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    GOT7 Announces Departure From JYP Entertainment And 5 K-Pop News Headlines You Need To Know

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    1. GOT7 announced this week that they will not renew their contracts with JYP Entertainment.

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    After seven years, the members of GOT7 have chosen to part ways with JYP Entertainment. News about the group potentially separating from their entertainment company began to circulate in December when member Jinyoung was reported by Soompi to be in talks to sign with BH Entertainment, and again earlier this month when it was revealed on Jan. 6 that member Yugyeom had signed with rapper Jay Park's label AOMG.

    JYP Entertainment confirmed the news on Jan. 11, stating that "both sides have agreed not to renew the contract" and that they "will sincerely cheer on the new future that the GOT7 members will advance into," per a translation by Soompi.

    In addition to Yugyeom and Jinyoung, member Youngjae is also reportedly in discussions to sign with Sublime Artist Agency according to Newsen. While the other GOT7 members have yet to officially announce their plans, member Mark opened a YouTube channel that has racked up over 892,000 subscribers since it was created on Jan. 4.

    In a heart-warming post shared on Twitter and Instagram, Mark celebrated GOT7's achievements and looked forward to the future. "The past 7 years have been the best years of my life," he wrote. "Nothing is coming to an end, just the beginning. The seven of us are going to continue to bring you guys the best version of us till the end." He also included the hashtag #GOT7Forever and an image of the group, which has since been shared by all of the other members online too.

    On Twitter, member BamBam posted images of GOT7's discography with the caption: "I'm proud."

    2. (G)I-DLE made their comeback with the fiery "HWAA!"

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    (G)I-DLE is ready to make 2021 their year with the release of their fourth mini-album, I Burn, on Jan. 11!

    The album features six tracks that were written, composed, and arranged by members Soyeon, Yuqi, and Minnie which all depict the aftermath and eventual acceptance of a painful breakup. Its lead single, "HWAA," is a moombahton track that compares a breakup to a bitter winter that leaves one's heart "covered in white snow." Instead of dwelling on the pain of the past, the group sets fire to their memories so that they can bloom again β€” or fall in love β€” in springtime.

    At the group's press conference, leader Soyeon revealed that the album's three key concepts β€” winter, fire, and flower β€” help complete its unique storyline of pain, beauty, and personal growth. "Rather than delivering a message, we wanted to share the sentiments of separation," she explained. "'Winter' represents how someone's emotions become frozen cold because of a breakup, while 'Fire' is the will to melt the frozen heart. 'Flower' is the new love that comes once we have fully confronted a breakup."

    This week also saw the release of AleXa's "Never Let You Go," Victon's "What I Said," and Treasure's "My Treasure," so be sure to check those out too! ✨

    3. SEVENTEEN performed "Left & Right" on The Kelly Clarkson Show!

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    Fresh from their performance of their hit song "Home;Run" on The Late Late Show with James Corden last week, SEVENTEEN returned to our television screens again this week with their performance of "Left & Right" on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Jan. 13!

    Set in an office, the performance sees SEVENTEEN dressed in lavish suits as they prove once again why they're considered one of the most synchronized groups in K-Pop with their effortlessly cool choreography. Check it out!

    4. IZ*ONE is in discussions to extend their contracts to continue to promote as a group together.

     Iz*One attends the photocall for Mnet M Countdown at CJ E&M Center on February 20, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by THE FACT/Imazins via Getty Images)
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    The 12-member group, which was formed on the Mnet survival reality program Produce 48 was originally planned to promote together for two and a half years. However, their current company, CJ ENM, has been in talks to extend the group's contracts before they end in April of this year.

    According to Soompi, CJ ENM "has not yet spoken with all of the members' agencies," but "some of the members have reportedly finalized their decision to stay in IZ*ONE." A source from IZ*ONE’s agency told Herald POP that they are currently "collecting the opinions of the artists and their agencies regarding IZ*ONE’s future activities" and that they will "let [fans] know if there are any changes.”

    5. T1419 made their debut with the magical "ASURABALBALTA!"

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    The nine-member group from MLD Entertainment (home to fellow K-Pop group Momoland!), made their debut this week with the bombastic EDM single "ASURABALBALTA!" The song's title is spell that will make anyone's wish come true, similar to abracadabra (which is also said in the song)!

    Released on Jan. 11, the group's single album, BEFORE SUNRISE Part.1, is the first installment of a four-part series that's inspired by different celestial phenomena. Inspired by a total solar eclipse, the album's two songs explore the difficulties of adolescence and share the group's determination to live by their own rules and overcome all obstacles in their way.

    Congratulations on your debut, T1419! We can't wait to see what the future holds in store for you.

    6. Chung Ha, Dreamcatcher, 2PM, and CIX announce new music is on the way!

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    * On Jan. 12, Chung Ha shared the tracklist for her upcoming first studio album Querencia, which will be released on Feb. 15. The 21-track album features the title track "Bicycle" and collaborations with other artists including Colde, Changmo, and Guaynaa.

    * Dreamcatcher unveiled the schedule and three sets of teaser photos for their upcoming 6th mini-album Dystopia: Road to Utopia which will be released on Jan. 26. While celebrating their fourth anniversary on Jan. 13, the group also revealed their incredibly cool official lightstick and its accompanying robe too!

    * Hottest, rejoice! According to Soompi, JYP Entertainment announced this week that 2PM will make their comeback once member Junho completes his military enlistment in March. This will be the group's first comeback since 2016's Gentlemen's Game, so it's definitely exciting!

    * IU announced she will release a single titled "Celebrity" on Jan. 27 ahead of the release of her upcoming fifth album.

    * CIX shared the schedule for their upcoming fourth mini-album Chapter Ø. Hello, Strange Dream which will be released on Feb. 2.

    * ONEUS posted teaser images and individual concept films ahead of the release of their first full album, Devil, on Jan. 19.

    * Golden Child posted both concept images and a concept trailer this week to get fans excited for their fifth mini-album, YES, which will be released on Jan. 25.

    * YG Entertainment announced via a video teaser on Thursday that Bobby from the iconic group IKON will be making his solo comeback soon!

    That's everything for this week! Have a lovely weekend! ✨

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