Pop acts we said goodbye to in 2013

JLS, Jonas Brothers and Girls Aloud are all featured in my list of groups who said farewell over the past twelve months.

2013 was a bumper year for pop comebacks, what with everyone from B*witched to 911 reforming for ITV's 'The Big Reunion,' All Saints confirming they are to tour with Backstreet Boys and even extremely brief reconciliations of 'N Sync and Destiny's Child. But sadly, just as many groups have gone the other way. Here's a look at five that we lost over the last twelve months.


Incredibly, the quartet arguably responsible for reigniting interest in boybands have been far more visible since they announced their split back in April than before it. But following a Greatest Hits collection, their endless appearances on The X-Factor competition ads and a farewell tour, the group will finally perform the likes of 'Everybody In Love' and 'Beat Again' for the last time at London's O2 Arena on December 22. The band will no doubt appear on 'The Big Reunion' circa 2023 but until then, their distraught fans can check out Marvin co-hosting the third series of 'The Voice' alongside Emma Willis next January.

Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers' return from their three-year hiatus initially appeared to be going well. The former Disney Channel teen idols embarked on two major world tours, released two singles ('Pom Poms,' 'First Time') which showed that they had progressed their sound and were about to unleash their long-awaited fifth album, 'V.' But just two days before it was due to start, the trio cancelled the second leg of their North American tour and three weeks later confirmed they were going their separate ways for good. But that's certainly not the last we'll see of the siblings. Kevin's reality series, 'Married To Jonas,' may still get a third season, Nick will star in next year's thriller, 'Careful What You Wish For,' while Joe is expected to resume his solo career.


There's still mystery surrounding whether Keane are just taking an extended break or splitting up for good - a recent interview in Q magazine suggests even the band aren't sure yet - but it's unlikely we'll hear any more of their melancholic piano-rock for at least a few years following frontman Tom Chaplin's decision to pursue a solo career. The trio reached number one in the UK with their first five albums - a record only bettered by The Beatles - and are currently raking it in with the royalties from Lily Allen's chart-topping cover of their 2004 hit, 'Somewhere Only We Know.'

Girls Aloud

Perhaps the most inevitable split of 2013, Girls Aloud admitted last year they didn't have any plans to continue recording or touring following the celebrations for their ten-year anniversary. But after comeback single 'Something New' proved they still remained the most exciting girl group of their generation, fans were still hoping that the quintet would have a change of heart. But although Nadine Coyle took to Twitter to admit she wanted to keep the band going, the remaining members didn't feel the same way and confirmed that they would once again be calling it a day back in March.


Almost as unsurprising as their former girlband rivals' split, the ever-changing Sugababes appear to have finally thrown in the towel following Jade Ewen's recent admission that the band 'kind of fizzled out' two years ago. Indeed, the trio haven't released a new album since 2010's 'Sweet 7' and haven't released any new music at all since 2011's download-only single 'Freedom.' However, long-time fans finally got to hear new music from the original line-up this year with Mutya Keisha Siobhan's brilliant debut single, 'Flatline.'

Jon is a music and film obsessive from Wigan. His current favourite acts are Haim, AlunaGeorge, London Grammar, Disclosure and Jessie Ware. He has tried but he still doesn't really get the fuss about 'Blurred Lines' or 'I Love It.'

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