5 Seconds Of Summer sign global deal with BMG
5 Seconds Of Summer (5SOS) have signed a global recording deal with BMG.
In a joint statement on Friday, the group said they are “proud and excited” to join BMG.
“[BMG’s] ambition and drive to partner with us was clear from the very beginning and they very much supported our vision for the future,” the band said.
“They encourage our independence as recording artists and we love how collaborative this relationship will be, which feels important for us in our 10th year as a band.
“We want to thank everyone past and present for being part of our journey and can’t wait for our fans to hear new music which will be coming very soon!”
Thomas Scherer, BMG’s president of repertoire & marketing, welcomed 5SOS.
“With their high level of success and global appeal, BMG is the perfect partner for a band of this magnitude and what they want to accomplish,” Scherer said.
“Ash, Michael, Luke, and Calum are now in the driver’s seat as both entrepreneurs and creators. We will be working together as partners every step of the way to bring them to the next level they so very much deserve.”
BMG Australia & New Zealand managing director Heath Johns passed on his congratulations to BMG’s US team, Scherer, and EVP of recorded music LA Dan Gill, and told TMN, “During the pitching process we had a wonderful chance to build a great relationship with the 5SOS guys.
“The fact that the band were so excited about what BMG Australia is doing down here and keen to be a part of what we are building was a big thrill for our team.”
Johns noted how 5SOS are the latest of platinum and multi-platinum Aussie acts including Angus & Julia Stone, Dune Rats, Chet Faker, Ladyhawke, Hockey Dad, Tim Minchin, Dope Lemon and Winston Surfshirt who’ve joined the roster in less than three years.
“I’d encourage ANZ artist managers to give us a buzz so we can tell them why many of the biggest and best artists in the region are placing their faith in us— this rapid growth is not an accident.”
Luke Hemmings (singer, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar), Calum Hood (bass) and Ashton Irwin (drums) have globally shifted 10 million albums and 2.5 million concert tickets and generated eight billion streams.
Their last album C.A.L.M. charted in 25 territories
In the US, 5SOS became the first Australian act to achieve three consecutive #1 albums.
As of mid-2020, they were estimated to be worth US$81 million.
In their home market, they’re the second Australian band in history to have their first four studio albums debut at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
In 2020 they joined the APRA AMCOS 1,000,000,000 List.
Last month 5SOS played their first show in two years at the LA leg of Global Citizen Live, and are currently preparing for a world tour.