T-ara, aka your favorite girl group that you pretend to hate but just can’t, have just released new details about their official comeback and controversial member change.
The defining divas will return with a new album in early July as an eight-member group, adding one new face to the current lineup. They’re still planning on pulling an SNSD and becoming the magic number nine, but the final member won’t join until later in the year.
According to their evil agency, T-ara want to have a “fresh start” for their comeback. The good news is that they’ve confirmed that the girls will be working with producers Cho Youngsoo and Shinsadong Tiger again, who have been responsible for the bulk of T-ara’s flawless discography.
I voiced my opinion on T-ara’s member change in my article, “Is T-ara’s member change a way for Kim Kwang Soo to bully T-ara?” a while back, but I’m slowly warming up to the idea of the all-new T-ara (not that I have a choice — it’s gonna happen either way). The way they’re gradually adding members is the same strategy that Nine Muses have used since their “Figaro” promotions, and so far I’ve loved the Muses’ approach. Of course, Nine Muses are a newer group and all the members have a similar look, whereas the odd bunch that is T-ara are more individual style and people have become attached to them in their current form. I also haven’t enjoyed After School‘s rotating lineup very much, and that the entire concept of their group, so T-ara could really go either way.
Fingers crossed that T-ara’s transformation will run as wonderfully as the Nine Muses’ has. On the bright side, we have a new T-ara album coming in just over a month!
Slay-ara, time to love! A is for Apple, bitch! Etc!
Update: According to AllKPop, the first member will be officially revealed on the 31st of May, and the second one will follow next month.
They also claim that the new member is 18-years-old and was raised in the States.