Danity Kane Reunites!

danity-kane-mtv-vmas-2013-red-carpet-03While Miley Cyrus had everyone’s eyes popping out of their heads and Justin Timberlake was showing every artist why he is the best, P. Diddy’s once defunct pop group Danity Kane stepped out together at the 2013 VMAs for the first time since 2009, just minus D. Woods.

Aubrey O’Day announced that the group would be reuniting on Instagram prior to the 2013 VMAs with this promo pic.

Then the quartet of O’Day, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard, and Aundrea Fimbres stormed the Red Carpet where they made the formal announcement. With a “We’re baaaccck!” they let the world know at the 2013 VMAs Pre-Show that they are back together … on their own terms. No more Diddy. And the girls have been busy. They already have their first single lined up. Their new song “Rage” was produced by The Stereotypes, the same production team that was behind “Damaged.”

The group was truly record-breaking in their prime. Formed through the television show Making The Band 3, they were able to capitalize on their exposure and garner a platinum album and single. Their two albums, Danity Kane (2006) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (2008), both debuted at the top of the Billboard charts (the first ever to do so). Yet, it all ended rather tragically and suddenly when Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, fired two of the members and ultimately let two others out of their contracts.

Their downfall left a lot of bad blood between the girls, so the fact that they are able to get back together is momentous. Still, the question lingers: Where is D. Woods? Well, you never know the true story behind these things, but in a statement to US Weekly, she claims that she has other commitments:

“Much love to the ladies of DK!! They have decided to reunite and I, like our amazing fans, will be cheering them on. For the past couple of years, myself and the other DK members have been working on other projects individually, such as music, film, television, theater and philanthropy and I have recently signed on to several projects that will have me committed for the next year. My latest single “Gold Mine” is now available everywhere! If the opportunity presents itself, I would definitely be open to recording and/or performing with Danity Kane again. I appreciate all the love and support of DK and myself. God bless!”

Pretty slick there. Almost didn’t catch the shameless self-promotion.

It was smart to leave the door open for her return, but I can’t see what projects she has in the pipeline that could be more important than this opportunity. What kind of iron-clad contract did she sign? And let’s be honest here, the two most successful members of the group have been Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard. D. Woods, for all of her efforts, hasn’t amounted to much more than a glorified video girl and feature artist. And the single that she so conveniently mentioned in her statement, “Gold Mine”, has been panned as a pseudo-prostitute anthem.


She’s doing wonders for the self-esteem of girls everywhere.

In a musical landscape that is bursting with talentless gimmicks, I’m optimistic about Danity Kane giving it another try. Judging by the promo picture, they’re looking better than ever. They can all actually sing and dance, and now that they are all a bit more seasoned, who knows what caliber of music they could produce.

Are you excited for the return of Danity Kane? Is losing D. Woods a good or a bad thing? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.