The Extinction of Girl Groups

by on May 15, 2015

Currently, boy bands are winning. Why is that? What happened to the TLCs, the Spice Girls or the Danity Kane’s? It is evident that girl groups are now scarce, but what caused this extinction? Many of the girl groups of the past, are amongst the top-selling groups of all time, but it seems that nowadays the music business is anxious to invest money into male groups as opposed to female. With the recent hype and fading away of group, Fifth Harmony, it seemed like the trend of girl groups may be coming back, but their fan base just doesn’t compare to that of One Direction or 5 Seconds of Summer.

Looking back, we may be able to point out why girl groups may have become extinct. Here are a list of top-selling girl groups of the past, and their breakups.


1. Dream
1998 to 2003

Known for their hit single, “He Loves U Not” (2000), Dream was a pop group whose fame was short-lived. The catchy tune of “He Loves U Not” blasted on most radios and the group reached popular fame. The group signed with Bad Boy Records in 2001 and were set to release new singles. However, due to 9/11, not many were in the mood to hear from a new girl group. In the next years, the group worked on new material, but it was never released. Bad Boy Records drop the group from the label in 2003; the group disbanded shortly after.


2. The Supremes
1959 to 1977

Breakout act of Motown records in the 1960s, the Supremes are still one of the most successful vocal groups to date. Other than being partially responsible for the fame and superstardom of Diana Ross, the group quickly became one of the faces of Motown Records. Conflict arose within the group shortly after their name changing from The Supremes, to Diana Ross & The Supremes. It appeared as if Motown head honcho, Berry Gordy was showing Ross extra attention, but he has stated that this changing group names to highlight a lead vocalist was done to charge for two bookings as opposed to just one for live performances. Growing tension between Ross and fellow member, Florence Ballard, as well as her personal life issues spilling over into her singing career caused the member replacements, which ultimately caused the group to dismantle.


3. Spice Girls
1994 to 2012

The Spice Girls may be the biggest pop girl group of all time. They were a worldwide phenomenon with British accents and intoxicating personas. Their 1996 hit, “Wannabe” scored number one in 37 countries. In 1998, group member Geri Halliwell announced her departure from the group due to differences. In 2000, after the release of their album Forever the group announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus. The group since, has not disbanded, but has never been as consistent or grossing as their first albums.


4. Destiny’s Child
1990 to 2006

Formed in 1990 out of Houston, Destiny’s Child may be one of the most notable R&B girl groups. All final lineup members (Beyoncé Knowles, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland) have gone onto to succeed in individual musical careers, and continue to make an impact individually and collectively despite the group dismembering. The reason for the group ending has never been officially released, but one can assume that all members were just too big to hold within one group. Although, Destiny’s Child may never reunite for an album, they still choose to perform live every now and then.


5. Danity Kane

From the mind of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Danity Kane is the most popular band to come from Combs’ popular reality show, Making The Band. The band was formed through this competition, but to everyone’s surprise became a huge girl-group phenomenon. Reasons for the group dismantling are still unclear, but it was obvious it had to do with separate agendas and differences of opinion. Their breakup, unlike others, was somewhat filmed on the 2009 airing of Making The Band 4, but details were never really discussed. At first, it seemed as if Combs was being too harsh on the group, but later it was revealed in small doses that the members, being forced together via the reality show competition may not have meshed well.