If they disband, then it truly is the end of an era.
Just 2 months ago, K-Pop idol girl group SNSD Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) celebrated their 10th anniversary – a rare occurrence for any current girl groups, or groups, for that matter. The girls also released their 6th album, “Holiday Night”, to commemorate their anniversary.
However, that might’ve been the last for all 8 members.
Korean entertainment powerhouse SM Entertainment revealed that 3 SNSD Girls’ Generation members have opted out of renewing their contracts with the label. According to an exclusive Ilgan Sports report, the members are Tiffany, Seohyun, and Sooyoung. It is believed that the girls are planning to pursue their solo careers: Tiffany to study acting in the US, Seohyun and Sooyoung to focus on acting.
Multiple news outlets quoted an SM Entertainment rep as saying, “Girls’ Generation is a precious and meaningful group for SM and for fans. The members are not thinking of disbandment at all. However, since there are members whose contracts have been terminated, we will discuss the future direction of Girls’ Generation with the members and make a careful decision.”
SNSD Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007 with their Korean eponymous debut album. Though the album gained some attention, it was not until 2009 that the group rose to fame with the single “Gee”.
American-born Korean member Tiffany as well as Seohyun have each released their respective solo albums, and are also a big part of the SNSD Girls’ Generatino sub-group TaeTiSeo (TTS). Seohyun and Sooyoung have both starred in Korean television shows, and Seohyun, in particular, has even got one foot in the door for musicals
Meanwhile, Taeyeon, YoonA, Yuri, Hyoyeon, and Sunny have renewed their contracts with SM Entertainment.