Wonder Girls Alumni Yubin And Hyerim Depart From JYP Entertainment
After a mutual agreement, the two singers will be parting ways with their long-time agency
On January 28, JYP Entertainment announced that Wonder Girls’ alumni Yubin and Hyerim would be discontinuing their contacts with the agency. According to the agency’s statement, the two have not renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment – which expired on January 25.
The statement noted that prior to the expiration of their contracts, Yubin and Hyerim were in discussions with the agency. “We have had in-depth discussions with the girls over the last few months,” the statement reads. “Eventually, we came to a mutual agreement not to renew their contracts.”
Yubin and Hyerim initially signed with JYP Entertainment during their time as Wonder Girls members: Yubin joined the group in 2007, and Hyerim signed with the company in 2010.
The statement noted that Yubin has been promoting as an artist representing JYP Entertainment for 13 years, extending her contract with the agency in 2014 and 2017.
Hyerim, meanwhile, had been doing work in various fields such as music and being an MC for the agency. The statement noted that Hyerim had renewed her contract with JYP Entertainment in 2017.
Despite parting ways, JYP Entertainment thanked the girls for their work and for entrusting their careers in the agency’s hands. “We are honored and grateful to have worked with and accompanied such wonderful artists,” the agency remarked. “We thank you for your unwavering affection, from the two of you who will be taking on another challenge in a new place.”
The agency also thanked the girls for their contributions to the K-Pop music scene. “Their work towards pioneering the K-Pop market, which was like barren land when they debuted, and how they paved the way for expanding the genre overseas for numerous artists will be remembered forever,” the statement relayed.
“All of Yubin and Hyerim’s accomplishments have become the foundation for JYP Entertainment’s growth,” the statement revealed. “As we have done so far, we will continue to sincerely support Yubin and Hyerim’s beautiful futures.”
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