“We’re ready to try new things” – Billboard

CNCO announced on Thursday July 21 during the 2022 Premios Juventud that they are going their separate ways after nearly seven years as a group. The news surprised many, including their fans, as the announcement comes just over a year after Joel Pimentel announced his departure from the boy band on May 9, 2021.



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Billboard was able to catch up with fellow CNCO members Christopher Velez, Erick Brian Colon, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesus just a day before they announced the news at the awards show. “We feel nervous but at the same time we feel excited, anxious,” Colon tells exclusively Billboard. Adding that the decision to separate was amicable.

“We always thought that if we broke up, it had to be natural, and that’s how it happened,” says De Jesus. “We have been through a lot together and grown together in this industry, and we are ready to try new things to develop our careers. We are very excited.

The Latin boy group, which formed in December 2015 after winning the Univision competition The groupis behind several Billboard hits such as “Reggaeton Lento”, “Hey DJ” and “Se Vuelve Loca”. Three of their albums reached No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart, including First datewho spent eight weeks at the top in 2016. They landed seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, including New Artist of the Year in 2017.

But after a successful run that lasted less than a decade, the boys go their separate ways.

“It hurts us because it’s a big step in our lives that will lead us to our solo careers but at the same time exciting because we’re ready to experiment and try to find our own sound and individuality,” notes Velez. . “Just because we’re breaking up doesn’t mean we’ll stop seeing each other, we’re just trying exciting new things. I know we’ll see each other in the way of composing or working together. We’re confident the outcome will be excellent.

Although the group announced their split, CNCO will continue for another year and a half, promising more new music, an album, a tour and their next series on Disney+.

“The CNCO opened the doors to the industry for us, and now we have more opportunities to continue writing and meeting other people, getting into the studio and creating new vibes,” Camacho says. “At the end of the day, we have a lot of love and want to make sure everyone feels part of this family because everyone has contributed and without you we are nobody. It’s not negative at all, It’s very positive. In the end, we want to grow and enjoy life. Maybe in the future we’ll come back. Who knows?”

As for their loyal fandom, the CNCOwners, Velez expresses, “They knew we loved them from the start. Without them, this would not be possible. I know they will follow our solo careers and support us. Love will always be mutual. We will become better artists to deliver the best music. They know we love them.

CNCO, who is signed to Sony Music Latin and managed by Walter Kolm, is currently touring his Kenia OS-assisted single “Plutón”.

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