MONSTA X’s Disbandment: Contract Expires In 2022, Future Activities, And More!
In South Korea, the K-Pop industry has become very popular in various circles. There’s so many K-Pop groups, whether it‘s boy groups or girl groups who are competing with each other to debut soon and get a good career journey. However, the agency is also a major determinant of their career.
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What determines K-Pop groups to continue their careers? Do groups that have lasted for more than 5 years like MONSTA X get the opportunity to have a longer career? If you’re curious about MONSTA X’s contracts and their possibilities to be disbanded, let’s find out more in this article below!
Will MONSTA X Renew Their Contract Or Will They Disband In 2022?
MONSTA X is a K-Pop boy group signed under Starship Entertainment. They debuted on May 14, 2015 with their first EP titled ‘Trespass’. MONSTA X debuted with 7 original members line-up with Shownu, Minhyuk, Jooheon, I.M, Hyungwon, Kihyun and Wonho.
In October 31, 2019, MONSTA X’s former member, Wonho, announced his departure from the group due to his past allegations of using cannabis and other reasons. Many Monbebe (MONSTA X’s fans) are very saddened by this controversy, but still respect Wonho’s decision.
After the controversy involving Wonho, Starship Entertainment terminated their contract for only that one member. Meanwhile, other MONSTA X’s members continued their careers and made their first comeback with 6 members in November 2019.
As time went by, the controversy that passed did not affect their group contract, because MONSTA X continued to promote actively and released their new song. This is proof that their contract is still running and there is a high possibility that MONSTA X will renew their contract with Starship Entertainment in the future.
MONSTA X’s Agency Hasn’t Announced Their Disbandment, But Most Likely MONSTA X Will Renew Their Contract
On May 9, 2022, Starship Entertainment announced their contract with MONSTA X’s members. In their official announcement, the agency mentioned 3 members of MONSTA X, which is Shownu, Kihyun and Hyungwon have renewed their exclusive contract.
Meanwhile, other members such as Joohoney, I.M and Minhyuk are still discussing and considering whether they will renew their exclusive contract with Starship Entertainment or not. According to their agency, there will be no changes affecting MONSTA X and its members.
Starship Entertainment promises to do their best regarding the renewal of the exclusive contract with MONSTA X and keep supporting them.
After the official announcement was released, many fans and netizens assumed that Starship Entertainment was pressuring the other members to renew their contracts.
Through an online communities, there are many comments and opinions regarding MONSTA X’s members who are still in the discussion stage to renew their contract, actually the members have a different decision from the company.
Some fans also said that the announcement released by Starship Entertainment was another way to let fans know, so they can be prepared for whatever happens regarding MONSTA X’s contract.
There were also fans who commented that they would continue to support the members’ decisions in the future. On the other hand, MONSTA X also still has several tours and schedules to carry out, so the fans are wondering about the decision of the members who plan not to renew the contract.
Let’s hope that all the 6-members will renew their exclusive contract with Starship Entertainment!
MONSTA X’s Future Plan If They Are Disbanding
If there are some members who decide to leave the agency for good, there will be a small chance that MONSTA X will be disbanded. Maybe the terms of disbanding itself are the saddest thing for fans to hear.
If MONSTA X’s disbanding, some members may get the opportunity to continue their career as idols, whether it comes to solo activities or joining certain sub-units. You can see these potentials and possibilities in several individual activities from MONSTA X’s members.
In February 2022, MONSTA X’s Minhyuk with I.M was featured as a model in VOGUE Magazine. MONSTA X’s Minhyuk will likely continue his solo career as a model if the group who released “DRAMARAMA” is disbanded.
MONSTA X’s Kihyun will also have the opportunity to release his single titled “VOYAGER” as a soloist in March 15, 2022. Many fans are waiting for this moment, because this is MONSTA X’s Kihyun’s solo debut as a singer.
In 2021, MONSTA X’s Joohoney and Hyungwon were chosen to be the new DJs of ‘Idol Radio’. Not only them, MONSTA X’s Kihyun and I.M were also chosen to be regular hosts for ‘Midnight Idol’. Most likely among them can also choose a solo career as a DJ/host/MCs for radio programs or variety shows in the future.
In May 2021, MONSTA X’s Shownu was on hiatus due to his military service which lasts for 2 years or at the earliest 1 year 5 months. MONSTA X’s Shownu is one of the members who gets the most opportunities for solo activities, such as starring in reality/variety shows.
Well, that was all for the information about MONSTA X’s contract that will be expired in 2022 and their possibilities to have a solo career if they’re disbanding in the future. Let’s hope for the best to MONSTA X’s members, so whatever decision they make is the best. If you like this article, don’t forget to share on your social media and wait for another interesting upcoming articles from Channel-Korea!