Girls Generation Down To Only Five Members

Is this the end of K-pop's top girl group?

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Girls Generation Down To Only Five Members
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Whether or not you’re a K-pop fan, you must have heard of Girls Generation. They’re only the biggest girl group in South Korea and they’ve been around for the past decade.
But if this is really your first time hearing about this top girl group from South Korea, then maybe you should scroll down all the way down and check out some of their music first before reading on.
Girls Generation never failed to hit no.1 with every new song, single or album.
Girls Generation recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and honestly, this is quite an amazing feat for any K-pop group because the collective fame and success of groups like this usually last no longer than five years.
Unfortunately, that is about to change.
In 2014, we saw one of the members, Jessica Jung, shockingly depart from the nine-member group following several commitment conflicts involving her personal schedule and Girls Generation activities.
No one saw it coming when Jessica Jung left Girls Generation.
With one girl down, the group quickly recovered and released a few more successful singles and albums, showing the world that this hurdle didn’t cause a single dent on their status in the industry.
Girls Generation released their fifth album 'Lion Heart' after Jessica Jung's departure.
On Wednesday, came another shocking piece of news – three members from Girls Generation have decided not to renew their contracts with their agency, SM Entertainment.
Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun have officially left Girls Generation to pursue their individual careers, as reported by Yonhap News.
According to reports, Sooyoung and Seohyun will be focusing more on acting and Tiffany is planning to further her studies in the United States.
(L-R) Tiffany, Seohyun and Sooyoung will no longer be active as Girls Generation.
Following the three members’ exit, rumours of disbandment undoubtedly started circulating among the fans. But SM Entertainment was quick to clear the air.
“Girls Generation is a very precious and significant group to S.M. and its fans. We're not thinking about dismantling the group,” the label told Yonhap News.
“However, since there are members whose contracts have expired, we'll decide carefully after consulting with all members regarding the future path of the team.”
The remaining five members – Taeyeon, Hyoyeon, Sunny, Yoona and Yuri have reportedly renewed their contracts with SM Entertainment.
This news came shortly after Girls Generation released their sixth full-length album, ‘Holiday Night’ to celebrate ten years in the industry as one of K-pop’s most iconic and long-lasting girl groups.

It is hard to say what is going to happen after this, but we’ve got to admit, it’s been a good decade of Girls Generation.

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