One of the famously recognized K-Pop girl groups in China, T-ara is a South Korean girl band that was unveiled by MBK Entertainment in 2009. The group released several hit songs like ‘You Drove Me Crazy’ and also received worldwide recognition as a result of the commercial success recorded by their songs. Unfortunately, the girl group which made notable strides with their outstanding musical concept later got disbanded. Learn all the fascinating facts about the award-winning girl band and why it disbanded.
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About T-ara And Why It Disbanded.
1. History of the T-ara
Prior to the group being unveiled in July 2009, T-ara was meant to be a quintet consisting of Jiae, Eunjung, Jiwon, Hyomin, and Jiyeon. However, in June it was announced that two of the members; Jiae and Jiwon who were trained along with the other pre-debut members would be departing from the talent agency. As a result, three new members namely; Boram, Soyeon, and Qri were added to the group. Then in July 2009, they made their debut with a track titled ‘Lie’.
2. T-ara’s Subunits
T-ara formed a subunit called T-ara N4 in April 2013 which was made up of Eunjung, Jiyeon, Hyomin, and Areum. The four-member subunit was unveiled by the agency with the release of an extended play titled ‘Jeon Won Diary’ which peaked at No. 11 on Gaon Music Chart and No. 15 on K-Pop Hot 100. It also had digital sales of over 500,000 copies.
3. Music Career Achievements
The girl band dropped a re-release of their first album in February 2010 with two hit tracks titled ‘Neo Ttaemune Micheyo’ (I Go Crazy Because of You) and ‘Naega Neomu Apa’ (I’m Really Hurt). The two hit tracks charted at No. 1 and No. 31 on Gaon Music Chart respectively. Also, the hit single for their second extended play, titled ‘Roly-Poly’ clenched the No. 2 spot on K-Pop Hot 100. The single was commercially successful as it had over four million digital unit sales which made it the highest-selling and top-grossing track in South Korea for the year 2011.
T-ara was also named in 2015 among the all-time sixteen best selling girls groups as they had a total sales of about 36.18 million by late 2015. The group received numerous accolades which include MTV Best of The Best Awards, Melon Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, among others.
4. Endorsement Deals
T-ara members penned down their first endorsement deal with Nonghyup Apples in October 2009. In the next year, the girl band moved on to model for companies such as Tedin Waterpark, Mentho Latum Korea and Olympus Cameras. They were also ambassadors of other brands like Spris, iRiver, Shin Ramyum, Crown Mountain, Tony Moly, Pantech Korea, Brilliant Chicken, among several others.
5. Humanitarian Duties
In December 2013, the girl group organized a charity event at Cafenne, a cafe managed by one of the members’ moms. They auctioned some of their stage costumes and clothing from which they realized the sum of $12.5 million. They made a charity donation of $2.5 from the money and later gave the remaining $10 million for Hope Windmill Campaign organised by the Red Cross Society on 27th December.
In 2012, a controversy sprang up in the girl group which caused a division among them. It happened that during the group’s concert in Japan which took place on 25th and 26th July, Hwayoung only performed one song having sustained an injury. So after the concert, a member of the girl band posted on Twitter about determination, which the other members concurred with, except Hwayoung and her sister, Hyoyoung who also posted about a bad person.
Following the social media saga, it was rumored that the other members of the group were bullying Hwayoung. Along the line, the agency ended her contract which was based on the ground of bad reports given against her by staff members. It was later disclosed to the public in 2017, that it was Hwayoung and her sister who were actually bullying other members which she later admitted to.
7. Why was T-ara Got Disbanded?
MBK Entertainment released an official statement in early 2017, stating that Soyeon and Boram will terminate their contracts after the group dropped their last album in May. Due to the postponement of the album release, the aforementioned members couldn’t partake in the promotion of the album which was dropped in June as their contracts had expired. Following the expiry of the contracts of the remaining four members; Hyomin, Eunjung, Jiyeon and Qri in December 2017, the girls announced in January 2018 that they won’t be renewing their contracts with the talent agency. However, the group is yet to release an official statement about their disbandment.