There comes a time in everybody’s life when they must fly the nest. For most people, this cliched metaphor often means relying less on the Bank of Mum and Dad and setting up home in another part of town. For people lucky enough to be part of an all-conquering band, however, the dilemma is one of a slightly different kind.
Indeed, as these 10 stars demonstrated, choosing to leave groups already selling millions of albums was certainly a risk, but in their case, it paid off big time.
Here, we profile 10 of music’s biggest solo stars who were once members of successful ensembles.
As one-third of the global chart-topping girl band Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was the band’s star and quickly caught the attention of other record labels keen to take advantage of her pre-existing fame. And that’s exactly what happened when her first single, a collaboration with her future husband Jay-z called 03 Bonnie & Clyde hit number four on the Billboard 200.
Ever since Knowle’s success, the three-piece R & B group have remained inactive. The other members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, achieved moderate success as solo artists, though their sales have long been dwarfed by the musical juggernaut, who has since gone on to sell an astonishing 17.2m solo albums.