Sledgehammer is a song recorded by American girl group Fifth Harmony. It was released on October 28, 2014 as the second single from their upcoming debut studio album Reflection (2015).
On October 23, 2014, Fifth Harmony announced Sledgehammer as the second single off their debut album, Reflection, during a live stream event. The song was written by Jonas Jeberg, Meghan Trainor, and Sean Douglas, and produced by Jeberg and Harvey Mason, Jr.. Its about the kind of love that just cant be contained and forces you to let go. On the behind-the-scenes of the songs music video, they said they decided to with Sledgehammer for our second single because our album has such a variety of sounds, and we all like completely different genres the transition from Bo$$ to Sledgehammer just shows how eclectic our sound is. And its a relatable concept, just being with the person that you like, and feeling your heart beat like a sledgehammer.
The music video was uploaded to Fifth Harmonys official Vevo account on November 25, 2014. It was directed and choreographed by Fatima Robinson, who also directed the music video for Bo$$. Scenes in the video include a swing set, an unicorn sculpture, and a silhouetted man swinging a sledgehammer.
Jason Lipshutz of Billboard gave a positive review saying, Fifth Harmonys second offering from its upcoming debut is already known as the single written by Meghan Trainor, who nailed this girl-group track. With an EDM-meets-new-wave beat and an immediate hook, Sledgehammer is the best pop track about the physical effects of lovesickness since Demi Lovatos Heart Attack.
Mike Wass of Idolator called it a sugary sweet synth-pop anthem with serious radio appeal. Jessica Hyndman of MTV gave a positive review, saying Sledgehammer takes on a fun pop vibe, vastly different from the girls hip-hop banger Bo$$ and last years Miss Movin On. Teen Vogue called it their favorite song the girl groups released .ever. Lucas Villa of AXS favorably compared the song to Ciaras Overdose and added that Sledgehammer fittingly sounds like it could be [Fifth Harmonys] true breakthrough. Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly stated on a positive review referring to the chorus lyrics that if that troublesome heart rate is the secret to creating club-ready delights like this, may they never get that checked out.
Carolyn Menyes of Music Times gave a mixed-negative review saying, Fifth Harmony didnt get its band name randomly - these girls can meld their five distinctive voices perfectly. The resulting chorus makes for a sparkling, jangling and endearing musical moment. As for the rest of the song, Sledgehammer falls completely into average territory. The mid-tempo pop ballad lacks the pizazz and sass of lead Reflection single BO$$ and, thankfully, it moves away from the slang-friendly and kitschy sampler song Them Girls Be Like. Theres something distinctly 80s about Sledgehammer, be it the heavy hand of the synth or the perfectly melded melodies. If there were only a more interesting melody to really bump this song up, it could have been star status.
Upon release, the song shot to number three on iTunes, marking the groups highest peak on the iTunes chart. Sledgehammer debuted on the US Mainstream Top 40 at number 28, and peaked at number 22 on December 25, 2014, becoming their highest position on the chart and surpassing their first single, Miss Movin On. On December 4, 2014 the song debuted at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. It rose to a peak of 75 on its fourth week on the chart.
On November 9, Fifth Harmony performed Sledgehammer for the first time at the pre-show of the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. On November 12, they performed the song on Good Morning America. That same week, they performed an acoustic version of the song on Access Hollywood Live. On December 16, they performed the song on VH1s Big Morning Buzz Live.
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