7 Pop Stars Who Successfully Ditched Their Groups To Go Solo
There are some pop stars who have just always stood out – even when they belonged to chart-topping groups. These singers seemed rather special in comparison to their group members. They usually had stronger singing voices, were better dancers or just had a rather powerful stage presence. Whatever the case, we noticed them more than the people they performed with. Because of this, many of them embarked on solo careers. Many artists who try this usually fail, but these 7 stars did anything but. They were meant to be solo artists and take all of the attention for themselves. Here is Fame10’s list for pop stars who successfully ditched their groups and went solo!
7. Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill first rose to fame when she was a member of the hip hop group the Fugees. They released two albums together, Blunted on Reality and The Score during the mid ‘90s. Their first album received mixed reviews; however, the second one was a huge hit. It sold 17 million copies, making them the highest selling rap group of all time. Hill really stood it with her bold, but soulful voice. When the Fugees broke up in 1997 to pursue other projects, she became an even bigger star thanks to her hit solo Album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The album received massive critical acclaim, sold more than 12 million copies and earned Hill five Grammys. She was suddenly a huge star. Unfortunately she couldn’t handle the pressures of fame. She took an extended hiatus after the success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and has since only returned to the spotlight sporadically.
6. Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams got his start in the ‘90s all boy group Take That. Together they experienced a great deal of success. They earned six No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums. Despite the group’s success, however, Williams struggled with management over its restrictive rules for the group. It didn’t take long for him to become completely disenchanted with the group’s squeaky-clean image, so he began drinking more and dabbling in cocaine. He left the group in 1995, and launched his own solo career.
Williams first solo album Life Thru a Lens received lukewarm reception from critics; however, his single “Angels” sold more than 800,000 copies and was in the top 10 for over three months. His subsequent albums have also been successful. As a solo artist, he has sold more than 77 million record albums worldwide and he is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom, as well as the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America.