Lee Hi Departs From YG Entertainment Following Contract Expiration
After approximately seven years, Lee Hi has made the decision to part ways with YG Entertainment.
YG Entertainment announced on December 31 that Lee Hi has decided to leave the agency by deciding not to renew her contract anymore following its expiration.
Through an official statement, the agency informed fans of the singer’s recent decision of taking on a new path for her career as the year changes with her contract reaching its expiration.
“Hello, this is YG Entertainment.
After a long and careful discussion with Lee Hi, whose contract is due to expire, we decided to support each other’s futures from our respective separate places.
Since winning the runner-up spot on SBS’ K-Pop Star Season 1 in 2011, Lee has grown into a “next-generation female vocalist” with her signature voice and singing skills after signing a contract and debuting with YG Entertainment in 2012.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Lee Hi, who has built her own unique sphere as a YG artist for the past seven years, and we will always cheer for her.
We ask fans to give lots of support to Lee Hi’s new beginning and activities.
In January 2019, the singer made her comeback after a very long time through the digital single “XI” with Code Kunst. This was followed by the release of her mini-album 24°C, led by the chart-topping song “No One” featuring B.I, in May.
Lee Hi’s letter
Following the agency’s announcement, the singer herself personally took to Instagram to inform fans of her departure and recounting her memories with YG Entertainment. On the caption of her post, she wrote:
“It’s the last day of 2019 and I am greeting you with new news. I’m leaving YG’s nest this year after such a long time. Looking back, I have a lot of memories from this long time I’ve spent with YG together. At the age of 16, I went to audition with a big dream and entered the company, which I admired since I was a child. I completed the release of my first single “220.127.116.11” and my album First Love, with the help of wonderful people. I still remember being amazed on the first time I heard my voice in the recording studio.
In October of that year, I was monitoring the album as it got released with a racing heart. Everything still feels like yesterday. When I became a singer, I thought that time flew by so fast especially from how I’ve gone from releasing my first album and now I have my recently-released third album. I was 17 years old then and now I’m 24. Time always seems to go by fast and while I feel a little bit sad, on the other hand, it is a precious memory that I will never forget.
Of course, it wasn’t always easy, but I think I had a lot of luck. I’ll never forget the wonderful things that I’ve made with the staff who treated me like an old friend and family and have always worked hard for me.
Thank you very much for YG’s support for my decision and a new start as it is a decision made after a long time of deliberation for a long time, not a one-day decision, and I will try to reward you with better music in the future. Since I have left the company that has grown with me for 8 years, I am now thinking about a company that will be with me more carefully. May the New Year be full of better things.”
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안녕하세요 여러분 이하이입니다. 2019년 마지막 날 조금은 낮설고 새로운 소식으로 인사드립니다. 저는 올해를 마지막으로 오랫동안 함께한 YG라는 둥지를 떠나려고 합니다. 돌아보면 함께한 시간이 긴만큼 제게 정말 많은 추억이 있네요. 16살의 저는 어쩌면 무모할만큼 커다란 꿈을 가지고 오디션에 나갔고 어릴적 동경하던 YG란 회사에 들어가 멋진 언니 오빠들의 도움으로 제 첫번째 싱글인 18.104.22.168와 First love 앨범을 완성해 발매했죠. 처음 녹음실에서 제 목소리를 들으며 스스로 신기했던 기억도. 떨리는 마음으로 발매한 앨범 모니터링을 하던 그해 10월도. 모든게 아직도 어제일처럼 남아있어요. 어린 제가 가수가되기까지 그때도 시간은 참 빠르구나 생각했지만 1집부터 최근 발매한 3집까지. 17살의 제가 24살이된 지금까지. 시간은 늘 빠르게 지나가는것 같아 한편으론 조금 아쉬운 마음도 또 한편으론 평생 잊지못할 소중한 추억으로 남아있습니다. 물론 늘 쉽지만은 않았지만 제게는 유난히 행운같은 일들이 많았던것 같아요. 특히 저를 위해 안보이는곳에서 늘 노력해주신 오랜 친구이자 가족같은 고마운 스텝분들과 함께 쌓아올린 멋진일들은 아마 제 평생 잊지 못할것같아요. 하루아침의 결정이 아닌 아주 오랜시간동안 수많은 고민 끝에 내린 결정인 만큼 저의 결정과 새로운 출발을 응원해주신 YG의 많은분들께 진심으로 감사드리며 앞으로 저도 더 좋은 음악으로 보답할수 있도록 노력하겠습니다. 8년이라는 긴 시간동안 저의 성장을 함께해준 회사를 떠나기에 현재 조금 더 신중하게 앞으로 함께할 회사를 고민중이며 여러분께 빠른 시일내 좋은 소식으로 인사드리겠습니다. 새해에는 더 좋은 일만 가득하기를 바라며.🦋
Source: Sports Donga