What Happened to Minzy After 2NE1?
It has been a while since our favorite OG and girl crush group 2NE1 disbanded. Our favorite maknae, Gong Min-ji, going by the stage name Minzy, is currently pursuing a solo career after she left YG Entertainment in 2016. She has been doing well when she released her first solo EP Minzy Work 01: “Uno,” in April 2017.
But, all of a sudden, we hear a hot piece of news about her filing a lawsuit against her new agency, Music Works. Wait, what? We know, we know, that you must be confused with all the teas and dramas that are going on between Minzy and her agency. Check out what we have discovered by scrolling down the article below and find out more about the details!
Minzy’s Career Story With Music Works
Starting from May 2016, Minzy began her solo career when she signed with Music Works, a subsidiary label under CJ E&M’s. She was going straight to prepare for her solo album at that time and she was deeply interested in exploring many different types of music. She wanted to be a versatile singer and didn’t want to limit herself to one specific genre.
Her new label stated in 2016: “We are focusing on producing a first solo album which can portray all of Gong Minzy’s talent and potential. We will continue the preparations without being chased by time.”
Music Works was not only preparing for her singing career, but also her other activities. Minzy became a cast member of the second season of Sister’s Slam Dunk in January 2017, along with Kim Sook, Hong Jin-kyung, Kang Ye-won, Han Chae-young, Hong Jin-young, and Jeon So-mi.
Two months later, in March 2017, Minzy released her first solo single, “I Wanted To Love” as part of the soundtrack of the MBC drama The Rebel.
It all seemed to be going well, especially since on April 17th, 2017, she finally released her solo debut EP Minzy Work 01. “Uno,” along with title track “Ninano.” One year later, on December 1st, 2018, she also released her first English language solo single “All Of You Say.”
It turns out, one year after the release of her solo single, Minzy filed a lawsuit against her agency.
Minzy’s Lawsuit Against Music Works
Quoting from Soompi, Minzy has reportedly filed an injunction against her agency, The Music Works Entertainment.
On October 28th, 2019, The Kukmin Ilbo reported that Minzy had applied for an injunction to suspend her contract with Music Works on September 25th, 2019. She has also reportedly put in a claim for 50 million won (about $43,000) against the agency.
According to the Kukmin Ilbo, the court interviewed Minzy’s representatives and Music works’ representatives and completed all interrogations on October 18th, 2019.
A source from the agency responded, “We are currently checking the contents of the report claiming that Gong Minzy requested an injunction to suspend her exclusive contract last month.”
Minzy Loses The Lawsuit
Unfortunately, on December 4th, 2019, it was revealed that the court denied Minzy’s request for an injunction to suspend her exclusive contract with The Music Works.
According to a report by Xportsnews made on December 4th, 2019, the court recently denied Minzy’s request for the injunction and the claim, signifying that Minzy’s exclusive contract with Music Works will continue as is.
A source from Music Works also confirmed, “It is true that Gong Minzy’s request for an injunction to suspend her exclusive contract has been denied. We will work to reach an amicable agreement with [Minzy] by seeking solutions through extensive conversations with her.”
Following the rejection of her request for an injunction to suspend her exclusive contract with The Music Works, Minzy has spoken up through a statement on her Instagram.
She posted the following on December 4th, 2019:
“I think I will have to enter a new legal dispute with my agency that will not be a short one. When I signed the contract, the agency promised at least four albums a year and promised to provide as much support as possible. However, I have only had one album for the past four years, and they have barely provided support for my activities. I have not been shown the statement of accounts a single time, and I did not receive even one won of profits.
More than money, it is the most important for me to be able to continue promoting as an artist. As a result, I hoped to resolve [the situation] quickly by settling with the agency or through an injunction, but it did not go smoothly, so now I can only take legal action in order for the truth to be revealed. At least for my fans who always support me and cheer me on, I will handle this with strength and overcome it. I promise to always show diligence and confidence both on and off stage.”
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소속사와 짧지않은 법적 공방을 새로 시작해야 할 것 같습니다. 계약당시 소속사는 저에게 연 4회 이상의 앨범을 약속하며 최대한 지원하겠다고 약속했지만, 지난 4년간 앨범은 1개 뿐이고, 활동도 거의 지원해주지 않았습니다. 정산서는 한 차례도 보여준 적이 없고, 수익금은 1원도 배분하지 않았습니다. 저는 돈 보다는 가수로서 활동을 이어가는 게 무엇보다 중요합니다. 그래서 계약해지를 위해 소속사와 합의하거나 가처분을 통해서라도 신속히 마무리하길 원했지만 여의치가 않아, 이제는 소송을 통해 진실을 가릴 수밖에 없게 되었습니다. 항상 지지하고 응원해주시는 팬들을 위해서라도 의연하게 대처하고 이겨 나가겠습니다. 무대 위에서든 밖에서든 늘 성실하고 당당한 모습은 변함없이 보여드릴 것을 약속합니다.
Since then, the agency Music Works has not yet commented or released plans regarding Minzy’s future activities.
Quoting from Allkpop, on January 19th, 2020, Minzy finally appeared and shared her 26th birthday (international age) via her personal Instagram account to thank her fans for their birthday wishes and also announce a special giveaway.
“Hi, it’s Minzy. Happy new year! May all your wishes come true in 2020,” she began. “And I saw you guys preparing my birthday events, so I want to say thank you so much for all your support. That’s why I prepared something special. I would love to send a handwritten letter and picture to 20 people. Send me your address and your name via my Instagram DM. I will pick and send it to you! Love you.”
In the image, Minzy is smiling and wearing her 27th age shirt (according to the Korean age system) while posing with a beautiful purple birthday cake that was gifted to her. Fans continued to wish her a happy birthday in the comments on the post, including American songwriter Melanie Fontana, who previously collaborated with Minzy for the songs “Ni Na No” and “Superwoman” from Minzy’s debut solo album Minzy Work 01: Uno.
See the heartwarming Instagram post from Minzy below!
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안녕하세요^^ 민지입니다! 2020년 새해 복 많이 받으세요~ 제 생일에 팬 분들께서 너무 많은 이벤트를 준비 해 주셨더라구요~ 그래서 저도 너무 감사해서 그 감사함을 표현하고자, 손편지와 폴라로이드 사진을 추첨해서 20분에게 보내드리려고 합니다. DM으로 손 편지 받고싶은 주소와 이름을 보내주세요~^^* Hi 😉 It’s MINZY happy new year!! may all your wishes come true in 2020! And I saw you guys preparing my birthday events. so I want to say Thank you so much for all your supports. That’s why I prepared something special 😉 I would love to send my hand-written letters and my pictures for 20 people. send me your address and your name in My instagram DM. I will pick and send it to you! love you 😉 #happyminzyday #공민지
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