Though 13 is usually referred to as a number of bad luck, when it comes to the Kpop industry, it’s 7 that the scariest number of them all. Since KPOP groups often disband after the seven-year-contract, 7 is called the deadly number by KPOP fans. Somehow, girl groups are more likely to fall victim to this curse and ended their careers in disbandment. Below are the 7 girl groups that couldn’t make it over the ‘7 years’ curse
Though 2NE1 was the highest-selling girl group and the pioneers of the current trending girl-crush concept, they still fall victim to the seven-year curse. They debuted in 2009 and had a flying career.
Yet, things started to plummet when Park Bom got into the scandal of using drugs in 2014. Though the female idol was finally announced to be innocent, 2NE1 still went on infinite hiatus. 2 years after that, Minzy decided to stop her contract with YG Entertainment.
The remaining 3 members were reported to have a comeback soon after that. Yet, due to some unknown reasons, the project was called off, partially contributed to the group’s disbandment in the same year. To send fans the last farewell, the reaming trio released “Goodbye” in January 2017.
4Minute is the group that had the same active period with 2NE1, debuting in 2009 and disbanding in 2016. Though the five girls were introduced by a relatively small company, they achieved sounding international successes.
4Minute’s 2015 single “Crazy” was even the first song ever of their company and a small company in Korea, to reach 100 million views. Though their 2016 was filled with successes thanks to the single: “Hate,” only Hyuna entered the agency’s contractual negotiation.
The incident then led to 4Minute’s disbandment in the sam
e year. Hyuna continued to become a soloist but also left the company after her dating scandal with PENTAGON’s E’Dawn.
Another name making it big from a small company was SISTAR. The girls made their debut in 2010. As their songs are usually those with upbeat and lively vibes, they were given the nickname “The Queen of Summer.”
In their promotion for “So Cool,” they even got into Billboard Korea K-Pop 100 Chart and achieved 10 #1 on the Gaon Chart. Thought that the group would have a bright future, they disbanded in 2016 when Hyolyn put her solo career on top.
Soon after the disbanding announcement, SISTAR released “Lonely” and a medley of their summer songs to thank their fans. Until now, this is the only group to close their path this way.
5. Miss A
Miss A was a girl group debuting under JYP Entertainment, one of three entertaining giants in South Korea. With their 2010 debut song “Good Girl Bad Girl,” they won #1 on a music show just after 21 days, becoming the fastest rookies to achieve the title.
Despite a sounding career with 15 music shows win and 21 awards, miss A still fell victim to the seven-year curse. In 2017, the disbandment announcement was sent to the public due to Jia and Min’s unsuccessful contractual negotiable.
KARA was the girl group debuted under DSP Media in 2007. In 2009, the girls rose to stardom with their hit “Mister,” which was famous for its butt dance choreography. Though their promotions went well after that, the group still disbanded in their 7th year due to the unsuccessful contractual negotiation with Nicole and Jiyoung.
The reasons for the failed renewal of contracts were reported to be the unreasonable splitting of profits and torturous working schedule. In 2014, DSP organized a competition called “Kara Project” to find a new piece for KARA. Eventually, Heo Youngji was chosen, and KARA made a comeback with “Mamamia.”
After 2 years of performing under the new lineup, the group disbanded in 2016. Hara, Gyuri, and Seungyeon decided not to renew their contract.
6. Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls was the girl group managed by the same agency with miss A, JYP Entertainment. They debuted in 2007 and started their simultaneous promotion in the States and South Korea two years later. Throughout this period, they achieved a massive amount of awards, accolades, and no.1 in the U.S music charts.
Despite their enormous coverage in America, the seven-year curse fulfilled when two members, Sunte and Sohee, decided to discontinue their contract in 2014. The remaining members continue their career as a retro band concept but also disbanded 3 years afterward.
7. Girls’ Generation
Throughout the career starting in 2007, Girl’s Generation quickly rose to stardom with numerous hits “Into The New World,” “Genie,” “Gee,” and “I Got A Boy.” They also got the title “National Girl Group” thanks to their immeasurable successes on national and international scales.
In their 7th year, though they didn’t disband like many 2nd generation girl groups, member Jessica still left the group for personal reasons. This departure had raised a scandal on the discrimination among members, leading to a significant rift in the fandom.
After a few years of working as a group of 8 members, 3 members decided not to renew their contracts. Yet, all the girls still kept in touch with one another and have recently celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2017.
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