Ahyeon’s sudden departure from BABYMONSTER could have dealt a blow to the group’s debut
On November 15, Korean media reported Ahyeon’s exit from BABYMONSTER citing private causes. This was later confirmed by YG Leisure.
Expressing remorse, YG said, “We’re deeply sorry that we can’t introduce Ahyeon as a member of BABYMONSTER. Nevertheless, this resolution was made for the artist’s well being. We’re making efforts to assist Ahyeon’s full restoration and return in one of the best situation.“
This information has despatched shockwaves amongst followers, notably these whose bias is Ahyeon, and will considerably affect BABYMONSTER’s debut.
Dropping Ahyeon, BABYMONSTER’s “ace” in each expertise and recognition
BABYMONSTER initially consisted of seven members, with Ahyeon being the standout for her putting resemblance to Jennie, whereas Chiquita shared similarities with Lisa. Ahyeon’s all-rounded expertise, charismatic aura, and confidence harking back to Jennie set her aside.
Not solely did Ahyeon excel in singing, dancing, and rapping, however she was additionally praised by former YG’s CEO Yang Hyun Suk as a “warrior armed with all of the weapons.”
Ahyeon’s departure is especially vital as she was BABYMONSTER’s hottest member. Her cowl of “Dangerously” went viral throughout social media platforms, amassing 32 million views, rating because the third-highest on BABYMONSTER’s YouTube channel.
Haram’s “Decide Up Your Emotions” stands at second place, however with a major hole of 12 million views in comparison with Ahyeon’s video.
At the moment, the information of Ahyeon leaving BABYMONSTER stands at No. 10 among the many most-read leisure information on Korea’s Naver portal, underscoring her affect.
The departure of the preferred member, each when it comes to reputation and expertise like Ahyeon, is undoubtedly a heavy blow to BABYMONSTER’s debut. Dropping a stan attractor like Ahyeon could diminish the hype until BABYMONSTER’s debut tune is catchy sufficient.
BABYMONSTER’s lineup has extra foreigners than Koreans
Past Ahyeon’s exit, a extra vital concern looms for BABYMONSTER is the shortage of Korean members within the group. Solely two members, Haram and Rora, are from Korea, whereas the remaining 4 members come from Japan (Ruka and Asa) and Thailand (Pharita and Chiquita).
This demographic composition deviates from the norm in Okay-pop idol teams, the place Korean members sometimes outnumber international members. The imbalance is elevating considerations, with some netizens questioning whether or not a bunch with over half its members being non-Korean could be thought-about a Korean idol group.
Within the aggressive Okay-pop market, having a considerable fanbase domestically is essential earlier than venturing into the worldwide market. Nevertheless, BABYMONSTER’s problem is compounded by the departure of Ahyeon, who was a major attraction for Korean followers.
G)I-DLE is a uncommon profitable Okay-pop group with extra international members, however initially, they debuted with a lineup of three Koreans and three foreigners, earlier than the departure of Soojin disrupted the stability. Not like BABYMONSTER, (G)I-DLE had already established a core fan base over a number of years when the stability shifted.
Notably, BABYMONSTER’s international member ratio isn’t just increased however even double that of the Korean members. Subsequently, followers are understandably anxious about BABYMONSTER’s future.
YG makes an attempt to allay considerations, emphasizing their efforts to make sure BABYMONSTER’s profitable debut. The corporate claims to have chosen high-quality songs from high world artists, with the assist of senior artists and producers at YG to good BABYMONSTER’s “dream lineup.”
Regardless of the hurdles, BABYMONSTER’s destiny stays unsure as followers eagerly await their debut.