Fans of the Wonder Girls received some bittersweet news this week when the group's talented leader, Sun, finally confirmed something that's been rumored for months: She's getting married. In an official statement released through allkpop, Sun's label announced that the 23-year-old is taking some time out of the spotlight to focus on her personal life, and that the rest of the Wonder Girls will now concentrate on individual activities, such as TV presenting, solo music, and acting.
Sun's departure hasn't exactly come at a good time for the girls, who have spent a good chunk of the past two years trying to crack America. They've already cancelled their scheduled performance with Akon at the high-profile KIIS-FM Jingle Ball next month, and with Sun now taking a lengthy time out, there's a chance that the Wonder Girls may have finally given up on their American dream.
We can't say we blame them, though. Their Teen Nick telemovie and English-language single, "Like Money," did next to nothing for them, and there's been no mention in months of their rumored Nickelodeon sitcom. They haven't fared much better in Japan, either, with their first Japanese single, "Nobody for Everbody," missing the top ten, and their compilation album, Wonder Best, only reaching a disappointing No. 32 on the Oricon chart. The only place that the group still enjoys real success is in Korea, where they're buoyed by a nostalgic public, much like Britney Spears is in the States. They're still an A-list act over there and perfectly capable of churning out hit songs (they've yet to chart a lead single lower than No. 2) but even their biggest hits no longer dominate like they used to, and their album sales are poor in comparison to their peers like KARA and Girls' Generation.
All things considered, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Wonder Girls fall into the same kind of never-ending hiatus as *NSYNC. That's the worst case scenario. The best is that their solo activities reestablishes the group in Korea, the time apart rejuvenates the members, and that they make a comeback towards the end of next year, bigger and better than ever before.
Where do you see the Wonder Girls headed now that Sun has made the switch from pop star to happy homemaker? Is this it for one of K-pop's most legendary acts, or is it just a temporary setback?