On Nov. 23, 2018, “The Fact” reported that rapper/producer Zico has parted ways with label Seven Seasons. When his contract with the agency came up for renewal, he opted not to renew. The former Block B leader has instead made plans to continue his solo career.

Seven Seasons confirmed Zico’s departure in an official statement on their website. In short, a representative from the company stated that  the partnership between Zico and Seven Seasons has, indeed, ended, albeit amicably. The rep went on to express that both the agency and the remaining members will continue to support Zico in his future endeavors.

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The six remaining members — Taeil, B-Bomb, Jaehyo, U-Kwon, Kyung and P.O. — have opted to continue on with Sevens Seasons. However, the future of the now-sextet is still undecided. According to the agency, as time for enlistment gets closer for all of them, their solo and subunit work remains the priority of their activities.

Rumors of Zico’s future involvement with his group have been flying for at least a year, as the former leader has seemed to focus more and more lately on his solo releases and collaborations. The last EP released with all seven members was 2017’s “Montage” (with subsequent repackage and single “Don’t Leave” released January of this year). Meanwhile, Zico has been releasing solo music consistently for the past two years. His single “SoulMate” with vocalist IU, released late July, reached #1 on Korean charts. Most recently, he collaborated with Korean-American R&B singer Sam Kim. The single, entitled “It’s You,” dropped just a day before the official announcement of Zico’s exodus from Seven Seasons.

It’s not 100 percent clear Zico’s path as far as representation goes. The prevailing theory, however, is that he’ll start his own label, under which he’ll make his comeback in 2019. Zico has yet to release a statement himself. But as 2018 comes to a close, it’s only a matter of time before he gives his thoughts on the situation. Particularly because his plans include a comeback in the very near future.

(Soompi, The Fact, Seven Seasons, YouTube.)

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