In the K-Pop business, it’s pretty commonplace for a gaggle to create a contract with their firm that has the members decide to a 7-year-long profession with their label. While the size of time does differ and there have been loads of circumstances of members leaving earlier than their contract is up, this is without doubt one of the commonest conditions when a gaggle debuts.
When it will get near a gaggle’s contract ending, followers of the artist can get understandably involved about whether or not or not the entire members will renew their contract. And if you have a look at the statistics into what number of K-Pop teams that debuted between 1996 and now — about 350 in complete — have renewed their contracts with out dropping any members, it’s comprehensible why it is a nerve-wracking time for followers.
Out of those tons of of teams (with 3 or extra members), solely 5 of them have renewed their contracts in some unspecified time in the future with out dropping a single member in the course of the renewal course of, and have nonetheless retained their authentic line-up.
This doesn’t embrace teams, akin to GOT7, which can be nonetheless collectively regardless of leaving their firm, or teams that say they’re nonetheless collectively regardless of a number of members leaving the corporate, akin to MAMAMOO. Also not included are teams that misplaced members previous to or after their first contract renewal, akin to Jay Park leaving 2PM beforehand, or Seungri leaving BIGBANG and Jessica leaving Girls’ Generation afterwards.
Perhaps most well-known presently is SEVENTEEN‘s recent renewal with Pledis Entertainment this month, which is particularly impressive considering they have 13 members! Interestingly, one of the other groups to renew their contract with all of their members is their labelmate NU’EST, whose 5 members determined to stick with the corporate again in January 2019.
Also in current historical past was SF9‘s contract renewal with FNC Entertainment, with all 9 members of the group deciding to stick with the corporate in March earlier this 12 months.
Of course, all 7 of BTS‘s members made the choice to proceed with BigHit Labels again once they renewed their contract in 2018, which was really previous to their authentic contract ending date, which might have been final 12 months.
Finally, SHINee additionally deserves to be talked about on this listing. While Jonghyun tragically handed again in late 2017, they’re the one group in K-Pop historical past to resume with their label twice (as soon as in 2014 and once more in 2018) and nonetheless have all of their members, and with how shut the members are and the way a lot their music means to them, there’s little doubt that Jonghyun would have continued on with them at SM Entertainment as nicely, and he’ll at all times be an everlasting member.
There are many third-generation K-Pop group contracts that will probably be expiring throughout the subsequent 12 months or two: Red Velvet and Lovelyz will make their choice later this 12 months, and TWICE will achieve this in 2022. Fans can solely hope that they are going to be added to this too-short listing!