Colbie Caillat Leaves Her Band Gone West: ‘This Was Not an Easy Decision’

Colbie Caillat is officially leaving her band Gone West only after two years.

The country-pop singer announced the news on Instagram Wednesday (Aug. 12), which comes just four months after she and ex-fiancé/Gone West bandmate Justin Young ended their 10-year relationship. Married couple Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy make up the remaining two members of the country quartet.

“After a lot of thought during this time, Justin and I have decided to leave Gone West. Creative partnerships, especially with friends, are both rewarding and challenging at times, and though this was not an easy decision, we know ending the band was the right one,” Caillat began writing in the posted note. “Justin and I are best friends, and will continue to make music together forever.”

Gone West released the group’s debut album Canyon on June 12, which the “Bubbly” singer expressed gratitude for in her exit announcement. “Canyons is an album we truly love and cherish, every song holds so much truth in the experiences we all go through in life,” she penned.

Caillat and Young performed a few Canyon tracks during their Billboard Live At-Home charity concert together on April 16 while quarantined in their Nashville home. But Gone West couldn’t perform the new album on their scheduled summer and fall tour dates, which were canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It remains unclear whether the 35-year-old artist will pivot back to a solo career, considering the last line of her letter reads, “Here’s to whatever adventure comes next….” On her own, Caillat has won two Grammy awards for album of the year with Fearless and best pop collaboration with vocals with the Jason Mraz-assisted hit single “Lucky.” Additionally, she’s achieved four million cumulative album sales and eight multi-platinum records to date.

Read Caillat’s entire exit note below.

After a lot of thought during this time, Justin and I have decided to leave Gone West. Creative partnerships, especially with friends, are both rewarding and challenging at times, and though this was not an easy decision, we know ending the band was the right one. Justin and I are best friends and will continue to make music together forever. 

We’re so proud of the music the four of us created together over the past three years. Canyons is an album we truly love and cherish, every song holds so much truth in the experiences we all go through in life.

I want to thank all of my fans and all of Gone Wests fans for supporting our music, coming to our shows, and everything in-between. I also want to thank Country radio, JR & SiriusXM, Triple Tigers and our entire teams hard work and creativity, and for believing in us and helping our music get out into the world. Thank you all. 

Here’s to whatever adventure comes next…

Here Are 7 Musicians You Can Find on OnlyFans

Cardi B announced Tuesday (Aug. 11) that she joined the hot content subscription service OnlyFans, but she’s not the only musician on there connecting to her fans.

Billboard compiled a list of musicians OnlyFans confirmed to us are using their website.

Cardi B

For fans wanting to check out behind-the-scenes footage of her “WAP” clip with Megan Thee Stallion, they’ll need to pay $4.99 a month to access the Invasion of Privacy rapper’s page because that’s where they’ll find it. And for those thinking she’ll be posting any X-rated adult content, think again. “NO I WONT BE SHOWING P—Y , TITTIES AND A– .LINK IN BIO…It will be a place for only me and my fans,” the artist confirmed on Instagram.

Swae Lee

The Rae Sremmurd member joined the site back in June only to promote his latest single “Reality Check,” according to his only OnlyFans post. Unlike most accounts that profit off of subscription fees, fans can access his for free. But the 27-year-old rapper-singer has been debating starting an OnlyFans account since March, according to his Twitter.

Rico Nasty

The “Aquí Yo Mando” rapper has also been using the platform, which costs $6 a month to access, to promote her solo music following her latest Kali Uchis collaboration. According to Reddit’s r/popheads thread, she announced the release of her “iPhone” music video Tuesday night (Aug. 11). The visual will officially drop Thursday, Aug. 13.

The-Dream

The-Dream created a “digital listening experience” on his free account back in April in promotion of his latest Sextape 4 album. But his marketing technique fits the profile of OnlyFans’ prominent users, mainly in the adult entertainment industry, very well. The R&B veteran features and tags dancers from the site to dance to his latest slew of sensual bedroom tunes, including Kayla Marie dancing to “Wee Hours” for the first video, according to Billboard’s exclusive from April 21.

Rubi Rose

The ATL rapper, who made a cameo on Cardi and Megan’s “WAP” music video, is quite a wealthy member of OnlyFans. Newsweek reported last month that the rapper made $100,000 just off of two photos she had previously posted on Instagram, which has elevated her to the top 0.32% of OnlyFans creators. Rose later tweeted in defense of her usage of the platform, which has become “saturated with sex workers who are unable to work turning to OnlyFans for a source of income,” according to the report.

“Only fans isn’t just for porn and sex sh–,” she clarified. “That’s what y’all made it out to be. Just like how ppl thought Snapchat was for sending ‘nudes.’ You can post whatever exclusive content you want for your fans to see.” She currently charges $14.99 for monthly subscriptions.

Safaree Samuels and Erica Mena

The Love & Hip-Hop couple redefined the term PDA with their OnlyFans activity. The rapper joined his wife on the platform in April, according to his shirtless Instagram announcement, as the two turned their accounts into personal yet public romantic spaces.

“Be a fly on our wall,” Mensa tweeted on July 22, along with a sensual red-hued clip of her and Safaree. “My husband joins me on my Only Fans.” She charges $35 a month to access her account, while Safaree charges $24.99 a month.

Casanova

The rapper also wanted to collect some cash on the site after being inspired by women purchasing their “dream houses” from their OnlyFans profits, according to Insider. Since joining in April, the New York native has cut his monthly subscription cost in half from $50 to $25.

Most Latino Adults Have Not Heard of the Term Latinx, New Poll Finds

In 2018, the term Latinx was officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary defining the word as a gender-inclusive term and an alternative to “Hispanic” or “Latino” used by people of Latin American descent who “do not identify as being of the male or female gender or who simply don’t want to be identified by gender.”

While the term has recently gained popularity among younger Latinos, embraced by a handful of Latin artists like Becky G and Lauren Jauregui and used by some political figures like Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren when referring to the Latino/Hispanic community, a Pew Research Center poll finds that only 23% of U.S. adults who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino have heard of the term Latinx and just 3% say they use it to describe themselves.

According to the bilingual survey, conducted in December 2019, Latinos ages 18-29 were the most likely to have heard of Latinx, at 42%. Those who registered the lowest levels of awareness were Spanish-dominant, foreign-born, respondents who identify as Republicans and those with a high school diploma or less.

Furthermore, 33% out of those who have heard the term said it should be used to describe the Hispanic or Latino population, while 65% said it should not be used. Critics of the term have pointed out that the term “anglicizes” the Spanish language and it ignores its gendered form.

Researchers also found that people in the United States still prefer to self-identify as “Hispanic” (61%) followed by “Latino” (29%) or their country of origin.

Pew interviewed 3,030 U.S. Hispanic or Latino adults, ages 18 to 65 and older. See the full report here