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Fifth Harmony call time – Kool & Gang make world dance

NEW YORK, March 20, (Agencies): Fifth Harmony, the all-female pop group born on a TV singing contest, on Monday announced an indefinite hiatus as its members pursue solo careers.

The group’s original fifth member, 21-year-old Camila Cabello, had already left and scored a big success with her smash hit “Havana.”

The Miami-based group had come together in 2012 after the singers auditioned on the television show “The X Factor.”

Posting a statement on social media, which has been vital to the group’s rise, the singers said they had appreciated the time “to grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals.”

“After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors,” it said.

The quartet — Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui, whose ages range from 20 to 24 — said they would keep their concert commitments through the end of the year.

Fifth Harmony, who released three studio albums, has pursued the classic pop sound of girl bands but with an R&B and Latin tinge.

The funk classics of Kool and the Gang have found eternal life in everything from stadium pump-up songs to hip-hop samples to wedding parties. Yet more than 50 years after forming, the group itself has hardly slowed down.

“We do about 100 shows a year, all around the world, in every place you could imagine,” Ronald Bell, one of four founding members of the group who is still active, said as Kool and the Gang passed through New York.

Hailing from just across the Hudson River in Jersey City, Kool and the Gang has toured North America, Europe and Asia incessantly, sometimes playing three or four shows in a single weekend.

Broadway fans are buzzing over the release of a new song by two popular Tony winners in support of the upcoming March for Our Lives.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, the original star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” have recorded a duet called “Found/Tonight,’ mixing lyrics from “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Story of Tonight” from “Hamilton.”

The song was released at midnight on Monday and is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart. The multicity March for Our Lives on March 24 was planned after the Feb 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Miranda has been releasing “Hamilton”-related content each month in a series called Hamildrop.


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