Normally a group will sign their contracts with their company and be together as a group until those contracts expire. Sometimes members leave before their contracts expire, and sometimes whole group contracts are cut short. Last year the Covid-19 pandemic affected us all, including companies in the Kpop industry. Because of the pandemic, conditions worsened at those companies, and they were forced to disband their groups. It's a shame that these groups were taken away from us too early, so let's take a look at some of those groups...
NeonPunch was a 5 member girl group under A100 entertainment. They debuted on June 27th, 2018, with their single "Moolight." The group would go onto release their second mini-album Watch Out with their lead single "Tik Toc" on January 30th of 2019. Before this, on January 16th, 2019, member Terry would leave the group due to health reasons. New member Dohee would come to replace her before their first comeback.
Unfortunately, on August 11th, 2020, A100 entertainment announced the disbandment of NeonPunch, which was due to the company's worsening finances due to the Covid 19 pandemic. However, 3 of the members Dayeon, Baekah, and Iaan, got to debut in a new trio named Xum. They made their debut on September 24th, 2020, with their first single album Ddalala and title track of the same name.
Spectrum was a 7 member group under WYN entertainment who debuted on May 10th, 2018. Tragically on July 27th, 2018, member Dongyoon passed away.
After their debut release of their first EP, Be Bom, the group would go onto release their first digital single, "Dear My," on September 6th, 2018, their second EP, Timeless Moment, on November 4th, 2018, and their first single album, Refreshing Time, on April 29th, 2019. On July 10th, 2020, the group disbanded due to worsening conditions at their company caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Hinapia was a 5 member girl group under OSR entertainment that contained 4 former Pristin members. They debuted on November 3rd, 2019, with their first single album New Start and the title track, "Drip." Their debut song would go onto the World Digital Song Sales chart, peaking at #18, and the group would become the 11th South Korean girl group to rank on the chart with their debut song. The group was later nominated for Best Super Rookie at the 2019 K-Champ Awards.
Although they had reported that they would be releasing a second album sometime in early 2020, the group ended up disbanding on August 21st, 2020, due to the company's financial struggles that had been caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Trei was a 3 member boy group under Banana Culture entertainment. They debuted on February 9th, 2019, with their first mini-album and title track, "Gravity." Back in 2017, there had only been 2 members whom released their first pre-debut song, "Up." The third member would join the group in May of 2018, and the new trio would release their second pre-debut song, "Nike." Unfortunately, the group would not be able to release any new music together as they disbanded on June 19th, 2020. It seems as though all three members had agreed to leave both the company and the group and the company allowed it due to their worsening ability to manage their groups which was caused partly by the Covid 19 pandemic.
ANS was an 8 member girl group under ANS entertainment. They made their debut on September 16th, 2019, with their first digital single, "BOOM BOOM." They had previously released a pre-debut single on August 15th, 2019, titled "Wonderland." On January 10th, 2020, the group would release their second digital single, "Say My Name," which caused them to gain some traction. Unfortunately, on August 21st, 2020, the group disbanded for several reasons. There had been a whole scandal where former member Haena had accused all of the other former ANS members of bullying her to the point where she tried to commit suicide. Not long after the allegations came out, all of the other members filed to terminate their contracts with the company due to mismanagement and neglect. The former members claim that due to the company's financial struggles caused by the pandemic, the company had laid off a majority of their employees, including the group's manager, failed to pay for their transport, failed to manage their schedule, took away their practice room, and failed to pay for their dorms. The girls claim they had to become their own managers in order to continue on as a group. They also claimed that while they had reprimanded Haena based on her poor decisions (skipping school, not showing up for practice), they had never bullied her.
As of December 2020, ANS entertainment claims to be rebranding the group with new members, including former member Bian.
6. Moonlight Girls
Moonlight Girls were a 6 member girl under NDS entertainment. They promoted their debut song "Go Go Up" at festivals during September of 2019 but never officially debuted. They were supposed to do so in June of 2020, but due to Covid 19 related complications, they never got the chance to and later disbanded on August 18th, 2020.
Becz was a 5 member boy group under H&H entertainment. They debuted on March 13th, 2020, with their digital single "Into U." Due to the company being greatly negatively affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, the group disbanded 6 months later.
8. Melody Pink
Melody Pink was a girl group under KD entertainment. They had originally debuted on September 5th, 2017, as The Singing Girls, but after several line up changes, they rebranded and re-debuted as Melody Pink on September 25th, 2019, with their digital single "Hey U." The single would be the only song that they released as the new group because on October 12th, 2020 they announced their disbandment. The company revealed that they had been facing financial hardships due to the Covid 19 pandemic, which is what caused the group's disbandment.
That is all the groups that I could find who disbanded last year due to covid. There are probably more groups who disbanded due to covid, so if you know any, feel free to comment them down below. I hope you learned some new things from this post, and I wish the best for the companies affected by the pandemic and the idols who were affected as well. Please continue to protect yourselves, friends, families, and community from the virus by remembering to wear your mask, stay 6 feet apart, and sanitize.