It was revealed today that Lee Hi is set to leave YG Entertainment at the end of 2019.
Lee Hi debuted in YG Entertainment after placing a runner-up on the talent survival program, “K-Pop Star Season 1” last 2011. She released her first single, 126.96.36.199 First Love under the said label. However, following her 7 years of debut, Lee Hi has decided to leave YG Entertainment.
Earlier this year, Lee Hi made her comeback with her album, 24C and her title track, No One features B.I of iKON.
YG Entertainment immediately confirmed the news and released their statement:
당사는 전속 계약 기간 만료를 앞두고 있는 이하이와 오랜 시간 신중한 논의 끝에, 각자의 자리에서 서로의 앞날을 응원하기로 결정했습니다.
이하이는 2011년 SBS ‘K팝스타 시즌1’ 에서 준우승을 차지한 이후 YG엔터테인먼트와전속 계약을 맺고 2012년 데뷔하여 특유의 음색과 가창력으로 ‘차세대 여성 보컬리스트 대표주자’로 성장해왔습니다.
지난 7년간 YG 소속 아티스트로서 자신만의 독보적 영역을 구축해온 이하이에게 고마운 마음을 전하며 언제나 애정어린 마음으로 응원하겠습니다.
이하이의 새로운 출발과 활동에 팬 여러분의 더 많은 호응과 응원 부탁드립니다.
Hello, This is YG Entertainment.
After the long and careful discussion with Lee Hi whose contract with us is due, we have decided to cheer and support each other in different paths.
Since winning “K-Pop Super Star Season 1” last 2011, Lee Hi has blossomed as one of the next-generation vocalist with her signature and amazing voice after joining us last 2012.
We will continue to support Lee Hi who has built her own unique image in the YG Entertainment for the past seven years.
Please continue to cheer for Lee Hi despite her departure from our agency.
Later on, Lee Hi has also confirmed the news in her personal Instagram stating her memories throughout her stay in the entertainment.
Hello everyone, this is Lee Hi.
On this very last day of 2019, I will be leaving my home, YG Entertainment. Looking back, I have shared a lot of memories.
The 16 year-old that perhaps was reckless enough and has auditioned to YG was a child that pursued her dream with the help of her sister.
I was able to release my first single album, 188.8.131.52 First Love. The moment I heard my voice when I was recording my first song felt amazing but I was nervous too whenever I record my albums. It still feels like yesterday.
Before I became a singer, I always thought that time always go by fast but looking back, I was able to release my first album at 17, and now I have 3 albums at 24 and indeed, time really go by fast.
On the other hand, I feel a bit sad and happy since it is a precious memory that I will never forget. Yes, it wasn’t easy but I know I had to move forward.
I will never forget the memories I have shared and people, friends and family that I have met and I worked with. This decision has been given a lot of time to think of and I thank you all for your support and for supporting me in this new journey.
I will do my best to give you fresh and new music. I will meet you soon! May your New Year be full of better things. X
We will continue on cheering for you, Lee Hi! We hope to hear your new music soon!
Featured Image Source: @leehi_hi Instagram