Fans of the JYP Entertainment girl group ITZY have been very outspoken in expressing their disappointment with how the company manages and promotes the idols. Amidst all the backlash, questions begin to arise on whether the girls would be leaving JYP.
With that being said, K-pop legend Rain (real name Jung Ji Hoon, 정지훈) stepped in to share his honest thoughts in regards to ITZY’s future career path during the girl group appearance on his official YouTube show, “Season B Season”.
Being the caring and supportive senior himself, Rain wanted to know if any of the girls were having any concerns around the release of their new track, “Loco.” For Ryujin in particular, one thought came to her mind: “In my case, I feel like it’s about time we find a new colour of our own.”
The Hallyu star offered some heartwarming advice in relation to the “MIXNINE” alum’s deep thought. According to Rain, “If you show the progress of changing little by little, I think that’s good.” He also argued that the public may find it shocking if the group decided to switch up their concept a little too suddenly.
To further clarify his points, Rain referred back to two of his comebacks, namely “La Song” as well as the belatedly viral hit “Gang”. However, member Chaeryeong had her own comparisons in mind. The 20-year-old revealed herself to be a big fan of Rain’s debut song “Bad Guy”, despite the fact that she was only less than a year old when the track dropped.
Additionally, Chaeryeong said that “juxtaposition” between “Bad Guy” and his 2010 track “Hip Song” gave her some ideas about their career path. “I wondered how you could be so innocent and sexy at that age,” she said in commenting about Rain’s image in “Bad Guy”. She added that “Hip Song” gave her a completely different impression, to which she said, “You (also) have a very manly side.”
Chaereyon went on to elaborate that just like how the songs represented a change for Rain, she believes that ITZY “could maybe make some changes within ourselves.” Unsurprisingly enough, this also became a concern that Rain encountered in his own career – and it went on to change his path completely.
“In order to make changes, (I decided that) I should get out of JYP,” the 39-year-old was quoted as saying. Shocked by the megastar’s statement, Lia then questioned, “We don’t have any choice (but to exit JYP)?” Rain immediately clarified by saying, “No, no, don’t do this,” and insisted for the members to stay where they are.
The “Ninja Assassin” actor went on to explain that after departing from JYP Entertainment, it was not easy to find work with his own entertainment agency or even a smaller company. As such, Rain “strongly recommends” the “Icy” hit-makers to stay with JYP to prepare for the foreseeable future and also enjoy the benefits that a prominent label offers. To quote the singer himself, “It’s definitely a concern to have at this phase, but enjoy it while you’re at it.”
MIDZYs, do you strongly agree with Rain’s point of view here?