What is going on with BABYMONSTER’s November debut? and is it happening any time soon?
Former YG CEO, Yang Hyun Suk, has taken a heavy step towards returning to his original position. Last year, Yang was acquitted in the first trial, but he has now been found guilty. This happened at a time when YG was preparing for the debut of the group BABYMONSTER.
The Seoul High Court’s Criminal 6-3 Division sentenced Yang to six months in prison, suspended for one year, for charges of retaliation and coercion under the Specific Crimes Punishment Act.
Yang was prosecuted without detention on charges of retaliating and coercing A, who was arrested for drug charges in August 2016, after A testified about former iKON member B.I’s drug purchase. The court respected the decision of the first trial, which found Yang not guilty of retaliation and coercion, but added that he was guilty of demanding a meeting. It was concluded that Yang had exerted his influence during the situation where he coerced A, who was a trainee and victim.
In January, Yang personally announced the debut of YG’s new girl group BABYMONSTER through an official video. Since then, through his appearances in BABYMONSTER’s promotional videos, it became clear that he was fully dedicated to his role as the overall producer.
BABYMONSTER, being YG’s new girl group after seven years, has garnered early attention from K-pop fans. Furthermore, with the uncertainty surrounding BLACKPINK’s contract renewal issue, it was reported that YG was putting all its efforts into the debut and success of BABYMONSTER, which would be responsible for the company’s future.
The debut of BABYMONSTER has been confirmed for this month. It was originally scheduled for September, but it was postponed once due to the selection of the title track. With two debut announcements already made, media outlets say it is now difficult to delay it again.
November, which was full of anticipation for BABYMONSTER’s debut, now faces even more questions than answers. As netizens speculate whether this might mean the group’s debut is delayed again and with almost 10 days of the month gone by already, many wonder whether it would be possible to announce their debut this month at all.