2016 has seen a number of ups and downs in the K-pop world. Not only have we seen a number of notable K-pop idols who have split from their groups in 2016, we've also bid goodbye to a number of big-name girl groups. But out of all the groups who have disbanded this year, it is these four that have hit us the hardest:
After nine years and a number of line-up changes, Kara was to be no more on April 2016 when the contracts of its members expired. While a number of Kara members have said that the group have not disbanded, the future doesn't look particularly bright for a reunion anytime soon.
Sadly, Kara weren't the only group from DSP Media to disband this year...
Much like the situation with Kara, after their contracts came up for renewal this year, Rainbow ultimately decided to split up after seven years with DSP Media.
Despite releasing their hit track "Hate" at the start of 2016, a comeback was not to be as 4Minute ultimately decided to amicably split when their contracts with Cube Entertainment came to an end in June.
The most high-profile - and recent - split in recent memory. While there was initial hope that 2NE1 would continue as a trio following Minzy's departure, nothing came to fruition as CL and Dara became more focused on their solo careers, and the group ultimately decided to disband just last week.
Thanks for all the memories and music Rainbow, Kara, 4Minute, and 2NE1. We will miss you all dearly!
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