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Entertainment of Wednesday, 24 November 2021


5 reasons musical groups always split

Psquare had a publicized fight Psquare had a publicized fight

Music fans love bands and musical groups. From the Beatles, Backstreet Boys to Spice Girls to Destiny’s Child and One Direction and BTS.

In Nigeria, there was Styl Plus, Plantashun Boiz, and P Square, and larger groups like Mo Hits, but all those groups eventually split for solo careers.

Artists are more likely to have better careers as a band, than when they break into solo careers.

But this hasn't stopped many bands from eventually breaking up.

So, why don’t bands ever last?

1. Solo careers

At the heart of everything that happens, most members of the group love to stand alone. Being in a band can easily hamper your creativity.

One Direction, regarded as one of the most popular boy bands, broke up because each wanted to pursue their individual careers.

2. Money issues

Money issues can turn even the best friends into foes or maybe casual strangers to enemies. Destiny’s Child is an easy example of this.

Two of their founding members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson accused and sued Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, of unequally distributing money, and breach of his fiduciary duties, as well as other accusations.

3. Fights and arguments

Just like with family, bands and groups are bound to fight. P Square had a largely publicised fight.

Niall Horan speaking about the fights in One Direction said, "I can never really remember any major bust-ups, just brotherly family nagging...arguments like that.

"But we were gonna end up killing each other. We all sat down one day, had a chat and it was like, 'We need to take a break, chill out and try something new'."

4. Conflicting schedules

Managing group obligations can be hell. What happens when one person wants to go on tour and the other wants to rest?

Halliwell of Spice Girls was feeling stressed and frustrated with the group's constant touring, and she just didn’t show up one day for work.

5. Ego clashes

Someone always shines brighter in each group. In the Beatles it was Paul McCartney, in Spice Girls it was Victoria Beckham, in Destiny’s Child it was Beyonce, in Plantashun Boiz, it was 2face.

It is easy for others to want the spotlight and feel like another is getting unusual recognition than they should have. One might argue this might be the issue with Plantashun Boiz.

Interestingly, years after a split, some of these groups usually come together for a reunion.