Published: Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday June 12, 2014 MYT 9:35:03 AM

Make way for the new crop of boy bands

5 Seconds Of Summer, Emblem3, The Vamps, AJR, Midnight Red, The Collective, Before You Exit – boy bands are popping up everywhere. Take that, all you other new kids on the block.

One Direction is so five minutes ago.

There is a whole new crop of boy bands on the scene, looking to steal hearts and dominate the charts. They have a long way to go before they are in the same league with One Direction, which is still unquestionably on top but seemingly has an expiration date in the not-too-distant future. But their potential successors are inching closer.

The top contender appears to be 5 Seconds Of Summer, the Aussie boy band. Yet Emblem3, The Vamps and a few others are also clearly in the running.

So parents, take note, these are the bands that will soon be making your tween and teenage daughters swoon (if they aren’t already).

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds Of Summer

Formed: 2011

Members: Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin

Stream these: She Looks So Perfect, Out Of My Limit, Heartbreak Girl

Career highlights: Where should we begin? Probably with 5 Seconds Of Summer landing an opening slot on One Direction’s upcoming stadium tour, since that means this young act will be seen by hundreds of thousands of boy band fans on three different continents. It’s also pretty impressive that the band’s recently released single, She Looks So Perfect, topped the charts in nearly 40 countries.

Selling points: No other boy band currently has more buzz than 5 Seconds Of Summer, which some have dubbed the “next One Direction.” It’s easy to understand why so many are going gaga for the band. These young Australians make good videos, sing catchy songs, harmonise well and play their own instruments.

What’s new: Before hitting the road with One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer is currently touring in the US. It’s turned into one of the season’s top tickets, with most shows selling out in mere seconds. Also, the group has inked a deal with Capitol Records and started working on its debut album, which many expect will be a smash hit.

Emblem 3


Formed: 2007

Members: Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg and Drew Chadwick

Stream these: Chloe (You’re The One I Want), 3000 Miles

Career highlights: Emblem3 finished fourth on Simon Cowell’s X Factor TV series in 2012. It received more exposure as one of the opening acts on Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance Tour in 2013.

Selling points: The trio, which hails from Sequim, Washington in the US, is fairly versatile and can handle a wide range of material. Those strengths were put to good use on X Factor, as Emblem3 covered artistes ranging from Katy Perry and Alicia Keys to the Police and the Temptations to Matisyahu and the Monkees.

What’s new: Cowell liked what he saw on X Factor and signed Emblem3 to his Syco Music label. The group’s debut, Nothing To Lose, was released last year and reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The Vamps

The Vamps

Formed: 2012

Members: Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Bradley Will Simpson

Stream these: Can We Dance, Wild Heart

Career highlight: The British group’s first two singles have both been major hits in Britain – Can We Dance hit No. 2, while Wild Heart topped at No. 3.

Selling points: They play their own instruments and make good videos. Simpson, the band’s lead vocalist, is a potential breakout star who reminds more than a few people of One Direction heartbreaker Harry Styles.

What’s new: The Vamps are already a hit in Britain and Australia (where Can We Dance was certified platinum). The band is also making progress in the US and has even scored nominations at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards. Its debut album, Meet The Vamps, was released in April.



Formed: 2005

Members: Adam, Jack and Ryan Met

Stream this: I’m Ready

Career highlights: The New York City trio has performed on VH1, opened for Demi Lovato and scored a moderate YouTube hit with I’m Ready.

Selling point: They’re brothers. And this is a genre with a long history of sibling success stories – from the Jackson 5 to Hanson to the Jonas Brothers.

What’s new: The Met brothers have been recently featured in several high-profile publications, from Seventeen to Billboard to the New York Post. The band released its EP, 6foot1, in December.

Midnight Red

Midnight Red

Formed: 2009 (originally known as FLYTE)

Members: Eric Secharia, Anthony Ladao, Thomas Augusto, Joey Diggs Jr. and Colton Rudloff

Stream this: Take Me Home

Career highlight: The group was an opening act on the big New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Tour in 2011.

Selling point: This American vocal quintet is bland incarnate, somehow managing to sound equally indistinctive on both dance-pop numbers and power ballads. And, yes, that might just qualify as a selling point in this genre.

What’s new: The group has released an EP titled Midnight Red.

The Collective

The Collective

Formed: 2012

Members: Trent Bell, Julian De Vizio, Jayden Sierra and Will Singe

Stream these: Surrender, Another Life

Career highlight: The Collective finished fourth on the Australian version of X Factor in 2012.

Selling point: The band’s best songs sound like the Jonas Brothers’ worst songs. That definitely puts these Aussies ahead of much of the competition.

What’s new: Not much. The group delivered its self-titled debut in 2012, which was certified gold Down Under. It’s clearly time for The Collective to make its next move.

Before You Exit

Before You Exit

Formed: 2007

Members: Riley, Connor and Toby McDonough

Stream this: I Like That

Career highlights: The group has opened tours for Olly Murs and Cody Simpson.

Selling points: Before You Exit is another band of brothers, backed on the live stage by touring musicians. They also hail from Orlando, the former Boy Band Capital of the World that gave us both the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. Plus, the group makes decent videos, including the one for I Like That, which has notched over 1.2 million views on YouTube alone.

What’s new: The group has a new video out, for the track Soldier, and has launched a headlining tour. – The Oakland Tribune/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

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