7 Musicians Who Are More Successful as Solo Artists Than They Were in Bands

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With all of these super talented band members breaking off and doing their own thing lately —
*cough cough* Harry Styles and Camila Cabello *cough cough* — it’s only natural that we’re curious about the amount of success they’ll achieve with their solo albums. With the release of Harry’s first single, “Sign of the Times,” from his upcoming debut album, it seems sort of inevitable that he’ll, without question, thrive as a solo artist… but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at the odds from a scientific, data-driven standpoint either!

Even though we can all agree that Fifth Harmony is definitely ~better together~, the harsh reality is that many famous musicians ultimately come to the conclusion that leaving their band or group would be the best decision for their career. Some felt like they could make more money on their own. For others, their heart just wasn’t in it anymore. But whatever the reason, time and time again, we’ve seen artists walk away from those who’ve helped establish their careers in the music industry and start fresh on their own.

Of course, going solo turned out to be a nightmare for many musicians who eventually faded into the abyss, never to be heard from again. But on rare occasions, going solo actually did turn out to be the best decision… especially for these seven wildly talented and incredibly popular artists: