Kim Chae Won Reported To Join New Source Music Girl Group + HYBE And Woollim Comment
Kim Chae Won may be joining Source Music.
On August 17, Star News reported that Kim Chae Won had signed a contract to head to HYBE Labels. According to the report, Kim Chae Won will be joining an upcoming girl group under Source Music, which is part of HYBE Labels. This plan was reportedly finalized in late June under tight secrecy.
Star News additionally shared that the new girl group will consist of approximately five members and will include two to three former members of IZ*ONE. Other trainees who appeared on Mnet’s “Produce 48” but did not make it to the final IZ*ONE lineup are reportedly also likely to be selected for the debut lineup.
The report also mentions Miyawaki Sakura, who was previously reported to be joining a new girl group at Big Hit Entertainment (now HYBE). At the time, HYBE stated that nothing had been decided. According to Star News, her Japanese agency and HYBE are facing difficulties in the negotiation process, resulting in delays. Another former IZ*ONE member is reportedly contemplating whether or not to join the new group due to her interest in becoming an actress rather than a singer.
HYBE and Kim Chae Won’s original agency Woollim Entertainment shared a brief statement in response to the report, stating, “We cannot help verify information regarding our artist contracts. We ask for your understanding.”
Meanwhile, former IZ*ONE member and fellow Woollim Entertainment artist Kwon Eun Bi is making her solo debut this month. Following Kwon Eun Bi, Choi Ye Na may be the next member to make her solo debut.