Bang Si Hyuk, founder of entertainment company Big Hit, welcomed former IZ*ONE members Miyawaki Sakura and Kim Chae Won to Source Music, HYBE’s record label.
Source Music, shared this past Sunday, March 13th, an article through its Twitter account. In the statement it was mentioned that the artists Miyawaki Sakura and Kim Chae Won signed an exclusive contract with the agency. So, finally after several agreements and rumors, the entry of the artists to the HYBE division was confirmed.
"Miyawaki Sakura and Kim Chaewon have signed an exclusive contract based on mutual trust with us, and will debut as the first girl group to be launched by HYBE and Source Music", Source Music said.
— joe #LESSERAFIM (@elsserafim) March 14, 2022
According to a report from News1, the idols will be part of HYBE’s first girl group. It will make its official debut in May 2022. The dates and times have not been announced yet, however, since Miyawaki Sakura and Kim Chae Won already have a legion of fans, expectations are high.
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Later, following the announcement by Source Music, former HYBE CEO and Big Hit founder Bang Si Hyuk took the opportunity to welcome the artists through his Instagram account. In the publication he shared a series of photos along with a message that said: “Welcome!“.
[LENSA] Bang Si Hyuk berjaya mendapatkan Kim Chae Won dan Miyawaki Sakura daripada IZONE untuk diserapkan ke dalam kumpulan kpop baru di bawah kelolaan Source Music.
Semakin masyuklah Bang Si Hyuk kita!
— Kmania (@kmaniamy) March 14, 2022
On the other hand, in addition to the integration of young idols, it is also rumored that “Produce 48” contestant Heo Yu Jin would be joining HYBE. However, this has not been confirmed by the agency.