NUESTs agency Pledis Entertainment and a representative of Mnets Produce 101 Season 2 have now responded to reports that one of the groups previous albums is being reissued.
Four of the members of NUEST are currently competing in Mnets competition show Produce 101 Season 2, where theyre vying for spots in a project boy group. Recently, a music website was said to be taking orders for a reissued version of NUESTs 2015 Japanese single album Bridge the World, claiming that it was set to be released in Korea in June.
A controversy stirred as many netizens identified this as a violation of the NUEST members contracts with Produce 101 Season 2. It was also argued that considering the show is designed as a survival competition with the aim of debuting idols, it doesnt seem fitting that the competitors would be releasing albums while on the show. Some netizens even started petitions calling for the NUEST members to either leave the show or receive penalties.
Produce 101 Season 2 has now responded to the rumors of the album rerelease. A representative stated, This is something that the album distribution company has done independently, and Pledis has requested that they cease sales. It appears that the NUEST members will not be penalized.
Pledis Entertainment has also stated, This NUEST album re-release was not something that was requested by our agency. We were also shocked when we heard about this.
Meanwhile, the members of NUEST have been doing very well on Produce 101 Season 2, with Kim Jong Hyun currently in first place and his fellow competing members grabbing high spots in the top 35.