Well, this sucks. After a fairly long and prosperous career, Cube Entertainment has announced that 4Minute will disband.
Unsurprisingly, because they aren’t complete idiots, Cube made sure to keep Hyuna signed to the label, so that will likely mitigate most of the blowback from the disintegration of one of K-Pop’s more consistently good acts.
The girls’ contracts with Cube Entertainment will soon be coming to an end during this month, and after long consideration, the girls and the label have decided to disband the group. So far, only HyunA has re-signed with Cube Entertainment, and some of the other girls are still talking about renewing with the label again. The girls that do not will look for another label.
While I have certainly not been above making jokes about how 4Minute is more or less a Hyuna platform disguised as a group act, the retirement of the 4Minute brand, to put it bluntly, sucks. While most groups going on their seventh year suffer some sort of decline, 4Minute was a group who seemed to be getting stronger with age (ignoring their depressingly mediocre run with Brave Brothers), especially as the genre gravitated towards the house and EDM sound that already tailored towards the group’s strengths. Their most recent release “Hate” was damn good (I’ve come around to the jarring transitions in the song) and their prior release “Crazy” may have been the best thing that the group has ever done.
At least we can say that 4Minute went out on top musically. Also, the netizen-trolling lovers of the world will still get to bask in the glory of Hyuna releases for the foreseeable future, so there’s that too. Hopefully, Cube is able to re-sign some of the other members as well (*cough #SIGNJIHYUNPLZINEEDAJIHYUNSOLOCAREERINMYLIFE #cough) because as great as Hyuna is, she wasn’t the only thing that made 4Minute worth watching.