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It's the end of a very colorful era. Girl group Kara have decided to call it quits after nine years together.
Members Park Gyuri, Seungyeon and Goo Hara made the difficult decision when agency DSP Media gave the group an ultimatum -- sign new contracts or call it a day.
Due to only signing with the group in 2014 after winning TV talent show Kara Project, 21-year-old member Youngji still remains with the company.
Says a rep for the group, "Our contracts with Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon and Goo Hara, who have been with us for the last nine years, expired today. With the expiration of their contracts, the three members have decided to be active in other fields. We wish them all the best and happiness for their future."
Regarding Youngji, the spokesman continued, "As our artist, we will work hard to show her good sides and do our best to help Youngji grow."
February 2 is the last day the other girls will all be contracted to the agency and will mark a new chapter in their lives.
Kara made their debut in 2007 and gained huge popularity alongside Girls' Generation and the Wonder Girls as the biggest girl groups in the industry.
Thanks to their catchy numbers an unique dance routines (who remembers the "butt dance"?), the group enjoyed huge success in Japan, where their music still sells well.
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The group already experience major loss in 2014 when former members Nicole and Kang Jiyoung left the group after their DSP Media contracts expired.
Adds the agency spokesperson, "We want to thank all the fans who showed love and support for the past nine years. Please continue to support them in their future endeavours."