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Will Zayn Malik Be Able to Make it as Solo Superstar?

Six months ago, a news broke the hearts of many Directioners (One Direction fans) when its member Zayn Malik announced that he will be officially leaving One Direction, he reasoned he wants private and normal life away from the limelight. However, just few weeks ago, he revealed the real reason why he left One Direction. He had signed contracts with RCA Records for his solo album. Yes, going solo is his real reason why he left the group which upset many Directioners.

 

Now, the question is, will he be able to make it big like any other successful artists who were originally from the group? Many members of successful groups did not succeed going solo. Only few of them became real icons. Let’s consider, Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys. His debut album had decent sales but never brought him to the heights. Another example is the members of the Spice Girls which all of them did their solo projects. They were successful in their native UK and some parts of Europe, but never spread to the entire world. Their solo fan bases are limited. Melanie C and Geri Halliwell became biggest selling members of the group though who had real solo number 1 hits.

 

Among those former group members who became successful on their own were Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, which these three became pop icons. Michael Jackson became one of the biggest selling artists of all time. Beyonce and Justin Timberlake were two artists from a group and now pop icons of this generation. Beyonce who scored 5 consecutive number 1 albums was formerly from successful girl group Destiny’s Child, while Justin Timberlake was from boyband NSYNC.

 

There are factors though that can contribute to an artist’s success. During the time of Michael Jackson, technology is still miles away from what we have now and competition wasn’t that tight. During Beyonce and Justin Tinberlake’s debut years, there’s no social media. But today, there are many ways to advertise or promote one’s music. Social media, other platforms of selling music. It depends on an artist’s activity.

 

As a former member of One Direction, Zayn Malik has been active in social media and interacts with their fans. With right music and promotion, he can be among those successful solo stars who carved their name in the music industry.

 

Most Notable Musical Siblings as Solo Artists

Talent runs inside the family. They may possibly become actors and actresses, or singers and musicians. They may choose the same career path like the first in the siblings has chosen. The list below were four most notable musical siblings that are solo artists.

 

Michael Jackson and younger sister Janet Jackson

Michael Jackson was formerly part of The Jackson 5 which eventually became The Jacksons. He became the most successful and popular “Jackson”, however, his sister, Janet Jackson, came close to superstardom with numerous number 1 and top 10 hits. Both of them did the same route, singing and dancing. They have such similar talents which generated them millions of fans and made the two pop legends. The two has proven their good relationship when Janet supported Michael through their song “Scream”. The song was written for the media who has been cruel to Michael during those years before the song was released. The year Michael died, Janet became like the spokesperson especially at the VMAs when they paid homage to the King of Pop.

 

Beyonce and Solange Knowles

When Beyonce was still with Destiny’s Child, her younger sister Solange Knowles has been supportive to her older sister even until Beyonce went solo. On one of Bey’s song and music video, Solange appeared along with Bey’s former groupmates, Kelly and Michelle. Time came when Solange entered the music industry too, however, her works received lukewarm reception. Last year, news broke out regarding Bey’s husband Jay-Z and Solange, which shows the latter his hitting the former. No clarification from any party about what happened though.

 

Britney Spears and Jamie Lyn Spears

During Britney Spears’ debut years, she’s always with her cute little sister and you can see how much Brit loves her sister. Recently, Jamie followed her sister when she entered the music industry. Nonetheless, she took the different route when she did country music. The Spears sisters were from Louisiana where country music was also popular.

 

Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas

Well, Kevin is not included because he never had a solo album. When the Jonas Brothers went hiatus, Joe Jonas released his first solo album which failed top ten entry. Nick Jonas formed his own band called Nick Jonas and the Administration which had moderate reception. Nick eventually released his solo project which scored him 2 big hits and a top 10 album. So far, he is the most successful solo Jonas.