8 Disbanded Popular Kpop Girl Groups and Why They Broke Up

Updated on December 23, 2018
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Born in 1996, Diane is a lifelong Kpop fan. She's been writing music articles on hubpages for over a year.

WONDER GIRLS live in concert!
WONDER GIRLS live in concert!

Kpop has been on the rise all over the world due to the high demand for its awesome music. Kpop is a short form for Korean pop music. Since there are a lot of rookie idol groups trying out their luck in this industry, there are some older groups that have been disbanded due to contract expiration.

It is unfortunate that some of the best groups in Kpop have been disbanded. Let's look at these eight legendary girl groups.

1. Wonder Girls

Years Active: 2007-2017

Total: 10 years

Production Company: JYP Entertainment

The group was originally composed of five members: Sunye, Sohee, Hyuna, Sunmi, and Yeeun. They debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007 with their song "Irony."

However, in late 2007, Hyuna left the group due to health concerns and she was replaced by Yubin. In 2010, Sunmi left the group to continue her studies, and Hyerim, a trainee, was selected as her replacement. Whereas Sunye and Sohee officially left the group in 2015.

For the group's 2015 comeback, Sunmi returned to the group and served as a member alongside Yeeun, Yubin, and Hyerim. The Wonder Girls final line-up was composed of four members until their disbandment in 2017.

The group also released their final single, "Draw Me," on February 10. The song also serves as a celebration for their 10th anniversary, as well as having been released as a final goodbye song.

Some of their popular songs include "So Hot," "Nobody," and "Why So Lonely."

JYP Entertainment's official statement

"Hello, this is JYP Entertainment. We are announcing that Wonder Girls, after 10 years, is disbanding. The decision happened after much discussion among the members and with our agency. Yubin and Hyerim of Wonder Girls have re-signed with JYP Entertainment, and they will be continuing with music, acting, MCing, and other activities. Yeeun and Sunmi, after much deliberation, have decided to leave JYP Entertainment. As a thank you to all the fans that stayed faithful to WOnder Girls over the past 10 years, the group will be releasing a final digital single on February 10, their 10th anniversary. Thank you to all the fans all around the world for being with us, JYP and Wonder Girls, for 10 years."



Years Active: 2007–2016

Total: 9 years

Production Company: DSP Entertainment

Kara debuted on 2007 under DSP Entertainment with the song "Break It". They started off with four members: Gyuri, Seungyeon, Nicole, and Sunghee. Unfortunately, their debut was not received well by audiences.

On 2008, Kim Sung-hee departed the group due to parental pressure. She was replaced by Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung.

After the addition of new members, they changed their music styles and image. In 2009, their song "Honey" was a hit, and since then they have made several other great songs. Some of their popular songs include: "Mister", "Lupin", "Jumping", "Step", and "Pandora". After receiving national success, they began to expand their music career to Japan.

In 2014, Nicole and Kang Jiyoung decided not to renew their contracts with DSP Media Entertainment. Following their departures, a reality TV show called "Kara Project" was aired to select a new member for the group. The winner was Heo Youngji, who became the latest member to join the group. Hence the group's final lineup was composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara, and Heo Youngji.

On January 15, 2016, DSP Entertainment announced that the contracts with Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon, and Goo Ha-ra expired and they decided not to renew their contracts. Kara did not officially announce their group's disbandment. However, seeing that all the members have since left the group, leaving only Heo Youngji (who was still signed under DSP Entertainment), we will not be seeing Kara anymore.

DSP Entertainment's Parting Message

"We want to cheer them on and wish them the best."


3. 2NE1

Years Active: 2009–2017

Total: 8 years

Production Company: DSP Entertainment and YG Entertainment

2NE1 consists of four members. The members are CL (The Leader), Park Bom, Sandara Park, and Minzy. They debuted under YG Entertainment. Their debut song came out in 2009 and was called "Fire". The song was a hit and since then, they have created more and more good music. Some of their popular songs include: "Try to Follow Me", "Go Away", " Lonely", "I Am the Best", "Ugly", "I Love You", "Falling in Love", "Missing You", and "Come Back Home".

However, after a long-term hiatus, Minzy departed from the group when her contract expired in April 2016. The rest of the group disbanded later that November. Their final single, "Good Bye", was also released on January 21, 2017.

Even though CL and Dara remained at YG Entertainment, Park Bom did not renew her contract.

YG Entertainment's parting message

"Our contract with 2NE1 came to an end in May of 2016, and as we faced a situation where Minzy is no longer with us, we ultimately came to a decision of 2NE1 official disbandment after a long discussion.

For the past 7 years, 2NE1 was a representative group of YG. We, too, cannot express how upset and disappointed we are. However, we judge that it'll be difficult to continue promoting. We decided that instead of looking forward to 2NE1's unpredictable promotions, we should rather focus on the solo promotions of the members. We sincerely appreciate everyone who loved 2NE1 and their music. Meanwhile, in May, YG renewed the contract with CL and Dara. Unfortunately, we officially announce that Park Bom did not have a renewal."



Years Active: 2009–2016

Total: 7 years

Production Company: Cube Entertainment

4Minute was a five-member girl group. They are Nam Jihyun, Heo Gayoon, Jeon Jiyoon, Kim Hyuna, and Kwon Sohyun. Kim Hyuna was initially debuting as a Wonder Girls member, but she left that group due to health concerns. 4Minute was formed in 2009 under Cube Entertainment with their debut single, "Hot Issue". Some of 4minute's hit title songs include “HuH”, “I My Me Mine”, “Volume Up”, “What’s Your Name?”, “Is It Poppin’?", ”Crazy”, and “Hate”. The group has also been successful in Japan.

However, on June 13th, 2016, it was revealed that the group would be officially disbanded after the expiration of the member's exclusive contract with their management agency. Only Hyuna would be renewing her contract.

During Hyuna's time in 4minute, she also debuted as a solo artist. She had been really successful, releasing hit songs such as “Ice Cream”, “Bubble Pop”, and “Red”.

Cube Entertainment's Official Statement

"As the contract end date approaches, the members have been in discussions for renewal, but while the agency tried to persuade them to continue the group, it ended up accepting the decision by the five members that they will not continue as a group. Due to the different opinion of the members, for all intents and purposes, the will disband."



Years Active: 2010–2017

Total: 7 years

Production Company: Starship Entertainment

Sistar or often stylized as SISTAR was a four-member girl group. This girl group consists of Soyu, Bora, Hyolyn, and Dasom. SISTAR debut under Starship Entertainment in 2010 with their official debut song titled "Push Push." Following their debut song, they have released more hit songs such as "So Cool", "Alone", "Touch My Body", "Loving U," and "Give It to Me".

They released their last track "Lonely" before officially ending their years-long promotional tour. The group also performed their most successful hit songs including: "Touch My Body", "Shake It", "Loving U", "I Swear", and, their last song, "Lonely" on four major music shows before concluding the schedule on Inkigayo on June 4, 2017. After this performance, they officially disbanded.

After their official disbandment statement was released, each member of the group posted their own self-written farewell letter for their fans, confirming their disbandment.

Starship Entertainment's Official Statement

"Hello, this is Starship Entertainment. First, we want to thank all the fans who have cherished and loved SISTAR for the 7 years since they debuted. SISTAR will officially end their 7-year promotions as a group with their last album on May 31st. After our label and SISTAR talked for a long time, we have agreed to bring SISTAR to an end. SISTAR's disbandment is a very disappointing and a painful thing, but we believe that it is the best to support the members' futures. SISTAR and the label thanks everyone once again for the large support we have received. Please show warm support and interest to the SISTAR members, who are standing at a new start in life.

Thank you."



Years Active: 2010–2017

Total: 7 years

Production Company: JYP Entertainment

Miss A was a girl group debuting in 2010 and are formed under the same entertainment agency as Wonder Girls which is JYP Entertainment. There were four members in Miss A, consisting of Fei, Jia, Min, and Suzy. They made their official debut in South Korea with their single "Bad Girl Good Girl."

The news of their disbandment came as no surprise, as members Jia and Min left the group in May 2016 and November 2017, respectively. The group officially disbanded on December 27, 2017. It was also revealed that Fei renewed her contract in May 2016, and Suzy has renewed hers in August 2017.

JYP Entertainment's Official Statement

"Our label girl group miss A have disbanded."



Years Active: 2009–2016

Total: 7 years

Production Company: DSP Media

Rainbow consists of seven members and they are Woori, Seungah, Jaekyung, Noeul, Yoonhye, Jisook, and Hyunyoung. Rainbow made their official debut in 2009 with their debut mini-album Gossip Girl and they are debuting under DSP Media.

After seven years as a group, they decided not to renew their contracts with the agency and officially confirmed their disbandment in 2016. During their time as members of Rainbow, they have produced hits songs like "A", and have been active through a variety of individual activities such as hosting shows, acting, as well as promoting in a sub-unit. Prior to their disbandment, the members were revealed to have gone on a farewell trip to Southeast Asia.

DSP Media's Official Statement

"Although we discussed with Rainbow members Kim Jaekyung, Go Woori, Kim Jisook, Noel, Oh Seungah, Jung Yoonhye, and Jo Hyunyoung about their future, they have decided to go their separate ways.

As of November 12th, 2016 Rainbow who have been with us for seven years face the end of their contracts. The company hopes that they will always be remembered and shine like the rainbow they are and will continue to support and cheer for their success in whatever field they end up. We are thankful for all the love and support the members in their new endeavors."


8. I.O.I

Years Active: 2016–2017

Total: 1 year

Production Company: YMC Entertainment

I.O.I (A.K.A. IOI), or Ideal of Idol, was a girl group formed by CJ E&M through a variety show called Produce 101 on Mnet in 2016. The eleven-member group was formed after they were chosen from a pool of 101 trainees from various entertainment companies on the show. The members are Lim Nayoung, Kim Chungha, Kim Sejeong, Jung Chaeyeon, Zhou Jieqiong, Kim Sohye, Yoo Yeonjung, Choi Yoojung, Kang Mina, Kim Doyeon, and Jeon Somi. They debuted in 2016 with the EP Chrysalis and were actively promoted as a whole and also as a sub-unit for less than a year before they were officially disbanded at the end of January 2017. After which, they returned to their respective agencies.

The final song released by I.O.I was titled “Downpour” and this song was personally picked by the members of I.O.I to be their farewell song for their fans. The girls also said goodbye to their fans at the end of their last concert and shared pictures that they have taken to their Twitter and Instagram accounts with the message “Until now, this has been I.O.I. YES, I LOVE IT! Thank you!”. The signs they’re holding up say, “Don’t forget we really loved you.”

YMC Entertainment (the label that manages I.O.I.) also released an official statement regarding the disbandment, and revealed that the I.O.I fan cafe will be shutting down to protect fans information and the original intentions of the fan club.

However, during their appearance on JTBC's 'With You', all the members of IOI promised to reunite with the original 11 members in 5 years which means that we might perhaps be able to see IOI members perform together again in 2021.

YMC Entertainment's Official Statement

"As of January 31st, I.O.I's fancafe will no longer be managed by YMC Entertainment. The reason for this is because, if we hand over the management of the fancafe to another entity, it may cause problems as user information will be available to the new administrators.

We are also worried that the fancafe may deviate from its original purpose of supporting I.O.IU into an advertisement cafe. For these reasons we have decided to shut the fancafe and we thank them fir it.

We request that you please understand our decision and continue supporting the members of I.O.I in their individual careers."

I.O.I farewell picture
I.O.I farewell picture


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      13 days ago

      My fav is I.O.I. My fav member is MIna. After disbanding Mina go to the gugudan. Now, Im big fan of Gugudan.

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      blackjack phantom 

      3 weeks ago

      i hope 2ne1 come back

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      4 months ago

      7 year Curse

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      4 months ago

      But IoI they comeback in May 2021 no ?


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