Love Island stars with music careers – rapping duo, N-Dubz job and X Factor fame

Love Island stars are shot to fame when they enter the villa in a bid to find love on TV – but some islanders have launched music careers after the ITV show.

Many follow in the footsteps of Molly-Mae Hague and become social media influencers, with some managing to bag lucrative brand deals with huge retailers like PrettyLittleThing.

And while others go back to their day jobs, some musical islanders turn their backs on reality TV and have a pop at scoring a chart-topping hit.

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With this year's Love Island final fast approaching on Monday (March 13), Daily Star has rounded up the Love Island stars who swapped the villa for the recording studio.

Wes Nelson

Wes Nelson appeared on the 2018 series of Love Island, where he met his OnlyFans star ex Megan Barton-Hanson.

But he's probably become the most successful islander in the music business so far with a whopping three million monthly listeners on Spotify.

He's also collaborated on a track with Clean Bandit and was seen in the studio last year with Peter and Junior Andre.

And Wes is about to head on tour with noughties legends N-Dubz later this year.

Antigoni Buxton

Antigoni had already dipped her toes in the music world before dipping her toes in the pool of the Love Island villa.

She already had 10 singles to her name before entering the series as a bombshell, but she's still at it as she released her latest single Long Way Home last November.

She currently [at the time of writing] boasts 156k monthly listeners.

Jack Fowler

Wes isn't the only 2018 islander to hit the studio booth as Jack Fowler has been making tracks of his own.

His one and only single Foolish, with Tom Zanetti, has racked up nearly eight million Spotify streams.

And it would seem he has more on the way as he told The Fellas podcast how much he enjoyed the buzz of releasing music.

Samira Mighty

Samira is yet another 2018 Love Island star to showcase her musical chops, and things seem to be going well for her as she's got over 400k monthly Spotify listeners.

Her track I Love Your Smile has over 4million streams and she's just released her new single, Like This, Like That.

Announcing a video for the track on Instagram, she wrote: "Honoured to be releasing my debut video on International Women’s Day! – this video is for everyone that loves and appreciates a bit of female-fronted pop music."

Love Island supergroup

If you ever wondered what it would be like if some of your favourite islanders got together and formed a pop group, it happened in 2020.

Wes and Samira joined Zara McDermott and Eyal Booker in a band called No Love Lost and they performed on the celebrity X Factor spin-off.

They wowed the crowd with a cover of Shawn Mendes' 2016 track Nothing Holding Me Back and won the praise of the X Factor judges.

But sadly, they called it quits three months after the show.

Chris Hughes & Kem Cetinay

Chris & Kem formed an iconic bromance on the 2017 series of Love Island.

But they took things to the next level when they became a rap duo and released a song called Little Bit Leave It which reached Number 15 on the UK singles chart.

There's no new music in the pipeline yet, but there's every chance they could crack the top ten if they tried again.

Sam Bird

You might not be surprised to hear that Sam Bird was also on the 2018 series as he's also a musician.

He coupled up with Georgia Steel in the villa, but they broke up shortly after the show.

Sam's biggest track is Run To You as it's picked up over 5million Spotify streams – if you include remixes too.

Love Island airs nightly on ITV2 and ITVX at 9pm

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