Day 26 Is Officially Calling It Quits As A Group [VIDEOS]
Although they have tried to hold it together even after losing a key member and disassociating themselfves with their mentor, Day 26 is officially no more.In a statement released today, Robert Curry, Brian Andrews, Willie Taylor and Michael "Butta" McCluney announce that they've decided to go their separate ways to pursue solo careers.
The group thanks Sean "Diddy" Combs for his support of the group after he formed the collective in 2007 at the end of MTV's Making the Band 4. They also ask that fans show love for the members as they embark on their solo journeys.
The group first released its eponymous debut in March 2008, debuting atop the Billboard 200 with 190,000 sold. They released Forever in a Day the following year, but Qwanell "Que" Mosley parted ways with the group in December 2009. Since then, the remaining members have been working on their third album A New Day. It is unclear if the album will still be released.
Read the full statement below.
“It is with great sadness and deep pain that we regret to inform you that effective immediately, Atlantic Records Platinum recording group, DAY26 have decided to take a break from the group and focus on their own individual projects. On behalf of all the members; Willie, Mike, Rob, Brian and even Que, we would like to thank all of the “fams” aka fans, dj’s across the world, promoters, radio programmers, Bad Boy Entertainment, Starstruck Management, BET, VH1 and FUSE and all DAY26 supporters in general, for your unending support throughout these years.
We would also like to acknowledge that this journey would have not been made possible without the vision and mastermind of Sean “Diddy” Combs and of course MTV Networks for making a group of unknown men, the stars that they are today.
We simply thank you from the bottom of our hearts and really want you to know that the journey does not end here. We continue to wish each other the very best and continued success in all of our individual endeavors, and all we ask of you is to please give each member a chance and the opportunity to shine in whatever they do.
…And as the saying goes, this is not a goodbye, but a simply see you later.
God bless you all,
Much Love, DAY26."
While this is really a sad day musically, I can't say that I am surprised about the news. They have been having issues for a while and unfortunately when it comes to groups egos do tend to get in the way. Let's hope that they can work on flourishing solo careers and eventually work things out with the group and come back together. Check out some of the highlights during their tenure with the Bad Boy family.
Day 26 "Got Me Going"
Day 26 "Since You've Been Gone"
Day 26 "So Good"