K-Pop band Girls' Generation appears to be losing three members when it was reported on Oct. 9 that Tiffany, Seohyun and Sooyung decided not to renew their contracts with SM Entertainment. The other five members signed on for whatever may be next for the globally successful girl group.
Girls' Generation (SNSD in South Korea) returned this year with the Holiday Night album that capped off 10 years in the music industry. Among the acts of their time, the nine ladies were hanging in there in terms of longevity and success before losing member Jessica Jung in 2014. The eight-piece group still carried on afterword and logged in more smashes before news of this even bigger lineup shakeup hit.
While the eight members were in talks of renewing their contracts with SM Entertainment, Tiffany, Seohyun and Sooyung reportedly decided not do so. Tiffany is looking to continue her studies in the U.S. while Seohyun and Sooyung will pursue acting opportunities. Taeyeon, YoonA, Yuri, Hyoyeon and Sunny are moving forward with Girls' Generation's agency.
On the status of Girls' Generation, SM Entertainment said, "Girls' Generation is precious and meaningful for SM and for fans." The agency seemingly indicated there might be more coming from the five remaining ladies, adding, "The members are not thinking of disbandment at all. However, since there are members whose contracts have been terminated, we will discuss the future direction of Girls' Generation with the members and make a careful decision."
Whether Girls' Generation continues or not, the group dynamic will not be the same without Tiffany, Seohyun and Sooyung. To revisit some of the band's best singles, check out our top five list from earlier this year here.