Within the last couple of years, we have seen more and more idols of the second (and even third) generation of K-pop idols break away from their groups and companies to strike out on their own. Sohee, Lee Sem, Eunji, Kris, Nicole, Ji-young, Sera, Lu Han, Lee Joon, and Thunder all made the decision to move on, either by letting their contracts come to a natural end or filing a lawsuit to force termination; and even though Jessica was kicked out (something a lot of people seem to forget), even she was planning on leaving the Soshi fold in the near future.
Undoubtedly, many more idols will join this exodus as we shift to a new generation of idols; and while it will happen some time in the future, there are some idols we all wish would bounce sooner rather than later. Part of an established group but not quite receiving the opportunities they need to thrive in the Korean entertainment industry on their own merit, these idols arguably have less to lose by leaving than they do by staying. Some of these scenarios are less likely to occur than others, but we can dream, can’t we?
Below are my picks, but please let me know yours in the comments!
- By Gaya
#best of weekly music shows
Welcome to this week’s recap of the music shows! This week saw comebacks from Secret‘s Song Ji-eun, VIXX, The Boss, and more and debuts by UNIQ, Crayon Pop‘s unit Strawberry Milk, and a few others. Wins were spread around this week, with Ailee takng one for “Don’t Touch Me” on Show Champion, Roy Kim taking two for “Home” on M! Countdown and Music Core, Kim Dong-ryul grabbing one for “How I Am” on Music Bank, and IU sneaking in the last for “Sogyeokdong” on Inkigayo. I’ve chosen a few of my favorite performances from this, but please comment below with your own choices as well!
- By Ambika