SM Entertainment has forced Jessica Jung from Girls’ Generation.
According to the Examiner, Jung, 25, is sure to be one of the most shocking scandals in Korean pop music history, Girls’ Generation is no longer the powerful nine K-pop fans have known since their debut several years ago. Both Korean pop music fans and international news and entertainment sources are in a frenzy as news broke earlier today that Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung has been dropped from the group. For North and South American fans, the information poured in via Allkpop news. A recent update to Jessica’s Weibo account sparked speculations that her position in the iconic group had been removed.
Jung wrote, “I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated – my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.”
The girl group is slated for activities in Japan and China, with promotional material released for their latest Japanese album. Jessica stated on her Weibo account that she was preparing for these scheduled events but is “perplexed” by the current events.
This is fresh off the heels of the rumor that Jessica had a secret relationship with Tyler Kwon, Chairman and CEO of Coridel Capital Partners. Fans are speculating that the rumored relationship may have led to Jung’s departure. What is more ironic is the timing of the situation; all nine members of Girls Generation just renewed their contracts with SM Entertainment.
Although Girls’ Generation is not new to scandal, SM Entertainment, the label the group is signed under, has had its fair share of scandal in 2014. From the announcement of high profile relationships to the departure of high profile K-pop stars, the entertainment company cannot catch a break.
Within a few hours of the domestic reports, The Korea Herald reported that SM Entertainment “unilaterally dismissed her” from the group. There are rumors that Jung’s Weibo account was compromised, but no official word has been given. SM Entertainment has still not released a statement. Venture Capital Post is reporting that SM Entertainment has suffered a five percent drop in stock value since the announcement.
According to Pop Dust, Girls’ Generation is by far the most successful girl group in the world, noting that they have the most YouTube views among girl groups and they have sold 45 million records worldwide. The website also commented that loss of a member could negatively impact the success of the Korean pop music group.
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