K-pop girl group T-ara will be releasing their last album as a complete group in May but it will not be the end for the band, their agency recently announced.
MBK Entertainment clarified in a separate statement that T-ara will not disband.
The release of the album coincides with the expiration of the contracts of T-ara members Eunjung, Boram, Hyomin, Jiyeon, Qri and Soyeon.
An agency official said they are currently discussing contract renewals but there is a possibility that some will not be able to sign up again so they have decided to release a final album with all the members participating.
The girl group’s activities and performances related to the album will last until June, the agency added.
T-ara made their debut in 2009 and became popular with their hit songs “Roly Poly,” “Lovey Dovey” and “Bo Pee Bo Peep.”
However, in 2012, T-ara was embroiled in controversy when they were accused of bullying member Hwayoung, who was dismissed from the group in July that year. The rest of the group denied the accusations.
Because of the issue, T-ara’s popularity in South Korea was affected, prompting them to start promoting themselves in other countries such as Japan and China.