It's another tough day in the K-pop community today as a long-established group sees a beloved member leave. That's right: Jang Hyunseung is no longer with Beast.
Cube Entertainment (home to acts like HyunA, 4Minute, BToB, and CLC) put out a statement and revealed that the 26-year-old singer would focus solely on being a solo artist and not continue with his group. The label said Beast's remaining five members—Yang Yoseob, Yoon Doojoon, Lee Gikwang, Yong Junhyung and Son Dongwoon—would continue together.
Cube's statement (translated via Soompi) says:
"The five members have been talking and consulting continually with the company about making a change to team activities due to differences in personality that began with different opinions on music. After long deliberation between all the members, it was agreed that the group would part company with Jang Hyunseung and the team would be reorganized."
Cube added that the newly restructured Beast is preparing a new album to release in 2016 and will be active both in South Korea and abroad this year.
Hyunseung's departure may not be wholly shocking for longtime Beast fans who were spending weeks reading reports that the singer was unhappy in his boy band—with some labeling it an "attitude controversy"—as the member was missing group activities and would appeared lifeless onstage at times. In March, Cube made a statement that Hyunseung was not leaving the group despite missing a fan meeting that month.
As previously mentioned earlier this month when Minzy left 2NE1, lineup shakeups are not uncommon in K-pop with very few groups able to avoid membership changes through the years (see supergroups like Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls, Kara, EXO, f(x), and more).
One of the most consistent groups in K-pop, Beast has spent the last seven years pushing self-composed and self-written hits like "Yey" and "Good Luck," the latter track being named Billboard's No. 1 K-pop song of 2014. Hyunseung has had a slew of activities past Beast including his popular duo unit with HyunA called Trouble Maker (see their sexually charged "Trouble Maker" and "Now" singles) and last year made his official debut as a solo star with the single "Ma Girl" (below):