f(x)'s Amber, Victoria & Luna Depart SM Entertainment, Amber Announces New Album & Management

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f(x) attend a press conference before their concert at Olympic Park on Jan. 31, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.  

Three members of K-pop girl group f(x) have moved on from their former company, SM Entertainment, this week, coinciding with the act's 10th anniversary.

No official disbandment has been announced. Their last release was the one-off song “All Mine.”  

On Aug. 31 (Sept. 1 in Asia), Amber Liu posted a handwritten note to fans on her social media accounts, revealing that her contract with SM came to an end and was not renewed. "I would like to announce my contract with SM Entertainment has ended today," she wrote. "I have decided to part ways with the company. From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank everyone who believed in me & have been patient with me all these years. I can't wait to show you what's in store in this next chapter of my career. Again & always, thank you!"

Following the news, it was announced today (Sept. 5), that Liu signed with Steel Wool Entertainment to represent her worldwide, and is currently preparing to release what is being described as her “first solo album”. She previously signed with Steel Wool for management in the U.S. market, and has released several single albums, a mixtape, and a Korea-focused EP. 


Hi Everyone, I would like to announce my contract with SM Entertainment has ended today and I have decided to part ways with the company. From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank everyone who believed in me and have been so patient with me all these years. I can’t wait to show you what’s in store in this next chapter of my career. Again and always, THANK YOU, love, peace, and boba ;) 안녕하세요 여러분, 오늘부터 SM 엔터테인먼트와의 계약이 종료 됐다고 말씀 드리고 싶습니다. 그동안 저를 믿어주시고 기다려주신 분들에게 깊히 감사드리고 싶어요. 앞으로도 더 열심히 더 열정적인 엠버가 되도록 최선을 다하겠습니다. MeU들 영원히 사랑하고 앞으로도 만나요! 감사합니다!

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After Liu’s announcement, Victoria Song similarly posted a message on her official social media accounts on Wednesday (Sept. 4, Sept. 5 in Asia), in which she also announced her departure from SM. “Now, it’s the 10-year anniversary, it is an end and also a beginning,” she wrote, as translated by Soompi. “I’m thankful for everything in these 10 years with SM; we will begin the next journey in a new manner. This is a new beginning, a restart to my journey, but I will still be me, I will continue to be myself, not forget the past and move forward.

Victoria has been pursuing a career in the Chinese market in recent years. 


Chapter.3 [DIAMOND FOREVER] #victoria #10thanniversary #宋茜 #出道十周年 一眨眼,十年了。2009年9月5号,我站上舞台正式出道。那个时候我已经懂得,只要付出努力就会有收获,运气也很重要,但机会是只给有准备的人的。我只希望自己能抓住所有机会,不留遗憾。而今10周年了,是终点,也是起点。感恩与S.M这十年的所有,我们今后会以一个全新的方式再走下去。这是一个新的开始,重新出发,我还是我,我会继续做自己,不忘初心、勇往直前。我会努力成为更好的自己,坚定信念,认定就不会被轻易改变主意!珍惜每一个机会!珍惜身边每一个人,一切的一切!所以,谢谢那个努力且勇敢的自己,让我可以拥有现在的一切!谢谢我的家人和朋友,感恩所有爱我和我爱的人,能够遇上你们是我的福气。感恩所有的信任与支持,希望我没有辜负你们对我的期望,以后也会全力以赴。所以,你们愿意跟我一起接着走向下一个10年吗?

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On Thursday (Sept. 5), SM Entertainment revealed in a statement to South Korean media that Luna’s contract with the company has also not been renewed, and that the company is looking to further collaborate with Victoria. The fourth member of f(x), Krystal, is still contracted to the Korean entertainment company, as is former member Sulli, who left f(x) in 2015.   

f(x) arrived on the global music scene with their single "La Cha Ta" in 2009. Since then, they've gained a reputation as one of K-pop's most experimental girl groups, and gained a sizable following due to their unique electro-pop discography. Over the years, the act saw four albums appear within the top two spots on the World Albums chart. Their most recent release, 2015's 4 Walls, and their standout 2013 album Pink Tape both peaked at No. 1 upon their releases, while 2012's Electric Shock and 2014's Red Light each peaked at No. 2. 


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