These 6 K-Pop Groups Members Left Their Old Agencies At The Same Time – There are three things that are sensitive issues in the K-Pop fandom: the contract with the management expires, the favorite K-Pop group is disbanded, or a member leaves the group. This can happen for various reasons.
Regarding contracts that have expired with management, sometimes there are K-Pop idol groups or members of certain groups who choose to keep extending the contract. There are also groups who choose to just leave and start a new career.
Over the past two decades, there have been a number of K-Pop groups that have chosen to work together as a group despite changing agencies and having to change names; there are also those who are no longer active in music, but still have the status of members of the group that made them debut.
These 6 K-Pop Groups Members Left Their Old Agencies At The Same Time
On January 11, JYP Entertainment officially announced that all of the GOT7 members were not renewing their exclusive contracts. GOT7 itself has been with the agency for 7 years. Although all the members already have a new agency, the boyband has not disbanded. Currently Mark is with Creative Artist Agency, Jay B at H1GHR Music, Jakcson and Youngjae at Sublime Artist Agency, Jinyoung is focusing on being an actor at BH Entertainment, BamBam at Abyss Company, and Yugyeom at AOMG.
Shinhwa debuted in 1998 under SM Entertainment. However, after a career of 6 years, all members decided not to renew their contracts with the agency. The six members were solid by joining a new management called Good Entertainment. In 2011, Shinhwa also formed their own agency called ShinCom Entertainment with Eric and Minwoo as co-CEOs.
- Girl’s Day
This four-member girl group debuted in 2010 under Dream T Entertainment. There have been many popular songs performed by Girl’s Day such as Darling, Expectation, Something, and many more. Their exclusive contract with the agency ended in 2019 and decided not to extend the contract period. Even so, the agency and the members firmly stated that Girl’s Day did not disband. The four members have now found their new home, such as Hyeri at Creative Group ING, Yura at Awesome ENT, Minah at Yooborn Company, and Sojin at Noon Company.
If you are a 2nd generation boyband fan, you must be familiar with Beast. Initially this six-member group debuted in 2009 under Cube Entertainment. Beast, which is popular through the song Fiction, decided to leave the old agency in 2016. Unfortunately, they could not maintain the Beast name and changed to Highlight. They also formed their own agency called Around Us Entertainment and recently made a comeback with the album The Blowing. Currently, Highlight is active with four members, namely Doojoon, Yoseob, Gikwang, and Dongwoon.
Recently, all GFRIEND members announced that they were not continuing their exclusive contracts with Source Music. This was conveyed by their agency through an official statement released on May 18. Until now it is not known with certainty whether or not the girl group disbanded. If they don’t disband, they can’t use the name GFRIEND because it’s been patented and belongs to Source Music.
The girl group under SM Entertainment which debuted in 2009 with a single titled LA cha TA. f(x)’s last comeback was in 2015 with an album titled 4 Walls. Unfortunately, since 2019 one by one the members began to leave the agency that had raised their name. Starting from Amber who moved to Steel Wool Entertainment management, Luna at Humap Contents and founded her own agency called Grida Entertainment, Krystal at H& Entertainment, and Victoria focused on her career in China. Even though they have been busy with their respective activities, the members confirmed that f(x) has not disbanded.