Beneath its veneer of cute faces and sugar-coated music, the k-pop industry is a cutthroat one in which only the fittest survive. Most bands find it hard enjoying longevity with many disintegrating just a few years after formation. This had led to the so-called ‘seven-year curse’ which connotes that most k-pop bands often disband before or in their seventh year. Want to know the k-pop groups that disbanded in the year 2017 alone? Here they are…
10 Popular K-pop Groups That Disbanded In 2017
Wonder Girls (2007 – 2017)
Wonder Girls was a k-pop group founded by JYP Entertainment in 2010. The five-girl ensemble was truly one of the most successful music acts to emerge out of Korea. They made history as the first Korean band to have their single chart on the Billboard Hot 100. They also opened for popular acts such as the Jonas brothers. Wonder Girls officially disbanded in 2017 after unsuccessful contract renegotiation.
2NE1 (2009 – 2017)
Billboard Magazine once described 2NE1 as one of the best k-pop groups of the past decade, and the reason is not far-fetched. The four-member girl band released two Korean albums and two EPs, all of which topped the GAON album charts. The group was also the first Korean act to have their album break into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 Albums Charts. They sadly disbanded in January 2017 with members deciding to focus on solo careers.
Miss A (2010 – 2017)
Miss A is another k-pop group that disbanded in 2017. The four-girl quartet initially started out with a bang. Their debut single, Bad Girl, Good Girl, topped the GAON Digital Charts; making them the first band to achieve such a feat with their first song. Miss A continued their impressive exploits for the next several years dropping hits such as Touch and I don’t need a Man. The group however disbanded in December 2017 after two of the members left.
Sistar (2010 – 2017)
Sistar is one k-pop group which will not be forgotten in a hurry. The four-woman ensemble dropped several chart-topping albums and mini albums. They also released hit songs such as Give It To Me, So Cool and Touch My Body. The band was also featured on the popular American sitcom, Family Guy. Sistar disbanded in May 2017 after their standard seven-year contract expired. Each member has since gone solo.
SPICA (2012 – 2017)
SPICA is another k-pop group that disbanded in 2017. Formed by B2M Entertainment in 2012, the abundantly-talented group dropped several songs and EPs. They were however not able to gain much foothold and the members mutually agreed to terminate their contract with B2M. All five members later reunited for a performance on the web talk show, Tok! Live, in April 2019.
VX (2015 – 2017)
VX is another band which bit the dust in 2017. Formed by JJ Entertainment, the group comprised five members namely Jinhwa, JT, Siyoon, Lae and Jeki. VX managed to drop two EPs and two digital singles but made no further headway. They therefore reached a mutual agreement with their sponsor, JJ Entertainment, for the group to be disbanded in November 2017. VX subsequently released a statement thanking fans for their support, and asking them to also support their future individual endeavours.
History (2013 – 2017)
With a name like History, one would argue that this group was doomed from the start. It was however not so as the five-man ensemble showed some great promise. History dropped several singles and EPs which were quite successful. They, however, had to disband as most of the members were up for military service. All five members remain signed to their promoters but will pursue solo work after military service.
Unicorn (2015 – 2017)
Unicorn is another k-pop group which disbanded in 2017. The group comprised of five members, and were founded by Show Brothers Entertainment in 2015. Unicorn managed to drop two mini albums, Once Upon a Time and Unicorn Plus/The Brand New Level. They however failed to win over the k-pop market, and regretfully announced their exit in September 2017.
The Legend (2014 – 2017)
The Legend is a defunct k-pop band founded by SS Entertainment. The group comprised of five male members namely Listen, Lito, Changsun, Jaehyuk, and Roi. The group released two EPs, Out of My Mind and Sound Up, as well as several singles. They later filed a lawsuit alleging that their sponsors was treating them poorly; they had no manager and lived in poor conditions. The courts bought their side of the story and released them from the contracts. The group subsequently disbanded.
D Holic (2014 – 2017)
D Holic was a k-pop band which disbanded due to the departure of several members. The five-member girl group was founded by Star Road Entertainment in 2014. They managed to drop three albums and one mini album. There was however a constant rotation of members leaving and others replacing them. It was therefore not surprising when the group (now comprising of just one remaining member) disbanded in late 2017.