From The Beatles to The Fugees, it sucks when your favorite bands break up. Gone are all the potential new songs to mumble through until you hit the chorus. However, when the music gods break up a band, they occasionally give you a fantastic solo artist in return. Here are three of the most successful post-band breakup albums of all time.
Beyonce (Destiny's Child)
Arguably the most popular artist of her generation, Beyonce, Queen Bey herself, started her career as a member of the famous R&B group, Destiny's Child. After some drama, the original four-woman lineup became a trio before finally breaking up in 2006. When Beyonce released her solo album, Dangerously in Love, it was a critically acclaimed commercial juggernaut – selling over 5 million copies and landing Beyonce her first solo Grammy. And the rest is history.
Justin Timberlake (‘N Sync)
When it comes to boy bands, there tends to be a half-decade shelf life before the inevitable breakup and nostalgia tour 20 years later. But, occasionally, the boy band breakup produces a solo artist whose talent, success, and fame far exceeds that of the original group. Justin Timberlake is one such story. Justin's post-’N Sync solo album, Justified, sold almost a half-million copies in its first week and showed the world that this former Mouseketeer was a force to be reckoned with.
Dr. Dre (NWA)
If you were a fan of hip-hop in the 90s, this entry needs no introduction. Dr. Dre's post-NWA solo album, The Chronic, not only launched the career of hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, but it's also widely considered a seminal album that helped usher in hip-hop's golden age. It’s an era of music so timeless that it was recently celebrated in one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows in history.
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