Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex rise from Danity Kane’s ashes to form dumblonde


Following Danity Kane’s demise, former band members Shannon Bex, right, and Aubrey O’Day have formed a new duo called dumblonde.


Danity Kane might not have worked out on its second try, but two of its members aren’t ditching the girl group model.

Former members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex announced they have formed a new duo: dumblonde.

Dumblonde won’t follow the urban-pop that put Danity Kane on the map, O’Day and Bex said Sunday on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Instead, the duo said they are crafting alternative dance/pop.

No word on when new music will be released, but the duo will play their upcoming EP to fans during a listening party in Los Angeles on April 11 – for $100 a pop.


Last fall Danity Kane pulled off a rather strange feat with its latest release, “DK3.” The album, the act’s first effort in more than six years, is a comeback and a swan song.

After reuniting in 2013 – without Sean “Diddy” Combs, who assembled them during the third season of the hit reality series “Making the Band” – things quickly went south.

Only four of the five original members —Bex, O’Day, Dawn Richard and Andrea Fimbres — returned. The group’s fifth member, D. Woods, said she was choosing to focus on her solo career instead. Woods later claimed she wasn’t invited back.

The quartet then became a trio after Fimbres announced her departure following the conclusion of a comeback tour.


Things got messy when the women recorded the album, too. A recording session ended with an altercation between members amid backdoor meetings and tension.

With Richard back to a thriving solo career, we’re anxious to see what O’Day and Bex have up their sleeve.

Just promise us all this: if it doesn’t work out, don’t stage another reunion. 

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