7 modern boyband members who've had solo success

By YOU
17 April 2017

They say good things don't last forever and if you're a die-hard boy band fan you probably know this all too well.

Bands like One Direction, NSYNC and Jonas Brothers were the absolute heartbreakers and had millions of girls crying over them until they either break up or one member decides they would actually be more successful on their own and some cases it actually worked out.

Here is a list of some of the most successful ex-boyband members:

Zayn Malik

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Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

Harry Styles has just released his debut solo track Sign of the Times. But he isn't the only One Direction band member to go out on his own, with Zayn Malik enjoying chart success with his solo album, Mind of Mine, which featured the single Pillowtalk, after quitting the group in 2015. Though it’s not been plain sailing for Zayn, and he’s experienced problems with his live shows, and canceled one gig at the last minute due to an anxiety attack. Harry and Zayn's One Direction bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have also had a stab at solo careers.

Ronan Keating

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Credit: Mario Mitsis/WENN.com

When Irish boyband Boyzone disbanded in 2000, it opened up opportunities for the members to pursue their own projects. Ronan Keating made the most of the hiatus, and gained worldwide attention with his single When You Say Nothing at All, which was featured on the Notting Hill movie soundtrack. As a solo artist, he has sold over 20 million records worldwide alongside the 25 million records with Boyzone. Ronan has also nabbed a gig as a coach on Australia's version of The Voice

Ricky Martin

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Credit: JLN Photography/WENN.com

Not many people realise that Ricky Martin was a successful artist in his native Puerto Rico with the band Menudo, before he travelled to the U.S. Ricky joined Menudo at the age of 12, before going on to establish himself as a superstar in his own right when he released Livin' la Vida Loca in 1999, causing Latin pop to explode onto the music scene. The singer is also cementing his status as an international music icon by lining up at Las Vegas residency, called All In.

Justin Timberlake

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Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Arguably, Justin Timberlake's transition from boyband star to individual performer should form the blueprint for any wannabe solo artist. After exiting *NSYNC, Justin pursued his own interests and adopted a more mature image as an artist with the release of his debut solo album Justified in 2002. He became a household name with singles such as Cry Me a River and Rock Your Body, and landed critical acclaim for his second album FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006. While Justin still writes and produces music, he is one of Hollywood's most in demand stars, having starred in The Social Network, and written chart-topping single, Can't Stop the Feeling! for movie Trolls.

Omarion

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When: 13 Oct 2016
Credit: Judy Eddy/WENN.com

Omarion first found fame as the lead singer of the American R&B boyband B2K, achieving success with singles like Bump, Bump, Bump. When the group went their separate ways, Omarion went down the solo route, and released his first individual album O in 2005, with the record garnering a Grammy Award nomination. He released his fourth solo album Sex Playlist in 2014, which spawned the single Post to Be. The star has also ventured into the acting scene, making appearances in movies such as You Got Served and The Proud Family Movie.

Nick Jonas

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Credit: Guillermo Proano/WENN.com

Nick Jonas was catapulted to fame with his brothers Joe and Kevin with their band the Jonas Brothers in 2005. While the group split rather awkwardly in 2013, the youngest JoBro set off on his own path and scored with R&B-inspired hits like Jealous and Chains. Nick also embarked on the co-headlining Future Now Tour alongside Demi Lovato in 2016, with the pair selling out arenas worldwide. Further brushing off his teen icon status, the star has also appeared in TV shows Scream Queens and Kingdom, and served as a guest mentor for Christina Aguilera on the eighth season of The Voice U.S.

Robbie Williams

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Credit: Steve Searle/WENN.com

Robbie Williams rose to fame during Take That's first run in the early 1990s. After many disagreements with the management and group members, he left the group in 1995 to launch a solo career, in which all but one of his 11 studio albums have reached number one in the U.K. With pop songs such as Angels and Rock DJ, Robbie has had an enduring career, and even entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his 2006 tour Close Encounters in a single day.

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