Graduation vs Disbanding

While waiting for a song I like that I feel like translating, another Off Topic post 😀

Lately I read about the news that 4MINUTE are going to disband soon cause 4 out of 5 members didn’t renew contract with CUBE Enterteinment.
They are the group that got me into Kpop so it’s a really sad news for me. Considering that in the last months 2NE1 already disbanded and that f(x) are close to be dead.. well.. the groups I like the most are gone 😦

If you think about it, this is something that can happen to every existing kpop group. 4minute were created no more than 8 years ago but they are already disbanding even though I think they were selling just fine.
So go to listen to your bias group and think that they can suddenly disband 😀

If we compare this to Jpop, japanese idol groups often have a “graduation system” where members at a certain point “graduate” and leave the group while new members get in.
An example?? Morning Musume was created in 1998 and they still exist even if the original members left the group many years ago.
In Japan single members are known just as much as in korean groups but it doesn’t matter, they leave and the group stays.

So what’s the best method?!?!?

I can’t find an answer.. many many years ago I was a big fan of Morning Musume when there still were the members of the first generations (Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari, Goto Maki to mention some of them) and the graduation system worked well cause I kept following the group also when they started to leave the group and new members were getting in (Takahashi Ai, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi and others) but I eventually stopped following them cause new members were younger and younger while for me time wasn’t stopping of course 😀

Even if the group keeps releasing songs… it’s not the same group anymore.
Would 2NE1 still be 2NE1 without Dara, BOM, Minzy and CL!?!?!?
Of course not!!

So the korean method can be “cruel” but it’s probably better at the end?!?!?

The only thing I would like to see, it’s a bit more gratitude toward the various artists. I don’t think that 4minute were a waste of money for the company.. so it was really so impossible to renew the contract???

Tens new groups are created every year, we really need so much of them?!?!?
Shouldn’t they have more consideration for older groups???

I know that it’s really difficult to imagine life-lasting korean idol groups but we can’t disband them after only 10 years of activity 😦
Unless they don’t sell enough (that’s market rule) but usually that’s not the problem.

I’d like to see those “fired” artist come back with another company and show everyone that they can still kick ass. Instead I fear that JiHyun, GaYoon, JiYoon and SoHyun may disappear from  enterteinment business 😦




Posted on 15 June 2016, in K-Pop, Random and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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