According to TV Report, South Korean girl group T-ara’s management is being transferred to an upcoming Chinese agency called Banana Plan. Until now the group has been managed by a Korean agency called MBK Entertainment (formerly Core Contents).
What’s more, the head of the soon-to-be agency is Wang Sicong, son of Wang Jialin, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group. According to the Korean news site, T-ara will be one of many Korean artists to sign on with Wang’s agency. MBK has yet to confirm or deny the new arrangement for the band.
Since their debut in 2009, the girl group has garnered attention for internal conflict among its members. Areum and Hwayoung leaving the band in 2013 and 2012 respectively, has caused quite a stir. Especially in the case of Hwayoung, many speculated that she was bullied by other members which led to her departure. In the past, some fans have even compiled footage of Hwayoung being ostracized by other members when appearing on TV shows. Areum was Hwayoung’s replacement and she managed to stick it out just one year.
Things may be looking up for the group though. Billboard announced on August19 that the group beat Beyoncé, Sistar and 2PM for having the most loyal fan base. More than 3.4 million votes were cast for the group under the hashtag #Queens on the Fan Army Face Off poll.
With its rocky past behind them, signing up with a new agency may just be the fresh change the band needs!
Source: TV Report