'Mom Is An Idol': Wonder Girls leader Sunye returns to K-pop, signs with Loona's BBC
Wonder Girls was one of the biggest girl groups in the 2000s. They put JYPE on the map as they became the first Korean act to chart on Billboard Hot 100. Their viral hit ‘Tell Me’ topped several charts while they opened for American pop stars like the Jonas Brothers’ world tours. They also partnered up with Teen Nickelodeon for their original movie and were together for 10 years. The K-pop group consisted of legendary soloists like Hyuna and Sunmi, actress Sohee, and Sunye, who was the leader.
Sunye turned heads once again as she became a contestant on the K-pop show ‘Mom Is An Idol’ in December 2021. The show aimed to debut a girl group of iconic first-gen idols turned moms. The project group Mamadol consists of Sunye, After School’s Kahi, Jewerly’s Park Jung-ah, rock star Hyun Joo-ni, ballad singer Byul, and Baby Vox’s Ji-eun. They proved that age is just a number and that they were indeed the pioneers of the Hallyu Wave and K-pop as they performed with ease to the likes of BTS, Blackpink, Taemin, and aespa.
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Sunye returns to K-pop
Fans were over the moon as we got a mini Wonder Girls and JYPE reunion on ‘Mom Is An Idol’. Turns out, for one of the missions, Sunye’s former CEO, Park Jinyoung, and former Wonder Girls member Sunmi decided to join her. They performed ‘Tell Me’, Sunmi’s ‘Gashina’ and ‘Farewell Under the Sun’, originally sung by former labelmate Suzy of miss A. Well, it looks like Sunye missed being a singer as she is gradually getting back to K-pop, having even signed with Loona’s label BBC, aka Blockberry Creative.
In 2014, Sunye had said that she had left Wonder Girls, retired from K-pop, and was living in the USA with her family as an activist and missionary. She had again reiterated on February 10 that she would move back with her family, who now lives in Canada, after finishing Mamadol promotions. But fans knew something was in the works as she continued to drop more content after her stint on ‘Mom Is An Idol’.
Contract with Loona’s label BBC
Sunye did a duet cover with none other than 2AM’s Lim Seulong, another former labelmate. On Valentine’s Day, we then saw her getting together with Girls’ Generation’s YoonA, which had fans wondering if there was another collaboration in the works. And on February 17, it was announced that Sunye had signed as a singer to the K-pop label Blockberry Creative, home to girl group Loona.
'Sunye solo album'
Well, everyone is excited about the K-pop idol's return. One fan tweeted, “Sunye is a great senior to have. she's well loved by other idols and has so many close friendships. I'm so happy the girls have someone like her to watch over them and share her industry wisdom. I hope BBC treats her well.” Another added, “Pretty major. looks like sunye will be returning to music.” One fan hoped she would continue to stay in the industry because, “I’m sorry I’m still stuck on Mamadol they all need to still be idols this is ridiculous especially Sunye ass like b*tch you didn’t lose a STEP.” Another fan joked, “Sunye ex wondergirls signed under bbc? the irony of it all lol jyp crying shaking throwing up as we speak.” One fan added, “Wow can’t wait to hear Sunye beautiful voice.” Another commented, “I am excited for sunye solo album in the future.”
sunye is a great senior to have. she's well loved by other idols and has so many close friendships. I'm so happy the girls have someone like her to watch over them and share her industry wisdom. I hope BBC treats her well🥺— ra (@onceorbit) February 17, 2022
pretty major. looks like sunye will be returning to music— immaterial 🍑 (@ungodlyandroid) February 17, 2022
LOONA officially has a senior. bbc is definitely getting bigger and is bigger than we assumed. interesting moves happening that i predict we’ll see more of. oomf’s and my theory kind of mathing rn https://t.co/uVjp53dF2m
I’m sorry I’m still stuck on Mamadol they all need to still be idols this is ridiculous especially Sunye ass like bitch you didn’t lose a STEP— 𝔾𝕆𝕋: 𝔹𝕒𝕕 𝔹𝕚𝕥𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕤? ⚡️ (@SideShowShit) February 13, 2022
sunye ex wondergirls signed under bbc? the irony of it all lol jyp crying shaking throwing up as we speak— yua ୨୧ (@mymelodhui) February 17, 2022
Wow can’t wait to hear Sunye beautiful voice— Tania (@onlyprita) February 17, 2022
i am excited for sunye solo album in the future— ruyi semi ia (@11THGlRL) February 17, 2022