After seven years together, on Saturday it was revealed that members Jinyoung (Jung Jin-young) and Baro (Cha Sun-woo) K-pop quintet B1A4 have opted to not renew their contracts with the group’s label WM Entertainment.
B1A4 got its start in 2011 and has seen success in both South Korea and Japan with a variety albums and singles, the majority which were co-written by members the act. Their style has vacillated between comically playful, such as on “Beautiful Target,” “Baby Good Night” and “What’s Happening?,” and melodic electro-pop balladry, like with “Sweet Girl” and “A Lie.” The quintet toured Stateside last year.
According to The Korea Herald, the future B1A4 and its three remaining members under WM — Sandeul (Lee Jung-hwan), CNU (Shin Dong-woo) and Gongchan (Gong Chan-sik) — remains to be determined.
Baro and Jinyoung are expected to pursue solo careers; each has made a name for himself in South Korea’s acting industry, and the latter has gained renown for his songwriting, which has seen him produce music for both B1A4 and other artists.
B1A4’s final album with five members was last year’s Rollin’, which was fronted by a title track crafted by Jinyoung and Baro. The act has seen four albums, including Rollin', appear within the top 10 the World Albums chart since 2014.