Where have the 5SOS fans gone?

August 3, 2015 5:24 am 1 comment Views: 1
Boys wonder ... Why did the new 5 Seconds of Summer single sink down the chart after one

Boys wonder … Why did the new 5 Seconds of Summer single sink down the chart after one week?
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ARE 5 Seconds of Summer fans hibernating for winter or is pop/rock losing the battle against dance and R&B?

That’s the question being asked as the Sydney band’s new single She’s Kinda Hot slumps from a No. 6 debut last week to an alarming No. 40 this week.

She’s Kinda Hot, the first taste of their second album, hit No. 1 on iTunes immediately after its release on July 17. It was downloaded 11,262 times in Australia in its first week on sale, not quite enough to crack the ARIA Top 5 last week.

Hot or not? ... 5 Seconds of Summer have taken a tumble down the Australian charts. Pictu

Hot or not? … 5 Seconds of Summer have taken a tumble down the Australian charts. Picture: Getty.
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However after the first week rush by fans She’s Kinda Hot crashed to No. 40 this week on just 3677 second week sales.

By comparison dance act Lost Frequencies have stayed put on top of the ARIA chart with 18,433 copies of their song Are You With Me sold.

She’s Kinda Hot’s brash, guitar-heavy pop/rock sound is at odds with the dance and R&B filling the singles chart and radio station playlists this year.

5SOS’s Calum Hood told News Corp this month “Hopefully we introduce a bit more guitar on the radio and inspire some people to pick up guitars. We love rock music and we want to hear it back on mainstream radio. I am sick and tired of hearing all this bulls— on the radio, if I am going to be honest. It is driving me insane.”

Loyal fans ... 5 Seconds of Summer perform in Sydney. Picture: Tim Hunter.

Loyal fans … 5 Seconds of Summer perform in Sydney. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Pop acts with a diehard fan base often suffer a decrease in sales in their second week as fans rush out to buy it in week one.

The situation was replicated in the UK where She’s Kinda Hot debuted at No. 18 last week and sank to No. 52 on this week’s chart.

The song entered the US chart at No. 22 last week and is still Top 30 on their iTunes chart today.

Live shows … band member Calum Hood rocks out in Brisbane. Picture: Marc Robertson

The track was co-written with Voice judges The Madden Brothers, who also wrote 5SOS’s Top 10 hit Amnesia.

Just last year the band’s She Looks So Perfect hit No. 1 and sold triple platinum, achieving over 200,000 sales.

The Australian band will be hoping tomorrow’s release of an official video for She’s Kinda Hot will give the song a boost on the charts.

The She’s Kinda Hot lyric video has been viewed over seven million times since July 17.

The band are also releasing a She’s Kinda Hot EP at the end of August in Australia and the UK, with an alternative version of the song, plus three new songs.

5SOS recently completed a successful arena tour of Australia and are now touring the US.

Their management label mates One Direction spent the weekend at No. 1 on the Australian iTunes chart with their first single as a four piece, Drag Me Down.

However the song has been replaced at No. 1 today by Adam Lambert’s Ghost Town, on the back of a local promotional onslaught. Lambert’s The Original High is also topping the iTunes album chart.

5 Seconds of Summer She’s Kinda Hot (Lyric video)

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