Kpop Fans were shocked today by unexpected news. Exclusive reports claimed that Jinyoung and Baro left B1A4 and WM Entertainment following lengthy contract discussion period.
Not too long after those reports WM Entertainment stepped up to confirm them and released an official statement explaining that Jinyoung and Baro did indeed leave their group and the agency while Sandeul, CNU, and Gongchan have re-signed.
The group’s 7-year contract expired back on April 23rd, but they decided to extend it to June 30 to discuss possibility of renewal. WM Entertainment released the following statement:
“Good morning. This is WM entertainment.
We will give you the official position regarding renewal contracts of B1A4 members.B1A4’s Jin Young and Baro have been together with us since 2011, their contracts expired on June 30, 2018, they will not be renewing their contracts with us.WM Entertainment has decided to respect their choice of pursuing their own path in order to fulfill their dreams, after discussing for a long time before the expiration of the exclusive contract with them.
We are also sincerely cheering for the new start of our members, who decided to make a fresh start with us again; we will discuss the direction of their future activities and make a decision.
Sandeul, CNU, and Gongchan have completed contract renewal with trust and affection as the reason.
As a result, we will concentrate on the reorganization/reconstruction of the B1A4, and we will carefully discuss and decide on the future direction of the activities.
In the future, we will do our best to spare no effort for the growth of Sandeul, CNU, and Gongchan. We will do our best for fans that love B1A4 and give generous support.
We would like to express our sincere apologies for the fans for worrying you all, we ask you to continue showing love for B1A4 as they start a new line.”
B1A4 is one of the second generation Kpop groups that debuted back in 2011 with “O.K” and has continued to release various hits throughout their career.
In recent years, all of the members worked on establishing their own solo careers, Jinyoung composed tracks for popular Kpop groups and made a name for himself as an actor, he appeared in various productions most notably in “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.”
Baro has also established a name for himself as a noteworthy actor, he appeared in various productions most recently “Manhole.”
Wishing all the current and former members the best!