Disbanded? GFRIEND Leaves Source Music After Failed Contract Negotiations
According to various reports from Korean news agencies, GFRIEND has left their agency, Source Music.
In an exclusive report, Tenasia revealed that GFRIEND members Sowon, Yerin, Eunhs, Yuju, SinB, and Umji did not renew their contract with Source Music and chose to go their own way. Not long after the news broke out, Source Music confirmed the reports and released an official statement.
Source Music shared that GFRIEND's exclusive contract with the agency will be expiring on May 22. However, after extensive negotiations between the girl group and the agency, both decided to separate ways.
Furthermore, Source Music expressed their heartfelt gratitude to GFRIEND, who has won the endearing love of K-pop fans throughout their six-year journey. The agency thanked the girl group for trusting them in their career.
Also, Source Music extends their gratitude to GFRIEND fans, BUDDY, and everyone who has shown their love towards the girl group. In addition, they hope that BUDDY continues to give each GFRIEND member love and supports as they begin a new journey.
"Source Music will always continue to cheer for the members as they take the first step towards new beginnings." Source Music stated in their official statement.
GFRIEND has become an unrivaled presence among girl groups with pure and innocent concepts. The six-membered girl group debuted under Source Music in 2015 with their lead single "Glass Beads" Later that year, GFRIEND made their first comeback with the lead single "Me Gustas Tu." A viral fan video of GFRIEND performing "Me Gustas Tu" despite falling multiple times on a very slippery stage propelled the international fame of GFRIEND.
In 2016, GFRIEND released "Rough," which gave them not just their first music show win but also their first triple crowns for MCountdown, Show Champion, Music Bank, and Inkigayo. "Rough" put GFRIEND in K-Pop's hall of fame at second place for girl group songs, with most music show wins at 15.