Nearly three years after last promoting new music — a lifetime in the K-pop industry — one of the world’s most beloved Korean girl groups is staging a comeback… just not exactly as you last remembered them.
Wonder Girls announced their return as a foursome, instead of a quintet. Original member Yenny (aka HA:TFELT) will be joined by rapper Yubin (who joined the group in 2007 after original member HyunA left and joined a new label), vocalist Sunmi (who left the group in 2010 to focus on academics before debuting as a soloist in 2013) and Lim (who replaced Sunmi) representing the brand.
The four-piece means that Sun, who married her boyfriend in early 2013 and had a child later that year, and Sohee, who left WG’s record label JYP Entertainment in late 2013, will not be a part of the promotions.
Earlier this year, Yubin told Billboard that all her bandmates stay in touch and that she was living with Yenny, Sunmi and Lim.
To date, Wonder Girls remain the only K-pop idol group to land a single on the Hot 100 (2009’s retro-tinged “Nobody”) and helped pioneer the scene’s initial international advancement. After dropping “Like Money” featuring Akon in 2012 — which was a minor radio hit — the group went back to South Korea to promote their Wonder Party EP before going on a hiatus.