Some musicians find success as a group, while some find success after leaving aforementioned group and launching a solo career. Here are 8 famous artists who have become more successful as a solo act after leaving a group.
From the Beatles to Wings to having a solo career, Sir Paul McCartney is truly one of the best and most successful musicians the world has ever seen.
The songstress, while best known as a solo act, used to be the lead singer for the funk band Rufus. Her powerful vocals garnered the attention of many thus deciding to go solo.
Among the members of the Jackson 5, Michael was the only one whom everybody knew had great talent. It came as no surprise that he went on to have best-selling albums and the title "King of Pop."
O'Shea Jackson (more commonly known as Ice Cube) first entered the business as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A., which was in collaboration with Dr. Dre. This led to them forming a group with Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella called N.W.A. Ice Cube was the first member who left N.W.A. to start his own solo rapping career, and a career in film and television. Though he still makes music to this day, he's more known for being in movies like Boys N Tha Hood, Friday, and 21 Jump Street.
She came into the spotlight for being the lead singer of the pop punk band Hey Monday, but after the band announced a hiatus in 2011, Cassadee Pope decided to embark a solo career by releasing an EP and touring around the United States. However, it wasn't until she joined and won season 3 of The Voice that she skyrocketed to fame.
Before she taught us all how to spell the word "bananas," Gwen Stefani was the lead singer of No Doubt, which she is now, once again a part of. (When she's not judging on The Voice, that is.)
Don't get me wrong, I love N*Sync as much as the next person, but I'm glad that saying "bye bye bye" to them kickstarted Justin's amazing career as a musician and an actor.
She's the Queen, what else is there to say?
For 56 years, the Grammy Awards have been given to exceptional artists in the music industry. Winning, or even just being nominated, for a Grammy, is considered one of the highest honors that could be bestowed upon any musician. Grammy winners could be considered, in a sense, to be music royalty. Many artists have received more than one award over the years, and here are just a few of them:
Most Grammy Awards Won by a Male Artist
Sir Georg Solti
A German composer who has won 32 out of his 74 Grammy nominations.
Most Grammy Awards Won by a Female Artist
An American singer-songwriter who has won 27 out of her 41 Grammy nominations.
Most Grammy Awards Won by a Group
An Irish rock band composed of lead singer Bono, guitarist and keyboardist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., who have won 22 out of their 46 Grammy nominations.
Most Grammy Awards Won by a Male Artist in One Night
The King of Pop, who won 8 Grammys in one night in 1984.
Most Grammy Awards Won by a Group in One Night
A Latin rock band who won 10 Grammys in one night in 2000.
Most Grammy Awards Won by a Female Artist in One Night
Beyoncé and Adele
Both songstresses won 6 Grammys in one night, Beyoncé in 2010 while Adele in 2012.
- Isis Evangelista
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Every year since 2000, record label Fearless Records releases a compilation album which features cover songs by punk rock bands. The theme each year is different, and this theme becomes the title of the album. The very first album released was called Punk Goes Metal, which consisted of covers of popular metal songs. Since then, various punk rock bands have contributed their covers of famous Pop, 80's, 90's, Crunk, Classic Rock, and even Christmas songs to the compilations. We're pretty excited about what kind of covers this year's Punk Goes...album is gonna bring!
After four years of hiatus from the music industry, Lily Allen has come back, and she has a lot to say! She debuted her new song “Hard Out Here” last month, together with a music video. Though the song sounds like most popular music nowadays, upbeat and dance-y, it has a clear message to say: it’s hard out here for a bitch!
Lily Allen has always been known for her snarky, or even sarcastic, songwriting -- though her songs sound fun and catchy, there's a serious message behind her lyrics (listen to “Smile” and “Fuck You” if you want to know what I’m talking about). This new single is no different; essentially, it’s a feminist anthem. The song includes lyrics like: “If I told you ‘bout my sex life, you’d call me a slut / When boys be talking ‘bout their bitches, no one’s making a fuss,” which obviously slams the slut-shaming ideology. Listen to the song and you’ll really hear her resentment towards the misogyny present in today’s culture.
The music video bashes sexism even further. The first part where she is seen getting a liposuction is clearly a shot at how society expects women to have a certain body so that they would be deemed attractive. Throughout the video, her “manager” is seen directing her and telling her what to do, which is most likely a representation of the patriarchy as a whole. Most of the scenes afterward depict her dancing with scantily clad women, dancing and twerking seductively - showing how most music videos these days simply show half-(or even completely)-naked women just so people would watch it. One scene in particular pokes fun at a scene from popular example of those provocative videos, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” where a naked model dances in front of the words “Robin Thicke has a big dick” which are spelled out with shiny silver balloons. Allen does the same, except with the words “Lily Allen has a baggy pussy.”
The song, along with the video, received mostly popular feedback. It serves as a wake up call for us to be aware that misogyny pervades our society, and that something should be done about it. Hopefully, every one of us, especially people who condone sexism, is listening. And to all the misogynistic men out there, in Lily Allen’s words, “Forget about your balls, and grow a pair of tits!”
- Isis Evangelista
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Now that 2013 is about to end, I believe that it is high time to look back at all the new music that this year has given us, whether it's good or bad or just plain catchy. These are all the songs that you got sick of hearing on the radio, all in one mix! (I even arranged the songs from the ones with the slowest to the fastest BPM, with a very special bonus track at the end.) Enjoy!
[Listen to the mix on 8tracks!]
- Isis Evangelista