What’s the worst that can happen to a music band when they break up? Disappointed music listeners? Fans losing interest? Paparazzi spotlight? Industry gossip? Audience criticism? Lack of revenues for music labels? Well, there is a lot to add to that! But, what if we tell you that there are some musicians who used the band break-up as an opportunity to create path-breaking success?
Some of these celebrities were called selfish for ditching their group while some had no option but to move on. Whatever the reason may be, they are the ones who utilized every single moment in fulfilling their dreams and ambitions. They may not have gained success overnight but surely did not let go of the desire to be at the top of their game. Here are some interesting facts and victory stories of musicians who carved their path to achieving what they weren’t able to while they performed in a band. Check out this list of renowned celebrities who triumphed after they went solo.
1. Bob Marley
The Jamaican reggae star and his former band were creating waves in the music world with their hit albums. But, apparently it is believed the music producer who was handling their tours was accountable for the bad relationship between the members. He added fuel to the fire by releasing one of their albums as ‘Bob Marley and the Wailers’ rather than sticking to the band name ‘Wailers’. The step taken by him infuriated another band member who went on to release solo albums. The sparks between Marley and that particular member was beyond tolerance. It provoked Bob to walk away and launch his solo albums and singles. He enjoyed tremendous success during the ‘70s and ‘80s. From there onwards, Bob grew to be one of the most renowned and acknowledged singer and a legend.
2. Amy Winehouse
Though she left the world behind with beautiful memories, her songs continue to be played, hummed, and sung by millions of fans all over the world. Amy Winehouse was always considered to be a gem of a person with exceptional talent. Not many are aware, but while attending a theater school, she was a part of a rap group called ‘Sweet’n’Sour.’ Unfortunately, she split up with her band member and childhood friend Julliete Ashby. Amy had it all, 11 singles, 2 studio albums, millions of fans, and a fun-filled lifestyle. But, alas she didn’t live long enough to enjoy stardom for years to come. Her fans continue to pay tributes to her by organizing concerts and covers of all her hit tracks.
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Did you ever hear of ‘GoGo’, a singer from an R&B called Envy? We are quite sure you haven’t because the singer is none other than Shaffer Chimere Smith popularly known as Ney-Yo in the Hollywood music industry. Evidently, the band had made an appearance on Showtime at the Apollo. But, due to bitter differences, they disbanded. Post that, like many other struggling singers, he continued to write songs for other artists until he finally began his solo career with the stage name ‘Ne-Yo’. Today, with 6 studio albums launched so far, he continues to be the heartthrob of a million music listeners. If his singing career was in an upswing mode, then one cannot leave behind his dancing prowess that continues to take the audience by storm. The record producer has also launched his own record label making him one of the successful producers in the music industry.
4. Selena Gomez
Though her career in showbiz began at the tender at of 9 with the popular children’s show Barney and friends even she didn’t know in which direction, destiny would take her music career. The gorgeous American actress and singer collaborated with ‘The Scene’ and formed their pop rock band called as ‘Selena Gomez and the Scene’. The band went on to release three studio albums and seven singles. In fact, they even won bagged many awards to their credit. Unfortunately, fans were deeply saddened when the band announced a temporary split in 2012. People were confused about it thinking it was permanent until Selena confirmed that they were just going their ways for a while. Post that, the actress-singer continued to launch successful singles and a studio album that had chart-topping numbers. With the recent ‘Stars Dance’ she carved a path-breaking success story for herself garnering the love of crazy fans.
If no one can forget the beautiful tune of the hit track ‘Every breath you take’, who can ever forget the one of the top bands of the ‘70s ‘The Police’? Their record breaking albums was even nominated for Grammy awards. Things went hunky dory for the group who even switched from punk-inspired music to reggae rock. Sources claim that their main vocalist stormed out of the band while on stage during a concert. Thought there was no news of any formal breakup, Sting and the other members continued to focus on their solo projects. Sting delivered consecutive hit albums and singles that marked his success as a solo star. His live tours and gigs continue to gather the masses who enjoy listening to his music.
6. Sade Adu
Her stylish looks and flawless vocals are some of the major highlights of this musician. But she embraced success only after band ‘Pride’ split up. Sade’s partnership with guitarist Stuart Matthewman did earn them laurels. In fact, they even did a couple of gigs and everything seemed cool. But, when envy creeps in, there is always plenty of scope for misunderstandings. Her solo performances attracted the attention of record labels, making Stuart and the remaining members feel ‘left out’. Her live tours were packed with crazy fans, albums sold like hotcakes, and acting career continued to bloom.