Gyuri, Hara and Seungyeon (aka The Three Members of KARA That You Can Name With Ease) will have their contracts with DSP Media expire at the end of the year.
According to DSP, there have been no decision one way or the other as to whether re-sign the veteran members of their only success story.
“Excluding Heo Youngji, the exclusive contracts with the three members Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, and Goo Hara will expire at the end of this year.
Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, and Goo Hara signed a two-year contract renewal in October of 2013. Nothing has been decided yet as to whether they will renew their contracts at the end of this year. The members and agency is expected to make a decision after discussing.”
While KARA will always hold a special place in my shriveled heart for being one of the first groups to get me into the K-Pop genre but the group’s popularity plateaued years ago (in Korea. KARA still does respectably in Japan). The group’s last single “Cupid” was fine but it didn’t do much to light the world on fire saleswise (according to ~Wikipedia~ it was the KARA’s least downloaded single in the six years that that stat has been tracked). Gyuri and Seungyeon are 27, still young in real human years, but downright ancient in K-Pop time.
Hara is probably the most bankable of the remaining four members (and DSP did give Hara her own solo debut this year) and it would be easy to see DSP try its hardest to keep her given that the company (again) doesn’t have much else going for it.
Still, the fact that we’re two months away from Seungyeon, Gyuri and Hara’s contracts expiring, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a resolution happening soon, could mean that the lurching undead shadow of KARA’s greatness may finally be put to rest soon.* (To use past incidents as a guideline, DSP announced that Nicole wouldn’t be renewing her contract with the agency in… October of 2013 when her contract was set to expire in January of 2014.)
*Hopefully this doesn’t happen because I am ill-prepared for a Gyuri-free K-Pop World.