The fact that these idols’ comebacks have been delayed for a long time has made the fan community extremely angry.
While most Kpop artists make their comeback at least once a year to maintain their names and coverage, the following idols have been in long-term “break” and fans are hopelessly waiting for them. Although fans call for a comeback every time an artist and company announce their comeback plans, 2018 is almost over and these idols still haven’t shown any signals that they will come back to the Kpop race soon.
Since Sulli left f (x) in August 2015, so far the SM female group only promoted once in late 2015 with the title song “4 Walls” of their 4th studio album. Noticably it is not the only thing worth mentioning when it comes to what f (x) suffers when operating under SM. While their seniors and juniors like TVXQ, Super Junior, SNSD, NCT, Red Velvet… all have official fandom names and lightsticks, it still seems to impossible for f (x) although the group has debuted for nearly 9 years.
With their activity being frozen for a long time, Amber was even so desperate that she posted a long article on Instagram accusing SM of abandoning their artists, but the big company still didn’t do anything. With leader Victoria busy with her schedule in China, Krystal actively participating in movies and commercials, while Amber also signed a contract with US record label Steel Wool Entertainment, the future of f ( x) is still a big question mark for fans.
Winning the runner-up position at Kpop Star during the first season, Lee Hi joined YG and immediately became a “dinosaur rookie” with a series of hits “126.96.36.199”, “Rose”, “It’s Over” since debut. After the hiatus time, which lasted for 3 years, Lee Hi came back with her 2nd album “Seoulite” and then continued to disappear… up until now.
While YG boy groups have a tradition of composing music themselves, female idols mostly depend on the company’s main music producer, Teddy. However, while BlackPink debuted in 2016 and continuously had many comebacks quite regularly over the years, not to mention Jennie’s solo debut recently actively promoted by YG, Lee Hi’s absence until 30 months is still unacceptable to fans. In addition to the plan to launch a new female group in 2019, it is unknown until when “Daddy Yang” plan to waste Lee Hi’s time.
Also having promised a lot about CL’s American progress, but YG is still only making promises without any real action when over 2 years have passed, the former leader of 2NE1 still has no new products besides “Lifted”. Even recently, Yang CEO also caused outrage in the 2NE1 fan community because of discrimination between the old artists and the new favorite artists.
Even though YG has updated the promotion images for Bobby (iKON)’s upcoming activities or Mino (WINNER)’s upcoming album, the agency still doesn’t upload any message to congrats CL’s new track with The Black Eyed Peas called “Dopeness” in Oct 2018. With YG announcing BLACK PINK entering the US market, fans can see that it’s gonna be another long period of time for them to get to see CL again.
Being the only group with a “graduation mechanism” in K-Pop, After School members, after a period of time with the group, will be able to graduate and a new member will replace them. Asides from famous members such as Nana, UEE, Lee Joo Yeon,…this Pledis girlgroup also has many big hits in their career such as “First Love”, “Bang!”, “Dream Girl”…
However, with its 3 most well-known members Lee Joo Yeon, Jung Ah and UEE leaving while PLEDIS is focusing on promoting their new groups like SEVENTEEN and Pristin, or the fact that NU’EST is returning like a flame after the “Produce 101” effect, it is most likely that an After School comeback is impossible.