Gwen Stefani doubtful solo career has a future
June 8th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Gwen Stefani doubtful solo career has a future

Think back to the last time you heard a new track from Gwen Stefani. Been a while, hasn’t it?

Her last solo album, “The Sweet Escape,” came out five years ago, and it seems she's all but said "Hollaback" to being a lone musician.

The No Doubt frontwoman sat down with Entertainment Weekly for this week's issue along with guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young, and explained that her foray into being a solo artist wasn't meant to be an ongoing thing.

“That was a moment in time,” she said. “It went on a little longer than we all thought it would because it was inspired and you have to go with wherever you’re at in that time in your life….everything works out how it should.”

Are you going to miss a solo Stefani?

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  1. romie

    doc her

    August 11, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jaime

    I think she's an incredible vocalist. I just look at the duet she did with Setzer ("You're the Boss"), no one else could have done that with that perfect neo-classic panache. I just want to hear her doing inspired music, don't care about the package it's delivered in.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas Cain

    Awe Bananas!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Instigator

    What solo career? Isn't she the chick wearing too much makeup in those commercials?

    June 9, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nate

    Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt is a classic album and I'd like to see what they come up with now that they are working together again. I liked Gwen's hip hop/ pop stuff, it is quality music but just not my style. Whoever said that Gwen is a performer and not a musician is silly.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. reag

    I absolutely loved her solo cds. I was hoping there would be another one, which who knows as she said "It was a moment in time" maybe she'll have another! Until then though I'll definetely enjoy No Doubts music! 🙂

    June 9, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Apostate

    Nothing to miss.

    June 9, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. rolyat

    Like Gwen. But she needs the loot. She must spend a fortune keeping that hair platinum blond. I mean the cost of stripping it, etc.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    I don't know what a Hollarback girl is... all I know is I want her dead.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    Watch the Rock Steady Live DVD from Long Beach, CA. No Doubt has a great rock album within them and it needs to be made soon.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      No Doubt did some reunion shows last year with Paramore. Hard edged, I enjoyed them very much. Some amateur video on You Tube is you care for a taste.

      June 9, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Troy Boleyn

    I am soooo looking forward to more No Doubt albums! Gwen rocks solo, sure, but No Doubt is the stuff!

    June 9, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rai

    more concerned with BUSH returning to centre stage. if her working with NO DOUBT frees up some more time for his "new" band. all for it!!

    June 9, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rachel

    Never could take this woman's singing, nor her clothes line. And I grew up around her music/era. Oh well.... sure beats Gaggy and many others out there today.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. lordy

    don't care.....

    June 9, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris McCoy

    No Doubt is ska. They collaborate well together. They create incredible music. Gwen solo was nothing but a bunch of generic pop-tunes pumped out by producers that followed formulas. She became just another Mariah/Christina/Britney girl. Hopefully this album will be as good as the old stuff, and the band won't go pop and follow Gwen's lead. She needs them to put an edge back on her and her wonderful voice.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ronaldo

    I was a fan of No Doubt first so when she went solo eons ago I wasn't sure how she'd go. She didn't do too bad, I liked how she didn't try to be like anyone. I hear people say Lady Gaga is the "new Madonna" and even a bit with Katy Perry, with GS though, she's a trend-setter. She's cool whether in a band or solo.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. fernace

    The other day I heard "Just A Girl" & I remembered I much I loved Her vocal style on that CD! I loved "Hollaback" cuz it's a tuff lil' ditty, but I prefer her singing style with the band! Plus No Doubt no doubt tears it up on stage!!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  18. Capt Huffnpuff

    Seems to me that Gwen's had her hands full being a good mother and put her career aside for a time.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  19. Sunshine Girl *

    Gwen is beautiful no matter what she does. And shes also a very talented singer. But why does CNN always pick the most unflattering photos?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The King

    Doesn't matter, who shes with. That girl has talent!! The music business is filled with "ambition exceeds talent" turds that need flushed, shes a rareity.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mick

    Will be very happy to see No Doubt back in the studio. I always thought that Gwen's solo career was a mistake; the quality of her work just went right into the toilet – "kiss my @SS" indeed!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Don

    As long as I can see the beautiful Gwen out there then whatever she does is fine.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. laobao

    The amount of makeup on her face is truly frightening.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Thomas

    Gwen who?

    June 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. steve

    she seems to rock it out

    June 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Come On

    No Doubt had always been better than her solo stuff.
    At least up until Tragic Kingdom.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rosie

    I LOVED Gwen's solo albums,but it's exciting that No Doubt is in the studio working on a new album to be released this year;the band has been updating the fans via their twitter page @nodoubt. And to the person who said Gwen's solo career wasn't much of a career-excuse me,but both of her solo albums went platinum and she was the first artist to have a song reach 1 million downloads.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mitch

    I loved 90's No Doubt, but they started getting pretty bad towards the end and her solo music was awful. Not interested in either anymore.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. ProperVillain

    Anyone who has read any music related magazine (Except Rolling Stone, which has joined the ranks of Star and The National Enquirer...) knew this long ago. Way to stay on the cutting edge of music news CNN!

    June 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  30. CATom

    Wow that is really not a good picture of her. Must have 20 layers of makeup on to hide the blemishes.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. the_dude


    June 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jim

    Who's Gwen Stefani?

    June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dennis

    I'm a big fan but she lookes weathered in that pic : (

    June 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. LEON

    YEAH !

    June 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Nancie

    No Doubt has not released a decent song in so long, and her solo "career" wasn't much of a career...

    I'm glad she's done with that, but I really think she just needs to stick to making low budget pr0n movies....

    June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. yeah

    My favorite song is Saw Red with her and Brad from Sublime

    June 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. nancy

    Im going back to trolling about lkneegrows. After reading about the human centipede movie no more poop jokes from me. GROSS !

    June 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SAE

    It's nice when people understand the cycle of their careers and popularity. She's a great artist and I love No Doubt. She's going out as a great solo artist and not some has been that is trying to be relevant in the ever changing world of music. She can perform with No Doubt and still incorporate her hits. Smart lady!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Loren

    Horrible picture accompanying the story. I'm twenty years older and I have fewer lines. And the puffiness in her face, estrogen therapy or did she just get out of bed? As to her "solo" career, she actuallly made some music in No Doubt that will stand the test of time, but that was an eon before she even stepped out for the solo spot. Hard to see her recapturing that magic without a real commitment to being a musician and not just a star.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sabrena

    Liked her fine as a solo act, but LOVE NO DOUBT. I can't wait for a new album!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. DDKillerBlondie

    Love Love Love both Gwen & No Doubt, She is an amazing singer and they are an Amazing Band! As long as they all keep making music there will be a happy audiance!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kristin

    I like her both as a solo act and in the band, but I do like No Doubt better. Some things just work better.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. The Mad R@p3r

    I liked her better when she was with No Doubt as opposed to the solo stuff.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • [lol] (@ The Mad R@p3r)

      Agreed. I'd take Spiderwebs over Hollaback Girl anyday.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  44. Superhiro

    Not a fan, but she's certainly a step up from the Gagas and the Katy Perrys of today.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • etta sandwich

      As I understand it Gwen wants to get into the pickled pig balls business.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • The Kilted Yaksman

      Lady Gaga's music might not be worth a damn, but she *is* a musician, whereas Gwen Stefani is a performer. You either understand the difference or you don't.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  45. Big Roy

    Gwen is Hot.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gus

    Yes!! I grew up with her music 🙁

    June 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      And I grew up on No Doubt, so I can't wait to see them back. 🙂

      Besides, Gwen is part of No Doubt and the front woman, so its not like she goes away.

      June 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ms. Wright

    Yes. But I love No Doubt more.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

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