In the monkey’s paw of K-Pop news, After School made a headline! Unfortunately, it’s because After School’s leader and main vocalist Jungah has
been banished to the K-Pop aether “graduated” from the group following her contract expiration with Pledis Entertainment.
Pledis’s statement on Jungah’s “graduation” offered nothing definitive on the future of After School, which, rumor has it, is some sort of girl group that may have made some good music with really cool concepts in some long-forgotten age.
Pledis stated on January 28, “Jung Ah’s contract with the agency has ended, and she naturally graduated the team.” As for After School, the agency added, “Currently, the company is discussing After School’s activities.”
On the one hand, it’s always a bit sad to see someone leave a group, especially in this case as Jungah was the last original remaining member of After School. The OG five is now nothing but a lower-res memory. (Not wanting to sound like a crotchety old man but I’m going to sound like a crotchety old man when I say that this debut is a thousand times better than most of what is released today.)
On the other hand, it’s not like After School has actually had a proper comeback… (checks timeline) TWO AND A HALF YEARS. Taking that into account, it’s probably best for Jungah to move on to other opportunities. She does have her very own online store to manage after all.
As for Mythic K-Pop Group After School, the roster currently consists of Orange Caramel members Lizzy, Nana and Raina as well as basically-full-time-actress UEE, criminally under-utilized E-Young and certainly-exists Kaeun. As of now, Pledis only has plans to produce an Orange Caramel concept in 2016.