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BROCKHAMPTON Announce Indefinite Hiatus

After twelve long years together as a group, the boys of BROCKHAMPTON are splitting up.

On Friday (January 14), BROCKHAMPTON social media accounts posted an announcement. Over a pale yellow background, the statement read that besides their O2 Academy Brixton show in London and Coachella 2022, they would be canceling all other concerts and taking an "indefinite hiatus."

"From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being on this journey with us," the statement reads. "We would not be here without our fans. We hope we've been able to inspire you as much as you have us these past eight years. We are bonded and grateful to you for life."

BROCKHAMPTON began in 2010 after group ringleader Kevin Abstract posted a note on the forum KanyeToThe asking if anyone wanted to start a hip-hop band. Initially named AliveSinceForever, the group later rebranded as BROCKHAMPTON.

The many members who have been in the collective include vocalists Ameer Vann, Joba, Matt Champion, Meryln Wood, Dom McLennon, and Bearface, as well as producers Romil Hemnani, Jabari Manwa, and Kiko Merley. Other artists like Ryan Beatty, Dominic Fike, Deb Never, A$AP Rocky, Dua Lipa, and many more have collaborated with them over the years.

BROCKHAMPTON didn't start to get big attention until 2017, when they appeared on the Viceland series American Boyband and moved to a house in Los Angeles from Texas. They received their first batch of critical and commercial success after pulling off an impossible feat: releasing three albums (their Saturation trilogy) all in the span of one year. Their music appealed to a younger crowd: high school and college-aged Gen Zers who identified with their music's themes of ambition, homosexuality, confidence, and friendship.

After their explosive peak in 2017, things got turbulent. Shortly after signing a deal with RCA in 2018, Ameer Vann was removed from the group after facing allegations of sexual misconduct. BROCKHAMPTON canceled a tour to “regroup” following a somber performance at Boston Calling, as well as, one month later, another somber performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It was their late night television debut.

BROCKHAMPTON returned later that year with the record Iridescence. It was their first and only album to go #1 on the Billboard 200. In 2019, just months after Abstract released the Jack Antonoff–produced solo album Arizona Baby, the band dropped Ginger. BROCKHAMPTON’s last album, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine, was released in April 2021. The album featured contributions from Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Charlie Wilson, and Jpegmafia.

In a March 2021 tweet, BROCKHAMPTON had promised to release their final two albums that year. The first of those albums was Roadrunner. Fans are wondering whether the band's final album will be released in 2022.

Read BROCKHAMPTON'S hiatus announcement below.

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Article Image: The members of BROCKHAMPTON (Matt Champion, Dom McLennon, Joba, Bearface, Kevin Abstract) performing in concert at BBK Live 2019. (Christian Bertrand via Shutterstock.)

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