Girl Group G.R.L. Breaks Up

After one of the girls from G.R.L. group, Simone Battle, passed last September, the girls decided it was time to disbanding the group. The management team released a statement from management and their record labels confirmed today of the split.

“Nearly 9 months following the tragic death of band member Simone Battle, girl group G.R.L. announces today that they are disbanding,” reads a statement from Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Larry Rudolph and Robin Antin. “We wish them continued success in each of their next creative endeavors.”

Battle was found dead of apparent suicide on the morning of September 5, and in January, the remaining members of G.R.L. — Paula Van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Lauren Bennett and Emmalyn Estrada — released a tribute song, “Lighthouse.” Prior to Battle’s death, G.R.L. had scored a Top 40 hit on the Hot 100 chart as the featured artist on Pitbull’s “Wild Wild Love,” and had worked with producers like Max Martin, Dr. Luke (whose label, Kemosabe, signed the group in conjunction with RCA) and Cirkut on other material.


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