BEAST has officially left CUBE Entertainment and founded their own agency!
Formed by CUBE in 2009, the members’ contracts expired in October of 2016. Although former BEAST member Jang Hyunseung renewed his contract as a solo artist, it was unclear if the group would continue under the label or part ways after the end of their contracts. After months of speculation and rumors, it has finally been announced the group has left the company and founded their own entertainment agency named Around US Entertainment.
Below is the official statement from the new label with a full translation provided courtesy of Soompi:
“Hello. This is Around US Entertainment.
With a new year and a new start ahead of us, Around US Entertainment will be a partner for our agency artists Yang Yoseob, Yong Junhyung, Yoon Doojoon, Lee Gi Kwang, and Son Dongwoon as they enter their second act. We want to introduce ourselves about their special new start to the people who care for them and love them.
First and foremost, we want to express our apologies and thankfulness to fans who trusted and waited during the uneasy and confusing period, and remained steadfast in encouraging our artists. The artists were able to endure because of fans’ hearts. Since both were able to trust each other and be patient, we believe the past seven years will be even more precious and shine brighter. Also, we sincerely thank Cube Entertainment’s Hong Seung Sung and the employees who raised BEAST and helped them grow. We know very well that our artists were able to grow this much due to the hard work of many individuals.
Both sides will continue to maintain an amicable and cooperative relationship.
The name ‘Around US’ was decided upon with great deliberation in order to express our desires to meet more people and more often. Just like the meaning of our name, we plan on having our artists meet you all with good music and contents in order for them to always be by your side. We will wholeheartedly support our artists in order for them to have fun and stable activities in diverse areas including music, performances, acting, and more. Furthermore, we will work hard in order to communicate and keep our promises with thankful hearts to everyone at all times.
We think that our artists still have further to go in their paths and have many things left for them to do. We promise to do our best in order for our artists and fans to experience happy times. Please look upon our artists and company with affection.
Once more, we thank the many people who have shown passionate support, love, and trust to our artists. We wish for your health and happiness.
–The whole of Around US Entertainment.”
What do you think of the news? Are you excited for BEAST’s future under their own label?
Media: Marie Claire