Based on regulations set by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission, the longest possible length of an entertainment agency's contract with its artist is 7-years.
Thus, most K-Pop group members today sign contracts which last exactly 7-years, starting from their official debut date.
This means that 2022 signals the year in which all K-Pop groups who debuted in the year 2015 will face their contract renewals.
So what's the current contract renewal situation of each K-Pop group who debuted in 2015?
Debut: January 16, 2015
Debut: March 19, 2015
Status: Elkie, Sorn, Seungyeon, & Yeeun have left the group / Yujin re-debuted as a member of Kep1er
3. Oh My Girl
Debut: April 21, 2015
Status: Jiho has left the group / The remaining 6-members have renewed
4. MONSTA X
Debut: May 14, 2015
Status: Shownu, Kihyun, & Hyungwon have renewed (as of May 9, 2022) / Jooheon, Minhyuk, & I.M are undecided
Debut: May 20, 2015
Status: All 3 original members renewed their contracts prematurely in 2021
Debut: May 26, 2015
Status: All 13 members renewed their contracts prematurely in 2021
Debut: August 24, 2015
Debut: September 7, 2015
Status: Undecided (All 4 members are currently enlisted for mandatory service)
Debut: September 10, 2015
Status: Undecided (Jinhoo is currently enlisted for mandatory service)
Debut: September 14, 2015
Status: Undecided (*Rumored to be disbanding as of May 11, 2022)
Debut: September 15, 2015
Debut: October 20, 2015
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