There’s nothing quite like a music group. Whether they have two members, seven members, or more, music groups provide a glowing example of just how collaborative the creative process can be. While some groups were formed by childhood friends and others were assembled on talent competition shows such as The X Factor, they all bring a multitude of personalities and talents to the scene.
It’s a story as old as time with a cultural legacy that stretches from the likes of The Jackson 5 and The Beatles to BLACKPINK and Imagine Dragons. Fans can latch on to their favorite individual member and join the group on a journey that may include members leaving or being replaced. Favoritism and friendly competition in music groups add a dynamic to the fan-artist relationship that doesn’t necessarily exist with solo stars. Fans can align with certain members based on individual talent, good looks, or charm, but, ultimately, it all comes back to, and bolsters, the love for the group as a whole.
Nonetheless, there comes a time in the lifespan of many groups where things come to a (temporary) end. Call it a hiatus or call it a break, it’s not uncommon to see a music group’s members take time to focus on solo endeavors or other projects outside of the confines of the original group. Sometimes, these breaks result in the emergence of a marquee solo star such as Beyoncé or Harry Styles. Other times, the hiatus never quite comes to a close.
From Destiny’s Child to BTS, here’s a list of music groups that have announced breaks — temporary or otherwise.