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Gwen Stefani’s Solo Career Is a Wrap


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No Doubt have been stingy with details about their first album in a decade, but EW did leak one detail from a big interview with the band scheduled to run later this week: Gwen Stefani is done playing pop star. Calling her solo career -- which included 2004's Love. Angel. Music. Baby., 2006's The Sweet Escape, and two tours in 2005 and 2007 -- a "moment in time," Stefani explained, "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 ... [But] everything works out how it should."

Translation: She decided to capitalize on her fame and test the waters when the band was otherwise inactive, made the label a ton of money when "Hollaback Girl" became a megahit, and was tempted to double down two years later. So Stefani, now 41 and the mother of two, is newly devoted to the band she's been in since -- gasp! -- 1986. (And her Harajuku Girls are free! Run free, Harajuku Girls!)

But a lot has changed in the 10 years since No Doubt put out Rock Steady. Like, everything has changed in the 10 years since No Doubt put out Rock Steady -- there's social networking and no album sales and Lady Gaga now. The band has a meager 95,658 Twitter followers (weak compared to a more active group like Green Day's 1,553,072, but not terrible) and Rock Steady debuted with 255,000 copies sold -- a number the band (heck, any band) would love to reach today.

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