This year continues to be a wild roller-coaster ride for K-pop fans, as it is a year with numerous groups debuting, members departing, and groups disbanding. Pertaining to debuting groups, SM Entertainment debuted NCT, and Fantagio debuted Astro. However, the group making the biggest impact was YG Entertainment’s Black Pink.
As for departing members, we’ve seen the departures of 2NE1’s Minzy and the last three original members of Rania. Finally, when it comes to disbanding, it was the first bit of sad news in the K-pop industry this year when Kara disbanded back in February.
Although the aforementioned is just a sliver of the debuts, departures, and disbands we’ve seen this year, the one entertainment company and agency that seems to be getting the most activity with such is Cube Entertainment. It started with the disbanding of 4minute followed by the departure of Hyunseung from Beast. Now, Cube Entertainment is debuting a new K-pop group known as Pentagon. However, is it possible that the debut is being pushed back in the wake of Beast potentially disbanding soon?
PTG K-Pop Debut: Cube Entertainment Pushing New Boy Band In Wake Of B2ST Potentially Disbanding Soon? [Music Video]
Cho Jin Ho is known as Jin Ho in Pentagon. He was born on April 17, 1992. Traditionally, he would be the leader. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Lee Hoe Taek is known as Hui in Pentagon. He was born on August 28, 1993. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Yang Hong Seok goes by Hong Seok in Pentagon. He was born on April 17, 1994.
Kim Hyo Jong goes by E’Dawn in Pentagon. He was born on June 1, 1994. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Ko Shin Won is known as Shin Won in Pentagon. He was born on December 11, 1995. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Yeo Chang Gu is known as Yeo One in Pentagon. He was born on March 27, 1996. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Yan An simply goes by his real name in Pentagon. He was born on October 25, 1996. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Adachi Yuto goes by Yuto in Pentagon. He was born on January 23, 1998. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Kang Hyung Gu goes by Kino in Pentagon. He was born on January 27, 1998. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Jung Wook Seok is known as Woo Seok in Pentagon. He was born on January 31, 1998 making him he Maknae. [Image by Cube Entertainment]
Pentagon was first made known to the K-pop fandom through a survival reality television show titled Pentagon Maker. It was similar to how JYP Entertainment girl group Twice was formed through their survival reality television show Sixteen. Anyways, by the show’s conclusion, 10 members were selected to form Pentagon. They are Hui, Jin Ho, Yeo One, Yan An, Hong Seok, Yuto, Kino, E’Dawn, Woo Seok, and Shin Won (names will most likely lose their spaces in the future). According to AllKpop, the concept for their debut was “elite flower boy students” as shown in teaser images prior to their self-titled extended play (EP) or mini-album dropping.
Eventually, all the promotion and teasers would lead up to Pentagon releasing the music video for their mini-album titled Gorilla. According to Soompi, it was uploaded on YouTube on midnight KST on October 10. “Gorilla,” being the first song and music video by Pentagon, was a show-off of each member’s unique talents, showing K-pop fans what they bring individually as well as a unit. In Cube Entertainment fashion, Pentagon’s style is harder than the majority of K-pop groups out there.
It is amazing just how hard Cube Entertainment is pushing Pentagon, but is it possible they are doing this in light of the fact their first-generation boy group Beast might disband later this month? According to Korean news outlet Star News (through a translation thanks to Soompi), none of the remaining members of Beast — Doojoon, Junhyung, Yoseob, Gikwang, and Dongwoon — have renewed their contracts with Cube Entertainment yet. They know the terms of their renewal, but they haven’t decided to renew just yet. It is speculated that Beast has two other options besides signing with Cube Entertainment, and that is to sign with another agency (no news if they can keep their name if they do so collectively). They could also make their own agency such as SM Entertainment veteran group Shinhwa did.
As for the departed member Hyunseung, it is understandable why Cube Entertainment did not offer a chance to renew his contract with them.
Ultimately, we can only wait and see if Beast will indeed disband. Until then, we can all enjoy listening to Cube Entertainment’s new K-pop group Pentagon as we now get to watch them grow, mature, and make their own way in the industry. For K-pop fans who want to help them on their way, pre-orders for their self-titled mini-album can be made at YesAsia. Fans can buy the mini-album by itself or include a poster in tube.
[Featured Image by Cube Entertainment]