SunMi Opens Up On Life After JYP Entertainment
Former member of ‘Wondergirls‘, SunMi has made quite a spectacular entrance back to the K-Pop scene with her debut single ‘Gashina’.
After leaving JYP Entertainment and signing with MakeUs Entertainment, she seems to be doing well in making a name for herself as a solo artist. This is evident as her single ‘Gashina’ has reached #3 on the World Digital Song Sales, making it the best selling K-Pop record in the United States. We’ve seen idols leave their associated groups and go solo before, but besides an exceptional few such as G-Dragon, Taeyang, or Jay Park, none have seemed to be able to consistently stay relevant in the mainstream music market in the long run. Now that she has come back into the picture with a bang and gained momentum, it’s only logical to wonder what is next for the chic K-Pop sex symbol.
When asked about her departure from JYP Entertainment, she stated “Make Us Entertainment’s open minded artist system was something I felt that I needed as an artist. JYP Entertainment has an extremely systematic artist system and the vibe is much different. Of course, that doesn’t mean I can do whatever I want without having to ask anyone at Make Us Entertainment. There are meetings and discussions before any decision is finalized.” She has also said that comparing the two entertainment companies is similar to comparing a mother to a father. Her departure from her former parent company doesn’t seem to in any way affect their current relationship status at the moment. Additionally, she continues to keep in touch with a few prominent figures in JYP Entertainment including JYP the man himself, and other former members of Wondergirls. It has also been reported that JYP is planning to invite the ‘Gashina’ singer to an episode of his TV show ‘Party People’. It’s good to know that the relationship between them hasn’t turned sour at all yet, like the way it did with bad boy ‘Mommae’ singer Jay Park.
SunMi during her time as a member of Wondergirls
She revealed on “LieV” that after staying under the radar for nearly three and a half years, it was difficult for her to simply just jump back into the music scene. She went on to say that she had to challenge herself and plan thoughtfully in terms of the direction in which she wanted to steer towards for her artistry. The beat for ‘Gashina’, especially the intro, inspired her the moment she heard it and she stated the recording process was smooth and natural. She is currently planning to do everything she has always wanted to try musically and do things differently than when she was in Wondergirls.
It is no doubt difficult for any music artist or idol to leave their safety zone and challenge themselves to do something different, especially alone. But from what we have heard so far, it is highly likely that she is preparing a follow-up single after ‘Gashina’, and it only makes sense to keep going after a momentum has been created.