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Breaking free - the artists who've gone it alone

Former JLS band member, Aston Merrygold has signed a solo record deal with Warner Brothers Records. Newsround looks at other artists who started their careers in a group.
Justin Timberlake's not crying any rivers - each of his albums have sold over seven million copies worldwide and he's one of the most successful singers of the decade. His career began on the kids TV shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, but he rose to fame as the youngest member of the boy band *NSYNC. They enjoyed global success with hits including 'Pop', Bye Bye Bye' and 'This I Promise You'.
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We're all in 'Crazy Stupid Love' with Cheryl Cole and this year the singer claimed her fourth solo Number 1 single. The X Factor judge is only the third British female in history to achieve that level of chart success, alongside Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora. Cheryl started her career as one fifth of the girl band Girls Aloud, who were formed on a TV show called Pop Stars: The Rivals.
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Robbie Williams rose to fame in the band Take That in the 1990s. After many disagreements with the management and other group members, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald, Robbie left the group. In 1995 he launched a massively successful solo career, which saw his first seven albums each reach Number 1 in the UK. He joined Take That again from 2009 for an album and a tour. He's definitely entertained us!
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Also finding fame in Take That, Gary Barlow's one of Britain's most successful songwriters, having written thirteen Number 1 singles and 23 top 10 hits. He's had three Number 1 singles, six top 10 singles and two Number 1 albums as a solo artist. Gary's also a six-time recipient of the prestigious Ivor Novello Award and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He was appointed an OBE in 2012 for services to music and charity.
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From one X Factor judge to another - Nicole Scherzinger. After performing in rock band Days of the New and reaching one-hit wonder success with teen-pop girl group Eden's Crush, she signed up as the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, who had hits with 'Don't Cha', 'Stickwitu' and 'Buttons'.
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He’s a super-dope mega-fresh award-winning producer, DJ, and star of The Voice UK. will.i.am is also the founder and front man of The Black Eyed Peas. He’s sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide. He's also won seven Grammys.
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Beyonce Knowles certainly rules the world, well the music world that is! She's one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her career began in the 90s R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Kelly Rowland was also a member. She's had hits with 'Crazy in Love', 'Irreplaceable', and 'Single Ladies' to name a few. Beyonce's also won an incredible 17 Grammys.
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He's the man that made us all 'Happy', with his huge Despicable Me hit. But Pharrell Williams is also part of a production duo called The Neptunes, producing soul and R&B music. He's also the lead vocalist and drummer of rock, funk, and hip hop band N.E.R.D. Pharrell's earned seven Grammy Awards including two with The Neptunes.
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Aston Merrygold has signed his first ever solo record deal. The former JLS member told fans via his Instagram account.
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Aston said: "I feel so blessed to be in this position and I'm not going to waste it." Aston is the only JLS member to sign a solo deal but isn't the only artist who started their music career in a group - take a look...
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