Fifth Harmony announce hiatus

In a not-so-surprising move, pop group Fifth Harmony have announced that they will officially be going on hiatus. On Monday (March 19), the four-piece officially made the announcement on social media, thanking their longtime fans (Harmonizers), reflecting on their time together, and explaining that they will each be concentrating on their solo careers.

“After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors,” they wrote in a joint statement.

As the letter explains, each of the four members have been working hard on their solo careers. Last month, Normani Kordei released a single with Khalid titled “Love Lies” while Ally Brooke released a song titled “Perfect” with Topic and last week announced she had signed as a solo artist with Larry Rudolph who currently manages Fifth Harmony and Britney Spears.

Lauren Jauregui has been providing guest vocals on several songs including Halsey’s “Strangers” and Steve Aoki’s “All Night” while Dinah Jane Hansen appeared on “Boom Boom” which features Daddy Yankee, French Montana, and RedOne.

While hiatus is a bad word for a fan of anything, Fifth Harmony’s letter leaves a possible reunion very likely.

“We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find out footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”

Currently, the act has only three tour dates on their website; one in Florida, one in Puerto Rico, and one in Iceland.

For some fans of the group, the writing of their inevitable disbandment was already on the wall. Back in December of 2016, founding member Camila Cabello left the band to pursue a solo career. So far, her debut album has been doing well on the charts which has resulted in her securing an opening spot on Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour.

Fifth Harmony formed in 2012 when they appeared on the United States’ version of the hit British television show, The X-Factor. The group released a total of three studio albums, a slew of singles, and have won many awards.

Funeral For a Friend to Disband after 2016 Tour

The guys of Funeral For a Friend have announced that following the conclusion of their 2016 tour, the band will disband.

Taking to social media on Monday (Sept.14), the Welsh band revealed the news. In the post, frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye explains that the band’s decision to split was a “natural end” since they accomplished everything they set out to do “and way more.” Instead of having a crappy end to a band that lasted 14 and a half-year, the band decided to go out and celebrate by playing the music that touched so many people. Read Davies-Kreye’s full statement below.

“It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. We all felt that [2015 album] ‘Chapter And Verse’ was a pretty decent full stop on an incredible 14 and half years of making music together.

So, how do you celebrate a huge part of your life? You play some shows! For me it seemed obvious to go out with both ‘Hours’ and ‘Casually Dressed.’ I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made. It seems to me that those are the records that matter most and ‘Hours’ to me is my proudest achievement in music with Funeral. I don’t know why but it fills me with an overwhelming sense of pride.”

The final tour will be named the “Last Chance To Dance” tour and will fins the band playing shows in their home country of the United Kingdom. The tour will visit several locations in the U.K. such as Glasgow, Manchester, and of course London during April of 2016.

The group will play two gigs in each city where they will perform 2005’s Hours in full on the first night and 2003’s Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation on the second night. Tickets for the tour dates will officially go on sale beginning this Friday, Sept. 18.

The 2016 tour dates can be seen below.

LAST CHANCE TO DANCE TOUR DATES:

April 5 – Cardiff @ Y Plas

April 6 – Cardiff @ Y Plas

April 8 – Manchester @ The Ritz

April 9 – Manchester @ The Ritz

April 10 – Glasgow @ Garage

April 11 – Glasgow @ Garage

April 13 – Birmingham @ Institute

April 14 – Birmingham @ Institute

April 15 – London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

April 16 – London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Funeral For a Friend’s last album was 2014’s Chapter and Verse.

Abandon All Ships Call It a Day

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After eight years of being a band, Abandon All Ships have announced that the band will be splitting up.

In a statement released by the band, they reveal that they are thankful for all the support from the fans through all the up and downs that the band have been through.

The Canadian band did reveal that they split amicably and there are no hard feelings or drama behind their decision to call it a day on the group. Fans of the band will be able to see them perform one more time in their hometown of Toronto in September.

Read the band’s statement below.

We’d like to start this off with a thank you. Thank you to our fans, friends, and family for the last 8 years. After many ups and downs, good times and bad, it’s time that Abandon All Ships comes to an end. There’s no hard feelings or inner turmoil, it’s just time that we all move on to the next chapter of our lives. 

We’d also like to say thank you to Velocity/Rise Records, The Agency Group, Avocado Booking, Redfield Records, Go With Me Records, Underground Operations, and our management teams at Artery Foundation & Cloud Empire. Without you, this could have never happened. 

We’ll be playing one last show in our hometown (Toronto, Ontario. Canada) on Sept 25th. We hope you can make it.

Lostprophets to Disband Following Singer’s Legal Woos

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After all the trouble that Lostprophets’ frontman, Ian Watkins got into earlier this year, it only seems like normal for the rest of the band members to call it a day.

Yesterday, it was confirmed by the Associated Press that the remaining five members of the Welsh group have decided that it was in their best interest to disband the group.

Back in December, Watkins was arrested and charged with more than 20 offenses including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images. To this day, Watkins denies any of the accusations even though he is scheduled to stand trial sometime this year.

In a statement released by the five other members, it says, “after nearly a year of coming to terms with our heartache, we finally feel ready to announce publicly what we have thought privately for some time. We can no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets.” The letter was signed by all member, except for Watkins.

The band formed back in 1997 and had several successful songs including “Wake Up (Make a Move)” and “Rooftops (a Liberation Transmission.” Their last album, Weapons, was released back in April 2012 and were on that year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour.