Boys Band BEAST has been enrolled in a legal tussle (regarding the band's name and songs) with their former agency Cube Entertainment for some time now. Following this, their current agency Around Us has announced that the group's members Yoon Doo Joon, Yong Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, Lee Gi Kwang, and Son Dongwoon will debut under a new band name. They also revealed that the new name will be "Highlight."
It has been announced that BEAST members Yoon Doo Joon, Yong Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, Lee Gi Kwang, and Son Dongwoon will be promoting under a new group name. Interestingly, "highlight" was one of the most successful albums of BEAST.
"With the significance of 'the brightest part' or 'the most exceptional or striking,' 'Highlight' was the name of the first album BEAST made under Cube Entertainment as a five-member group. At the time, the album was named that to signify their emotions as they began anew as five members. Now, the singers will use 'Highlight' to mark the start of a new beginning for the group," the agency stated in a press release as translated by Soompi.
The statement further added: "Beginning a new, no matter what the situation, is always nerve-racking, so we are preparing carefully. Even though it has been nine years since their debut, as they have had to give up their successful and bright past as BEAST, we believe the group members will feel the same as well."The five members are waiting to meet their fans at the earliest, and also thanked their fans for waiting patiently for their comeback.
BEAST made their debut in October 2009 with a mini-album "Beast Is the B2ST." This was followed by their first full-length album, "Fiction and Fact," in 2011." The band won the Artist of the Year award at the Melon Music Awards and Album of the Year for "Fiction and Fact" at the Gaon Chart Awards. "Fiction" also won the Song of the Year at the 2011 KBS Music Festival.