Will BabyMonsters make their debut soon?
BabyMonsters are the girl group scheduled to debut under YG Entertainment after approximately seven years following BLACKPINK’s debut. Since March of this year, the seven members who secured their final debut through the eight-part reality show “Last Evaluation” have been making significant records even before officially entering the music industry. With 3.11 million subscribers on their official YouTube channel and 51.87 million views on their pre-debut song “DREAM” as of 11 AM on the 26th, they have garnered considerable attention.
YG Entertainment has been actively inviting renowned overseas producers to Korea several times for album production for BabyMonsters. Through this, they secured multiple tracks, including their debut song, and have been vigorously planning subsequent projects to follow their debut.
However, it seems that the initial plans have gone awry. YG Entertainment initially announced in July that they had “finalized a powerful hip-hop genre song as the debut track and were in full swing for the latter part of the production, including choreography and music video,” revealing a debut scheduled for September. Still, there has been no news of the release of BabyMonsters’ first album even as we approach the end of this month.
In particular, the absence of Ahyeon, who was chosen as a debut member, from the group’s official SNS and group schedules has raised speculations that there might be delays in BabyMonsters’ debut. In addition, reactions suggesting that the BLACKPINK re-signing issue might also have an impact on the situation are ongoing.
K-pop fans can only sigh at YG Entertainment’s constantly changing plans. This was also the case with Treasure, the most recent group launched by YG Entertainment. After their debut in November 2018 as part of the program “YG Treasure Box,” they were set to separate into Treasure (Haruto, Bang Yedam, So Jung Hwan, Kim Jun Kyu, Park Jeong Woo, Yoon Jae Hyuk, Choi Hyun Suk) and Magnum (Ha Yoon Bin, Mashiho, Kim Do Young, Yoshinori, Park Ji Hoon, Asahi) for individual activities after the show ended. However, due to overlapping issues such as the contract termination of Ha Yoon Bin during the preparation process, they eventually debuted as a 12-member group, 1 year and 8 months after the program concluded.
Even back in 2013 during Mnet’s “WIN: Who is Next,” when they announced that only one team among Team A and Team B would debut, those who lost in the show ended up forming a group called iKON through “Mix & Match,” adding new members.
Most notably, iKON had instances where the scheduled release of their debut album was altered. They released a total of 11 tracks, pre-releasing them in four parts: half album, warm-up single, and full album. The full album was initially scheduled for release in November 2015 but was delayed until December 24th of the same year for quality reasons and other factors.