T-ara Delays Album Release as Two Members Bow Out
T-ara’s reign as a six-member K-pop act came to an end on Monday (May 8) when MBK Entertainment revealed that members Soyeon and Boram will not remain with the group for their upcoming album.
After months of discussions, the pair chose not to extend their contracts with MBK past their expiration on May 15. The four remaining members -- Jiyeon, Qri, Eunjing, and Hyomin -- previously renewed their contracts with the Korean entertainment label.
The quartet will re-record their upcoming album and aim to release it in June, postponing the original May release date in light of the lineup change.
After the initial statement, MBK announced that T-ara will appear as a six-member group for the final time at three concerts in Taiwan, from May 12-14. Soyeon and Boram will not attend upcoming concerts in Hong Kong and Japan, which take place after their contracts expire on May 15.
In light of Boram and Soyeon’s departure, MBK has changed its plans for a special concert event to commemorate T-ara's eighth anniversary later this summer.
T-ara debuted in 2009 and saw major success in Korea with their catchy dance-pop, drawing on disco and electronica to create vibrant, hook-filled hits on hits such as “Roly Poly,” “Lovey-Dovey,” and the EDM banger “Sugar Free,” which peaked at No. 4 on the World Digital Song Sales chart in 2014.
The girl group took a dip in popularity in Korea in 2012 after former member Hwayoung left T-ara amid rumors that she was bullied by other members. The situation led T-ara to focus on different markets, including Japan and China, and release music as sub-units and as soloists. Though they have since struggled to regain their stature in South Korea, T-ara has a staunch fanbase around the world and took the top spot in Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off for the past two years.