YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk reveals that his priority in the near term is to ensure the success of 2NE1 leader CL’s impending solo debut in the United States. But he was quick to assure that 2NE1 will continue to be active, even promising a new album before the members’ contracts expire next year, reports Koreaboo.
In fact, Yang Hyun Suk even explained that if CL’s stateside promotions become successful, this could prove as a boon for the group and could even serve as a staging point for possible stateside group activities.
“CL’s album work is almost completed to be released in the States. It has consistently been prepared since last year. Promotion in America is a different story to that in Korea. Honestly, we don’t know whether or not this will be successful until we actually try. But in my perspective, CL’s solo promotion is what I prioritize the most at this stage,” said Yang Hyun Suk in an interview.
“2NE1’s contract with YG Entertainment is valid until next year. They will most definitely release an album before that. As soon as CL’s solo promotion in America ends, 2NE1 will release a new album. CL’s advanced success in America will impact 2NE1’s comeback direction. If CL’s goes big in America, there is a higher possibility that 2NE1 will stand in American stage as well.”
CL is scheduled to launch as a solo artist in the United States this summer. Unlike other 2NE1 members whose contracts will expire next year, CL renewed her contract ahead of time in early April in order to secure her solo activities.