Written by Cheska Alferez
Sandara Park leaves YG Entertainment after 17 years. After 17 years, Korean superstar Sandara Park officially leaves at YG Entertainment, the company that created the phenomenal girl group 2ne1.
Park, famously known by her stage name Dara, did not renew her contract with YG Entertainment, which expires today, May 14, as per the Korean entertainment outlet.
The agency confirmed this according to a statement reported by websites Soompi and Koreaboo.
“This is an announcement that YG Entertainment and Sandara Park’s exclusive contract has expired,” it said.
“We express sincere gratitude to Sandara Park, who has been together with YG with special trust and affection.” YG Entertainment was quoted as saying in its announcement.
“YG will always cheer on the challenges that Sandara Park takes on, and we will continuously help her until she completes preparation for her new start,” the agency added.
YG Entertainment also praised Dara for her “impressive performance not only in music but also in various areas such as acting, fashion, beauty, and as an MC.”
“We ask for much interest and support from fans so her positive energy can shine even further. We once again sincerely thank the fans who have loved Sandara Park as an artist of YG until now,” the agency said.
YG Entertainment is also home to other big names in KPop like BIGBANG and BLACKPINK.
Dara has been part of YG since 2004, the same year she joined the first season of the ABS-CBN’s reality talent competition “Star Circle Quest,” where she eventually landed at the second spot with winner Hero Angeles.
She then began her K-pop career by debuting with Minzy, Park Bom, and CL on 2NE1 in 2009. The girl group disbanded in 2016, but Sandara, also known as Dara, has established herself as an MC in Korea and a YouTube star. She, 36, is the last member of 2NE1 to leave YG Entertainment.