Last month, weeks away from their 10th anniversary, K-pop girl group Wonder Girls announced their official breakup. On Thursday, the Korean band released their final single, “Draw Me,” and expressed their thanks for all of the support they received over the years from their fans.
The sentimental rock song was co-written by members Yeeun and Yubin and compares the group’s past decade to a career that began on a blank canvas. Unlike most Korean singles, “Draw Me” was released without an accompanying music video. Despite the atypical release, the tune ranked high on local Korean music charts as a reflection of the immense presence Wonder Girls’ had on the industry.
The group’s retro-inspired music made them immensely popular throughout their decade-spanning career, with the Wonder Girls infusing their music with elements of bygone decades, notably the ‘70s and ‘80s. After becoming a viral phenomena with their “Tell Me” and making history as the first K-pop act to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 with their 2008 single “Nobody,” the Wonder Girls made one of the most impressive attempts from any Korean act at breaking into the American music market. The K-pop band spent several years pursuing a lasting stateside career through a variety of English-language releases, television appearances, collaborative tracks, and touring with the Jonas Brothers, but ultimately returned their focus to their original South Korean audience.
Despite multiple member changes –seven women were Wonder Girls at one point or another– and the lengthy overseas absence, the group remained extremely popular in South Korea and their 2015 Reboot album revitalized their career with a new conceptual identity that presented the group as a band rather than a dance group.
The four members of Wonder Girls’ final lineup –Yeeun, Yubin, Sunmi, and Hyelim– each wrote messages to fans, thanking them for their support throughout their career.
“Although there is so much to be said about this goodbye, the best way for us is through music,” wrote Yeeun in an Instagram message thanking fans.
“Thanks to WonderFul [the group’s fans] all around the world,” Sunmi wrote in English on her Instagram account. “Even [though] I haven’t met you guys, [I] just want to say thanks to each one of you for being so WonderFul to us.”
Hyelim uploaded a picture that read “Thank you!” and wrote “Thank you very, very much” in Korean.
Yubin, who doesn’t currently have any public social media accounts, wrote a letter of thanks on the group’s official fan page. “Your love, trust and support will never fade away from my life. I will try to continue to make you proud.”
The group’s producer Park Jinyoung also took to Instagram to express his feelings at the end of one of the most prominent projects of his career. In the post, he referenced Wonder Girls’ growth from artists performing the music he produced to becoming an act that wrote its own music.
“Beautiful and special young girls…” wrote Park. “Humble, diligent, pure, wise…started with the music that I made but finished at the top with the music they made… It’s another step, a new page in your lives but don’t be scared. As long as you stay true to who you are the world will know how special you are.”
Both Yubin and Hyelim remain signed to Park’s agency JYP Entertainment, while Yeeun and Sunmi look to continue their careers elsewhere.
Listen to the audio of “Draw Me” here: