Oh no, say it isn’t so 🙁
Various sources are suggesting that 4Minute (포미닛) has decided to go their separate ways once their contract with Cube Entertainment ends this month.
All Kpop has confirmed that the female idol group will dissolve this month while Soompi reported that the disbandment is still in talks. However, both media outlets stated that member HyunA (현아) has renewed her contract with Cube whereas the other girls are still in discussion about re-signing.
According to All Kpop, an insider said, “All the members have a different future in mind. Thus, after months of consideration, they decided that it would be hard to maintain the team. HyunA renewed her contract, while some of them are talking about renewing as well, but some will leave the label.”
On the other hand, Soompi stated that although the entertainment agency has renewed HyunA’s contract, it is not confirmed that 4Minute is disbanding.
While waiting for Cube’s official statement about the group’s status, netizens and fans took to social media to share their thoughts about the news.
A majority of them mentioned that this decision is actually an inevitable one. One netizen wrote on Naver, “Seems unavoidable considering the huge popularity gap between the members. They’ve been promoting for 7 years but the only member I remember is HyunA”.
The 5-member girl group debuted in 2009 with “Hot Issue”. They were labelled as one of the leading K-Pop girl groups in the early 2010s alongside 2NE1, T-ARA, and SNSD Girls’ Generation. Their most recent album, “Act. 7”, was released in January 2016 which held their hit title track, “Hate” (싫어).
We’ll be updating this post with more information as soon as get them, so stay tuned!
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UPDATE (13th June, 5:15pm):
It has happened 🙁
Cube Entertainment’s idol girl group 4Minute has officially disbanded due to conflict of interests.
In the label’s statement, they said, “As the contract end date approaches, the members have been in discussions for renewal, but while the agency tried to persuade them to continue the group, we ended up accepting the decision by the 5 members that they will not continue as a group. Due to the different opinion of the members, for all intents and purposes, the group will disband”.
However, HyunA (현아) has renewed her contract with Cube while the other 4 members including Ga Yoon, Ji Yoon, Ji Hyun, and So Hyun are still in talks about re-seigning.
UPDATE (16th June, 1pm):
After a few days of speculations, Cube Entertainment has finally announced that the departure of 4Minute’s Ga Yoon, Ji Yoon, Ji Hyun, and So Hyun.
The entertainment company said, “We have made the final decision after thorough discussions with the members. We respect the opinions of the 4 girls, and sincerely hope only the best for them.”
We hope that they will be able to find another agency to continue their career. Here’s to one of the most iconic girl groups in the K-Pop industry, we wish them all the best!
To ease your pain, we’ll leave you now with 4Minute’s debut track, “Hot Issue”:
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