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Just 8 bands that are still on 'indefinite hiatus'

From *NSYNC to One Direction, the pursuit of ‘solo endeavours’ has broken many of our hearts.

IT WAS ANNOUNCED yesterday that the band Fifth Harmony are going on an ‘indefinite hiatus’.

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The band who lost Camila Cabello in 2016 said they wanted a hiatus with the oh-so-familiar line ‘to pursue solo endeavors.”

Some of them might actually want to try working from home.

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While indefinite hiatuses sounds like a band can come back, that’s not always the case as we’ve found out. Here’s 8 bands that are still on indefinite hiatuses.

1. No Doubt

The band which blessed us with Gwen Stefani have been on their second hiatus since 2013. In 2016 she expressed some doubt that the band could reform.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with No Doubt. When Tony [Kanal] and I are connected creatively, it’s magic. But I think we’ve grown apart as far as what kind of music we want to make.

We won’t hold our breath so.

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2. The Wanted

The British-Irish (Siva grew up in Blanchardstown) boy band left our consciousness in 2014 and have yet to make a return. Their solo endeavors have been interesting with Jay winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2015. Meanwhile, Siva wrote the song for Great Britain’s 2016 Eurovision entry ’You’re Not Alone’ which came 24th. Mixed fortunes so.

Source: thewantedVEVO/YouTube


The uncle-nephew combo (still not sure what way round) have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2012. Apparently the ‘party-rocking’ got too much for them. Interestingly, RedFoo used to be a day trader so at least he still has a stable career in investing.

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4. One Direction

In August of 2015, the world was shocked when One Direction announced a hiatus to ‘work on individual projects’ (how many ways can you say this). All of the boys have had successful solo careers meaning a reunion isn’t on the horizon for awhile at least. We can dream.


The kings of temporary hiatuses. The first took a break in 2002 and haven’t recorded new music since but apparently they’re still not broken up. Justin gave us the gift of ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ and ‘Justified’. On the other hand, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick starred in a zombie apocalypse movie called ‘Dead 7′ which was written by Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Moving on.

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6. Fun.

Remember Fun.? Well they’ve been on hiatus since 2015 and that’s not going to end anytime soon. Jack Antonoff has been off writing songs for everyone from Carly-Rae Jepsen to Taylor Swift to Lorde so he’s doing alright. The band insisted they haven’t broken up though.

Sometimes that inspiration leads to fun music, sometimes it leads to musical endeavors outside of fun. We see all of it as part of the ecosystem that makes fun, fun.


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7. The Spice Girls

Will they? Won’t they? It’s a biggest question we’ve faced since wondering if Rachel would get off the plane. For years we’ve waited for a Spice Girls reunion and for years we’ve been denied it. In February they said they were considering ‘all possibilities’ for a reunion but it seems the closest we’re getting is their musical ‘Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show’. Sigh.

Source: SpiceGirlsVEVO/YouTube

8. The Pussycat Dolls

It was announced last October that the Pussycat Dolls were reuniting amid lots and lots  and lots of rows. We’ve heard nothing else since and they haven’t released new music since 2008 with ‘When I Grow Up’. You want a reunion? Don’t cha?

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