Published : 2010-03-29 23:29
Updated : 2010-03-29 23:29
Korean female pop group Wonder Girls has a new lineup after one of its members decided to quit to return to school, its agent JYP Entertainment said Saturday, according to Yonhap News.
Sun Mi, 18, who dropped out of high school to take part in the five-member group`s U.S. debut last year, will return to Korea in March to focus on preparations for entering university, the agent said. Hye Rim, who is the same age, will replace her.
"Sun Mi will take a break to prepare for college admission," JYP said in a statement.
Wonder Girls is composed of five young females -- Sun Ye, Ye Eun, Hyun A, So Hee and Sun Mi -- all in their late teens to early 20s. The group made its local debut in 2007 and gave its first official performance in the United States in July 2009 as the opening act for American Idol group the Jonas Brothers in Washington D.C.
Selling 30,000 copies of their debut single in the U.S., the group earned the No. 76 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the first time that a Korean music group has debuted on the chart.
"It was such a happy and precious experience for me to be on the tour of 50 U.S. cities and perform on the stage, but I came to wonder -- Can I go on living like this?" Sun Mi said in the statement.