These 6 K-pop Group Remain Active After Their Member Left Agencies – In the past, a K-Pop idol was almost certain to leave the group, if they chose to not sign the contract or leave the agency that had been sheltering them.
Some were unable to rejoin the group, and some finally choose to disband the group that had already raised their name. But the current K-Pop group culture seems to have a new trend. When one or two group members leave their agency, the group members do not immediately leave the group, nor will the agency disband the group after their member left.
In this story, we will discuss about these groups. On average they come from the second generation of K-Pop groups and have not been active with a complete lineup, after the members separated.
- SNSD (Girls Generation)
After they been active for ten years, in October 2017, SM Entertainment’s flagship girl group, SNSD, underwent a major change in their career dynamics. Three members, Tiffany, Soo Young and Seo Hyun decided to leave SM Entertainment.
According to a Yonhap News report in 2017, SM Entertainment said that SNSD members were not thinking about disbanding the group. However, they will discuss the new direction of SNSD’s career with the members and make decisions carefully.
After this change occurred, SNSD itself only had time to return to activities as a sub-unit called ‘Girls’ Generation – Oh! GG’ in 2018. This group contains five members of SNSD who still survive at SM Entertainment, namely Yuri, Yoona, Taeyeon, Yoona, and Sunny. The rest, they are busy with the solo activities of each member.
- Block B
The main rapper and leader of Block B Zico chose not to renew his contract with the agency Seven Seasons. This was decided by Zico after his contract expired in November 2018.
However, Block B is confirmed to still be a group with a seven-person lineup. In the program ‘Idol Radio’ that was broadcast in January, Block B’s Park Kyung confirmed that the group is still standing with a seven-person lineup.
“There are many people who misunderstand and say that Block B is now a six-member group. However, we are still a seven-member group,” he said, as quoted by Soompi. He also emphasized, “My friend, Zico, has created his own agency and just decided not to continue with our agency. We still have seven members.”
After their contracts expire at the end of May 2019, EXID members will have different agencies. Two of its members, namely Hani and Jeonghwa, decided to leave Banana Culture Entertainment. Meanwhile, Solji, LE, and Hyelin still remained with the agency.
However, Banana Culture insists that the group is never disbanding. They said the members also saw this as a turning point that allowed them to take on new challenges and not the end of their story yet.
“We are currently discussing ways EXID can promote joint promotions in the future,” Banana Culture wrote in a statement released on May 3. After this decision is taken, EXID will complete their promotional activities for the album ‘We’, as well as their activities in Japan, before going on hiatus for a while.
- Girl’s Day
In early 2019, all members of Girl’s Day decided to leave the agency Dream T Entertainment. Now, Sojin, Yura, Minah, and Hyeri are pursuing careers with their respective agencies.
However, the ‘Female President’ singer group did not disband. One of the group’s members, Minah, emphasized this at the press conference for the drama ‘Absolute Boyfriend’ in March.
“Girl’s Day is not disbanded. We can return (activities) together at any time,” he said. The same thing was also mentioned by the agency from Girl’s Day, Dream T Entertainment. In an official statement released in January, they talked about the termination of Sojin’s contract, as well as saying that there was no intention to end the activities of the Girl’s Day group.