold
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos

Year Title Director
2012 Out of My Limit Bryce Jepsen
2013 Heartbreak Girl Charlie Miller
Try Hard Ben Winston
Wherever You Are
2014 She Looks So Perfect Frank Borin
Don't Stop Isaac Rentz
Good Girls
What I Like About You Tom van Schelven
2015 She's Kinda Hot Isaac Rentz
Hey Everybody!
Jet Black Heart
2016 Girls Talk Boys
2018 Want You Back James Larese


  1. Twitter - Tweet by @Louis_Tomlinson
  2. Twitter - Tweet by @NiallOfficial
  3. The Hot Hits - 5 Seconds of Summer get signed to Capitol Records
  4. The Hot Hits - 5 Seconds of Summer tour with Hot Chelle Rae
  5. Twitter - Tweet by @Louis_Tomlinson
  6. Twitter - Tweet by @5SOS
  7. Facebook - 5 Seconds of Summer to open for One Direction
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