On August 17, South Korean media outlet Star News reported that Kim had signed an exclusive contract with HYBE Labels and is set to be part of the line-up for the as-yet-unnamed girl group managed by Source Music, a subsidiary company under HYBE.
Miyawaki is also in the midst of discussions to join the girl group, however the talks have been allegedly “delayed due to difficulty in negotiations between HYBE and her Japanese representatives”, per a translation by Koreaboo. The report also claimed that another undisclosed member of IZ*ONE had been offered a spot in the group. However, it is reported that the possibility of the member’s inclusion remains low due to her interest in acting instead of music.
Source Music’s upcoming girl group is reportedly to consist of five members, with at least two of them having either been part of the Mnet reality television series Produce 48 or IZ*ONE, the group formed out of the show.
Both HYBE and Woollim Entertainment, the agency that currently represents Chae-won, later released a brief statement in response to the claims via Hankook Ilbo, stating that they “cannot help verify information regarding our artist contracts. We ask for your understanding.”
Meanwhile, former IZ*ONE vocalist Kwon Eun-bi is set to make her solo debut with her first EP ‘OPEN’, featuring the title track ‘AMIGO’, due out August 24. Her agency, Woollim Entertainment, first confirmed that she was “working on making the final touches on her solo album” earlier this month.
Another ex-IZ*ONE member, Choi Ye-na, is also slated to make her solo debut sometime this year. However, a spokesperson from her agency has since told TopStarNews that “nothing is confirmed yet” and that “discussions are currently ongoing”.