20 Singers Whose Solo Careers Soared After They Left The Band (PHOTOS)

Call it a leap of faith (or a bailout), but when the lead singer leaves a band -- especially a good one -- to pursue a solo career, it's risky. Fortunately for these artists, the risk paid off, and they were even more successful when they stepped out on their own.


Here are 20 of our favorite solo artists who skyrocketed to the top of the charts and reached new levels of fame and fortune when they decided to leave the group. 


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