Weeeeeeeellllllllpppp. At this rate, Nine Muses may be better off calling itself The Muses or An Unspecified Number of Singing And Dancing Models because they are not going to get back to nine members at this rate. Star Empire has announced that Moon Hyuna, one of Nine Muses’ better singers and the second most tenured member after Hyemi, would be “graduating” from the group (which seems to be code-word for “getting the hell out of Star Empire as fast as possible.”)
On October 3, Star Empire officially announced, “The contract with Hyuna, who has been with us as the member of Nine Muses for the past 6 years, has been terminated. After taking time to discuss the matter with Hyuna, we have decided to respect her desires to expand her career in other forms. Please give Hyuna, who led the team and worked her hardest as the oldest unnie of Nine Muses, your love and attention as she starts off anew.”
Unsurprisingly, this makes it seem like the decision to leave Nine Muses was more of Hyuna’s decision than it was Star Empire’s. For her part, Hyuna put forth a pretty reasonable “It’s not you, it’s me (but really, it’s probably you)” break up statement on her personal fan cafe.
“It feels unreal even though the decision was made after giving it thought for a long time. I feel like I’ll always be here laughing and chatting with my members and being happy from my fans’ love. I am a bit scared and also lost, but I will not forget the passion I had as the oldest unnie of Nine Muses.”
Hyuna’s graduation leaves Nine Muses in what looks like a bit of an awkward spot. Not only was Hyuna one of group’s better singers, she also had a more recognizable voice that will be missed. The remaining members can sing (more or less) but the only voice left in Nine Muses that I’d be able to pick out of a random lineup is Kyungri’s and that’s not necessarily because of her stellar talent behind a mic. Now, Nine Muses is Nine Muses A plus Sungah. That’s, uh, not nearly as formidable as what the group was rocking one year ago.
Still, congratulations must be given to Hyuna, who surely got out while the getting was good. After a while, Star Empire ain’t worth it.