The first generation of the Chinese limited boy bands, NINE PERCENT, is confirmed to disband on October 6, 2019, 18 months after the group debuted on iQiyi’s male idol survival competition, “Idol Producer” (偶像练习生). The group will be holding a farewell concert on October 12 in Guangzhou, titled “Limited Memories” (literal translation of “限定的记忆”), based on the response from the Guandong Culture and Tourism board.
Many NINE PERCENT fans have complained about the lack of promotions the group has done since their debut. The fans mostly blame the management company that manages both NINE PERCENT and UNINE for mishandling the group’s activities. For example, a variety show that was promised after the group debuted, never happened. The group “disappeared” after coming out with one album and practically didn’t promote this year. Fans even suspected the group was disbanding ahead of schedule back in January as it was discovered their dorms were only leased for half a year.
Fans have even calculated the group as a whole has only promoted as a group 55 times during the 16 months they’ve been together. A fan even applied for the title “Most difficult group to gather in the world” with the Guinness World Records in China. They responded back, “? It’s too difficult for me.” Member, You Zhangjing (尤长靖), who debuted in 9th place, once mentioned on a show that the members have privately mentioned they didn’t want to disband. Watch it here: http://t.cn/AipnTjAf
Here is a throwback to NINE PERCENT on one of their few variety show appearances as a group, Happy Camp: