Bye, bye, bye: Latin American boy band CNCO loses member

This Oct. 17, 2019, file photo shows Christopher Velez, from left, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Zabdiel de Jesuz, Erick and Brian Colon, of CNCO, performing at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The Latin American boy band CNCO is downsizing. The group announced on its official Instagram page Sunday, May 9, 2021, that 22-year-old Pimentel is leaving the band, making the successful quintet a quartet. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latin American boy band CNCO is downsizing.

The group announced on its official Instagram page Sunday that 22-year-old Joel Pimentel is leaving the band, making the successful quintet a quartet.

“We’re sad to tell you that after five and a half unforgettable and life changing years together, Friday, May 14th will be Joel’s last day as a member of CNCO. We want you all to know that while Joel is leaving and will be pursuing new opportunities, we are and will always be brothers. We support him in his next chapter, and will always, most importantly, remain a family,” the statement read from remaining members Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez and Zabdiel De Jesús.

Joel Pimentel is leaving CNCO. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

“We know this news is saddening and is going to be as hard for all of you as it is for us, but we appreciate you sticking with us. While it will be different, we are so excited to continue into this new era of CNCO, and can’t wait for all of you to see what we have in store for you!”

CNCO, whose members range in age from 20 to 25, formed in 2015 on the Univision music competition series “La Banda,” created by Ricky Martin and Simon Cowell. CNCO also announced that the group will have its final performance as a fivesome on Friday.

“You guys are what keep us going and have us so excited to continue together stronger than ever. For that reason, we wanted to give you a final gift all together,” they said of the upcoming livestreaming concert. “We love you and will see you very soon!”

CNCO has had major success on the Latin music charts, launching eight Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Latin pop airplay chart, including the No. 1 tunes “Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)” and “Se Vuelve Loca.” The band’s songs have reached worldwide audiences, performing especially well in countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.

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