Korean pop star and former 2NE1 member Sandara Park is leaving YG Entertainment after the expiration of her contract.
Soompi, a news portal dedicated to South Korean entertainment, reported the artist’s departure from the company on Friday, May 14.
“This is an announcement that YG Entertainment and Sandara Park’s exclusive contract has expired. We express sincere gratitude to Sandara Park, who has been together with YG with special trust and affection,” the company said.
“YG will always cheer on the challenges that Sandara Park takes on, and we will continuously help her until she completes preparation for her new start,” it added.
Park was admired by the company for her service and artistry with her girl group 2NE1 and other endeavors.
“Sandara Park joined YG in 2004, and after debuting with 2NE1 in 2009, she has shown impressive performance not only in music but also in various areas such as acting, fashion, beauty, and as an MC,” it said.
“We ask for much interest and support from fans so her positive energy can shine even further. We once again sincerely thank the fans who have loved Sandara Park as an artist of YG until now.”
Also known as the ‘Pambansang Krung Krung,’ Park started her showbiz career in the Philippines when she joined “Star Circle Quest” in 2004.
She left the Philippine showbiz in 2007 and shortly signed with YG Entertainment, whose CEO Yang Hyun-suk had scouted her back in 2004 after she appeared on a KBS documentary. She then debuted in 2NE1 in 2009 along with group members Bom, CL, and Minzy, and became one of the trailblazers for the K-pop genre. The group disbanded in 2016.
Aside from 2NE1, YG Entertainment is a South Korean entertainment agency that created worldwide sensation groups BIG BANG, iKON, WINNER, BLACKPINK, and TREASURE.