As the conflict inside SM Entertainment continues, the company’s current CEO Lee Sung Soo accuses the company’s founder and former head, Lee Soo Man, who’s also his uncle, of ruining aespa’s much-awaited comeback in a new statement released Thursday, February 16.
Lee Sung Soo claimed aespa was supposed to make a comeback on February 20, but it was ultimately cancelled due to Lee Soo Man’s demands. So, will fans see the girls’ return?
aespa’s Supposed Comeback
According to Lee Soo Man, via AllKpop, Karina, Giselle, Winter, and Ningning were supposed to drop a new album on February 20 before holding their first solo concert in Seoul on February 25 and 26.
But during the album’s production process, Lee Soo Man asked Yoo Young Jin and the group’s A&R team to change the lyrics of their comeback song and include references to the topics of “tree planting” and “sustainability.”
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Though these themes didn’t fit the girls’ metaverse storyline, they still did so, adding the words “just sustainability” and “decrease by just one percent.”
However, Lee Sung Soo had to decide to cancel aespa’s comeback as the unfitting change had already ruined their new song.
Sadly, its members had no choice but to cry after hearing the news.
aespa’s Set Comeback Last Year
The quartet was also set to make a comeback last year, but it was also postponed for an unrevealed reason.
aespa released their second mini-album, Girls, in July 2022 and became the best-selling K-pop girl group album of all time, selling over 1.6 million copies after its release.
They also broke the record for the highest first-week sales of any girl group on the Hanteo Chart after selling more than 1.1 million copies from July 8 to 14 alone.
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After this successful return, Ningning revealed that they were supposed to make another comeback later last year, only that it didn’t happen.
On an online fan call event through the Chinese platform Yizhiyu, a fan asked the 20-year-old if she would return to the music scene later that year.
From there, she revealed that aespa was set to make a comeback, but it was moved to 2023.
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"There was a plan for this year, but the company's plan has changed, and we won't see you until next year," she said.
Now, it remains to be seen if aespa’s comeback this year will finally push through.
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