Jo-Kwon, leader of 2AM, has amiably ended his 16-year tenure at JYP Entertainment, according to multiple sources.
On September 22 multiple sources reported that Jo-kwon has decided to not renew his contract with JYP Entertainment after it expires; he is expected to find a new agency to continue his career.
An official commented that “after discussing his direction with the company he decided to leave the company after 16 years. It was a difficult decision, but discussions went smoothly and we mutually wish the best of luck to each other” he said. Jo-kwon joined JYP Entertainment in 2001 as a trainee. After training for seven years he made his debut with ballad-oriented boy group 2AM as a vocalist and leader.
Jo-kwon confirmed the news via his Instagram account where he posted a photo with the words “Time for Change”. Moreover, the photo was coupled with the caption “2001-2017 JYPE”. The post’s comments are filled with encouragement and words of love for the actor and singer.
Jo-kwon becomes the last member of 2AM to leave JYP Entertainment. Chang-min signed with Big Hit Entertainment; Seul-ong is with Sidus HQ; Jinwoon has found a home at Mystic Entertainment.
2AM has not released a new album in years, but the members insist that they have not disbanded. Additionally, they assert that there is still a possibility that they will reunite. In the meantime, the members have been focusing on individual activities including acting and variety shows.
Jo-kwon himself has been active is a variety of fields. He released his first solo album in 2012 which was followed by another solo release, “Crosswalk”, earlier this year. Furthermore, he has acted in the musical Evil Dead and was an MC for The Golden Tambourine until February this year.