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4Minute to disband, only Hyuna renews contract

All News 11:37 June 13, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean girl group 4Minute will disband this month, with only singer Hyuna signing a renewed contract with the talent agency, the group's agency said on Monday.

The K-pop quintet recently met with the management of Cube Entertainment and after lengthy talks, agreed to dissemble after seven years, the Cube Entertainment said.

"It's hard to make an official announcement about the disbandment, but at this point, there will be few chances of revoking (4Minute's) disbandment move," Cha Hee-jin, a spokesperson for Cube Entertainment, told Yonhap News Agency by phone. "Each individual member has different careers in mind, and we are trying to work it out through dialogue."

The agency sealed a contract renewal only with Hyuna, the most popular member of the band. Just some of the remaining four members were offered contract renewals, she added, and those who do not renew by the mid-June expiration date will have to leave the agency.

With plans for the other 4Minute members still up in the air, Hyuna is engaged in a new solo album.

"We are trying to roll out Hyuna's new solo album within this summer," Cha said.

Debuted in 2009 with EP "Hot Issue" upon the establishment of Cube Entertainment, 4Minute has built up a wide fandom among both genders. With global popularity of hits ""What's Your Name?" in 2013, "Whatcha Doin' Today' in 2014 and "Crazy' in 2015.

"Hate," the lead song off 4Minute's latest album "Act. 7," released on Feb. 1, has led to numerous cover dance videos by global fans posted on YouTube, raising the recognition of K-pop dance among global pop- and dance-lovers.


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