EXO's Sehun Fuels Speculation of Solidarity Amid Bandmates' Contractual Dispute with SM Entertainment
Amid the recent developments regarding the contract termination of EXO members Baekhyun, Xiumin, and Chen with SM Entertainment, fellow bandmate Sehun's intriguing message to fans has ignited conjectures among the K-Pop community.
Sehun, on the day of the breaking news, reached out to EXO's fanbase via the fan communication platform, Bubble. The timing of his uplifting message led to speculation of it being a subtle endorsement for his colleagues.
"Let's march forward! Unexpected surprises await us. Let's make every day count," he shared.
Simultaneously, Baekhyun, Xiumin, and Chen, collectively known as EXO-CBX, announced the termination of their exclusive agreements with their agency, SM Entertainment. Their decision reportedly stemmed from alleged issues surrounding payment transparency and unfair contractual terms. The members took legal assistance from LIN law firm.
The trio, represented by LIN, demanded seven documentations detailing their income and disbursements for the period of March through May, seeking clarity on the company's revenue calculations, as per Allkpop.
Furthermore, EXO-CBX claimed that SM Entertainment pressed its artists into signing prolonged and exclusive contracts extending to a tenure of 17-18 years.
In response, SM Entertainment refuted these allegations, maintaining that "their artists have consistently received their payments under the understanding that financial records can be accessed for review at any time for past years, without any issues."
The question of whether Sehun's message was an implicit gesture of solidarity towards his fellow EXO members has triggered numerous interpretations from fans.
Some fans expressed thoughts like, "I feel they all arrived at a mutual conclusion," on Twitter. Another fan humorously remarked, "Sehun sending us this message before the news came out is amusing."
Fans are left wondering about the implications of Sehun's phrase "a lot of unexpected things" and his use of a party emoji.
Speculation continues, with fans awaiting more insight from Sehun or EXO to shed light on the situation.
Sehun further piqued interest on Friday when he shared uncaptioned pictures on social media. His posts, coupled with SM Entertainment's confirmation that filming for EXO's comeback video will go on as scheduled, according to Soompi, left fans curious and hopeful.
Prior to the EXO-CBX news on Thursday, Sehun and Chanyeol from the EXO-SC subgroup had attended the "Back To Back" fan conference tour in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Manila.
For now, the fan community, EXO-Ls, extends their unwavering support to the group, eagerly awaiting forthcoming updates about the renowned K-pop band.
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