Formed in 2009 by DSP Media, Rainbow (레인보우) was a K-Pop idol girl group that consisted of 7 members: Jaekyung, Woori, Hyunyoung, Jisook, Noeul, Seungah, and Yoonhye.
The girls resembled their namesake as each girl was represented by a colour e.g. Woori is orange, Seungah is indigo, No Eul is blue, so on and so forth.
Aside from promoting as a full group, the members also promoted as 2 sub-units: Rainbow Pixie (Seungah, Jisook, and Hyunyoung) and Rainbow Blaxx (Jaekyung, Woori, Seungah, and Hyunyoung). The members have also been pretty active in various individual activities such as hosting shows and acting.
In February this year, Rainbow made their long awaited comeback with their 4th mini-album, “Prism”, and held their commemorative showcase (which was broadcast live via Naver’s V App) at the Yes24 Muv Hall in Seoul. However, aside from promoting the title track, “Whoo”, not much else was seen or heard from Rainbow, and group appearances were far and few in between.
Yesterday, Korean news outlet Joynews24 reported that Jaekyung and Jisook have decided not to renew their contracts with DSP Media, and Woori was also leaning towards not signing. Soon after, DSP Media confirmed that the members collectively made a decision to disband.
In an official statement dated 27th October 2016, the agency said, “The contract with Rainbow, who’ve been with DSP Media for the past 7 years, is coming to an end on November 12, 2016. DSP Media had a thorough discussion about future promotions with Rainbow’s Jaekyung, Woori, Jisook, No Eul, Seung Ah, Yoonhye, and Hyunyoung, and unfortunately, they decided to go their separate ways.”
“We hope Rainbow will be remembered with a bright and positive image, like the 7 shining colours of a Rainbow. We will also support and encourage the girls’ new promotions and futures. We sincerely appreciate those who loved Rainbow for the past 7 years. Please support for the members’ new beginnings,” DSP Media added.
We’re a little bummed that yet another K-Pop idol girl group has disbanded (the earlier ones being KARA and 4Minute) before 2016 ends, but let’s look forward to the girls’ individual activities in the near future!