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Bumped Off

B2K call it quits on eve of movie release. The ''Bump, Bump, Bump'' quartet go their separate ways less than a month before the release of their showcase film ''You Got Served''

This could have been the month that saw R&B boy band B2K reach new heights of fame; instead, it's seeing the quartet's dissolution. The foursome, who all appear in the movie ''You Got Served'' (due in theaters Jan. 30), and who released the film's soundtrack two weeks ago, have split, manager Chris Stokes said in a statement. ''We've had a great run together making hit songs, albums and now movies,'' Stokes said of his clients, best known for the hit ''Bump, Bump, Bump.'' ''The kids are growing up and are interested in pursing their own careers. I have enormous respect for each of them, and I wish them success in their pursuit of their individual careers. B2K was an extremely talented singing group that will surely be missed.''

The split may not be as simple as Stokes' statement implies. Stokes will continue to manage lead singer Omarion, who early buzz has suggested is the breakout star of the movie, a ''Breakin'''-like tale of competitive street dancers. The other three members -- J-Boog, Raz-B, and Lil Fizz -- have signed with sports and entertainment management firm CMX and will continue to perform as a trio, MTV News reports. (Whether they'll still be able to call themselves B2K is a matter for the lawyers to sort out.) ''They see the light,'' CMX chief Antonio Demetrius Brown said of the trio. ''They've been cleansed. It's a rebirth.'' Meanwhile, all four singers remain committed to finishing the group's current tour, which has four dates in the Northeast remaining in February.

Originally posted Jan 06, 2004
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