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It doesn’t always mean that a music career is over for a former member of a band or group.
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Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé Knowles and Paul McCartney all went on to accumulate net worths in the millions — and, in the case of McCartney, billions — after leaving behind the groups that initially made them stars. Find out which former members of your favorite band are worth the most today and which artists are the most valuable.
Last updated: September 23, 2021
1. Darius Rucker, Hootie & Blowfish
Darius Rucker was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish and released several albums that reached platinum status. He also won two Grammys. Rucker had remade himself as a country singer after he returned to solo.
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Darius Rucker’s Solo Career
Nearly 20 years after his Grammy wins as Hootie, the Blowfish and Rucker, Rucker won his first Grammy in 2013 for best country solo performance. “Wagon Wheel.”The Recording Industry Association of America has certified the single eight times platinum, which is equivalent to 8 million units.
Rucker has seven solo albums. Each album features a number of hits, including “This,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”And “Homegrown Honey.”He also has a whiskey line and a brand partnership for the golf brand PGX.
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2. Iggy Pop: The Stooges
Iggy Pop, who was born James Newell Osterberg in 1964, rose to prominence as the lead singer of The Stooges, a protopunk band that released their debut album. “The Stooges,”1969
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Solo career of Iggy Pop
Pop’s 1977 album, “Pop”, was the beginning of his solo career. “The Idiot,”Over the next 40 years, he recorded music and continued to do so.
He also wrote an autobiography. “I Need More,”This book was published in 1982. His 2016 release, “Post Pop Depression,”This was his first solo album to reach the No. 1 spot. Billboard’s top-selling rock albums chart reached No. 1. His latest album was released. “Free,”In 2019.
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3. Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper
Before he became Alice Cooper the solo artist — he was Vincent Damon Furnier, Alice Cooper was the frontman of a similar band. The group released its debut album. “Pretties for You,”1969 and its follow-up album, “Easy Action,”The following year, Cooper split from the rest of the band. Cooper left the band in 1974 to start his solo career.
Alice Cooper’s Solo Career
Cooper released his first solo album. “Welcome to My Nightmare,”1975. The release of his hit single in the late 1970s brought him to stardom as a shock rocker. “You & Me” and albums that included “Lace And Whiskey”And “From The Inside.” In 1989, he released “Trash,” which featured the single “Poison” — his bestselling single. It is certified gold by the RIAA.
Outside of music, Cooper appeared on a number of television shows and movies, including 1991’s “Wayne’s World.” He currently hosts a radio show, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” and tours six months out of the year (when it’s safe to do so). Cooper also recently launched a podcast, “Alice Cooper’s Vintage Vault,” which features interviews with other notable musicians.
4. Billy Idol: Chelsea, Generation X, Gen X
Billy Idol started out as a guitarist for the punk rock group Chelsea before leaving and forming another band, Generation X, in 1976. The group released the songs “Youth Youth Youth”And “Ready Steady Go” before splitting in 1980. Tony James, Idol’s bassist, formed a new band called Gen X. They released the 1980s anthem. “Dancing With Myself.”The band disbanded quickly, but Idol started a solo career and rereleased his songs. “Dancing With Myself” as a solo effort.
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Billy Idol’s Solo career
Idol was a solo artist and released a number hit songs, including “Rebel Yell”And “White Wedding.”He had eight Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles, including the No. He had eight top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. “Cradle of Love.” He’s also dabbled in acting, with a role in Oliver Stones’ 1991 film “The Doors,”An autobiography was published. “Dancing With Myself.”
Idol has reissued his 1985 album. “Vital Idol”As “Vital Idol: Revitalized”In 2018.
5. Morrissey: Smiths
The Smiths were formed in 1982 by Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Andy Rourke. Four albums were released over the next four-years, all of which reached No. They reached No. 1 or No. 2. According to Biography.com, 2 was on the U.K. charts. The band broke up in 1987 and Morrissey started his solo career the year after.
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Morrissey’s Solo Career
Morrissey’s first solo album was released. “Viva Hate,”The RIAA has certified it gold in 1988. He’s released more than a dozen albums since then. His latest album is “I Am Not a Dog on a Chain,”Released March 2020. Forbes reported that his albums have reached the top ten on the U.K. charts.
Morrissey started his Las Vegas residency in 2020.
6. Annie Lennox: Eurythmics
Annie Lennox, along with Dave Stewart, was a member of Eurythmics before she became a household name. Their second album made waves. “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This,”In 1983.
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Annie Lennox’s Solo Career
Lennox’s solo career was launched in 1990 by the release of her album. “Diva,”It sold 7 million copies in total worldwide and included the hit singles. “Why”And “Walking on Broken Glass.”Six more solo albums have been released since then, the most recent being 2019’s. “Lepidoptera.”
7. Ricky Martin: Menudo
Ricky Martin was just 10 years old when he joined Latin boyband Menudo. After five years as the group’s leader singer, he quit in 1991 to start his solo career.
Ricky Martin’s Solo career
Martin was an international superstar when his recordings were released. “La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life),”It was made the official song of FIFA World Cup 1998. American audiences first heard the song at the Grammy Awards. He has continued to enjoy a successful music career in the U.S. as well as around the world. He released his tenth studio album. “A Quien Quiera Escuchar,”2015.
Martin released his latest single. “Falta Amor”Sebastian Yatra, March 2020
Martin, in addition to his musical career has taken up acting with appearances on Broadway, TV and the Ryan Murphy drama. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”He has also published an autobiography and a book for children.
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8. Stevie Nicks: Fleetwood Mac
Stevie Nicks is known for her distinctive vibrato singing voice and rose to fame in the rock band Fleetwood Mac, where she was a member since 1975. Nicks performed solo and with Fleetwood Mac until her departure from the band at its 1990 tour.
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Stevie Nicks’ Solo Career
Nicks’ debut solo album, “Bella Donna,”It was released in 1981, and is quadruple-platinum. Eight of her other solo albums have also achieved platinum status. The “Edge of Seventeen”The 24 Karat Gold solo tour of singer has grossed approximately $25 million.
Nicks reunited her old bandmates for a European tour 2018 and is still touring as an independent artist.
9. Paul Simon: Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon was a folk-rock artist who first recorded solo in 1964. He also released his debut album, Simon & Garfunkel. Simon released his first solo album a year later. “The Paul Simon Songbook.”He recorded again with Simon & Garfunkel before the duo split up.
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Paul Simon’s Solo Career
Simon has released 13 solo albums since then.
His latest solo album, 2018’s “In the Blue Light,”At No. No. 3 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums charts. Simon has also made a lot of money on the road, in addition to his album sales profits. According to Pollstar estimates, Simon’s 2014 tour with Sting brought in $29.5 million.
10. Harry Styles: One Direction
An appearance in 2010 “The X Factor”Harry Styles eventually joined the hugely successful boyband One Direction. The group released five albums between 2011 and 2015 and sold millions of records. The group was disbanded by Zayn Malik’s departure in 2016.
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Harry Styles’ Solo Career
Styles signed his own record deal just a few months after One Direction announced that they were going on hiatus. Styles released a self-titled solo album and his follow up album in 2017. “Fine Line,”In 2019, it became the first No. It was the first No.1 album of the 2020 decade. Forbes reported that the album was the third-biggest debut in 2019, selling 478,000 units in its initial week.
Styles, a solo artist, has been a constant presence in the charts with hits like “Adore You,” “Sign of the Times”And “Watermelon Sugar.”
11. Neil Young: Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
In 1966, Neil Young, a singer-songwriter, released his first album with Buffalo Springfield. The group released hits like “For What It’s Worth,” “Broken Arrow”And “I Am a Child”Young was able to amass a large following and he left the band in 1968. In 1969, he released a self-titled record and returned to band life as a member in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, which he joined the same year. Young rose to fame with the band but left in 1970 to pursue his solo career.
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Neil Young’s Solo career
According to the RIAA Young has released 45 solo albums and sold 17.5 million units.
Young announced in February 2020 that he would embark on a new tour called the Crazy Horse Barn Tour. Young stated in March that he is putting his touring plans on hold to avoid putting his older fans at risk of the coronavirus.
12. Gwen Stefani: No Doubt
Gwen Stefani gained prominence on the music scene in the 1990s as No Doubt’s lead singer, but she decided to go solo in 2004.
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Gwen Stefani’s Solo Life
Since leaving No Doubt, Stefani has released four solo albums. “Love. Angel. Music. Baby”It was released in 2004. It sold 309,000 copies its first week. “The Sweet Escape,”This album was released in 2006 and peaked at No. 3 “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,”This single was released in 2016 by Billboard and earned Stefani her first chart-topper solo. “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,”It was released in 2018 and peaked as No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Forbes reports that Stefani’s solo tour Sweet Escape in 2007 earned $55 million in gross ticket sales.
The “Hollaback Girl”The singer has also made some serious money outside of her music career. Her L.A.M.B. is one of her other business interests. Her L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers fragrance line, and even an eyeglass line — gx By Gwen Stefani are some of her other business interests. She has also been a judge on reality singing competitions. “The Voice.”
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13. Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin
Robert Plant is most well-known as the lead singer for the rock band Led Zeppelin. However, he has also enjoyed a long solo career that spans over 30 years.
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Robert Plant’s Solo Career
Plant released his debut solo album. “Pictures at Eleven,”It was first published in 1982. It has been certified platinum since then. Plant has 15 solo albums that have topped the Billboard 200 album charts, including eight of the top 10.
His Grammy Award-winning album was his highest-charting. “Raising Sand”Alison Krause reached No. 2 and sold 1.6 millions copies in the U.S. The rock legend has released his latest album. “Carry Fire,”2017
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14. Pharrell Williams: The Neptunes, N*E*R*D
Before launching his singing career, Pharrell worked as part of the music production team, the Neptunes. The Neptunes produced many hits in the 2000s, including Jay-Z’s. “I Just Wanna Love U,”Britney Spears “I’m a Slave 4 U”Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.” In 2001, Williams released his own music as the frontman for the funk-rock group N*E*R*D.
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Solo Career of Pharrell Williams
Williams was not solo until 2006, when he released the album. “In My Mind,”This is his hit single “Frontin’.”Williams’ single was released in 2014. “Happy”Triple platinum status, with 1.8 Million units sold. His record sales of 1.8 million units earned him triple platinum status. net worthReally started to grow. Williams was a judge and made money touring and making music. “The Voice”Billionaire Boys Club and ICECREAM are two of its clothing lines.
15. Lionel Richie – The Commodores
Lionel Richie began his career as a singer, pianist, and saxophone player with the Commodores. They released their first single. “Machine Gun,”1974. Seven years later, he decided that he wanted to be a solo artist.
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Lionel Richie’s Solo Career
Lionel Richie was a star with 12 top 10 hits between 1981-87 and three No. His career spanned over a decade and he has had 12 top 10 hits between 1981 and 1987, as well as three No. His latest studio album, 2012’s, was among the top albums. “Tuskegee,”This year, it sold 789,000 units.
The “Dancing on the Ceiling”Singer continues to tour today and is also a judge on reality competition show. “American Idol.”
16. Ozzy Osbourne: Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osbourne, a founding member of Black Sabbath is often credited with creating heavy metal. The band’s eighth album was released in September. “Never Say Die!,”Osbourne resigned from the band in 1978.
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Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career
Osbourne, as a solo artist has placed 15 albums on U.K. Top 40 Charts. Ozzyfest was his first musical festival. In 1996, he became the star of MTV’s reality TV show. “The Osbournes,”The show ran on the network from 2002 through 2005. Osbourne’s family was paid $20 million for its second season.
Osbourne has released his latest album. “Ordinary Man,”In 2020 — 10 Years after his previous release.
17. Diana Ross: The Supremes
Diana Ross gained fame in 1960s when she was the lead singer for the Supremes, a Motown Records vocal ensemble with a long string of hit singles. In 1970, she decided to go it alone.
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Diana Ross’ Solo Career
Ross was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 40 singles. Six of his singles reached No. 1. Ross signed a seven year deal with RCA worth $20 million after leaving Motown. Ross returned to her original label, in 1989, after the RCA contract expired.
Ross has also been a successful actress. She starred as Billie Holiday in 1972. “Lady Sings the Blues”She was nominated for an Oscar and she was also named Dorothy in 1978’s Oscar. “The Wiz.”The “I’m Coming Out”The singer has recorded and toured frequently throughout her career. She also performed on the Super Bowl halftime show 1996.
18. Justin Timberlake: ‘N Sync
After a successful run “The New Mickey Mouse Club,”Justin Timberlake rose from humble beginnings to superstardom in the mid-to–late ’90s when he was a member the boyband ‘N Sync. Timberlake began his solo career in 2002.
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Justin Timberlake’s solo career
Timberlake has released five solo albums including his latest. “Man of the Woods,”2018 landed at No. Forbes reported that he landed in the No. 1 spot of the Billboard 200 upon its release. He ranked No. Forbes Celebrity 100 listed him at 41. He earned $57.5 million for the year. This was largely due to his 13-month Man of the Woods Tour. The concert tour sold over 1.7 million tickets and generated more than $225 millions.
He also makes money from endorsement deals, including one for Bai Brands. In 2016, he was appointed chief flavor officer of the company. Timberlake also has a line of tequila he makes with Sauza.
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19. Phil Collins: Genesis
After his success as a Genesis member, Phil Collins started his solo career. He continued to play in Genesis until he left the band in 1996.
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Phil Collins’ Solo Career
The “In the Air Tonight”According to the RIAA., the singer has sold 33.5million records worldwide as a single artist. Collins has released nine solo albums, and a bestseller memoir.
Collins announced his retirement in 2011 but he said that he was retiring for his 2017 Not Dead Yet tour. The tickets went on sale in less than 15 seconds. Resale sites sold tickets for more that $2,900.
Eric Clapton was a member of the Yardbirds and Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Cream before launching his solo career in 1970.
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Eric Clapton’s Solo career
50 years later, the guitarist, singer, and songwriter is still on tour. According to Pollstar, his tours earned $139.3 millions between 2000 and 2009. According to Venues Today alone, Clapton’s March 2017 performances at Madison Square Garden earned him an astonishing $7.5 million.
According to the RIAA Clapton is one of music’s most popular artists, having sold over 40 million albums during his career. He was the first person to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for three times, as a solo performer and as a member of Yardbirds or Cream.
21. Rod Stewart: Jeff Beck Group and The Faces
Rod Stewart, singer and songwriter, began his professional music career in the late 1960s as a member the Jeff Beck Group. He later joined The Faces before becoming a solo artist.
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Rod Stewart’s Solo career
Stewart was the author of several of his biggest hits, including “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”And “Forever Young.”He has 31 solo albums to his credit, with the latest being 2019’s. “You’re in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.”His newest album became his 10th No. He was ranked fifth on the U.K. chart with his latest album, and tied Michael Jackson for the fifth most No. Forbes reported that he has sold 1 album in all of history. His solo career spans over 50 years and has sold more than 250 million records around the world.
Sting, a Gordon Sumner-born musician, played in several bands before he made it big with The Police in 1978 with their debut album. “Outlandos d’Amour.”The Police ended their Synchronicity tour in March 1984. Sting released his first solo album that year.
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Sting’s Solo Career
Since leaving the Police Sting has received 10 Grammys. His most popular solo album, 1999’s “Brand New Day,”His longest-ever tour was preceded by the sale of 8 million copies. The hit album saw him perform close to 300 shows in 45 different countries, reaching nearly 3,000,000 people.
23. Gloria Estefan: Miami Sound Machine
Gloria Estefan joined the Miami Sound Machine as a part-time member in 1977 while she was still in college. However, she became an official member in 1980 when the band secured a major record contract. The group had crossover success in 1985 with the song. “Conga.”Although she didn’t leave the band, Estefan became the band’s main attraction. Their 1987 album, “The Band’s Best”, was her first release. “Let It Loose,”NPR reported that Gloria Estefan was the one who booked it.
Gloria Estefan’s Solo Career
The following are some examples “Let It Loose,”Estefan released the album “Cuts Both Ways”Although she was only known by her name, she was still backed up by the Miami Sound Machine. This album marked the beginning her solo career. It featured a number hit singles, and many Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 songs, like “Coming Out of the Dark”And “Don’t Wanna Lose You.”Estefan has sold more than 100 million albums all over the world, and has received a number songwriter and singer award.
Estefan has turned her musical success into several other ventures. Gloria, Emilio and Gloria own a multimedia entertainment company, a Cuban restaurant and several hotels, as well as a line spice and other kitchen products. They also serve as executive producers of the Broadway musical. “On Your Feet!,”This is a tribute to their lives and music.
24. Beyoncé Knowles: Destiny’s Child
Going solo after the demise of Destiny’s Child in 2005 proved to be a lucrative decision for Beyoncé Knowles. The singer was ranked No. Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List for 2019 ranked the singer at No. 20, with earnings of $81 millions for the year.
Beyoncé Knowles’ Solo Career
As a solo artist Knowles sold 15 million albums and her On The Run II stadium tours with Jay-Z earned more than $250 million. Forbes reported that the show brought in $5 million per night.
Knowles also owns a clothing line, Ivy Park. She recently relaunched it with Adidas and has many endorsement deals. According to reports, Knowles signed a $4.7 million contract for L’Oreal and a $50,000,000 multiyear deal for Pepsi. The actress who became a megastar in 2002’s “The Biggest Loser” has also been an actress. “Austin Powers in Goldmember”2016’s “Dreamgirls.”
25 Paul McCartney: The Beatles
Guinness World Records has determined that Paul McCartney is not only a member of the Beatles’ top-selling group, but also the most successful songwriter of all time.
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Paul McCartney’s Solo Career
McCartney has released 31 albums post-Beatles. He did it either solo or with Wings. “McCartney.”His most recent album, “Egypt Station,”In 2018, it was released.
McCartney was voted the best-selling U.K. artist of 2016, with 22 albums reaching the No. 1 spot, including solo albums “McCartney II”In 1980, “Tug of War”1982 “Give My Regards to Broad Street”1984 “Flowers in the Dirt”1989
McCartney’s solo tours are also a success. According to Pollstar his solo tours earned him $221.4 million between 2000 and 2009. Forbes reported that McCartney’s recent tours were also very lucrative. He grossed $17.8million from four South American shows in 2019 alone and earned an average of $4million per tour stop.
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