Despite a previous video announcement on Nampon, DR Music has stated she is not joining RaNia, and the video was leaked by a Thai YouTube channel without confirmation from the label. The agency's full Facebook post on the issue is below:
"Dear A1ST community,
First of all, we would like to thank you for all the messages and the support we have received after our announcement yesterday.
To prevent further misunderstandings we would like to clarify the situation one more time.
1. While preparing for Rania's new album we are also putting a lot of effort into improving other aspects. As many of you will probably have noticed, it started with the change of our marketing team which is now much more active. In the long-term we were also considering the idea to make Rania a seven member group again – just like it was in the beginning. This is the reason why we have been holding unofficial auditions to look for new talents who could later potentially join our existing members.
When Yumin made her decision to leave the group, not only the members but the whole Rania team was taken aback. As we wanted to give Yumin time to think the situation through we waited until she had come to a final conclusion before we made the official announcement. While we and the members wish Yumin could have stayed with us, we respect her decision and would like to stress one more time that Yumin was in no way forced out of the group. This was her own personal choice.
2. Nampon from Thailand
As we already mentioned, we have been trying to bring back some of Rania's originality. As part of that, we were thinking of performing again with seven members, and thus, gave young talents the chance to audition. We discovered Nampon in the middle of March. Since then she has been a trainee at DR Music and practiced together with our Rania members, with the ambition to join the group someday in the future.
However, it was never our intention or plan to replace Yumin with Nampon. In April, when we received the confirmation for the performances in Malaysia and Brazil, Rania's introduction video, the administrative documents, and all promotional materials featured Rania as a five member group, including Yumin (in case you have any doubts, please feel free to check with the organizers in Malaysia and Brazil and ask them for the official materials).
We are extremely sorry that at the very time when we shared Yumin's sad news a channel that stands in no connection to the official DR Music channel has suddenly proclaimed Nampon as a new member and thereby created a lot of confusion. The video that was uploaded was the recruitment video that had been requested by Nampon's Thai agency to promote Nampon within Thailand. We shot the video under the condition that it could not be shared with anyone else unless it was first uploaded on DR Music's official channel. However, we discovered that due to apparent miscommunication the video had been uploaded on a channel in Thailand and has thereby sparked unfortunate misunderstandings.
Once again, we would like to emphasize that none of this was intended and that we are deeply sorry about the confusion it has created. We will keep you updated about all new developments through official announcements on Rania's official channel and are looking forward to engaging with the fan community in an active conversation. We would like you to know what we really appreciate all the encouraging and supportive messages you have sent us and that your criticism is also extremely important to us. We will do our best to reflect on past mistakes and improve so as to not cause such situations again.