The term “seven-year curse” is one well-known among K-Pop fans, and refers to the numerous groups that have lost members or disbanded during their seventh year since debut (such as 2NE1, 4MINUTE, and SISTAR, to name just a few). Because of this reason, fans tend to become nervous when their favorite group reaches the seventh year of their career to see whether or not they encounter the same fate. Here are 10 currently active K-Pop groups who will turn seven years old in 2023 that we definitely don’t want to see leave the industry!
ASTRO debuted under Fantagio on February 23, 2016, and since then they have kept all six of their original members!
BLACKPINK debuted on August 8, 2016 under YG Entertainment, and to date all four of their original members have stayed with the group.
3. Cosmic Girls/WJSN
Cosmic Girls debuted on February 25, 2016 under Starship Entertainment, and though Chinese members Xuanyi, Cheng Xiao, and Meiqi have been inactive since early 2018, none of them have officially left the group yet.
MOMOLAND debuted under MLD Entertainment on November 10, 2016, and though they originally had seven members and added two more for a nine-member line-up, they have since lost three members — Taeha, Yeonwoo, and Daisy — and have six remaining members today.
5. NCT 127
NCT 127 is one of three NCT sub-units that debuted under SM Entertainment in 2016, with their debut occurring on July 7. They were the first NCT sub-unit to debut with a fixed member line-up, and so far they haven’t changed that or lost any members.
6. NCT DREAM
NCT DREAM was the third NCT sub-unit to debut on August 25, 2016, and though Mark temporarily “graduated” out of the group after he turned 18, he has since returned and they have kept their original member line-up.
7. NCT U
NCT U was the first NCT sub-unit to debut on April 9, 2016, and unlike the other two sub-units that debuted that year, the group has consistently changed its member line-up for different releases. At this time, though, none have permanently left the sub-unit officially.
PENTAGON debuted on October 10, 2016 under Cube Entertainment, and though they had ten members at first, E’Dawn ended up being removed from the company and the group after he was confirmed to be dating HyunA. Since then, however, the group has stayed stable with their member line-up despite many ongoing military enlistments.
SF9 debuted under FNC Entertainment on October 5, 2016 with nine members, and in their six years together so far, they have kept a solid and consistent member line-up without anyone leaving yet, despite several members having successful careers as actors or with other endeavors!
VICTON debuted on November 9, 2016 under IST Entertainment as a seven-member group. Unfortunately, they just recently lost one member, Heochan, following a DUI controversy, but they seem to have recovered fairly well so far and are even planning their eighth EP, Choice, to be released in November.