On February 24th, now 5 member group, BEAST announced that they will be going through an official name change. The idol group had gone through various changes recently with member, Jung Hyunseng withdrawing from the group this past April, and the remaining members leaving Cube Entertainment at the end of 2016 to form their own agency, Around US Entertainment.
Yoon Doo Joon, Yoon Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, Lee Kikwang, and Son Dongwoon confirmed their name change through Around US Entertainment stating that:
“We want to let you know that our artists, Yoon Doo-joon, Yoon Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-Sup, Lee Ki-kwang and Sohn Dong-woon, who are known as BEAST, have become a new group name, Highlight.
Highlight, which means ‘the brightest part’ and ‘most prominent or interesting’, was also the first album released while at Cube Entertainment, as a former five-member group. At that time, the album was named for a new start as five people. Through this effort, the group is now making a fresh start.
We would like to thank all the fans who have long been waiting for us to create this new name called Highlight, and have been very interested in and supported our artists. Although the group cannot use the former name, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Hong Seung Sung, and Cube entertainment who have created the members now known as Highlight.
Whatever the new beginning is, it is always nerve-wrecking and we will prepare carefully. Thought it has been 9 years since we debuted, we have had to give up the glory and success of the past as BEAST in order to start again. Nevertheless, we would like to be able to stand in front of our fans as all five members.
We hope that those who read this will support and love the five members of Highlight more than ever. We will work harder to become a company that is true to our artist’s passions and abilities. Yoon Doo Joon, Yoon Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, Lee Kikwang, and Son Dongwoon who are now Highlight members hope that you continue to give more attention and love as we continue on as five members.”
After the announcement, several of the members took to their official Instagram accounts to give their thoughts on the situation:
Leader Doo Joon wrote, ““BEAST,” “It’s been a while since I’ve written that word here. The name which has presented precious memories… We tried hard to keep the name with us, but sadly we’re bidding a goodbye to it. We restart from the beginning with the new name, “HIGHLIGHT!”
Yoon Junhyung also took to Instagram and stated, “To gain this amount of interest before we even debut. #HIGHLIGHT #Wewillworkhard.”
We wish all the best to all the 5 members as they move forward as the new group, Highlight!
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Written and edited by: Gigi