On Monday, July 19, South Korean entertainment agency Pledis Entertainment announced that boy group SEVENTEEN has renewed their contract. The renewal comes a year early, as their initial contract in 2015 was set to expire in 2022. According to Pledis, all 13 members of the group and the management decided to renew the contract early.
“The members of SEVENTEEN wished to explain the significance of the renewed contract and their determination for the future by saying that “all thirteen members agreed that we will continue to be together in the trust and strong teamwork that we have developed over the years,” Pledis’s statement said. (Read: You Need to Check Out These Kpop-Themed Cafés, Stat!)
The new contract will last until 2028, which means that the group will have been together for 13 years by then!
And indeed, 13 years is a long time, especially for those in the entertainment industry. Not many groups stay together that long, and disband as early as three or four years into their career!
But if you’ve been considering your group members as family, it’s easy to stay in it and commit to decades more of being together– just like SEVENTEEN and these other Kpop groups!
These groups are also said to have broken the “7-year curse”, which is a Kpop term referring to idols and groups disbanding or losing popularity in their seventh year in the industry.
Long-running Kpop groups: Shinee (13 years)
The group from SM Entertainment was formed in 2008, and they have been together ever since. They have been together for so long that the four members were named the chief mourners during their member, Jonghyun’s funeral in 2017. The chief mourner would usually be the male head of the family, or the brothers of the deceased.
Long-running Kpop groups: SNSD/Girls’ Generation (10 years)
One of the most iconic girl groups to come out of the early 2000’s, SNSD or Girls’ Generation had been together for 10 years before their indefinite hiatus. The eight-piece girl group had debuted in 2007 under SM Entertainment and went on a hiatus in 2017 to focus on the members’ solo acting and music careers.
Long-running Kpop groups: TVXQ (18 years)
TVXQ first started as a five-piece group, but they are now only a duo. But it isn’t stopping them from continuing with their music careers and releasing chart-topping songs for their fans! The SM Entertainment duo has been together for a whopping 18 years, and there are no signs of stopping for them. (Read: Explainer: The Anatomy of a Kpop Album)
Long-running Kpop groups: Super Junior (16 years)
If you’ve ever watched music shows or listened to music regularly in the early 2000’s, you would’ve for sure heard of “Sorry, Sorry” when it was released in 2009. And the iconic song sang and performed by boy group Super Junior or SuJu, is still playing on radios until now! That’s because the group is so well-loved, that even newer and younger Kpop fans still know them–16 years after their debut.
Long-running Kpop groups: 2PM (13 years)
JYP Entertainment’s 2PM debuted in 2008, and are still active until now, which means they have been together for 13 years already! The six-piece group continues to make waves on social media, especially member Taecyeon who has starred in various Korean dramas. Their former leader Jaebeom (also known as Jay Park) left the agency and group in 2010, and has since pursued a solo music career.