CNCO, a Latin American boy band, is disbanding.
On Sunday, the band revealed on its official Instagram page that Joel Pimentel, 22, would be leaving the band, making the popular quintet a quartet.
“We’re sorry to inform you that Joel’s last day as a member of CNCO will be Friday, May 14th, after five and a half unforgettable and life-changing years together. We want you to know that even though Joel is leaving to pursue new opportunities, we are and always will be brothers. We will still, most notably, remain a family,” said remaining members Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez, and Zabdiel De Jess in a statement read aloud.
“We understand that this news is upsetting and that it will be difficult for all of you, but we appreciate your patience. While it will be different, we are very excited to embark on this new chapter of CNCO, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store!”
CNCO, whose members range in age from 20 to 25, was founded in 2015 on Ricky Martin and Simon Cowell’s Univision music competition series “La Banda.”
CNCO also confirmed that the group’s final appearance as a fivesome would take place on Friday.
“You guys are what keep us going and make us want to work together even harder than before. As a result, we decided to give you an all-encompassing final gift,” they said of the upcoming livestreaming concert.
“We adore you and look forwards to seeing you soon!”
CNCO has had a lot of success in Latin music, with eight Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Latin pop airplay chart, including the No. 1 singles “Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)” and “Se Vuelve Loca.”
The band’s songs have been heard all over the world, with particular success in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and Argentina.
CNCO’s first two albums, “Primera Cita” in 2016 and “CNCO” in 2018, both debuted at No. 1 on the Latin charts and entered the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 all-genre albums list.
The cover album “Déjà Vu,” the band’s most recent release, was released in February.
At the Latin American Music Awards, Latin Billboard Music Awards, and iHeartRadio Music Awards, the group has earned several awards.
The band was nominated for best new artist at the 2017 Latin Grammys for their performance “MTV Unplugged at Home,” which won best quarantine performance at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Many successful boy bands have lost members over the years.
The outcomes have been mixed: some members have been replaced, some organisations have disbanded, and others have progressed.
After Justin Timberlake’s Grammy-winning solo debut in 2002, Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015, and the group continued without him, though ‘N Sync never released music.
CNCO said in a second statement to The Associated Press that the band has “become a family, a brotherhood,” and that “we want the CNCOwners to know that will never change.”
“We are more strong than we have ever been, and this is just the beginning for us. We’re working on a lot of exciting things that will be released soon, and we can’t wait to tell you about them!,” the statement continued.
“We adore the CNCOwners; they are what keeps us alive, and we decided to give them this livestream as a gift so they could see all five of us together for the last time.”
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