Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony
After a breakthrough year with Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello left Harmonizers stunned when she made her exit from the pop group in late 2016. Shortly after Cabello’s final performance with the group at the Jingle Ball in Miami, 5H released a statement via Twitter announcing Cabello’s departure, which resulted in quite a bit of “we said/she said” and the exposure of a few juicy details of the group’s final months as a quintet.
Justin Timberlake, *NSYNC
The former Mickey Mouse Club member traded in his ears and rose to fame with *NSYNC in the late ’90s, but Justin Timberlake went solo in 2002, releasing three multi-platinum selling solo albums and bagging nine Grammy awards in years since.
Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child
Before she demanded that we all get in formation, Beyoncé spent years as the lead vocalist of Destiny’s Child’s ever-changing line-up. The singer went solo in 2003 and has since won 20 Grammys and become one of the best-selling musicians of all time.
Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, One Direction
Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction is still a fresh wound for 1D fans even after the success of his debut single, “Pillowtalk,” and album, Mind of Mine. Still, after the group’s short hiatus following Malik’s exit, Niall Horan followed in his former bandmate’s footsteps and released his first solo single, “This Town,” in September.
Diana Ross, The Supremes
Ross left The Supremes in 1970 and found success with her first No. 1 solo single, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” shortly after. Over the span of her career, Ross released several more albums and eventually took up acting, appearing alongside Michael Jackson as Dorothy in the Motown adaptation of The Wiz.
Jesse McCartney, Dream Street
Jesse McCartney began stealing hearts at a young age as a member of the short-lived boy band, Dream Street. Since releasing his first solo album, Beautiful Soul, in 2002, and having his music featured on multiple Disney projects, the 29-year-old has made appearances on Summerland, Law and Order: SVU, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Lionel Richie, Commodores
Lionel Richie left the Commodores in 1982 after the success of “Endless Love,” his duet with Diana Ross. The singer followed up with several more top ten hits including “Hello,” “All Night Long,” and “Stuck On You.”
Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas
After stepping away from the Black Eyed Peas in 2006, Fergie released her debut solo project, The Duchess, which gave birth to a handful of the singer’s most popular singles including “Fergalicious,” “London Bridge,” “Clumsy,” and “Glamorous.” Though she had the internet going bananas with the recent release of the video for her new single “M.I.L.F. $” (featuring famous MILFs such as Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Ciara), a release date has yet to be given for Fergie’s second album, Double Duchess.
Smokey Robinson, The Miracles
The green-eyed crooner spent over a decade with The Miracles before his solo career began in 1973. Following a short retirement, Smokey Robinson released his own solo material while simultaneously acting as vice president of Motown Records until the label was sold in 1988.
Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas, Jonas Brothers
The brothers spent almost a decade as two-thirds of the Jonas Brothers before the band’s breakup in 2013. Joe Jonas is now the frontman of the dance-rock band, DNCE, while baby brother Nick is currently riding on the success of his solo career (and status as a self-proclaimed sex symbol).
Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5
While he rose to fame as a part of The Jackson 5, it didn’t take long for Michael Jackson to ascend to legendary status. Thriller eventually took the spot as the best-selling album of all time and Jackson himself was named the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time by Guinness World Records.
Sting, The Police
Sting spent nearly a decade as the bass guitarist for The Police before leaving the group to launch his solo career in the 1980s. Since going solo, the British rock star has sold over 100 million records and won nine Grammys.
Gwen Stefani, No Doubt
The Harajuku lover took on a new sound and released her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., in 2004 after nearly 20 years with No Doubt. Gwen Stefani soon followed L.A.M.B. with The Sweet Escape in 2006 before making a brief return to No Doubt two years later.
The multi-talented hitmaker released his first solo album, In My Mind, in 2006 before returning to N.E.R.D. for 2008’s Seeing Sounds and releasing his second solo project, GIRL, in 2014.
Ronnie Spector, The Ronettes
The Bad Girl of Rock and Roll and ex-wife of Phil Spector recorded her first solo album in 1980 after officially leaving The Ronettes. She’s since spent a chunk of her career working behind the scenes and providing guest vocals for other popular rock acts.
Bobby Brown, New Edition
Bobby Brown was voted out of New Edition in 1985, but was able to find success as a solo artist before he married Whitney Houston in the early ’90s. He’s since been given his own reality show, Being Bobby Brown, and has made cameos on BET’s The Real Husbands of Hollywood.
Lauryn Hill, The Fugees
Lauryn Hill left The Fugees in 1996 and released her first and only solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998. Though the album was a critical and commercial success, Hill’s rocky career as a solo artist lead to her decision to briefly leave the public eye in the early 2000s before returning with a few sporadic live performances.
Phil Collins, Genesis
Phil Collins spent years with Genesis and began his solo career in the early ’80s. Since then, he’s released a deluge of Top 40 singles including “Sussudio” and “In The Air Tonight.”
The singer/dancer officially made his exit from B2K in 2005 with the release of his debut album, O. He followed the project with 2006’s 21 and 2010’s Ollusion. Omarion recently spent two seasons on VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Hollywood and is planning on releasing his fifth solo project, Reasons, in early 2017.