Concerns Rise as Nana Renews with Pledis, a Company Known for Artist Mishaps
Nana’s Continued Partnership with Pledis Entertainment:
She has once again chosen to extend yes, her agreement with Pledis Ent, marking her fourth consecutive contract with this organization. This decision comes despite the typical trend of artists exploring different agencies throughout their careers. Her four consecutive renewals with Pledis are particularly noteworthy and distinct in the industry.
Pledis Entertainment’s Official Statement on Nana’s Renewal:
Plus, Pledis Entertainment recently released a statement regarding Na’s contract extension, emphasizing the mutual trust and respect developed over years. Additionally, the agency expressed its commitment to supporting Nana’s acting endeavors, encouraging her to embrace new challenges and growth opportunities. They also appealed to the public for continued support and affection towards Nana.
Public Reaction to Nana’s Renewal with Pledis:
The announcement of Na’s latest contract renewal with Pledis sparked mixed reactions online. Many admirers praised her dedication and loyalty, with comments highlighting her unique position as the sole After School (AS) part to stay with Pledis. Others expressed surprise at her consistent choice to remain with the agency, given the potential interest from other companies. Simultaneously, there were concerns about whether Pledis effectively nurtures its talent, especially considering the long-term agreements with both Nana and the boy group SEVENTEEN.
Concerns Over Pledis Entertainment’s Artist Management:
Despite some positive responses, numerous observers expressed apprehension about Pledis Entertainment’s history of artist management. Critics pointed to the agency’s reputation for inadequate promotion and potentially detrimental career impacts on their artists.
For example, NU’EST, Pledis’s debut boy band, initially showed great promise but struggled under the agency’s management, eventually needing to appear on “Produce101 Season 2” for a career revival. Additionally, the abrupt dissolution of PRISTIN, a promising girl group and the 2017 MAMA Best New Artist – Female recipients, further fueled these concerns.
Nana’s Journey from After School to Acting:
Nana’s journey with Pledis began in 2009 when she joined the K-girl K-group right After School & rapidly rose to fame. She also achieved success with the subgroup OC Orange Caramel & was twice named in TC Candler’s “Most Beautiful Faces in the World.”
Following After School’s indefinite hiatus, Na transitioned to acting, making a significant mark in the industry with various roles, including her latest performance in “Mask Girl.”