K-pop girl group 2NE1 is officially no more.
According to Billboard, the world-famous trio disbanded on Friday, following a seven-year run under the YG Entertainment record label. And although the news might disappoint their large fanbase, this won’t be the last time we hear from its members. Billboard reports that YG has renewed its contract with CL, who has been attempting to break into the U.S. market as a rapper/singer.
CL began working on her solo material all the way back in 2014, when she partnered up with famed music executive Scooter Braun. Since then, the 25-year-old artist has released a handful of singles, and has made guest appearances on songs by Skrillex, Diplo, G-Dragon, and more; however, it’s been about two years since she announced her debut solo album, and fans are still waiting.
“I feel like [the project is] all about good music at the end of the day,” CL told Complex in 2015. “It’s not like I’m a rookie—I have been doing this for a long time in Asia. It’s just a new market. I have to have good music, so I’m just focusing on that.”
Billboard reports that member Sandara Park, a.k.a. Dara, has also renewed her deal with YG, but the group’s third member, Park Bom, will no longer be managed by YG.
Rumors of a 2NE1 breakup began circulating years ago, but the split seemed inevitable after the fourth original member Minzy decided to leave the group in April of 2016.
Now that 2NE1 has disbanded, we might finally get a full-length from CL. According to one of her recent tweets, she has something in store for us.