The Wonder Girls are on their way out of JYP Entertainment, at least according to recent reports, and aside from JYPE doing things like taking down their poster, the vague nature of how they’re addressing the issue sounds a lot like what companies say before their groups fail to re-sign.
Now, if a recent rumor is to be believed, it’s said that a lack of management from JYPE is the issue, that Yenny and Sunmi are leading the negotiations with other companies, and that the girls want to stay together as four.
눈물 날 것 같아 화날 것 같아 이런 내가 아닌데,,, pic.twitter.com/xiLnylRlVG
— 쯋랴 (@PmplakwB) January 13, 2017
In January 2016 JYP had approached WG and stated that due to the management levels they may not be able to provide properly to WG due to many staff joining TWICE when TWICE was formed. JYP had stated that they would compensate WG for the lack of management by giving them more earnings through their sales. There was an agreed plan around this time that during WG’s 10th anniversary the group would “disband” and members would move onto their separate ways in Feb 2017. This agreement that was made in 2016 was based off of their Reboot album which didn’t do as well as expected. However, with their comeback with “Why So Lonely” and the unexpected success, members of the Wonder Girls noticed that it would be a better idea to stay together as a group of four, and are now negotiating with JYP what they can do as Wonder Girls now have some leverage. In addition, one of the oldest and the youngest members of WG (Yeeun and Sunmi), have been making their own negotiations with other companies to find a new company that will be able to manage and sign all members of WG (to keep WG) if they do end up leaving JYP.
As always, take rumors like these with a mountain of salt, but quite frankly I would like to believe it because it has the four of them staying together and continuing on as a group. Honestly, I don’t care whether they leave JYPE or not as long since they haven’t done much for them of late anyway, so as long as they remain a group, it’s all good.
Also, while the supposed re-assignment of resources to TWICE is not surprising, I’m sure JYPE would prefer to keep their names out of this completely.