Two Members Leave Korean Boy Band B1A4's Agency: Update

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B1A4 attend a press conference of their Hong Kong concert on May 20, 2017 in Hong Kong, China. 

After seven years together, on Saturday it was revealed that members Jinyoung (Jung Jin-young) and Baro (Cha Sun-woo) of K-pop quintet B1A4 have opted to not renew their contracts with the group’s label WM Entertainment.

B1A4 got its start in 2011 and has seen success in both South Korea and Japan with a variety of albums and singles, the majority of which were co-written by members of the act. Their style has vacillated between comically playful, such as on “Beautiful Target,” “Baby Good Night” and “What’s Happening?,” and melodic electro-pop balladry, like with “Sweet Girl” and “A Lie.” The quintet toured Stateside last year.

According to The Korea Herald, the future of B1A4 and its three remaining members under WM -- Sandeul (Lee Jung-hwan), CNU (Shin Dong-woo) and Gongchan (Gong Chan-sik) -- remains to be determined. 

Baro and Jinyoung are expected to pursue solo careers; each has made a name for himself in South Korea’s acting industry, and the latter has gained renown for his songwriting, which has seen him produce music for both B1A4 and other artists.

B1A4’s final album with five members was last year’s Rollin’, which was fronted by a title track crafted by Jinyoung and Baro. The act has seen four albums, including Rollin', appear within the top 10 of the World Albums chart since 2014.

Update: On July 7, Jinyoung took to Instagram to reiterate that he hopes B1A4 makes music again in the future. "No matter how many months or years it will take, B1A4 will return with even better music," he wrote. 


안녕하세요. B1A4 진영입니다. 많이 염려해주시고 격려해주신 바나분들 너무 고맙고 감사합니다. 지난 7일 동안 많은 생각과 고민을 하며 바나 여러분이 남겨주신 글들을 매일 하나하나 읽었습니다. 지난 7년 동안 B1A4를 지켜준 바나들에게 어떻게 글 몇 줄로 그 고맙고 감사한 마음을 다 전할수 있을까요? 저는 B1A4가 그 누구의 것도 아니라고 생각합니다. B1A4는 오직 지난 7년 저희를 응원하고 지지해준 바나 여러분들의 것입니다. 여러분이 있었기에 B1A4가 존재했고 노래할 수 있었습니다. 그래서 무엇보다 이 말씀만큼은 꼭 드리고 싶습니다. 바나 여러분들이 B1A4를 잊지 않고 사랑해주신다면 그 시기가 몇 달 뒤가 됐든 몇 년 뒤가 됐든B1A4는 더 멋진 노래와 더 성숙한 모습으로 다시 여러분들을 찾아갈 겁니다. 희망고문이라도 좋다는 바나 여러분의 글을 접하고 마음이 아팠습니다.. <희망고문>이 <고문>이 아니라 더 밝은 내일을 꿈꾸는 <희망>이 될 수 있도록 저 진영 정말 열심히 노력하겠습니다. 어느 곳에 서 있든 더 멋진 음악과 더 멋진 모습으로 바나분들 곁에서 함께 하겠습니다. 바나분들의 사랑 잊지 않겠습니다. 사랑합니다. 고맙습니다. #b1a4 #bana

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