Following a two-year hiatus, 5 Seconds of Summer’s third studio album, Youngblood, has arrived and it has topped the charts.
5SOS even surpassed Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Everything Is Love, to become No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
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Sitting down with ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante, the Australian pop rock band, including Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin and Michael Clifford, reveal how they celebrated the news, despite encountering a few initial bumps.
“Honestly, we were on a plane and the plane was delayed for six hours, so everyone was bummed out,” Hemmings reveals. “We got told by a manager and we get up and start cheering and we’re really stoked and everything was like, ‘Why are you guys so excited?’ Then we got off the plane and had McDonalds.”
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Addressing the band’s third straight chart-topping album, Hood adds, “It’s icing on the cake. It’s gone No. 1. We spent a lot of time working on this record and we’re proud it’s being reciprocated in Canada.”
When it came to the band taking a brief step away from the spotlight, Clifford says it was the best decision for everyone involved.
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“It was something that was necessary for us,” he says. “I think we had to do that in order to make more music because, you know, we did so much in the years that we were touring and making music and I think we made all of the right decisions.”
Clifford continues, “But, we needed to take a second and re-evaluate what our goals were as a band and we had to picture the long-term vision of this band, which is a band that’s going to stay together for a really long time.”