Who Were The JBJ Members and Why Did They Disband?

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JBJ, an acronym for Just Be Joyful is a six-member South Korean boy group that broke out from Produce 101. They made their official debut on October 18, 2017, and have been soaring on the wings of fame which was evident in the geometric increase of their finances as well as followership.

As a result, the South Korean entertainment industry and the global entertainment industry were surprised at the sad news of the disbandment of JBJ. Many, especially die-hard fans of the much-loved boy band, have since wondered what might have been the reason behind the disbandment. Read on to learn more details below.

Who Were The JBJ Members? 

Before it was disbanded, the award-winning group consisted of six members – Donghan, Kenta, Taehyun, Longguo, Hyunbin, and Sanggyun. Their short profiles are highlighted below.

1. Taehyun

Roy Tae-hyun was born on October 15, 1993, in Seoul South Korea. The talented vocalist finished from the prestigious Korean Art High School. Taehyun was formerly a YG Entertainment trainee before joining JBJ. He held the position of the group’s leader as well as its main vocalist and dancer.

2. Kenta

Takada Kenta is a talented dancer and vocalist of Japanese descent. The JBJ member was born on January 10, 1995, in Japan. The Japanese star participated in Produce 101 season two before finally joining the boy band. He was recruited by JBJ’s management in 2017 after undergoing training for 15 months.

3. Sanggyun

The Korean rapper, Kim Sang-gyun, was born on May 23, 1995. The talented rapper graduated from Gwangdeok High School in 2014. He was formerly a Big Hit Entertainment trainee as well as a member of the Topp Dogg group before joining JBJ.

4. Longguo

Longguo is the only JBJ member of Chinese nationality and he was born on March 2nd, 1996, in the Hwaryong province of China. He was previously a trainee under another record label before joining JBJ. Longguo is currently a member of a two-man group known as ‘Longguo & Shihyun’.

5. Hyunbin

Kwon Hyun-bin, whose birthdate is March 4th, 1997, is known to have become actively involved in Sports after leaving middle school; he specialized in fencing and baseball.

Prior to joining JBJ, the rapper was a participant on Produce 101 and has worked as a model under YGKPlus. Shortly after JBJ was disbanded, Hyunbin went solo as an artist.

6. Donghan

Donghan was born on July 3rd, 1998, and was christened Kim Dong-han at birth. The talented dancer was previously a member of DOB, a popular dance group, before joining JBJ. The musician, who is skilled at both Japanese and Korean martial arts, is presently a solo artist.

Why Did JBJ Disband?

The announcement of the formation of the group in 2017 was met with a lot of enthusiasm and expectation. Howbeit, as time went by, things began to get sour between the JBJ members and their management following a dispute over contract renewals.

On March 14, 2018, Fave Entertainment, in a public announcement, made it open to the media that the current individual contracts of the group members were on the verge of expiring and expressed hope that an agreement would be reached soon. However, after many meetings between the representatives of the JBJ members and the management, the negotiations fell through.

Following the failed contract negotiations, Fave Entertainment decided that they would not be pushing the contract renewal any further. The JBJ members eventually released their last album as a group titled ‘New Moon’ on April 17, 2018. Fave Entertainment organized and planned the group’s final tour which was scheduled for two days. The tour which began with its first concert on April 21, 2018, was held in Seoul, South Korea. The widely acclaimed South Korean group was officially disbanded on April 30, 2018.

Following the disbandment of JBJ, the group members took to other ventures ranging from acting to solo acts. Sanggyun made a return to Hunus Entertainment, which was his former management before signing for Fave Entertainment. However, in a statement signed by a representative of the company it was revealed that Sanggyun would not be rejoining the group he was a part of before he left.

Takada Kenta went into acting and even landed major roles in several drama films. Donghan, on the other hand, went on a vacation to Japan before finally announcing his plans of being a solo artist. The JBJ leader, Donghan, made his debut as a solo act on June 19, 2018, with the release of both his first EP and first music video. Longguo was selected alongside two other K-pop stars as MCs for the South Korean music program, The Show.

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