At exactly 0:00 on July At exactly 0:00 on July 9 (KST), JYP Entertainment released a mysterious teaser titled “Blind Package”. After letting the online community and fans come up with speculations and “conspiracy theories”, this morning, JYP answered all questions by revealing that this mysterious teaser is for the birth of a new girl group.
JYP Entertainment revealed to Korean media, this new girl group will debut in February 2022, becoming the first girl group that this company introduces to the audience within the past 3 years since ITZY debuted in February 2019. JYP also created a new subdivision within the company to take on the production of the new girl group. The new department will be led by Lee Ji Young – the company’s first female director, Who was in charge of casting many famous JYP idols like Sunmi, Nickhun, Sana, Tzuyu, etc.
The fact that JYP has released another girl group at this time has created mixed emotions for the online community. After GOT7 left the company, JYP currently only have 2 boy group that are active: 2PM & Stray Kids. For that reason, many JYP fans have been expected a new boy group to be released soon.
In addition, some Netizens thinks that JYP debut a new girl group early next year is too hasty, as ITZY only debut after 3 years, and doesn’t really have a strong enough foothold in the industry. Fans also noticed that the debut time of the new girl group is also the time when TWICE’s contract expires. This action from JYP’s only makes many doubt that TWICE members will not re-sign with this company.
“So fast… How about ITZY…?”
“That’s right, I’d rather leave the school violence group to debut a new group”
“ITZY has a high popularity but the fandom is too weak. While idols want to go a long way, they must have a strong fandom”
“2022 isn’t the year when TWICE’s contract expires…? Does that mean TWICE won’t renew ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“Isn’t it the boygroup’s turn to debut??? Why are they still debuting girl groups? It feels like ITZY is still a rookie…”
“It’s probably because of Lia that JYP let go of ITZY ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“I hope there will be Lilly M and Ahn Yuna”
“ITZY hasn’t had a full album yet… The group just debuted in 2019 and has another girlgroup in 2022, isn’t the gap too short”
“What a shame… When I saw that the Thanks To section of 2PM’s new album mentioned Division 4, I wondered if they were mistaken, it turned out to be a new division for a girlgroup that’s about to debut ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“TWICE debuted in October 2015, ITZY debuted in February 2019, looking at this distance, it is clear that it is not as hasty as people think. It is simply debuting as planned”
“So TWICE won’t sign again?”
“But isn’t it about time for JYP to debut the next boy group?”