Why Did Danity Kane Break Up?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex, and Aubrey O

In the mid- to late 2000s, earlier than the rise of Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, woman teams started to see a resurgence that paved the way in which for teams to return after them. Danity Kane was a kind of teams. From the time of the discharge of their debut single “Show Stopper” in 2006, it was clear that the group was creating their very own lane for themselves, separate from contemporaries like The Pussycat Dolls. The two teams even teamed up as Christina Aguilera’s opening acts on her Back to Basics tour. 

Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex, and Aubrey O'Day of Danity Kane perform during the 2019 GayVN Awards
Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex, and Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane carry out in the course of the 2019 GayVN Awards | Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

How did Danity Kane come collectively?

The third iteration of MTV’s actuality sequence Making the Band centered across the creation of Danity Kane by the hands of hip hop mogul Diddy, who teamed up with choreographer Laurieann Gibson and radio hosts Doc Holliday and Johnny Magic to place a gaggle of contestants by way of the wringer as they pushed themselves in varied dance, vocal, and performance-related challenges. 

At the top of Making the Band’s first season, Diddy believed in singers Aubrey O’Day and Aundrea Fimbres and introduced them again for the next season. Fans liked watching their friendship because it slowly grew to become the muse of the group, and O’Day grew to become a breakout star of the present. At the top of that season, in a record-breaking finale for MTV, 5 of the ultimate 11 contestants have been chosen to kind the brand new group: O’Day, Fimbres, Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett, Shannon Bex, and Dawn Richard. It was then that the group grew to become referred to as Danity Kane, based mostly on an anime superhero that Richard had drawn. 

How did they break up?

Rumors of Danity Kane’s breakup swirled virtually from the minute they have been shaped. Some members have been rumored to be engaged on solo tasks or with different woman teams, finally resulting in mistrust between the group, their administration, P. Diddy, and one another. The group’s deteriorating goodwill was chronicled within the third season of Making the Band: O’Day and Diddy didn’t see eye to eye on issues like choreography and picture, Richard was reportedly recording solo materials with Diddy that ultimately leaked, O’Day and Fimbres’ friendship was falling aside, and members grew to become annoyed with not having the ability to specific their particular person kinds. 

After the discharge of Danity Kane’s second album Welcome to the Dollhouse (which contained their smash hit “Damaged”) in 2008, the group theoretically ought to’ve been on the high of their sport. But as an alternative, the behind-the-scenes pressure grew to become an excessive amount of to bear. By October of that 12 months when Making the Band ended, it was confirmed that O’Day and Woods had left the group. O’Day and Diddy sparred on-air as Diddy regrets O’Day having became a special particular person than the one he had initially signed. His frustration lied with O’Day’s more and more sexualized picture and efforts to make the group much less pleasant in direction of its target market of younger teenage ladies. In April of 2009, it was confirmed that the group had absolutely damaged up. 

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Reunited… however not for lengthy

In 2013, O’Day, Bex, Richard, and Fimbres obtained again collectively to document new music and produce the group again on their very own phrases. They labored with the producers behind “Damaged” in addition to different celebrity producers like Timbaland and James Fauntleroy, and launched into their #NoFilter tour in spring of 2014. After the primary evening of the tour, Fimbres introduced she can be leaving the group on the finish of the tour, and in August, the group introduced their second disbandment after Richard allegedly punched O’Day in a recording studio. Bex and O’Day continued as a duo below the title Dumblonde, and Richard launched into her solo profession. By the time their album DK3 was launched that fall, the group had already been damaged up. 

Getting the band again collectively

In August of 2018, Bex, O’Day, and Richard introduced a brand new tour that highlighted their work as Dumblonde and Richard’s solo work, and that O’Day and Richard had made amends. They started releasing new music below the Danity Kane moniker, and have been releasing new singles like “Boy Down” and “New Kings” all through this 12 months. “Danity Kane is so much bigger than five girls. It can be one girl, it can be two, it can be five,” O’Day mentioned in an Instagram Live not too long ago relating to the group’s ever-changing lineup. “It’s a voice for women and you got two of us right now giving you that voice and who knows what the future will have ahead of us. Things can evolve; things move in different directions. Everyone is always invited back.”

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