Earlier in August, Korean media outlet Star News exclusively reported that 2AM‘s Changmin will not renew his contract with JYP Entertainment. His decision came several months after Jinwoon and Seulong announced their departures from the company.
Their exit from JYP has left Jokwon the only 2AM member to stick with the company.
Changmin made his debut as a 2AM member on 11th July 2008 under JYP Entertainment. His group is one of the 2 subgroups branched out from the 11-member boy band “One Day”, the other being 2PM. While the other group is known for their synchronised choreographies, his group is best known for their powerful vocals
Regarding Changmin’s departure from JYP, a music insider said, “The contract between Changmin and JYP Entertainment, where he was housed under for the past 7 years, expired on the 10th of last month (July). The two parties decided not to renew their contract after talking it over with each other.”
At that time, Changmin was already looking for a new agency.
After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that Changmin has signed a 3-year contract with Big Hit Entertainment, who has been in charge of managing 2AM. It is also an agency that he is familiar with because he previously promoted with their artiste Lee Hyun (of 8Eight) as the duo called “HOMME”.
Together with Leehyun, Changmin will continue to work together as HOMME with an upcoming concert taking place in Korea in October. Meanwhile, Jinwoon and Seulong are currently housed under different agencies.
Seulong has signed with SidusHQ to focus on his acting career while Jinwoon is with Mystic Entertainment. They will be promoting as singers and actors at the same time while Jokwon will continue to focus his activities in music and musicals.