This is Kenneth.
Earlier this year, Kamilias all over the world were shocked by the disbandment rumors surrounding DSP Media’s ace girl group, Kara. It was then confirmed that the three original members Hara, Seungyeon and Gyuri’s contracts were to end soon. Until earlier today, DSP Media confirmed KARA’s disbandment following the expiry of Hara, Seungyeon and Gyuri’s contracts. According to DSP Media, the three girls which they’ve housed for more than 10 years decided to walk into a different career path, but, the big question is, “What would happen to the group’s newest member, Youngji?”.
Exactly two years ago, January 15 2014, past members Nicole and Jiyoung left the group to pursue another career. Jiyoung became an actress while Nicole debuted as a solo artist. Because of that, DSP Media came up with a survival program, ‘Project Kara’. Through this competition, the best among seven notable trainees will debut as the newest member of Kara, which was later on succeeded by Heo Youngji. Youngji then debuted with Kara through the mini album, Day & Night and title track “Mamma Mia” on August 2014. Kara then continued promoting in Japan through their 4th Japanese tour with their 5th album, ‘Girl’s Story’. Then, their 7th and last mini album, “In Love” was released on May 2015 with the title track “Cupid”. Well, I think this should be enough for a little recap.
To be very honest, KARA is a kpop legend. Kara debuted on 2007, they were one of Hallyu’s representatives. I became a fan of Kara on 2011 through their song ‘Lupin’. (even though Lupin was released on 2010). Seungyeon is my bias, I always loved her smile, her voice and her lady-like aura. I even watched their drama series, “Secret Love”, without being biased, Seungyeon’s story was the best, her acting was the best as well. If I were to rank the five episodes it would be Seungyeon, Hara, Gyuri, Jiyoung then Nicole’s. Kara were one of the best performers in the Korean entertainment industry, the members were very versatile, they were good singers, good dancers and they can act as well. That is why I really think that this would be a downfall for DSP Media, leaving Rainbow, A-JAX and newest group April which are needed to promoted in pure effort badly, don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Rainbow and April as well but lets accept the fact that these groups including A-JAX has still a long way to go.
As for Heo Youngji, I can’t deny that at first I was doubting that it could be Youngji, the one who would save Kara, which of course faced decline because of Nicole and Jiyoung’s departure. But then I got to know Youngji, I freaking fell for her instantly, she was so natural, she could drive people nuts with her talent, her undeniably perfect visuals, the damn girl can sing as well! ow, and don’t forget her mute laugh. Heo Youngji killed it. She even became a big bias wrecker, for a moment I converted my attention from Seungyeon to her. Then Youngji joined Roommate, it was the best decision DSP Media made ever since KARA’s decline. Lets be honest within ourselves, Youngji’s bickering moments with GOT7’s Jackson were one of the reasons why we stayed and continued to watch Roommate, it was a factor, isn’t it? Youngji then became noticeable to Korean public, she received so much love. But now, since Kara had already disbanded, what would happen to our favorite girl, Youngji?
Apparently, according to DSP Media, Youngji will stay as their artist and they would help her shine even brighter, would help her become the best artist she could be and finally, she’ll debut as a solo artist.
Lemme share these feel good songs from Kara:
The best dance choreography ever!
Kara made member line up change twice, which was your favorite line-up?
To be very honest my favorite line-up was the last one with Youngji. Over the years, if I were to rank the best songs Kara had produced it would be Mamma Mia, Pandora, Cupid, Lupin, Mister, Step, Jumping, Wanna, First Love (Gyuri and Seungyeon duet) and Seungyeon’s Guilty. Now, I can no longer wait for another song to come out, I just need to listen and cherish these songs as long as I can. I will surely miss these girls, I wish them the best, I will support them on whatever they’re planning to do in order to enrich their careers and their desire for betterment. Goodbye for now, I love you, Kara.