List: A Beginner’s Guide to K-Pop


Why do members leave and get replaced?
There can be a range of reasons for leaving – contract disputes, illness or injury are common. Sometimes a member is forced to leave, usually due to a scandal, such as Seungri of Big Bang, who was involved in the Burning Sun club crackdown that saw him faced with charges of embezzlement and prostitution procurement. Or Kangin of Super Junior, who’d had so many run-ins with the law that the group’s own fandom (known as ELF) demanded he leave. However, the more popular or long-established the group, the less likely a leaving member will be replaced.

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