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Friday, July 30, 2010

1 + 1 + 3 Still Equals 5



With the expiration of contract with their previous company, there has been some curiosity on popular group SS501’s future direction when leader Kim Hyun Joong signed to another contract by himself.

Firstly, in early June, Kim Hyun Joong signed with Bae YongJoon’s management company Key East, and it was known that Park Jung Min also signed with a new company on his own. There is a chance that Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyung Jun who had their activities as a unit nicknamed as ‘SS301’ in 2008, will group together to continue their activities as singers.

According to associates of SS501, Park Jung Min who has been very interested in acting, is searching for a new entertainment management company who will manage over him. However, in order to have group activities instead of going solo, Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyung Jun are looking for new management company.

Being called SS301, Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyung Jun, is currently a target for top music management companies in the FA (Free Agent) industry to scout them in. Even though they have received proposals for contracts worth a large amount of money from some management companies, but instead they are looking for a reliable management company whom they can trust. One close friend of the member said “Even though money (for contract) is no doubt an important factor, the members are trying to select one with a high capacity and whom they are able to trust completely.”

If SS501’s members sign with different new management companies on their own, it would be difficult for them to have activities as SS501 for the time being. However, since there is no disharmony between the members and that all of them want SS501 to continue on, it would seem that the group will not disband. Especially that SS501 is currently very popular in Taiwan, therefore there is possibility that they will come back together soon to do promotional activities in overseas.

Meanwhile, SS501’s future direction as ‘1+1+3’ is a similar model as idol group H.O.T’s path when they disbanded, has gathered attention. H.O.T disband in 2001, Moon HeeJun and Kangta became solo singers while Jang WooHyuk, Tony An and Lee JaeWon continued by forming a group called jtL.

Credits: gyummy@donga.com + SS601.com + (English Translation) xiaochu @ Quainte501.com

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I woke up late today and this article was the first thing I read. I guess I'm kinda relieved for a bit that we now have an idea where SS501's future is heading. But you guys agree that SS301 is better than no promotion at all right? I mean, we've had this before when Leader joined BOF and Jung Min joined Grease. But the trio still retained the name SS501. And I have a feeling they WILL STILL carry the name SS501 (if they're allowed). I've got my fingers crossed for that. I hope they do. And I will still support them completely. I was preparing myself to support all 5 solo activities, but at least there's a possibility that the project unit will still do promotions as a group. I can accept that fully. I hope the three find themselves a good management company, one that will also support SS501 full group activities in the future. I hope JM finds a good company too. All 5 of them deserve nothing but the BEST!

I know you guys each have your own opinions after reading the article. Some hearts will sink, some hearts will perk up hopefully, but no matter what, I hope you guys still believe in SS501. I hope you still hear their promise echoing in your minds and hearts. Because no one is breaking that promise. SS501 IS NOT DISBANDING. They can be in different agencies and still come together as SS501 and make another album. But we have to be patient. This will take quite a while. But I know for a fact that if you're a true Triple S, you'll wait. Read Allkpop's version of this article, here.

Again, let's wait first for confirmation from DSP and the official announcement.

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