The Korean and global online communities are abuzz with the news that only Rosé has renewed her contract with YG Entertainment after 7 years. Fans even voted to determine which member made the shocking decision to leave the group.
On September 21st, Sports Seoul reported that Jennie, Jisoo, and Lisa would also be leaving YG Entertainment. Rosé is the sole member to have extended her contract with the entertainment company, securing her fame.
However, YG quickly refuted these claims, stating that they were still in the process of contract negotiations. Nevertheless, this news has sent shockwaves through the online community. Online forums are flooded with discussions about the girls’ future, along with speculation about YG’s true intentions.
Many believe that the decision has already been made, and YG is merely trying to prolong the inevitable. Given the current ambiguity, the likelihood of BlackPink disbanding after 7 years seems high.
Comments left by fans include: “It’s all over, but YG wants to delay it as long as possible to bury the news of the debut of their new girl group, Babymonster,” “Why are they taking so long to negotiate? Contract extensions have been discussed for a while. Could the girls be hesitant or facing some issues? Because if not, I’m sure YG would have announced it immediately to reassure fans and investors,” “I think they’re trying to save their stock price. They’re probably delaying it until Babymonster debuts to show that they have more than one profitable girl group,” “YG is delaying the inevitable because their stock will be affected. If everything were going well and BlackPink renewed their contracts, they would have announced it in August. At this point, it’s clear that at least one member will leave, and YG is trying to salvage the situation.”
Many fans seem to be coming to terms with the possibility of the four girls no longer sharing the same management company. They are curious about the future directions of each member and are questioning whether BlackPink will continue to exist or disband.
“So, Rosé is the only one staying at YG, and the other three members will go to different companies, right?” “They might pursue solo careers, but promoting as a group could be more challenging if they sign with different companies.” “Lisa, promise me you’ll go somewhere better.” “I wonder where Jisoo will go?” “They didn’t promote together much even when they were at YG. I wonder if they’ll collaborate if they’re in different companies.” “If they agree to work together for 6 months/a year, the group will stay intact. I initially thought all members except Lisa would renew their contracts, but now I doubt that.”
Many people are urging YG to stop releasing vague statements and instead provide accurate and clear information so that fans don’t have to live in prolonged uncertainty.
Sudden Decision Leaves Fans Heartbroken
In addition to discussions about contract renewals, Korean netizens also singled out the BlackPink member who surprised them the most with her decision to leave YG – Jennie.
In the eyes of fans, even before joining BlackPink, Jennie had already been established as the “darling” of the top entertainment company in South Korea.
The group officially debuted in 2016, but the 1996-born idol had been introduced to the audience by YG three years prior, appearing in G-Dragon’s music video “That XX” in 2013. Furthermore, Jennie contributed her vocals to songs by labelmates like “Special” (Lee Hi), “GG BE” (Seungri), and “Black” (G-Dragon). She even shared the stage with the former Big Bang leader on three occasions.
Jennie was also the first member of BlackPink to release a solo project, taking on the role of a rapper despite Rosé being the main vocalist. The company invested heavily in shooting music videos abroad and designing expensive outfits for Jennie.
Blinks often expressed their frustration, believing that Jennie always received the most attention and wore the most eye-catching outfits in the group’s music releases.
As a result, fans were shaken by the news that Jennie would not renew her contract with YG Entertainment: “I didn’t expect Jennie to leave,” “Oh, even Jennie wants to leave?”, “Jennie’s departure from YG is truly the biggest shock,” “I wonder where Jennie will go…”.
On the contrary, Lisa appears to be the member causing the least surprise if she doesn’t renew her contract with YG. From the moment BlackPink debuted, South Korean netizens had their eyes on Lisa because she was the group’s only foreign member. They believed that after attaining a certain level of fame, Lisa would follow in the footsteps of many other non-Korean members of K-pop groups and return to her home country to pursue her career.
Currently, with rumors of her dating a French millionaire’s son, the audience is further convinced that Lisa may soon depart from BlackPink. However, rather than returning to Thailand as predicted seven years ago, many believe that Lisa is aiming to build an international career. Her first milestone is her performance at the iconic Parisian cabaret, Crazy Horse.
Concerns Surround Lisa’s (BlackPink) Performance at the Nude Cabaret
Concerns are mounting as Lisa prepares to perform at the famous nude cabaret, Crazy Horse, in Paris, France. Many are expressing worries that the idol might be making a mistake and inadvertently contributing to the commercialization of sexuality.
Lisa (BlackPink) has expressed her excitement about her upcoming performance at the renowned nude cabaret, Crazy Horse, in Paris, France. In photos shared on September 27th, Lisa strikes poses on the red velvet chairs at the cabaret. “Excitement is building as this is finally happening! D-1. Can’t wait to see you all soon,” wrote the 26-year-old idol.
The BlackPink beauty is scheduled to have five exclusive performances over three days from September 28th to 30th.
Lisa’s Stage at Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse is a renowned cabaret known for its nude female dancer performances. It is considered one of the top three cabaret shows in Paris, France, alongside Moulin Rouge and Lido.
However, there has been controversy surrounding Crazy Horse’s use of light projection on the naked bodies of women. Additionally, there have been reports that becoming a dancer at Crazy Horse requires meeting strict body standards.
Previously, Lisa revealed some of the choreography that would be performed at Crazy Horse on her social media account on September 25th. Images and videos released showed Lisa dancing under blue lights, showcasing her body’s curves with her long hair tied up high.
“Each Crazy Horse show consists of short performances, in which Lisa is believed to have participated in some segments with the dance troupe and two of her own acts, including ‘Crisis, What Crisis?’ and ‘But I’m a good girl,’ according to WWD.
‘Crisis, What Crisis?’ is a song that tells the story of a woman on the verge of breakdown due to the economic instability in Paris. At that moment, her clothes fall off and fly away, revealing the fluctuating Paris stock market chart. This performance satirizes the mortgage crisis of 2008.
Meanwhile, according to SCMP, ‘But I’m a Good Girl’ is considered one of Crazy Horse’s iconic satirical performances, featuring the dancer slowly executing her routine from behind a curtain made of pearls. This stage is described as having ‘vibrant and energetic choreography,’ custom-designed for Lisa.
In an interview with ELLE, Andrée Deissenberg, the brand director of Crazy Horse, stated that Lisa underwent professional training for her performance. ‘Our idea was to turn her into a Crazy dancer from A to Z. It was her desire, and I found it truly exciting,’ he said.
Lisa’s performance at the nude cabaret is seen as a commercialization of sexuality.
Many US-UK market artists came to show their support and take photos with the dancers at Crazy Horse, including Lily Rose Depp, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Sophie Turner, Scarlet Johansson, Lana Del Rey… but Lisa is the first music star to perform on this stage.
In 2013, Beyoncé drew inspiration from Crazy Horse’s stage, incorporating it into her ‘Partition’ music video with its mesmerizing lighting effects, showcasing harmonious curves. Contrary to what many believed, the video was not filmed at the cabaret itself but rather recreated the Crazy Horse stage at a location near Paris.
Lisa’s situation continues to fuel debates as Crazy Horse claims its performance is a symbol of women’s liberation and pride. Some argue that Lisa does not represent female K-pop artists, nor the girls working at the cabaret. Many questions arise: ‘Is she contributing to the commodification of sexuality?’ ‘Does performing at a nude cabaret help her embody the symbol of empowered women?’ ‘Pride, freedom, confidence in what way? It’s all about vanity, let’s be straightforward, it’s just for entertainment.’
Furthermore, there are concerns that a significant number of the idol’s young fans might attend the show, potentially having a negative impact.
“The most serious impact, in my opinion, is that hundreds, even millions of teenagers have now become aware of the Crazy Horse show. They’re curious, searching, and watching. This influence can’t be reversed. Lisa’s biggest mistake is not only participating but also promoting it, especially to children. I’m 30 years old, and I first learned about the Crazy Horse show because of her,” expressed one audience member, sharing their viewpoint.