The news of the disbandment of Pledis Entertainment’s first boy group, NU’EST has taken the K-pop community by storm by now. The bittersweet news definitely came as a shock to a lot of fans who have been eagerly waiting for their long-awaited comeback. We were already aware of the fact that the contract between NU’EST and Pledis Entertainment was on the verge of getting expired and might not have got renewed. However, the news of disbandment along with the contract termination that the agency announced on February 28, 2022, KST has broken the hearts of the L.O.Λ.E.
Last year, when the news of the contract renewal of the boy group Seventeen was made public, nothing was mentioned about NU’EST which made the fans worried. Moreover, Pledis Entertainment was hardly making an effort to promote the band or release new music. So, it seems like the disbandment was bound to happen.
Details on NU’EST’s Disbandment
The official statement was released by Pledis Entertainment on HYBE’s Weverse while the members of the band shared handwritten letters to express their sincere gratitude for the unwavering support of the fans over the last ten years. The exclusive contract of ten years is officially going to end on March 14, 2022, after nearly a year of no new song or album releases by the group.
According to the agency, after a lot of discussions and considerations, the members have finally taken the tough decision of getting disbanded the next month. While group members, Baekho and Minhyun have decided to stay with the agency and renew their contracts, JR, Ren, and Aron are going to leave the company to enter into a new stage of their lives and start on a clean slate. The decision has been made keeping in mind the future of the individual members of NU’EST and what can be the best thing to do for the time being. Moreover, the agency expressed their admiration and appreciation for the group who have won the hearts of the audience with their stylish music, incredible performances, and the dramatic narrative that they use in their songwriting.
The agency also confirmed that all of the official accounts and fansites of NU’EST that Pledis Entertainment has been handling will be permanently shut down on March 31, 2022. Not to mention, every other way using which the fans could contact the members of NU’EST through the agency including PO Box, fan cafe, and memberships would also be closed on the same date. Despite the sad news, the fans have respected the decisions of the group members and have wished the boys good luck for their new journey.
The South Korean boy group, NU’EST had entered the K-pop music industry in 2012 with their debut single, ‘Face,’ and gradually climbed the ladder of success. The group had previously considered disbanding after its commercial decline in 2017. However, when Baekho, JR, Minhyun, and Ren became participants on the K-pop survival reality show, ‘Produce 101 Season 2,’ their popularity suffered a prominent boost. In their entire life cycle of ten years, the group members produced four full-length studio albums, two Japanese and two Korean, and eight extended plays. They have presented to us some of the best K-pop songs including ‘Action,’ ‘Not Over You,’ ‘I’m Bad,’ and ‘Face’.
Although it’s sad that the group is breaking up just before hitting ten years of their career together, at least they are going to give us a farewell album and an opportunity to bid them goodbye. Furthermore, even if they aren’t going to continue their group activities anymore, the idols would probably focus on their solo careers now. So, getting five different albums in a year doesn’t sound like a bad deal, isn’t it? NU’EST has been one of the most talented boy groups of all time as we have witnessed it brimming with potential since their debut. Let’s hope that the boys keep maintaining a close relationship with one another in the future and keep the spirit of NU’EST alive!