Welp, It Looks Like KARA Will Finally Bite The Dust

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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.

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KARA is dead, long live KARA

*Waifu Wednesday will return next week as I must now set up a candle-lit vigil for KARA.

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7 comments

  1. Visiting your sight after quite a bit of time only to discover one of the groups that brought me into kpop will no longer exist…….tis a sad day indeed. “Mr”, “STEP” and “Lupin” were watched so avidly by me too………

    1. Yup, I was a KARA fan before I was a K-Pop fan so this is not the way that I would have wanted to usher in 2016.

  2. Hey DSP, take Young Ji and turn Rainbow BlaXXX into a 5 member group!

  3. Yup, pour one out for KARA, I fear Rainbow will end up the same soon.

  4. Kpoptartsarebestpoptarts · · Reply

    Sad. Jumping was one of the first non-SNSD Kpop songs I fell in love with. Still love that song, and Damaged Lady is right up there in my list of all time favorites. Such a lovely and talented group. They will be missed.

  5. It’s funny how many folks are feeling sorry for Youngji, but in reality, Youngji likely was well aware of the situation going in, so this isn’t a huge surprise to her. Further she is actually a “name” celebrity now for having been in Kara and the doors that opened like her getting on Roommates and a number of other variety appearances that she did well at. The only sad thing for her is she is still with DSP and that company is just a mess anymore. They just started out a new rookie girl group, so they are in no position to start another one and they can’t really add her to Rainbow when Rainbow does nothing anyway. She isn’t a true solo caliber singer either. I suspect if she was smart she saved every dime she could and either buys out her contract to go free agent, or some label looking to start a new group might come calling about buying her contract as her experience and variety background could be valuable to a rookie group trying to get noticed. DSP might not extort her in getting out of her deal as they probably don’t have anything they can do right now to earn with her, she was a good soldier regarding Kara, and they might need the cash.

    Kara wasn’t one of the first K-pop groups I came across, but once I heard “Step” I checked them out more and like all the groups with an American member, I followed them a bit closer as there was a bit more connection and sometimes a bit more communication from the group in English.

    I can definitely understand why the three older members appear to just want to switch over to acting and leave being an idol behind. They probably want personal lives and to be able to date without someone constantly in their business, and all of the extra promoting when you are in music likely gets to be a real grind. Also it could be too that after Jiyoung and Nicole left, it just wasn’t the same. That isn’t necessarily a knock on Youngji as she seemed to get a lone with them well, but the other three likely realized their best days were behind them and the chemistry was just not the same. If they hadn’t added Youngji and just stayed a trio, they might have become even less noticed. The competition show helped keep their profile up at a time where they might have drifted into oblivion otherwise.

    I doubt it will happen, but maybe this will get DSP to wake up and try to promote Rainbow more. That group has potential, but it may be too late to really get them noticed. DSP blew it with Rainbow when they failed to follow up quickly on the success of “Sunshine” on some music shows and keep momentum. Instead the group disappeared for nearly a year and then came back with a sub-par sub-group effort and and even worse full group effort. It’s sad considering they have some really beautiful members that I think we would all like to see more of.

  6. Well, some of them had a long run.

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