joanne (22_taken) wrote in omonatheydidnt,

Groups whose contracts end in 2018 and 2019

Several groups' contracts will be ending this year and next year. Among them, there are groups with uncertain future, successful groups, and groups who might not be satisfied with the companies they're working under.

Find out which groups' contracts will be ending soon.

2PM debuted in 2008. Their contracts expired in January this year, and so far five out of six members renewed their contracts with JYPE. Nichkhun, Junho, Chansung, Jun. K and Wooyoung had chosen to re-sign with the agency for the second time.Taecyeon, who is currently serving in the military, will discuss the possibility of renewing his contract once he completes his service.

B1A4 consist of 5 members: Jinyoung, CNU, Sandeul, Baro and Gongchan. The band debuted on April 23, 2011 under WM Entertainment. Members' contracts are said to be ending in April of 2018. The group's latest releases include a mini album titled Rollin' in September of 2017 and a full album in Japan in June 2017.

Block B
Block B consists of seven members: Zico, P.O, Lee Taeil, B-Bomb, Ahn Jaehyo, U-Kwon and Park Kyung. The band debuted on April 13, 2011, under Stardom Entertainment. In 2013 they left their agency and signed with Seven Seasons. Zico is a successful soloist and producer. U-Kwon, B-Bomb, and P.O form a sub-unit called Bastarz. Their contracts with Seven Seasons end in April this year. Korean mini album "Montage" was released in November 2017 and is group's latest release. Members Taeil, B-Bomb and Jaehyo are group's oldest members and were born in 1990.

SHINee debuted on May 25, 2008, under S.M. Entertainment and currently consists of: Onew, Key, Minho and Taemin. Member Jonghyun passed away on December 18, 2017. Members' contracts are ending in May this year. On March 26, 2018 Shinee released their Japanese single, "From Now on", posthumously featuring Jonghyun. Member Onew was born in 1989 and might have to enlist in the near future.

Boyfriend is a Kpop band that consists of 6 members: Donghyun, Hyunseong, Jeongmin, Youngmin, Kwangmin and Minwoo. The band debuted on May 26, 2011, under Starship Entertainment. Members' contracts end in May this year. Boyfriend released their ninth Japanese single, "I Miss You", in February 2017. Five months later, they released their first Japanese extended play, Summer, with "Summer" as the lead single. After two years of releasing their fourth Korean extended play, Boyfriend released their fifth extended play, Never End with title track "Star", in August 2017.
4 of the 6 Boyfriend members, Jeongmin, Donghyun, Kwangmin and Minwoo auditioned for the KBS idol-rebooting show called The Unit. Out of the 4 members, only Donghyun participated in the show.

FIESTAR currently consists of 5 members: Linzy, Yezi, Jei, Hyemi, and Cao Lu. They debuted under LOEN Entertainment, on 2012. Cheska left the group in 2014. Fiestar haven't had a comeback since March 2016. In July the same year Cao Lu received backlash for supporting the South China Sea issue on Instagram. Members' contracts end in August this year. Yezi participated in Unpretty Rapstar and released a solo single. Members Jei, Cao Lu and Linzy signed solo contracts with other companies (Mars Entertainment, Yuehua Entertainment, WILL Entertainment).

JJ Project
JJ Project is a duo consisting of JB and Jinyoung. They debuted with a song "Bounce" in 2012. It is unknown whether JB and Jinyoung signed new contracts before debuting with GOT7 in 2014. According to JYPE, JJ Project members' contracts end on the last day of 2018 (December 31).

Hello Venus
The group originally consisted of six members: Alice, Nara, Lime, Yooara, Yoonjo, and Yooyoung. They debuted with lead single "Venus". In July 2014, Fantagio and Pledis ended their Tricell Media joint ventures. Yooara and Yoonjo remained under Pledis, with the other four members continuing their group activities under Fantagio. In October 2014, Fantagio introduced two new members: Seoyoung and Yeoreum. Original members' contracts will end in May 2019. The group’s debut was strong, but group activities began to dwindle as members embarked on solo activities. Since Hello Venus has not produced a full studio since The Mystery of Venus in 2016, fans fear the contract may not be renewed.

AOA debuted in 2012 under FNC Entertainment. AOA debuted as an seven-member girlband that consisted of Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Chanmi, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Mina. Member Youkyung left the group in 2016. In 2017 one of the most popular members - Choa left. AOA released successful songs such as "Short Hair", "Like a Cat" and "Mini Skirt". Seolhyun is group's face and the most popular member. Jimin, group's rapper participated in Unpretty Rapstar. AOA announced that they're preparing for a comeback in May. Members' contracts end in August, 2019.

B.A.P debuted in 2012 with TS Entertainment. The group's six members are Yongguk, Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup, and Zelo. B.A.P made their musical debut with the single "Warrior". In 2012 they competed with EXO and Busker Busker for the title of debut of the year. In 2014, B.A.P filed a lawsuit against TS Entertainment, wishing to nullify their contract due to unfair working conditions and profit distribution. In 2015, B.A.P and TS Entertainment reached a settlement but, given the history between the two parties, fans’ concerns about B.A.P’s upcoming contract expiration are understandable. Members' contracts end in January 2019. Yongguk and Himchan are group's oldest members and were born in 1990.

VIXX debuted with Jellyfish Entertainment in 2012. VIXX consists of N, Leo, Ken, Ravi, Hongbin and Hyuk. No disputes between the two parties have been reported and the VIXX members have expressed their desire to continue on as a group. This year VIXX performed at the International Olympic Committee general assembly opening ceremony, where they performed their hit single, "Shangri-La". Members' contracts end in May 2019. N and Leo were born in 1990 and might have to enlist in the near future.

EXID debuted in 2012 under AB Entertainment and is currently under AB Entertainment and Banana Culture Entertainment. The group currently consists of five members: Solji, LE, Hani, Hyelin and Jeonghwa. EXID debuted in February 2012, with the single "Whoz That Girl" and found success thanks to their hit song "Up and Down." They've just had a comeback with a single "Lady." Members' contracts end in February next year.

Wanna One
Wanna One was formed by CJ E&M through Produce 101 and debuted under YMC Entertainment and CJ E&M in 2017. The popular group has been active for less than a year, but their contract is already set to end on December 31, 2018. On January 31, a news outlet reported that Wanna One’s contract may be extended to February 2019. In response, YMC stated that although an extension was brought up during a meeting, it has not been discussed in-depth.

They are currently a five-member boy group. Signed under Amuse Korea, the group consists of South Korean members: Shin, Sangmin, Yongseok and Seyoung and Japanese member Takuya. Their contracts end in June 2019J.G. left Cross Gene to start a solo career while Chinese member Casper left the group after few years in 2017. The group released a mini album "Mirror" in February 2017. Not long ago fans called for better treatment of Cross Gene following Takuya's Musical Casting Controversy. Their label announced that Takuya would be involved in a Japanese musical "My host" and fans could "win" experiences with him and other casts of the musical including hugs and other forms of physical interaction.

 A boygroup formed by DSP Media in 2012. Early in their career, the group was known as DSP Boyz but then was changed to A-Jax.The group is currently composed of five members: Hyeongkon, Yunyoung, Seungjin, Seungyeop, and Junghee. DSP announced that the group would be debuting and promoting in South Korea and Japan simultaneously in 2012. Their contracts end in June 2019. On January 8, 2015, DSP Media announced that Jaehyung would enlist in the army as a public service officer. On January 7, 2016, it was announced by DSP Media that Sungmin had left the group. On February 5, 2016, DSP Media announced the departure of Jaehyung and Jihu. Jihu and Sungmin would remain with the label, while Jaehyung's contract was terminated. Junghee was added to the group and A-Jax will continue promoting as a quintet. On September 19, 2017, the group released their third Japanese single, "Romeo." Members Seungjin and Junghee participated in the idol rebooting show KBS's The Unit. Former member Jihu participated in MIXNINE. The group hasn't had a comeback in Korea since 2013.

BTOB was formed in 2012 by Cube Entertainment. The group consists of Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik, Peniel, Ilhoon, and Sungjae. Under the label, BTOB has gained success (a fairly big Korean fanbase, good digital sales, Sungjae also found success through acting), and the group has given no indication that they would not be willing to renew their contract with Cube. Members' contracts end on March 2019. The oldest members are 90ers and might have to enlist in the near future.

NU’EST debuted in 2012 under Pledis Entertainment. No publicized disputes between the group and their label have occurred, but the past few months have not been easy for either party due to Baekho‘s sexual assault charges (Baekho was acquitted of sexual assault charges recently). Four members (JR, Baekho, Minhyun, and Ren) participated in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2. Member Minhyun is currently not promoting with the group as he was selected as one of the members of Wanna One after participating in the series Produce 101 Season 2. NUEST started promoting as NUEST W without member Minhyun, and their comeback promotions were successful. Members' contracts end on March 2019.

In your opinion, which groups are going to renew?

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