T-ara will soon be recruiting two new members, bringing its total number to nine. The big announcement was made yesterday by Core Contents Media CEO Kim Gwang-su, who had announced in March that the group would undergo a “transformation.”
“The group will now have nine members, and the new members will join the girls in July, to coincide with the new album’s launch,” Kim said in a press release.
The reason for the new additions, according to Kim, is to keep the girl group on its toes.
“I’ve noticed that with a lot of bands I’ve managed, the members become arrogant and idle after three years,” Kim said. “Of course, T-ara is working hard at the moment, but I don’t want the girls to take what they have for granted and I want them to be better performers.”
Not all reactions to the move have been positive, but in his defense, Kim said, “There are streams of new bands entering the K-pop market and they train for a minimum of 10 hours a day. T-ara can’t just sit back and relax if it wants to become a household name in Asia.”Wow, could that guy sound like any more of a tool bag? How many KPOP groups has he managed that have made it three years and then a group just devolved into a bunch of bitchy, ungrateful women? That is basically what it sounds like he is saying.
KPOP stars are not paid very well. They also have next to no control over their lives. Their management and production teams work them around the clock every day of the year and I am sure there are days these people just want to walk away from it all (some actually do just kill themselves).
If I had to take a guess, I am assuming new girls are being added to the group just in case the management team feels like a couple of the existing members need to be dropped for being too "arrogant" and "idle". The existing members presumably have no say in the matter concerning the addition of another two women (willing to work any hours with the group they are given for whatever compensation their management team decides).
Or maybe I am just reading way to much into this, the members are happy about this, and this guy is a wonderful manager... lol.
I like T-ara... they're so absurdly adorable.