Kara members to go separate ways next year
SOUTH Korean girl group Kara are splitting up early next year, according to their entertainment agency DSP Media on Friday.
The news comes in the midst of the group's promotional activities for the quintet's latest comeback single, Damaged Lady.
Reports say that one of the group members, Nicole Jung, 21, will not be renewing her contract with DSP Media once it expires in January, and youngest member Kang Ji Young, 19, whose contract expires in April, will be taking time off to decide on her future career.
Other members, Park Gyu Ri, Han Seung Yeon - both 25 - and Goo Ha Ra, 22, have renewed their deals with their management for two more years.
DSP Media clarified that Kara, who performed in Singapore in July last year, will not be disbanded and will continue their domestic and overseas activities, despite changes in the group's line-up.
There had been talk of the group's impending break-up since early 2011, when three members were said to be not extending their contracts when they expire. DSP Media managed to resolve the issue in April that year.
This is not the first time the group are changing their line-up.
Formed in 2007, the original members of Kara included Jung, Park, Han and Kim Sung Hee.
In 2008, Kim left the group due to parental pressure and DSP Media added two new members, Kang and Goo.
Known for catchy tunes such as Mister (2009), Step (2011) and Pandora (2012), Kara is one of the top girl groups in South Korea and Japan.
Besides music, the group have endorsed a number of products, including online games, clothing, food-and-beverage products and cosmetic items.
Their latest offering, Full Bloom, which was released in August, will likely be the last full-length Korean album by the girl group.