Oh no! Say it isn’t so :(
Wonder Girls’ (원더걸스) contract with JYP Entertainment will be coming to an end this month and all 4 members – Ye Eun, Sunmi, Yubin, and Hyerim – have yet to resign.
According to a source, the girls have been in contact with other agencies. A representative from another label revealed, “It’s true that we’ve met with one Wonder Girls member for a discussion; however, their contract (with JYP) has not yet been terminated so it’s difficult for us to share our stance.”
Another source, who claims to be a close friend of the idol group, said that while one of the members is looking for a label that will support her musically, other members are looking to pursue acting and MC-ing.
“Nothing has been decided regarding contract renewals. The death of Yubin’s father has caused delays in the discussion. We don’t know whether the members have been looking at other agencies,” explained an insider from JYP.
Wonder Girls made their debut in 2006 as a 5-member group and they quickly became one of the most iconic girl groups in the K-Pop industry. Thanks to their hit single, “Nobody”, they became the first South Korean group to enter the Billboard Hot 100.
But they have undergone many member changes since their debut. After releasing their first single, “Irony”, rapper Hyuna was “pulled out” of the group due to poor health condition, but Yubin was the added to group a year later. In 2010, Sunmi left the group to focus on her studies so JYP recruited Hyerim. After that, Sohee decided not to renew her contract with JYP while Sunye departed the group after her marriage to focus on her missionary work. With 2 of the original members gone, the Wonder Girls welcomed back Sunmi and the group promoted as a quartet in 2015.
Wonder Girls returned last year with a mini-album, titled “Why So Lonely”, which scored an all-kill on South Korean music charts.
Whatever the result, we wish the girls all the best in their career. (Truth be told, we really hate to see Wonder Girls disband ?)