4 Artists Who Went Solo – And Killed It
Boy and girl groups are the perfect incubators for generating artistic talent. And while we all love watching these groups together, it’s hard to know when any branch of the tree will break off to do it’s own thing. For any artist that debuted to the world as a member of a group, it’s always risky (to say the least) to part ways and continue to pursue music successfully. But the careers of these next artists – whose music you can download for free on the Trebel app – actually blew up in a good way once they ditched their band mates and embraced their own sound.
Like all boy band departures, Zayn’s departure from One Direction was as swift as it was shocking. Once fans worked through their feelings of Zayn no longer being accompanied by four other heartthrobs, they embraced him and a sound that was nothing like they’ve heard from him before. Ditching indie pop and transitioning to a smoother R&B style, Zayn’s debut album Mind of Mine was well received. So much so, that he became the first U.K. male solo artist in history to debut atop the Billboard 200 with his first album.
2) Justin Timberlake
Don’t think Zayn was the first to leave a popular boy band; he may have taken a page right out of Justin Timberlake’s book. Back in the early 2000’s there was no bigger boy band than NSYNC, and no hotter frontman than Justin Timberlake. After leaving the group (and never formally announcing his departure), JT delivered his first solo project Justified that had a little tune called “Cry Me a River” that catapulted him into solo superstardom.
At this point in her career, Beyonce really needs no introduction. Not only is she a multi-platinum artist, but she’s arguably one of the best performers our generation has seen. Beyonce has solidified herself as a soloist so strongly, that sometimes people forget she was in the wildly successful group Destiny’s Child. Since her first solo effort with Dangerously In Love, Beyonce has been ruling the air ways, starting with her lead single “Crazy In Love.”
4) Nick Jonas
The Jonas brothers (or as I like to call them “the Jo Bros”) were first introduced as pre-pubescent, cookie cutter artists that made girls all over the world swoon. For a lot of fans, the Jonas brothers seemed like they had an unbreakable bond. While I’m sure their bond as brothers remains intact, as they got older, they started finding collaborating wasn’t as easy as it once was (especially for Nick). Since his departure, he’s definitely stepped into a more confident version of himself as a solo artist and we’ve all taken notice.
These artists showed and proved that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side. As fans, once we get over what “used to be,” I think we can all agree that taking the leap of faith was the best thing they could have done for their careers.
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