Zayn Malik, Camila Cabello, And 12 Other Artists Who Left Popular Bands To Go Solo

Few ever achieve success in the music industry. And yet there are a number of performers who reached the top of the mountain with a band or group, and then went on to become even bigger stars once they stepped out on their own.

Call it a leap of faith or a bailout—but all the icons in our photo gallery above are great examples of musicians who continued to achieve success on their own even after quitting their popular bands. Some of them got even bigger and better than the groups that boosted their musical careers in the first place!

From Zayn Malik to Paul McCartney, we’ve rounded up some of the most note-worthy artist who have left amazing bands to create something better. The risk definitely paid off!


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