Is Mamamoo's Wheein leaving RBW Entertainment? Truth behind rumors about contract renewal
Mamamoo's Wheein's RBW contract has come into question after a report stated that the 26-year-old K-pop songstress will be reportedly leaving the agency. For the unversed, so far three other members of K-pop girl group Mamamoo, Hwasa, Solar, and Moonbyul have renewed their contract with the label RBW in 2021.
Mamamoo recently released their mini-album 'WAW' (Where Are We) which comes after their 2020 hit EP 'Travel.' The mini-comeback album of the K-pop queens topped iTunes albums charts in 21 countries worldwide along with it selling over 40,000 domestic copies on its first day of release, Hanteo chart data revealed. In April, Wheein released her solo album 'Redd', which peaked at number 7 on the South Korean Gaon chart.
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Is Wheein not renewing the contract?
According to some news outlets, Wheein may not renew the contract potentially leaving the label and the girl group, AllKpop reported. But the label RBW claimed, "There is nothing currently confirmed regarding Wheein's contract renewal. We are in the final stages of negotiations. We will release an official statement immediately once it is confirmed."
Earlier, there were a lot of doubts on how much RBW would support Hwasa's individual endeavors. After the 'Maria' crooner renewed her contract, the label assured fans that they will be supporting the singers at their individual ventures as well as group projects. Regarding Wheein's pending contract renewal, RBW stated, “We are currently discussing in-depth with member Wheein, and there will be no dissolution of MAMAMOO,” and added, “We ask for a lot of interest and support for MAMAMOO.”
Will Mamamoo stay united?
While Wheein's contract is still not decided, fans of Mamamoo are still holding on to hope for the group to stay united as four. Their label noted in January, “We are discussing the renewal of our contracts with MAMAMOO based on the mutual trust between the agency and the members. There is still time left on the current contract period, but we wanted to give ample time to the members who have trusted in us and been with us for a long time, so we began discussions early.”
Fans believe that even if Wheein chooses not to renew the contract, she would like to be a part of Mamamoo. A fan said, "I think Wheein wants to be in Mamamoo but she doesn’t want any agency controlling her or to have to answer to anyone I understand her But they will continue as Mamamoo and that’s all that matters!" Another fan chimed in saying, "if wheein actually decides to actually renew her contract, rbw please make sure you fire that damn reporter who spread the false news and caused this emotional distress to us."
I think Wheein wants to be in Mamamoo but she doesn’t want any agency controlling her or to have to answer to anyone I understand her— Naya (@queens_mmm) June 9, 2021
But they will continue as Mamamoo and that’s all that matters
if wheein actually decides to actually renew her contract, rbw please make sure you fire that damn reporter who spread the false news and caused this emotional distress to us. fml— yfi - hyejin's baby girl (@yourfavidol) June 9, 2021
While Mamamoo fans wait for better news from the agency, stream their latest comeback 'WAW' below: