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West Indian Girl parts ways with the future Miss Trent Reznor


Dreamy Los Angeles pop band West Indian Girl has parted ways with singer Mariqueen Maandig, the band announced this weekend on its official website -- and blasted out via Twitter today. Maandig, Pop & Hiss readers may remember, scored national headlines this year when it was announced that she was engaged to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor.

West Indian Girl has a pair of shows this week -- one at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Wednesday and one at the club's West Hollywood location on Friday. The gigs will go on without Maandig. As to the cause for the departure, Pop & Hiss doesn't have any hard facts at the moment, but the official announcement will leave plenty of room for interpretation for the gossip hounds.

Read the statement: 

from the very very sad and unfortunate department we announce that west indian girl and mariqueen have parted ways. due to her recent life and priority changes she will no longer be part of our group. we wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on a new chapter of her new life outside of this band. she sacrificed a lot over the years and her loyalty and professionalism to this family will sorely be missed. she will, however, always remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. thank you q, we love and miss you.

Perhaps pure coincidence, perhaps not, but Nine Inch Nails will supposedly call it quits for the foreseeable future after a string of club shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in the coming weeks. Reznor will shut the door on the current chapter of Nine Inch Nails after a Sept. 6 gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park.

West Indian Girl will be holding auditions -- for a new singer, not to be the future Miss Trent Reznor -- and those interested, at least those who fit the band's need for a "creative female with a killer voice," should email info@westindiangirl.com

--Todd Martens

Photos, from left: Trent Reznor / European Pressphoto Agency; Mariqueen Maandig / Getty Images

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I saw WICG in concert a couple of months ago and Mariqueen Maandig couldn't sing so I can see why the band let her go. She doesn't have a distinctive voice and sounded out of tone. Mariqueen would do something strange with her mouth while she sang - it was awful. I think the band will be much better without her. Notice they used the words killer voice for their next singer - "creative female with a killer voice". No loss for WIG.

Mariqueen left WIG in the lurch, dropping them with a new album just out and dates coming up on the calendar too soon to find a fill in for her. I feel sorry for them, they don't deserve that.

Oh man, I didn't know that Mariqueen Maandig left the band in a lurch. Sorry to hear that news. Mariqueen can't sing and is musically ignorant. When I saw a WIG show recently, she was really background noise and couldn't play the keyboards. I guess the band had a enough of the posing and slinking around. I'm glad WIG will now focus on their sound and not carrying excess baggage that she brought to the performances.

Who here honestly didn't think she would quit the band? She's changed her life for him, and she's traveling with him constantly. Let's face it...this marriage wiil consume her life. She will always be known as Trent Reznor's wife/fiance. I seriously am surprised no one saw this coming.


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