YG will launch a new girl groupIn the wake of a comeback for its trademark group 2NE1, YG Entertainment announced plans for a new girl group that will debut in October.
“This will be the first new girl group in four years since the debut of 2NE1 in 2009,” Yang Hyun- suk wrote on the agency’s blog.
“The average age of new members is 17, and [they] are fluent in a number of foreign languages so that we can expect them to have more overseas engagements.”
He did not provide detailed information about each girl but did mention that six potential members remain from the original 10 in the running, including Kim Eun-bi, a contestant from “Superstar K” on cable channel Mnet.
The group will not follow the typical path of gaining fame before individual members go out on their own.
“We will take a different model with this new group as we will have one or two members make solo debuts to gain approval from the public step by step,” Yang said. “It is the opposite of what Big Bang did by debuting as a team and then moving to each member carrying out individual promotions.”
Daesung recently completed his first solo tour in Japan on Tuesday in Yokohama after traveling to 20 cities there.
Yang added that he is currently in Japan with Akdong Musician and Lee Hi, and hinted that he will soon provide an update on the former “K-pop Star” contestants. “I arranged a trip so that I could get to know them better,” he said. Akdong Musician recently told the press that they were having a hard time getting to know Lee Hi despite having “K-pop Star” in common.
The agency also recently signed Kang Seung-yoon, who competed on “Superstar K.”
It is expected to announce further details about his debut today.
By Lee Sun-min