T-ara to recruit two new membersT-ara will soon be recruiting two new members, bringing its total number to nine. The big announcement was made yesterday by Core Contents Media CEO Kim Gwang-su, who had announced in March that the group would undergo a “transformation.”
“The group will now have nine members, and the new members will join the girls in July, to coincide with the new album’s launch,” Kim said in a press release.
The reason for the new additions, according to Kim, is to keep the girl group on its toes.
“I’ve noticed that with a lot of bands I’ve managed, the members become arrogant and idle after three years,” Kim said. “Of course, T-ara is working hard at the moment, but I don’t want the girls to take what they have for granted and I want them to be better performers.”
Not all reactions to the move have been positive, but in his defense, Kim said, “There are streams of new bands entering the K-pop market and they train for a minimum of 10 hours a day. T-ara can’t just sit back and relax if it wants to become a household name in Asia.”
By Carla Sunwoo