Sungchan and Shotaro to Leave NCT and Debut in New SM Boy Group Launched This Year
SM has confirmed Sungchan and Shotaro’s departure from NCT.
SM Entertainment officially announced the future plans of Sungchan and Shotaro through their official social media channels on May 24.
SM stated, “Sungchan and Shotaro will debut as members of a new boy group scheduled to launch in 2023, after leaving NCT. Taking into consideration the members’ thoughts and each team’s musical direction, we have made this decision.“
Furthermore, SM stated, “As the new unit of NCT represents the final chapter of NCT’s infinite expansion, we aim to create a differentiated team that aligns more with the concept of regional origins within the NCT universe. Therefore, we will increase the proportion of Japanese members and publicly disclose the selection process for debut members and team launch, which we have not previously revealed, to our fans.”
The following is the full official statement from SM Entertainment.
“This is SM Entertainment.
First and foremost, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all the fans who love and support NCT.
Below is our announcement that informs you on the future plans of Sungchan and Shotaro.
As NCT members, Sungchan and Shotaro have presented wondrous performances. However, they will be closing their chapter with NCT and debuting in a new boy group that will launch in 2023.
We express our deepest apologies and appreciation for the fans that have been supporting and eagerly waiting for them to debut as part of a new NCT group.
After careful consideration and discussion with Sungchan and Shotaro in preparation of SM 3.0, we have come to a decision that would best reflect the artists thoughts and each of the group’s artistic and musical direction.
We ask for your kind understanding and support for Sungchan and Shotaro as they begin a new chapter.
NCT’s newest group will become the final group to be a part of NCT’s infinite expansion, so we aim to launch one with a distinctive worldview that is truly representative of a regional identity.
In alignment with this, we will be increasing the number of Japanese members, unveiling new members and sharing their debut journey with the fans.
We will provide full support for not only the NCT members but also for Sungchan and Shotaro.
We ask once again that fans show continuous and unwavering love and support for their future endeavors.