YG’s Delay of BABYMONSTER’s Debut Raises Concerns Among Fans

YG is under controversy for postponing the debut of its highly anticipated new girl group, BABYMONSTER

This delay comes at a time when the entertainment giant is already under scrutiny due to the contract situation of BLACKPINK, leaving fans questioning the company’s future moves.

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BLACKPINK’s contract negotiations have made YG Entertainment the subject of intense public interest. The possibility of BLACKPINK members not renewing their contracts has cast a shadow of uncertainty over YG’s future. Against this backdrop, the latest update on BABYMONSTER has added to the attention.

Reports from Korean media reveal that YG has decided to postpone the official debut of BABYMONSTER, initially slated for September of this year. The reason given for this delay is to enhance the overall quality of the debut. BABYMONSTER’s debut is being guided by Yang Hyun Suk. BABYMONSTER is expected to release a powerful hip-hop debut track, and members of YG are pouring their hearts and souls into producing music for the group.

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The first glimpse of BABYMONSTER was unveiled on December 31, 2022, and it immediately captured the attention of fans worldwide. Unlike 2NE1 or BLACKPINK, known for their girl crush style and a lineup of four members, BABYMONSTER has seven members. In the first five months of this year, YG continued to build anticipation by consistently releasing training videos, introducing the members and conducting auditions, keeping fans on the edge of their seats. May 12 marked the day when the official lineup of BABYMONSTER was unveiled, featuring seven girls, ranging in age from 13 to 20. Since then, there has been a conspicuous absence of any further information regarding the group’s debut.

The uncertainty surrounding BLACKPINK’s contract renewal has caused YG’s stock price to plummet. The continued postponement of BABYMONSTER’s debut has left fans concerned, with some even suggesting that the company’s future might be in jeopardy.

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Adding to the concern is the speculation surrounding the potential departure of Ahyeon, a member of BABYMONSTER who was considered a huge fan attractor. Netizens noted her absence during the group’s latest appearance at Born Pink Final Seoul concert, raising questions about her future with the group. Ahyeon gained widespread attention with her viral cover of “Dangerously” and was seen as an ace member in BABYMONSTER’s potential success. Her leaving the group, if confirmed, could be a significant setback.

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Moreover, following BLACKPINK’s monumental global debut, BABYMONSTER is undoubtedly under immense pressure to live up to expectations. With their distinct hip-hop music style, produced by Teddy and The Black Label, concerns linger that BABYMONSTER might struggle to step out of BLACKPINK’s shadow.

Netizens shared their thoughts:

  • If they don’t renew with BLACKPINK, they should debut BABYMONSTER immediately. But YG keeps postponing. What is YG doing?
  • I’m worried that BAEMON will end up like Treasure, selecting the best members and then not delivering.
  • Debuting a girl group at the wrong time is the biggest mistake.
  • Don’t worry. In history, no YG female idols have failed. YG’s debut songs have also never failed.
  • Debuting as the first girl group after 2NE1, BLACKPINK must have been under a lot of pressure. But they’ve achieved more, so I think BAEMON will succeed.

Source: K14