South Korean girl group 2NE1 is officially disbanding
YG Entertainment announced today (Nov. 25) that the beloved South Korean girl group 2NE1 is splitting up after seven years.
The girl group’s youngest member, Minzy, officially left the group on April 5, but YG CEO Yang Hyun Suk expressed his desire to continue the group with the remaining three members. However, the three had not been sighted in group activities since and hadn’t released new material in two years, so the disbandment doesn’t entirely come as a shock.
“2NE1’s exclusive contract expired in May 2016, and with Minzy leaving 2NE1, we have come to the decision to officially disband after extensive discussion with the remaining members.” – the official statement read.
Luckily, the girls decided to focus on solo activities.
“As 2NE1 was YG’s official girl group for seven years, we cannot begin to express how we feel, but we determined that it was too difficult to continue. Rather than waiting an unknown amount of time for 2NE1’s next promotions, we have decided to focus on the members’ solo activities.
We sincerely thank all the fans both in Korea and abroad that have loved the group and their music for all this time.
We would like to officially announce that after last May, we resigned with CL and Sandara Park. However, unfortunately, there is no new contract with Park Bom.”
One of the most prominent K-pop girl groups, consisting of four members — CL, Bom, Dara, and Minzy, spiked in popularity back in 2009. Along with serving up smashes in South Korea including “Fire,” “I Am The Best” and “Come Back Home,” 2NE1 made a splash stateside with their album Crush in 2014, which became the best-selling, highest-charting K-pop album on the Billboard 200.