Sad day for the B.A.P’s fans all over the world.
TS Entertainment announced on 23.08.18 that the beloved leader and talented rapper – Bang Yong Guk- will leave the agency as the contract he had expired.
“B.A.P’s Bang Yong Guk, who has been with TS Entertainment since August 12, 2011, recently saw his exclusive contract with us come to an end on August 19, 2018.
We have spoken extensively with both Bang Yong Guk and the other members of B.A.P, and we will be respecting his decision to not renew his contract with us. We want to express our gratitude to Bang Yong Guk for being with us till now, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
Bang Yong Guk has departed from B.A.P as his contract has ended, and B.A.P will continue on with five members. Their scheduled activities will continue as planned and we will continue to give B.A.P’s activities our support.
Please continue to give B.A.P your love and interest in the future. Thank you.”
Bang Yong Guk made his name known to the public after featuring on Song Jieun‘s song “Going Crazy”.
He then debuted in B.A.P in 2012, and in a very short time they made themselves known for their powerful concepts and skills in both vocals and rap.
Their single “Warrior,” it became one of the best-charting K-pop acts on the World Albums chart, with four No. 1 albums to date.
Bang has simultaneously pursued a solo career and released multiple songs, including 4: 44 AM, Yamazaki and May’s “Drunkenness.”
The group had some issues in the past with the agency as in November 2014 the six members filed a contract nullification lawsuit against TS. Upon negotiations in 2015 the whole issue was resolved.
B.A.P shared their concerns regarding the band’s continuity in their ‘BAP 2018 LIVE TOUR LIMITED in SEOUL’ in Seoul in July. The members revealed that each individual contract of the members has different expiring date. The leader was the first to reach the terminate date and he left the record label after talks of contract renewal failed between both parties.
In the end, B.A.P’s fans were supportive of the decision of B.A.P’s leader. They sent their well wishes and gratitude to him through messages .