Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMERS THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND

We have seen a lot of music groups (quintet, quartet, trio, duo or band) who became so popular in the music industry but few of them stay and one of the reasons behind this disbandment is when a member (usually the leader) of the group decided to launch their solo careers. Most of the time, the solo career of these artists will not last for long and they usually failed to establish the same popularity except for these five listed solo performers below. These singers are those who became popular as a group and as a solo performer. This is actually a repost from by 2008 entry but I made some revisions.

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMERS THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND
Author's Note : This entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMER THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND
"DIANA ROSS (THE SUPREMES)"
Before starting her career as a solo performer, Diana Ross was once a part of a trio group known as the Supremes. In fact, Diana is one of those rare artists who got two stars at Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was well recognized as a lead singer of the Supreme and so as being a solo performer. The Supreme has become one of Motown's most commercially successful act but after an 18 year run, the group was disbanded and Diana Ross launched her solo career. Following her departure, she has launched various albums and most of them are commercially successful. Few of her hit songs include Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I'm Coming Out, Chain Reaction, Touch Me in the Morning and more. So far, Diana received multiple Grammy nominations and even some acting awards and a bunch of other recognition and in fact she received a Guinness Book of World Records as one of the most successful female artists in history. 

 TOP 4 MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMER THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND
"PAUL MCCARTNEY (THE BEATLES)"
Paul McCartney gained a worldwide success due to his band The Beatles. For the record, The Beatles is considered as one of the most popular and most influential acts in history of  rock music. Before the One Direction or those popular boybands of the 90's, there was once the so called Beatlemania. The group lasted for more than ten years until John Lennon initially announced his departure to the group and followed by the announcement done by McCartney. All the members of the Beatles have launched their own career after the break up but John Lennon and Paul McCartney are the only ones who received wide success with their songs. Unfortunately, Lennon was killed was shot and killed. McCartney is also widely recognized as one of the most successful composer and recording artists of all time. Few of his biggest hits include Yesterday, Ebony and Ivory, The Long and Winding Road, Lucille and more. 

TOP 3 MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMER THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND
"JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (N'SYNC"

Justin Timberlake rose to fame as the lead vocalist and the youngest member of the 90's boy group N'Sync along with JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. The group sold over 50 million albums during their career and produced hit songs like This I Promise You, Bye Bye Bye, I Drive Myself Crazy and more. The group however, didn't last for long due to some legal issues with their handlers. They announced temporary hiatus two years after their massive success but no albums or singles were produced since then. Year 2007, Bass confirmed that the group was completely disbanded. Justin Timberlake , however, launched his solo album during the hiatus and his songs like "Cry Me a River" and Rock Your Body was a massive success. Timberlake ventured into acting which put his music career on hiatus but he made a successful comeback through his 20/20 Experience Album producing chart topper songs like Suits And Tie and Mirrors. 

TOP 2 MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMER THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND
"BEYONCE KNOWLES (DESTINY'S CHILD)"
Beyonce rose to fame in the late 90's as a lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child which became of the best selling girl groups of all time. As a group, they produced hit songs like Dangerously in Love, Say My Name, Survivor, Bootylicious and more. Beyonce is performing along with other members including Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (former members includes LeToya and LaTavia). Destiny's Child has sold more than 60 million records worldwide to date. In late 2000, Destiny's Child announced to embark on individual side projects, including releases of solo albums which was also the idea by their manager. Both Rowland and Knowles managed to establish a highly successful albums and Beyonce produced hit songs like Crazy In Love and Baby Boy. After the Hiatus, the group launched their final album entitled "Destiny Fulfilled". After her successful solo recording (a feature with Jay Z), Beyonce have launched herself as one of the best selling recording artists in history producing hit songs like Single Ladies, Listen, Halo and a whole lot more. 

THE MOST POPULAR SOLO PERFORMER THAT CAME FROM A GROUP/BAND
"MICHAEL JACKSON (JACKSON 5)"
Michael Jackson is undeniably one of the most successful recording artists in history but before launching his very successful solo career, he was once the lead vocalist of the quintet group of the early 60's The Jackson 5 along with his older brothers. During their six-and-a-half-year Motown tenure, The Jackson 5 was one of the biggest pop-music acts of the 1970s and was one of few in recording history to have their first four major label singles reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 including songs like "I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I'll Be There. The group sold 150 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In the early 1980s, Jackson became the dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean". and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. Some of his other achievements as a solo performer includes multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s" 

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Other Notable solo performers that came from a group of singers include Ronan Keating of Boyzone, Mel C of Spice Girls and Gwen Stefani of No Doubt
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