7:57 am - 06/19/2019

Laboum holding Japanese auditions for a sixth member

Source: daum.net via Twitter: balloon_wanted
adenar 19th-Jun-2019 01:38 pm (UTC)
Laboum is not a group that I expected to pull a Rania

They have been majorly focusing on japan lately but signing a jp member when they must only be a year or two from contract expiration is nagl
pikapika217 19th-Jun-2019 01:42 pm (UTC)
WHY THO? Not only do we like them as is but 5 is perfect for dance formations. Gimme the 5 or hire 2 girls to keep odd number formations
dior_chic 19th-Jun-2019 02:25 pm (UTC)
It seems pretty unnecessary, but it looks like they’re focusing on Japan for the final years of their run.
lizanka23 19th-Jun-2019 04:22 pm (UTC)
This is not a good idea. It will just effect group dynamics and the chemistry of the group and the new girl will be left out to dry when the group will most likely disband after their contract ends then she will have to search for a new group again or try to re-debut as a solo. This is just unfair to everyone.

Edited at 2019-06-19 04:23 pm (UTC)
dior_chic 19th-Jun-2019 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yea it makes me think of KARA. Youngji is sweet but adding her at the end will never not feel awkward to me
lizanka23 19th-Jun-2019 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah i feel so bad for her. Kara didn't last for long after she joined and then she had to build a career for herself without the Kara name brand. At least she had that time in a big group though. Laboum aren’t popular like Kara, so it won’t even help the new girl much as a launching pad for her career sorry to say even though i like laboum’s music and wish they were bigger

Also reminds me of After School where they had two girls join later on and then later comebacks kept getting rarer until there were no after school promotions. They made a big deal and had a big fanfare for e-young joining the group but then they never took advantage of her skills. I think she’s DJing now but i haven’t heard about her for a while. Also similar situation for 9muses. I guess companies think this is a good way to get publicity

Edited at 2019-06-19 05:26 pm (UTC)
adenar 19th-Jun-2019 05:39 pm (UTC)
Eyoung is a music tutor and member of a few bands. Kaeun was the one who DJ'd for a bit. She's been dungeoned again post-produce.
lizanka23 19th-Jun-2019 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks for the correction! That’s good eyoung found something else to do that fits her skills since she likes playing instruments but poor kaeun. She cant catch a break
adenar 19th-Jun-2019 06:27 pm (UTC)
She was kind of doing well and finding her own d-lister niche with some modelling in Japan (she lived there for many years) and djing and acting in music videos and one webdrama and then they stopped trying? and initially we assumed it was because she was cast on pd48 but she's again disappeared after the initial bunch of vlives she and yunjin did. what else can you expect from pledis i suppose. I was kind of disappointed she and Eyoung weren't let go with the Pledis girls
lizanka23 19th-Jun-2019 07:59 pm (UTC)
yeah pledis has some of my favorite idols but they really drop the ball on effective promotion. that would have made so much sense if they had eyoung and kaeun be in pledis girls since they already spent time and money training the girls and after school wasn't being promoted then anymore from what i remember. now pledis just pretends after school was never a thing, which is frustrating

Edited at 2019-06-19 08:01 pm (UTC)
adenar 19th-Jun-2019 08:14 pm (UTC)
Eyoung actually only joined a year into After School's career so despite being very far down the line of additions she did manage to at least get a fair amount of promotion in! It's something I forget a lot. But she was never promoted beyond some token solo instrumental stages at performances, and they never bothered to let her write anything beyond an occasional melody, and then pledis just ignored her when the group began to fade. Kaeun joined in 2012, and spent most of her time with the group in Japan, which was sort of the reason she was added to the group (as a semi-native speaker), like iirc pledis held auditions in Japan with the explicit intention of finding the next After School member? I recount all this as if I was there lmao I'm just a very salty stan who came to the group late in their career. At least now we know either way she and Eyoung would have been screwed over regardless so :/
lizanka23 19th-Jun-2019 11:57 pm (UTC)
for eyoung it seems like her situation is the best right now since she gets to perform in rock bands and finally play guitar. if these k-pop companies were open to creating female pop rock bands she could be in an idol band.

in kaeun's case i remember her promoting in japan and also in korea but then it was just DJ gigs with no TV or music activities. it just seemed like pledis was under utilizing her. i'm also bitter about what pledis did to after school.

yeah on the plus side they avoided another disappointment with pristin but i guess i was a fool to think they would do better with their new girl group :/ it's just so messed up to me since afterschool and son dambi were pledis' first big successful artists and were the foundation of the company but now they're putting their female artists on the backburner

Edited at 2019-06-19 11:59 pm (UTC)
aures 20th-Jun-2019 07:54 am (UTC)
especially with Laboum's reputation it seems like a hard one for the new member
lizanka23 20th-Jun-2019 06:10 pm (UTC)
are you talking about the saejigi accusations?
kimbafierce 19th-Jun-2019 04:34 pm (UTC)
This is not how you get people interested.
juhli 19th-Jun-2019 06:30 pm (UTC)
I mean, U-Kiss survived for years in Japan, so the company must know sth about the market...right?
ramenhime 19th-Jun-2019 07:38 pm (UTC)
this is sad. yulhee and her ugly husband ruined this group
kimbafierce 19th-Jun-2019 09:26 pm (UTC)
tbh I don't understand stans defending her - not saying she should be crucified- but girl was so fucking irresponsible she got pregnant in the middle of a promotional period. Yeah she got herself a rich husband but she fucked up a whole group.
ramenhime 19th-Jun-2019 09:59 pm (UTC)
mte and from interviews ive read he sounds like such a douchebag...like sis him???
kimbafierce 20th-Jun-2019 05:48 am (UTC)
I literally know nothing about him, but he's a Korean celebrity, so 9 chances outta 10 he is a douchebag.
lil_poisonfrog 19th-Jun-2019 09:45 pm (UTC)
Sis I wouldn't go that far lol...Laboum was never gonna be a popular group. Even before she left they were hated on for a whole bunch of stupid reasons and had controversies. Yulhee doesn't seem too bright in general but she was smart for jumping off a sinking ship tbh
ramenhime 19th-Jun-2019 10:01 pm (UTC)
oh i’m just being dramatic like always lol i do think she was very irresponsible but also i mostly hate her husband from interviews ive read where she talks about him. i cant believe she let him impregnate her
aures 20th-Jun-2019 07:55 am (UTC)
yeah and it was super ugly that the other members had to find out through the news
i mean, laboum has it's reputation, but even for a "bad attitude" group this is much, i can not imagine not telling the people you have worked with so much and for many years, that was really a d/ck move
cairistiona 19th-Jun-2019 09:54 pm (UTC)
laboum i love you so much so i just wanna ask: WHY? WHO ASKED FOR THIS?

you're great as 5 :( you don't need a replacement for yulhee c'mon
premonitioner 19th-Jun-2019 11:19 pm (UTC)
but Laboum aren't popular in Japan either...
aures 20th-Jun-2019 07:57 am (UTC)
no but they are doing better than in korea so it makes sense to focus on japan
rightclick5ave 20th-Jun-2019 01:31 am (UTC)
SIGH they don't need this in their FIFTH year... I really like Laboum and their music but I pray they don't renew their contracts when they're up 😪
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