Five Calls It Quits

U.K. pop group Five has broken up. In a statement, the act said, "as the band has got bigger on a global scale the commitment levels have had to increase and that at times has been hard on us all. We

U.K. pop group Five has broken up. In a statement, the act said, "as the band has got bigger on a global scale the commitment levels have had to increase and that at times has been hard on us all. We felt that we had reached a point where we could no longer do justice to our fans or to each other and when that happens, it really is time to call it a day."

The group -- Abs Breen, J Brown, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, and Sean Conlon -- had a No. 1 U.K. single as recently as last month with "Let's Dance," which was Five's 10th straight top-10 hit. "Kingsize," the RCA album from which it was drawn, bowed at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart earlier this month. A double A-sided single, "Closer to Me" / "Rock the Party," will be issued Oct. 22 in the U.K.

In the U.S., the group got off to a quick start with its self-titled debut, which hit No. 27 on The Billboard 200 in April 1999 and sold more than 1 million copies, according to SoundScan. But 2000's "Invincible" stalled at No. 108, selling just 96,000 units. "Kingsize" has yet to be released in the region.

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