Inside a new Billboard cover story, a major theme is how naive a young 5H originally were, with their eagerness to succeed resulting in unfortunate deals and major disregard for their health. The group hired music lawyer Dina LaPolt at the end of 2015, who helped them secure high-powered managers (snagging the same firm that reps Madonna, U2 and Miley Cyrus) and create a long-term plan that the lawyer says "first and foremost included their emotional and mental health."
LaPolt recalled initially opening the girl group's eyes to the situation. "I sat the girls in a hotel conference room and for five hours educated them on trademarks, copyrights and rights of publicity. Then I educated them about every agreement they signed, which [were] the worst I've ever seen in the music business." That sentiment was echoed by member Lauren Jauregui who recalled instances of the group breaking down in tears over fatigue and stress. "They took advantage," she shared. "Like, 'Get in there and record this, you thing." Dinah Jane Hansen added, "We were little girls coming off of a TV show and had a team of people trying to sculpt us into something we weren't."
But things are much, much better in the land of Fifth Harmony. LaPolt successfully transferred the 5H trademark from creator Simon Cowell to the group, meaning our girls now own the name, plus the right to control how it is used and to profit from deals. The ladies also shared they're writing on over half the songs on their upcoming third album. "Honestly, in this very moment, we could not be happier," shared Ally Brooke Hernandez. "I'm so proud of us, because we developed our voices as young, strong females." With LaPolt adding that the group's future is "whatever they want. They own their brand now." Sleep easy, Harmonizers.
Next, watch Ally share her best Life Lesson in the video interview below: