Earlier this year, the K-pop community received unexpected news that 4Minute, the leading K-pop girl group created by Cube Entertainment, was disbanding after seven years. According to what Cube Entertainment and the Hallyu websites report, four of five of 4Minute's members -- Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon, and Sohyun -- were unable to come to an agreement during contract negotiations. However, it was also reported that a Korean music industry expert revealed that iHQ, the majority owner of Cube Entertainer, did not find 4Minute profitable.
Now, Hyuna is moving forward with her solo career as she prepares for her latest comeback known as A'wesome. Just recently, she released teasers to entice the K-pop community.The first teaser for Hyuna's solo comeback was released through various social media accounts, especially the official Instagram for Cube Entertainment, on Friday, July 22 in South Korea. The teaser, which is attached above for viewing, features the title of the upcoming comeback, A'wesome, surrounded by tropical flowers and a pineapple. The designs are familiar symbols for K-pop fans, especially those who still consider themselves as 4NIA (the official fan club of 4Minute). For starters, the tropical flowers and fruits suggest a theme or setting of a tropical nature, possibly on a beach, which was a concept Girls' Generation used for their song, "Party," last year. However, AllKpop implies that the tropical flowers and pineapple give off a "soft, girly vibe," rather than Hyuna's signature "fierce and sexy."
It was also revealed that Hyuna's solo comeback, A'wesome, actually continues her "A" Series, as reported by Soompi. Starting back in 2014, the "A" Series made its debut with Hyuna's third mini-album titled, A Talk, which featured her hit song. "Red." The album reached number three on the Gaon Weekly albums chart and number 17 on the Gaon Monthy albums chart. One year later, the "A" Series continued with A+, which featured her next hit song, "Roll Deep." The song, though popular,especially among the male demographic, did get some criticism pertaining to its music video. Some have accused Hyuna of copying Miley Cyrus in it. Nevertheless, the accusations were never truly followed up on.
Hyuna's solo comeback, A'wesome, is scheduled to be released on Monday, August 1. That is still a bit of time from now, so it is expected that more teasers and promotions will be released. This should include a photo shoot and the music video of the featured song. Also, there is clearly extra attention being given to A'wesome because it is Hyuna's first career project since 4Minute disbanded.
[Image via Cube Entertainment Promotions for Hyuna's Bubble Pop]s