The Disbandment of f(x)
If you became a K-pop fan in the late 2000s, you must know about f(x), with their electro-pop music and energetic dance moves. F(x) is a girl-group that debuted in 2009 under SM Entertainment. The group originally consisted of Victoria Song, Amber Liu, Luna, Krystal Jung, and Sulli. In 2015, Sulli was reported to be leaving f(x) to focus on acting. After her departure, the remaining four members continued as a group and released their fourth studio album, 4 Walls. In 2016, the group stopped doing any promotions or making comebacks as the members were all focusing on their solo projects. Victoria is even more active in China now, and rarely appears in any f(x) or SMTOWN activities.
In this article, Channel-Korea will be providing you all the information you need to know about f(x)’s disbandment and where are the members now. So, stay tuned!
f(x) Members Leaves SM Entertainment
It’s really hard to be MeU (the official fandom name of (f)x) these days. There’s been so much bad news when it comes to the group, yet never a new song is released. It looks like SM is more focused on the new girl-groups like Red Velvet, than on treating f(x) right. Given that, it isn’t really a surprise when, one by one, the members chose to not renew their contracts, leading to the group’s official disbandment.
Amber Liu became the group’s first member to announce that she was no longer under the auspices of the big label who popularized her name. She opted out rather than extending the contract with the agency that raised her since 2009. The decision was made on the basis of wanting to continue making music.
She posted on her Instagram with a caption in English:
I would like to announce my contract with SM Entertainment has ended today and I have decided to part ways with the company. From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank everyone who believed in me and have been so patient with me all these years. I can’t wait to show you what’s in store in this next chapter of my career. Again and always, THANK YOU, love, peace, and boba 😉
Luna was also reported to have terminated her contract with SM Entertainment. SM representatives explained their contract with Luna had expired and she decided not to renew the contract with SM.
Luna posted on her Instagram celebrating f(x)’s 10th year anniversary.
Following Amber, Victoria Song also announced her resignation from the SM Entertainment label, which she was in for 10 years. Victoria revealed her decision on her personal Weibo account, stating that she would move on to a new career.
Ironically, the departure of the two f(x) members coincided precisely with the group’s 10th year anniversary.
“On September 5, 2009, I stood on the stage and made my official debut. I understood at that time that hard work will always produce results,” Victoria said on September 5, 2019. She revealed that the 10-year time together with f(x) and SM Entertainment felt very brief, like a blink of an eye. But over these 10 years, she considered whether this was the endpoint and the starting point at once.
“And now, this 10th anniversary is the endpoint, and also the starting point. I am grateful for everything with SM for the past 10 years, from now on we will continue in a new way. This is a new beginning, starting from the beginning, I will continue to be myself, never forgetting how I started and going forward bravely,” Victoria said through her Weibo.
In the long farewell letter, Victoria Song, whose real name is Song Qian, also expressed gratitude for the trust and support that had flowed for her.
She wrote: “I am grateful for all the trust and support I have received. I hope I have not failed to meet your expectations of me, and I will do my best in the future. So, are you ready to stay with me for the next 10 years?”
“We are currently discussing a new way of collaborating with Victoria. We also still have time before our contract with Krystal. Meanwhile, our contracts with Amber and Luna have ended,” SM Entertainment said, as reported by OSEN.
Related to the fate of the group f(x), there is no news that f(x) will disperse after the release of three of the remaining four members from the SM Entertainment agency. The exits of Luna, Amber, and Victoria from SM indicate that now only Krystal still continues under SM.
Victoria’s Solo Activity and Most Recent News
Like we said earlier, Victoria is more active in China in recent years. She is pursuing an acting career in her country and never appeared in any f(x) or SMTOWN’s activities. It was announced in 2015 that, for her local activities, Victoria would team up with Chinese director Jia Shikai. After setting up her studio, she appeared in Hunan TV’s Beautiful Secret. For the drama’s soundtrack, she released a solo single, called Tears of Star. The drama ultimately achieved the highest average viewer ratings in China for the first half of 2016.
Her popularity is going strong in China, and her career as an actress rose. She starred with playing Cha Tae-hyun in My New Sassy Girl in 2016. The film was released simultaneously in South Korea and China, and is a remake of My Sassy Girl (2001).
She then starred in the Chinese remake of My Best Friend’s Wedding, playing Kimberly Wallace’s role from the original movie. Victoria appeared in Ice Fantasy the same year, an epic fantasy drama adapted from Guo Jingming’s novel of the same name. She sang an OST titled Li Luo for Ice Fantasy, which is also the name of her character in the drama. Victoria was next cast by Anni Baobei, along with Rain, in the traditional romantic drama Endless August.
Victoria co-hosted Ace vs Ace from January to April 2017. She also became a fixed cast member on Beat The Champions, which started to air in April 2017. She starred in the fantasy romance drama A Life Time Love with Huang Xiaoming in June 2017, based on the novel Once Promised by Tong Hua. She co-starred in Dayyan Eng’s fantasy comedy film Wished in July 2017. She joined the cast of the female-centered reality show Up Idol in August 2017.
In January 2018, Victoria starred in The Chronicles of Town Called Jian, a mystery period drama created by Li Shaohong. The series finished filming in 2014. She released her debut solo single, Roof on Fire, with the associated music video on March 13, 2018.
She has also joined The Next Top Bang as a mentor for the dance-oriented variety show, Hot Blood Dance Crew and talent search network. Victoria starred alongside Huang Jingyu in the fantasy romance series Moonshine and Valentine in May 2018. Positive reviews were received from the show, and Victoria was praised for her performance.
Let’s hope the best for her on her new journey as an actress and solo artist. Fans will always remember her as f(x)’s amazing leader and the ‘mom’ for the other four members.
Luna’s Solo Activity and Most Recent News
Ever since f(x) went on hiatus, Luna has been continuing her career as a solo artist. On May 6, 2016, as part of the SM Station project, she released a collaboration single with Amber, R3hab, and Xavi&Gi, called Wave.
She made her solo debut with the mini-album Free Somebody, on May 31, 2016, complete with 6 tracks, including the title track of the same name.
She started her own YouTube channel, Luna’s Alphabet, in August 2016, on which she uploads vlogs twice a week. Check out one of her vlogs below!
Luna released another collaborative single with Amber on October 2, 2016, featuring Ferry Corsten and Kago Pengchi, called Heartbeat, as part of SM Station.
On December 16, as part of the SM Station project, she collaborated with Shin Yong-jae to launch It’s You.
Luna worked with Yesung, Sunny, Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Wendy, NCT’s Taeil and Doyoung, and Lee Dong-woo on Sound of Your Heart, the final song from SM Station in 2016.
On January 12, 2017, a collaboration song was released by the show Hitmaker between Luna, Beast’s Junhyung, and Jeong Hyeong-don, titled Tell Me It’s Okay.
On July 15, 2017, she released an OST titled Where Are You for the drama Good Thief, Bad Thief.
On August 15, 2017, Luna also released an OST called Can You Tell Me for the drama The King in Love.
On January 5, 2018, as part of the SM Station project, she released a collaboration single with Amber, Lower.
She released an OST for the drama Should We Kiss First on February 20, 2018, titled Is It Love?
In April, 2018, she made her solo debut, marking her return with her debut mini-album, Free Somebody, after 2 years. Luna released the new single, Night Reminiscing on April 24, featuring Yang Da-il.
She released a new single, titled Even So, in January 2019, featuring two B-side tracks, Bye Bye and Do You Love Me with the Korean-American singer Johan Kim.
After her contract terminated from SM Entertainment, she announced that she had joined a new agency, Humap Contents. This news has been confirmed by the singer of Free Somebody through an upload on her personal Instagram account on October 7, 2019. Luna thanks the SMTOWN family who have been with her in joy and sorrow.
Here is her caption:
Hello, this is Luna. After leaving SM Entertainment, where I have been with them for a long time since debut, I have now joined Humap Contents as my new agency.
I am truly grateful to the SMTOWN family, who have laughed and cried with me for a long time.
I will never forget to give thanks and work hard in the music industry to show various sides of myself to the fans.
With your support, I will become someone who keeps trying as much as possible !! thank you
Humap Entertainment also announced the Luna’s addition to their agency on October 7, 2019. The agency said it will fully support Luna in the music industry and explore her talents that have never been demonstrated before.
“The very talented Luna has just signed an exclusive contract with our agency. (By) using the strength of our overseas relations and special A&R skills, we will fully support Luna tirelessly, so that she can fully display the unique charm and musical talent that he can’t show it yet. We ask you to give lots of love to Luna’s activities in the future,” writes the Humap Entertainment agency.
We wish good luck to Luna in her new adventure with a new agency!