Danity Kane is officially back.
After announcing their reunion last year, the platinum-selling girl group issued its first single in six years, “Lemonade,” earlier this week.
Built around a sample of the Clipse’s hard-knocking hit “Grindin',” the sticky anthem is a brash kiss-off to “haters,” and updates the snappy hip-hop/pop Danity Kane churned out after being formed during the third season of the hit reality series “Making the Band” under the tutelage of Sean “Diddy” Combs.
“Ohh, these haters got a sour head look upon their face / Lemonade, lemonade, lemonade, lemonade / Ooh, they lookin’ so thirsty / They might just need a drink,” they sing on the sassy hook.
The comeback is bittersweet, though.
When the group issued the cover art to the single featuring three little girls peddling lemonade, fans immediately started buzzing that founding member Andrea Fimbres had exited the group.
Before Danity Kane took the stage in San Francisco on Friday night to launch their comeback tour, an emotional — and visibly pregnant — Fimbres addressed the rumors and confirmed she was departing.
“I can tell you that two dreams of mine [have] been to be a singer and be on stage like this and to have a family. Well, in a couple months, that’s all coming true. I’m about to get married and I have this beautiful new little girl with me,” Fimbres said before introducing her future stepdaughter.
“I’ve gotten to do some amazing things with Danity Kane, but it’s time for me to start the next chapter in my life,” she continued. “So I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to accomplish my dreams .... I’m so happy that I’ve been on the stage with the wonderful girls of Danity Kane.”
"They are going to kill it for you," Fimbres said. "While I go and have some babies."
Last year four of the five original members — Fimbres, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex — announced they would reunite without the involvement of Combs. The group’s fifth member, D. Woods declined to return because she wanted to focus on her solo career, but later claimed she wasn’t invited back.
Danity Kane was launched in 2005 and the band's first two albums shot straight to No. 1, a record for girl groups. But after four years of on-camera internal turmoil, Combs dramatically disbanded the group and kept Richard as the sole girl signed to his Bad Boy imprint.
Richard later became a member of his hip-hop fusion collective Diddy-Dirty Money, then left her deal with Combs to focus on a solo project.
“There is no answer to tell you what happened. It just did not work, and it was no girl’s fault. It was a lot to do with this business. It was just bad timing,” Richard told Pop & Hiss about the group in a 2011 interview.
Their #DKNoFilterTour will stop at the City National Grove of Anaheim on Sunday.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times