After 7 years with TS Entertainment and B.A.P, the group’s leader Bang Yongguk has decided to not renew his contract with the company and will be leaving the group.
Bang Yongguk made his name known to the public after featuring on Song Jieun‘s song “Going Crazy” and debuted in B.A.P shortly after, where they received much fanfare for their powerful concepts and skills in both vocals and rap.
“Hello, this is TS Entertainment.
We are here to inform everyone about B.A.P member Bang Yongguk, who was with TS Entertainment from August 12, 2011 to his contract expiration on August 19, 2018.
After a period of long consultation with both Bang Yongguk and the B.A.P members, we were unable to reach a new contract with him, and will respect his decision.
We would like to express our gratitude to him and wish him well in his future endeavors.
B.A.P will continue their scheduled activities as 5 members and we will continue to support them fully. Please continue your interest in B.A.P.
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B.A.P has released the music video and 3rd mini-album for “BADMAN.” The “BADMAN” mini-album features a total of six songs, including the title track of the same name. T
he title track, “BADMAN” with lyrics by leader Bang Yongguk, aims to reach out to the youthful generation, setting a message to not ignore the unfortunate events in the world, but instead to stand strong for a change.
Filmed in Detroit, the music video appropriately shows a chaotic riot reflecting the distress in the world.
Recently releasing in advance two tracks “Coffee Shop” and “Hurricane” prior to their full comeback activities, B.A.P is confirmed to return next week.
According to T.S Entertainment, B.A.P will be releasing their third mini-album “BADMAN” on August 6th. It will have a total of six tracks including their title track of the same title. The agency also released the official album cover for the album, unveiling the group’s official mascot in a gas mask.
Meanwhile, B.A.P will also be meeting fans through their concert “B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH’ in Singapore on August 8th and two encore shows in South Korea on August 17th and 18th.
B.A.P has postponed the release of its first EP, aptly titled “No Mercy”, because the band was unhappy with the album jacket.
As a result, 50,000 jackets were destroyed.
“There was a significant difference between the initial sample and the final product; as the album’s concept is centered on vibrant colors, we had no other choice”, said a spokesperson from the agency.
However, the group did proceed with the online release of the album yesterday and also took the stage to debut the title song on Mnet’s chart show, “M Countdown”.
The album jackets will be printed and ready to go on sale July 24.
Despite the technical glitch, the boy band’s fame seems to be untainted. TS Entertainment announced Monday that the group had risen to the No. 1 spot in Malaysia with its song “Power”.
The band’s feat took place on a K-pop chart show on the weekly program “Nite Live” on terrestrial network channel 8TV.