When a K-pop group hits the seven-year mark, it traditionally marks a decisive and sometimes challenging moment for an act to decide whether or not its members would like to renew their contracts and move forward together. Luckily for TWICE, their upcoming seventh anniversary on Oct. 20 can be a day of pure celebration for the group and their fans as all nine members of the K-pop super group renewed their contracts with longtime label JYP Entertainment in July.
“Ahead of the expiration of their exclusive contracts this fall, all members of TWICE completed renewing their contracts,” JYP Entertainment shared with the media. “TWICE, who played a crucial role in establishing JYP’s status, and JYP, which became a reliable source of support for TWICE growing to become a representative K-pop girl group, agreed based on this trust to renew the contracts with confidence in an even better future.”
TWICE followed up the good news with a new EP titled Between 1&2 that became their first album to earn 100,000 copies in its opening week and made them the first K-pop girl group to land three Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. While this week marks Between 1&2‘s seventh consecutive week on the Billboard 200, at No. 131, the EP marks something additionally momentous for the group as the album transitions from TWICE’s first and second chapters.
After Oct. 20, 2022, TWICE will enter a new phase as a group with an undeniable established presence in the world’s biggest markets and huge potential to keep growing. Since last October, the ninesome hit a slew of firsts including entering the Hot 100 and U.K. Singles charts, holding a stadium show in the U.S., performing a record-setting three days at the famous Toyko Dome, and snagging nominations at the MTV European Music Awards.
Before TWICE officially enters Chapter 2 and starts the anniversary celebrations, members Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu all reflected on the one TWICE single that’s most important so far.