Due to the ferry tragedy that occurred on April 16, many comebacks, debuts, and album releases planned for this week and next have been delayed. Artists Block B, T-ara’s Jiyeon, G.NA, Fiestar, Lena Park, and Junggigo have officially announced that their various music releases have been pushed back indefinitely out of respect for the tragedy that has gripped the nation and its citizens.
Block B’s agency, Seven Seasons, announced through its official Twitter account that “Block B’s new single release has been delayed.” It explained, “We have judged that the current situation and the members’ hearts do not fit the fun atmosphere of their comeback title track ‘Jackpot,‘ so we have decided to push back the single release.”
Block B had planned to release the “Jackpot” single later today after releasing the music video on April 15. As Mnet’s “M!Countdown” today has also been cancelled, Block B will not be holding their comeback performance today on the show. Block B’s reality TV show, “5 Minutes Before Chaos,” also set to be aired today, is also cancelled. There is no specific news yet on Block B’s new comeback dates.
Singer Lena Park’s (Park Jung Hyun) agency, Blue Print Music, announced that her comeback will be delayed, as well. Her new mini album “Syncrofusion” was supposed to be released on April 18, but due to the ferry tragedy, the release date has been delayed indefinitely.
Girl group Fiestar’s agency, Collabodadi, stated that the girl group’s new single release of “One More” will be delayed until mid-May. Their comeback was originally scheduled for April 25, but it has been pushed back after the agency judged it is not the right time for album promotions when there is a national tragedy ongoing.
Singer Junggigo’s comeback has also been delayed. His new single, “Want U,” in collaboration with rapper Beenzino was supposed to be released today, but the release has been pushed back indefinitely.
Solo female artist G.NA also planned to release her music video teaser today for her new single, “Pretty Lingerie,” but will not do so out of respect for the current situation.
T-ara’s Jiyeon has also pushed back her solo debut. She was supposed to release a music video teaser for her first solo album “Never Ever” on April 18, but this has been pushed back indefinitely, as well.
On April 16, a ferry traveling from Incheon to Jeju Island and carrying 475 passengers sank off the coast of Jindo. Over 300 of the passengers were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, taking a school trip. As of 11AM KST on April 17, nine passengers are reported dead with 179 rescued and 287 still missing.