On Monday October 9, SM Entertainment revealed that three of the Girls’ Generation members, Tiffany, Sooyung, and Seohyun, decided not to renew their contract with their label. Yonhap News also reported that SM Entertainment clarifies the non-disbandment of the group despite the big change. Sooyung and Seohyun will be pursuing their acting careers while Tiffany will be going back to the United States for acting studies. The remaining members Taeyeon, Sunny, Hyoyeon, YoonA, and Yuri have all renewed their contracts with the label and will be continuing as members of SNSD.
As Girls’ Generation was one of the fastest rising Korean pop girl groups in the early 2000’s, SM Entertainment needs much time to carefully decide where the group will be headed in the coming years.
Last August, Girls’ Generation released Holiday Night, supposedly a celebration of how the group is still staying strong after 10 whole years in the industry. Hearing this news now shocked fans to the core, sharing their memories with SNSD on social media. Despite all this, fans continue to support SNSD and their current and former members as they all soar to greater heights.
Girls’ Generation was formed in 2007 as a nine-member Korean pop girl group by label SM Entertainment. In 2009, they received attention with their hit song “Gee” by topping KBS’s Music Bank for nine straight weeks. The group also signed a Japanese label back in 2010 and topped the Japanese Oricon Charts.
In 2012, the sub-group TTS (TaeTiSo) was formed consisting of Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun and released three extended plays in 2012, 2014, and 2015. By 2014, Jessica would leave the group reportedly because of conflicts with scheduling. Currently, Girls’ Generation continues to be one of the most loved Korean pop groups in the world thanks to their one of a kind international fanbase.
Despite being reduced to five members this 2017, fans are confident that Girls’ Generation will continue to prosper and have more stunning productions this year.