The face of K-pop is changing rapidly as time goes on. With some of the oldest groups of this generation losing members, some fans may wonder if their favorite group will ever hold a comeback at all. Hopefully they do, but let’s take a look at some groups that may be nearing their unfortunate end.
The prospect of a 2NE1 comeback is getting more and more dismal. After Park Bom’s drug scandal in the summer of 2014, the group hasn’t released a single album, partly due to the public’s perception of Park Bom and YG’s abnormally long time frames between comebacks. Minzy leaving the group earlier this year may have been the final nail in the coffin, especially since YG is planning to debut another girl group this summer. Plus, 2NE1’s contracts expire sometime in 2016. YG at one point mentioned 2NE1 making a comeback this summer, but we all know YG says a lot of things.
With TS Entertainment focusing on pushing solo Hyosung releases and the other group members having separate interests, a future Secret comeback seems unlikely. The group’s last comeback was nearly two years ago and there were talks of discord within the group as recent as one year ago.
Rainbow’s most recent few comebacks have not been well-received by listeners, injecting doubt into prospects of their comeback. They only performed their latest release, “Whoo,” in music shows for about a month before ending promotions.
After Jia left miss A in May earlier this year, the group was left with three members. According to previous reports by JYP, the rest of the contracts for miss A members expire in March 2017. Although Suzy is focusing on acting and Fei on an upcoming solo release, there’s still time for the trio to get together and have a comeback.
This is pretty much a done deal already, but with 4Minute’s recent disbandment, the group is very unlikely to have a comeback. However, we may still get HyunA solo releases in the future.
Although After School was on tour in Japan in 2015, the group hasn’t released an album in two years, which calls into doubt whether or not the group will have another comeback. Pledis Entertainment seems to be more focused on promoting their soon-to-debut girl group, Pledis Girlz.
With six members remaining after two left earlier this year, 9Muses’ prospects for a future comeback look dim. They haven’t had much commercial success recently, but some reports state that the group is preparing for a comeback soon. The group debuted in 2010 and has had numerous members leave over the years.
Hopefully all the groups listed above will hold at least one more comeback sometime in the future.
Which group do you hope has a comeback first?
kafox is a K-pop addict and avid viewer and subtitler of Korean dramas on Viki.