At long last, it seems that the shambling, undead, butt-shaking zombie horde known as KARA will soon find its final resting place.
The decision to put the poor souls of KARA out of their misery has been written on the wall for a while. The contracts for the group’s three
members who matter senior members are set to expire in January and it seems that all parties involved have agreed to end DSP Media’s one success story.
A representative who knows what’s going on internally within KARA told StarNews, “It’s true that all three people, Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara have decided to not stay with DSP Media. There is still some time left before their exclusive contracts end, but it seems that they have made up their mind to go towards moving into a new agency.”
The three members will reportedly pursue careers in acting.
Poor Young-ji is still signed under DSP but it doesn’t look like the company is planning on having KARA live on through its maknae. The most-recent KARA addition recently changed removed “Kara” from her Instagram handle.
Considering that the group has been around since 2007 and has consistently been one of K-Pop’s more popular groups, not to mention the huge following that KARA managed to garner in Japan, it’s impossible to label KARA as anything other than a girl group juggernaut (albeit, one that had it’s share of contract negotiation and lawsuit bumps along the road). KARA was my personal gateway drug into the world of K-Pop thanks to the power of “Lupin,” “Mr.” and “STEP” so this is certainly bittersweet news. It is sad to contemplate a K-Pop world without the One True Goddess Gyuri in it but all good things must come to an end and KARA had a fantastic and long run.
At least we’ll always have the butt-dance.
*Waifu Wednesday will return next week as I must now set up a candle-lit vigil for KARA.