The singer of Spanish pop group La Oreja de Van Gogh, Amaia Montero, has exited the band, according to a press release. Montero, will now pursue a solo career, while the other four members of the group – Pablo Benegas, Xabi San Martín, AAlvaro Fuentes, Haritz Garde -- will continue recording as La Oreja de Van Gogh with a new album slated for 2008.

La Oreja has been together for the past 11 years and achieved hits in their native Spain, the U.S. and Latin America. The group is known for its catchy, often sophisticated pop and for Montero's trademark, girlish vocals. All members had a hand in composing the songs that made them popular.

In a joint press release, Montero and her former bandmates denied any conflict between them.

The band's 2006 album on Sony BMG, "Guapa," has sold 75,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band broke big in the U.S. with 2003's "Lo Que Te Conté Mientras Te Hacías La Dormida," which has shifted 260,000 copies.