In a recent turn of events, the K-pop sensation FIFTY FIFTY is grappling with the termination of contracts for three of its members, Sio, Saena, and Aran. This decision comes as a result of an ongoing legal dispute between the members and their label, ATTRAKT, over contractual issues that have taken a contentious turn.
The Contract Termination Drama:
ATTRAKT, the agency representing FIFTY FIFTY, announced that it had to part ways with Sio, Saena, and Aran due to their persistent breaches of contract, which they allegedly failed to address. The agency also accused the trio of spreading false information and defaming the company, creating a volatile situation that couldn’t be resolved.
According to a statement by ATTRAKT, “We notified Saena, Sio, and Aran—the remaining members of our agency’s girl group FIFTY FIFTY excluding Keena—of the termination of their exclusive contracts as of October 19. We have taken action in response to the three FIFTY FIFTY members’ lack of corrective measures or reflections on their serious contract violations. We will discuss follow-up measures against the members in the future.”
The Legal Battle Unveiled:
The ongoing conflict between ATTRAKT and FIFTY FIFTY began when the group sought to suspend their exclusive contracts, citing contract term violations. In June, the group initiated legal action against ATTRAKT, aiming to have their contracts suspended. However, in August, a Seoul court dismissed their request, deepening the dispute between the group and the agency.
On October 19, ATTRAKT officially notified Saena, Sio, and Aran of the termination of their contracts, escalating the situation further.
Keena’s Return and FIFTY FIFTY’s Success:
Interestingly, earlier in the month, Keena, a member of FIFTY FIFTY, withdrew her lawsuit against ATTRAKT and returned to the label. However, the three remaining members—Saena, Aran, and Sio—persisted with their appeal, indicating the complexity of the situation.
FIFTY FIFTY achieved remarkable success earlier this year with their hit song “Cupid,” breaking records by becoming the K-pop girl group with the longest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100. This achievement surpassed the previous record held by BLACKPINK. Additionally, FIFTY FIFTY made history by becoming the second South Korean music act to appear on the Adult Pop Airplay chart, following in the footsteps of BTS.
The termination of contracts and the legal disputes surrounding FIFTY FIFTY have left fans and the K-pop industry with many questions. The coming days will likely reveal more about the future of both the group and the affected members.