K-pop boy band Super Junior will release a studio album in the second half of the year, the first time since all the members have finished their military service.
For the new album, nine of the 11 members will take part as Kangin and Sungmin sit it out.
“After discussion with the members, it was decided that nine members–Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Shindong, Siwon, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun–will participate in the ninth album,” according to Label SJ, the group’s agency.
It added that “Kangin and Sungmin, who will not participate in group activities, will be coming back with separate individual activities in the future.”
All 11 members of the boy band have finished their mandatory military service in the span of nine years.
Kangin was the first to enlist in July 2010 followed by Heechul in 2011, Leeteuk in 2012, Yesung in 2013, Shindong in 2014, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae and Siwon in 2015, Ryeowook in 2016 and Kyuhyun in 2017.
However, the group is facing boycott from Korean fans. After Super Junior’s comeback was announced, Korean fans issued a statement demanding that Kangin and Sungmin be removed from the boy band due to their past controversies.
Kangin was involved in an assault case in September 2009 and drunk driving in October 2009. He was again involved in a drunk driving case in May 2016. In November 2017, he was investigated for assaulting a woman but the complaint was dropped after she decided not to pursue it.
Korean fans are angry at Sungmin for the controversies surrounding his marriage in 2014. In 2017, Korean fans issued a “Sungmin Out” statement and demanded that he be removed from Super Junior for disrespecting them.
Kangin and Sungmin were not part of the “Play” album, released in November 2017, which marked Super Junior’s 12th anniversary.
Super Junior made their debut in November 2005.