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Rocking with R5

Breakout pop band R5 launches its new music video with a concert in New York City

June 25, 2014
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R5 paired up with Ring Pop for their new music video #RockthatRock.

The pop band R5 is diving into summer with a new upbeat tune! The band released a music video for their song #RockthatRock at Gramercy Theatre in New York City on June 9.

The makers of Ring Pop, the plastic rings with fruit-flavored candy “jewels,” teamed up with R5 to promote the song. For the past few months, R5 has been asking fans to share photos and videos of themselves rocking out while wearing their Ring Pops. A few lucky fans had their photo or video appear in the music video.  

At the release party, R5 gave a sneak peek of the new video before playing a live set for friends, family, and a small group of fans. Brooke, 16, is one of those dedicated fans. She said she was looking forward to hearing her favorite song, “Ain’t No Way We’re Going Home.”

“I’m so excited to see them perform it live!” she told TFK.

The R5 Story

R5 includes four siblings—Ross, Rocky, Riker, and Rydel Lynch, plus a friend of theirs, Ellington Ratliff. The siblings met Ratliff after they moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after that, the band was formed. The band is named after the five R’s in the members’ names. Ross is the lead vocalist and plays the rhythm guitar. Rocky is the lead guitarist, Riker plays bass, Rydel plays keyboard, and Ratliff plays the drums.

Kid Reporter
Rachel Landis

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, “Riker told TFK. “It’s always been a huge part of my life.”

Recently, R5 won the Radio Disney Music Showstopper Award. Ross said the win was unexpected. “It made us all really happy,” he told TFK. “We put a lot into our music, and we were glad to see that people appreciated it.”

Let’s Rock that Rock!

At the video release, guests were treated to free Ring Pops before the band came onstage to premiere the #RockthatRock video. When the band members started singing live, the crowd sang and danced along. The band members chose fans in the audience to request songs.

“I’m so glad I got to meet them in person,” said Madison, 14, a fan of the group. “They were so sweet and amazing!”

The band has announced their fall dates for R5: LIVE ON TOUR. The tour will run from September 5 through 28 across the U.S., with one show in Canada.


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