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K-Pop's 8Eight to Disband: Lee Hyun Will Stay with Homme with 2AM's Changmin

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Dec 28, 2014 03:54 PM EST

It has been reported that the popular K-Pop vocal group 8eight has decided to disband since the group members's contracts with Big Hit Entertainment have expired.

The group, which has been active for seven years, consists of male vocalist Lee Hyun, male vocalist and rapper Baek Chan and female vocalist Joo Hee. The group 8Eight first appeared in 2007 as a part of the MBC program Show Survival. In the same year, they released their first studio album The First, and they have released three studio albums and a two mini-albums since.

The group announced Dec. 21 that they have agreed on the decision to go their separate ways for their future music careers. Hee and Chan decided in September to begin looking for a new agency when their contracts expired, so they will not be renewing their contacts with Big Hit Entertainment.

Hyun reportedly has plans to search for a new agency as well, but since he enlisted in mandatory military service, his contract ends at a later date than his bandmates. He will, however, continue as a soloist and part of the project duo group Homme, with 2AM’s Changmin. Big Hit Entertainment confirms that Hyun is preparing a new solo album to be released in the first half of next year.

"We no longer have anymore promotions planned for 8Eight. Because their contracts have expired, [the group’s] activities have been suspended for now. The three members's friendship will still continue, so if the opportunity arises, they will reunite," a representative for Big Hit Entertainment said.

Hopefully, for fans of 8Eight the group will reunite sooner rather than later.

Check out the trio’s latest released single, the first in three years, which came out Sep. 19, titled “Don’t Go Crazy”:

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TagsK-Pop, 8eight, Disband, Lee Hyun, Homme, 2AM, Changmin, Big Hit Entertainment, Baek Chan, Joo Hee

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