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Behind the Sugababes’ latest lineup machinations, which make one wonder if the group is shape-shifting into a sort of female British Menudo, is a trend piece about enough slant histrionics to make Ken Russell films wilt. There’s even something telling in the yearlong break rival girl group Girls Aloud announced in July, following on the heels of some of their strongest offerings yet. If the crown jewels in Britain’s pop tiara are wont to defect so quickly—and leave us with The Saturdays—shouldn’t it be time to reassess the girl group as a business model? Perhaps, with pop going the way of our economy, we probably shouldn’t be turning to something as volatile as singer-stuffed girl groups for a bailout.
Boybands and even male-fronted rock bands seem to enjoy some sense of longevity. But why do their female counterparts seem to have all the reliability of AIG? After the jump, a categorical look at five iconic girlb(r)ands for whom dissolution was all but foretold. More »
Last night, R & B foursome En Vogue celebrated the 20th anniversary of their formation with a show at B.B. King’s in New York. Above is a clip of them performing the monster ballad “Don’t Let Go,” which was the group’s final single to feature prodigal daughter Dawn Robinson (she returned to the fold last year), last night; somehow, it manages to be a pure display of pipes and a mass singalong at the same time. Nice trick, that. (And wholly unsurprising, as midway through my first spin of this clip I started singing along with the song, although not loudly enough to disturb the cat napping about 10 feet away from me.) [YouTube] More »