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Kara to Disband After 9 Years, Young Ji to Remain with DSP

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2016.01.15 16:31 Mwave Lee, JinHo Translation Credit : Hejin Kang

Kara (Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, Goo Hara, Young Ji) will disband after nine years together.

Kara′s agency, DSP Media, officially announced on January 15, "Our contracts with Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon and Goo Hara, who have been with us for the last nine years, expired today. With the expiration of their contracts, the three members have decided to be active in other fields. We wish them all the best and happiness for their future."

Kara to Disband After 9 Years, Young Ji to Remain with DSP

Regarding the newest member Heo Young Ji, DSP Media said, "As our artist, we will work hard to show her good sides and do our best to help Young Ji grow."

Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara′s contracts with DSP Media will come to an end on February 2. As the three members decided to search for a new agency, rather than renew their contracts, Kara′s disbandment is now official. Kara made its debut in 2007 and gained immense popularity along with Girls′ Generation and Wonder Girls. Their ′butt dance,′ in particular, was hugely popular, leading them to become a representative K-pop girl group in Japan as well. However, with the expiration of Nicole and Kang Ji Young′s contracts in 2014, the team was the on the verge of disbandment.

At the time, DSP Media brought in new member Heo Young Ji to join the original three members, Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara, creating a four-member group. However, with the expiration of the original three members′ contracts, the group′s disbandment became inevitable, leading to the official announcment of Kara′s disbandment.

As a result, Kara will be disbanding after nine years.

Kara′s agency stated, "We want to thank all the fans who showed love and support for Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon and Goo Hara for the past 9 years," before adding, "Please continue to support them in the future."

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