Legendary Girl Groups You Wish Hadn’t Disbanded!
In this article, Channel Korea will tell you all about several K-pop girl-groups that have been disbanded. They are all groups that have debuted since 2009, but after a number of years of working together and receiving many awards for their achievements, some of these groups decided to disband and not renew their contracts with their respective agencies. They decided to focus on their own individual careers. Even so, members of some of the groups still communicate and spend time together when they can. Want to know more about it? Check this out!
2NE1 is one of the most famous girl-groups, internationally as well as domestically. The group debuted in 2009 under YG Entertainment and was the first girl-group formed by the agency. 2NE1 had a different concept from other girl-groups at the time, which made the public come to know about them very quickly. They sold 66.5 million records and are one of the best selling girl-groups of all time. Billboard magazine ranked 2NE1 as one of the best K-pop girl-groups of the past decade.
The members of 2NE1 were CL, Bom, Minzy, and Dara. Each of them had their own aura but they combined into something new in the K-pop world. Unfortunately, YG Entertainment dissolved the group in 2017. In 2016 Minzy left 2NE1, and although CL and Dara remain signed to YG Entertainment, Bom’s contract was not renewed. Their final single, Good Bye, was released on January 21, 2017. Here is the official statement from YG:
“The 2NE’s exclusive contract expired in May ,2016, and with Minzy leaving 2NE1, we have come to the decision to be officially disband after extensive discussion with the remaining members. As 2NE1 was YG’s official girl-group for seven years, we cannot begin to express how we feel, but we determined that it was too difficult to continue. Rather than waiting for an unknown amount of time for 2NE’s next promotions, we have decided to focus on the members’ solo activities. We sincerely thank all the fans both in Korea and abroad that have loved the group and their music for all this time. We would like to announce that after last May, we resigned with CL and Sandara Park. However, unfortunately, there is no new contract with Park Bom.”
After 2NE1 was declared disbanded, CL, Dara, Bom, and Minzy decided to focus on their individual activities as soloists. CL focuses on her solo career. CL has always dreamed of breaking into the American music scene and has made her first debut in 2016 when she released the English-language song “Lifted”, which she got to perform on the ‘Late Late Show with James Corden.’ CL is definitely on the way to conquering. US! TIME Magazine recently ran a feature about her and considers her as the ‘future of K-pop in America.’
Dara has had quite a successful solo career. She starred in two successful web dramas, one even earned her a best actress award. She has been busy with all kinds of activities and engagements both in and out of South Korea
Park Bom has been out of the limelight for quite some time now. but recently she confirmed via Twitter that 2NE1’s disbandment is not the end of her career. Known for her unique vocals, it would be a shame if she quit singing.
Minzy had plans on releasing new music by 2017 via live broadcast on V and lately, she has posted an image of herself with music producer Steve Barakatt in his studio on her Instagram account. The caption read “It was EPIC.” According to Koreaboo, Steve Barakatt also posted an image of their time together.
4Minute is also one of the most famous girl-groups in South Korea. They debuted in 2009 and were formed by CUBE Entertainment. 4Minute was the first girl-group to be debuted by CUBE Entertainment and received a good response from the public because they had a different concept with other girl-groups.
The members of the group were Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, and Kwon So-hyun. The group was known for its edgy dance-pop style and “girl crush” image that attracted a large female fan base. 4Minute debuted in June, 2009, with the single Hot Issue. They received several major awards, including the Rookie Award at the 2009 Golden Disc Awards, the K-pop New Artist Award at the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards, and the Bonsang Award at the 2011, 2012, and 2014 Seoul Music Awards.
Unfortunately, in 2016, 4Minute was declared disbanded. A representative for the group explained the situation, saying “As the contract end date approaches, the members have been discussing for renewal, but we have ended up accepting the decision by the five members that they will not continue as a group. Due to the different opinions of the members, for all intents and purposes, the group will be a disband.”
Fortunately for Gayoon, Jihyun, Jiyoon, and Sohyun, they were well-known enough in the industry to find another agency to work for. Gayoon and Jihyun are looking into acting careers, while Jiyoon wants to continue singing and also do producing. Sohyun is probably the one who is best-off, as she is part of the fixed cast for My Pet Laboratory on SkyTV. As for Hyuna’s next solo career project, nothing has been announced, but it will most likely drop before the end of the year.
SISTAR is a girl-group that was famous for its very sexy, yet elegant concept. The group has also been dubbed the Summer Queen because SISTAR would make a comeback every summer and release an album that had a summer theme. SISTAR debuted in 2010, with the release of the single Push-Push, and was formed by STARSHIP Entertainment. SISTAR was also the first girl group STARSHIP Entertainment ever put together and is one of the groups that have the most awards from music show events.
However, in 2017, after seven years together, SISTAR decided to release their last song, Lonely, before deciding to disband. Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou, and Dasom decided to focus on their respective careers. A source made a statement that SISTAR’s leader, Hyolyn, was the one who wanted to leave, explaining that she wanted to focus more on growing her solo career. Bora and Soyou would continue their careers as singers, while Dasom would be concentrating on developing her acting career. Previously, all the SISTAR members wrote farewell messages and thanks to everyone, especially STAR1 (SISTAR’s Fandom), who had supported SISTAR for the seven years the group was active.
Bora wrote, “STAR1, hello. It’s SISTAR’s Bora. Every year, I tell our fans to be happy, and I wonder if the past seven years have been happy and fun for you. The times I’ve spent with the other members of SISTAR and STAR1 have been so precious and happy. I feel like my hard work never fully expressed how I feel about our fans, and the feeling of regret I have for not doing better during our time as SISTAR continues to grow. When you told me that seeing me bright and happy gave you strength, I worked even harder to be more energetic. I will continue to do so in the future. So many memories are flashing through my head as I write this. We’ve decided to support each other on our individual paths. However, this won’t be the last time you see us, and I will work hard to be the best that I can be as Yoon Bora. To our Star1, who have loved SISTAR and have loved Bora, thank you for always being by our side. I was happy. Let’s keep being happy. I love you.”
Hyorin wrote, “To STAR1, who have always loved and support us. Hello, this is SISTAR’s leader, Hyorin. It’s already been seven years since SISTAR debuted. The time I have spent with my fellow members and STAR1 as SISTAR’s Hyorin have been like a dream, so precious that I wouldn’t change them for the world. We will now be going our separate ways to start a new chapter in our lives. I want to sincerely thank STAR1 for teaching us how much of a joy and blessing it is to sing for someone, to perform on stage for someone, to be loved by someone, and to love that person back. Putting our regrets behind us, we hope to support each other’s dreams and do our best to grow and be better as individuals. I love my fellow members and Star1 and you will forever be in my heart. You’ve given me more love than I deserve and given me strength, even though I am lacking in may ways. I want to thank you with all my heart. I love you.”
Soyou opened up with, “It’s already been seven years. The happy moments and difficult times have been more happy and less difficult because I always had my fellow members and Star1 by my side. Looking back on our time with our fans, I feel bad and regretful because I feel like I never did enough. No matter what I do in the future, I will never forget how I feel about my fellow members and fans. I love you. I’m sorry and I’m grateful. I’ll be back with good music. Till the very end, let’s all remember to be happy.”
Dasom said, “There are so many things I want to say to you guys, but I feel agonized and cautious about what I should say first. It’s been seven years since we debuted under the name SISTAR. I want to thank you for always supporting and loving us. I believe that we’ve been able to end this seven-year journey, which would have been a little rough otherwise, on a happy note thanks to our connection with you. We have made the tough decision to end our activities as SISTAR with this upcoming album and walk our individual paths. We hope to continue to repay our fans for the overflowing love you have given us as SISTAR through our individual activities. We will work hard to connect with you more. Please support us. Thank you.”
Miss A is a girl-group that debuted in 2010, formed by JYP Entertainment. Jia and Min left the group in May, 2016, and November, 2017, respectively, before the group officially disbanded on December 27, 2017. Originally, the group of five trainees was put together by JYP Entertainment in 2010. They first appeared in Chinese variety shows, performing dance routines and songs such as “Chinese Wonder Girls” with Woo Hyerim as a member, who ended up being placed in Wonder Girls soon before Miss A’s debut, in order to replace Sunmi.
Fei renewed her contract with JYP in May, 2016, while Suzy renewed her contract in August of this year. Jia and Min, both left the company after the expiration of their contracts, in May, 2016, and April, 2017, respectively. JYP Entertainment officially announced their disbandment by simply stating, “Hello. This is JYP Entertainment (aka JYP). The JYP has been in discussion about Miss A’s Min renewing her contract, but we have decided not to renew. And her contract naturally expired. There is nothing confirmed about miss’s future promotions. Thank you.”
KARA is a girl-group that was formed by DSP Media in 2007. During its time promoting, the group was very popular in both Japan and Korea. KARA’s final lineup included Park Gyuri , Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara, and Heo Youngji. Members Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young officially departed from the group in 2014, while Kim Sung-hee left in 2008. KARA originally started off as a quartet, making their debut with “Break It” in 2007, while displaying a strong female image and a mature R & B sound.
In 2014, Nicole Jung and Kang Jiyoung decided not to renew their contracts with DSP Media, thus leaving the group to pursue their own endeavors; Nicole debuted as a solo artist and Jiyoung became an actress in Japan. Following their departures, a Kara-titled reality show project was aired on TV to select new members to join the group. Seven trainees from DSP Media were part of the program. Heo Youngji, the winner of the competition, became the latest member to join the group.
However, in January, 2016, KARA was disbanded. According to the statement, Goo Hara, Han Seungyeon, and Park Gyuri’s contracts had expired and they were now no longer being represented by the agency. All of them decided to take on new opportunities, and DSP Media expressed how they fully respected and supported their new aspirations. With time still left on her contract, Heo Youngji remained under DSP Media as a solo artist. The agency is planning to do their best to help her succeed in developing in the future. All of KARA’s members currently focus on their respective careers.