Gear up, Universe! Hui of K-pop boy group PENTAGON is finally making his solo debut after eight long years!

On Monday, December 11, PENTAGON’s agency Cube Entertainment confirmed that the idol is preparing for his first solo album. “We are planning to release it in January of 2024, the agency said. 

As of writing, other details such as the name and final release date have yet to be announced. 

Since debuting in 2016 as a member of PENTAGON, Hui led the group throughout their performances.  Among many hit tracks that the group released throughout their career include Shine”, “SHA LA LA”, andNaughty Boy,” 

Aside from being PENTAGON’s leader, Hui is also known as a talented producer who participates in creating songs for his own group. In addition, Hui also produced songs for other groups including WANNA ONe’s “Energetic” for the first season of Produce 101, and “Never” for the show’s second season.

Fans’ excitement for soloist Hui

With the official confirmation of his solo debut, PENTAGON’s fanbase, Universe, immediately showered Hui with congratulatory messages and positive responses.

“Finally, HUI SOLO DEBUT NEXT YEAR. I’m super excited,” one fan wrote. Meanwhile, another stated: “[I] can’t believe my Hui is getting his solo debut. [It’s been] a long time coming for sure but I’m proud and I can’t wait!” Other fans also expressed their well-wishes for the idol as he embarks on a new journey. 

Moreover, fans are even more anticipative of Hui’s solo endeavor after his appearance in the 2023 MNET survival program Boys Planet. For those who don’t know, he shocked the K-pop community when he competed in the show despite his eight-long year experience as an idol.

Despite being eliminated after placing the No. 13 spot in the final ranking, Hui earned great love and respect from netizens for bravely taking on the challenge.

Furthermore, the announcement of Hui’s solo debut came weeks after several members of PENTAGON left CUBE Entertainment. In October, members Yeo One, Yan An, Yuto, Kino, and Wooseok decided not to renew their contract with the agency. In November, Hongseok also left the label.  

With this, only four members of the group remain in the agency: Hui, Jinho, Hongseok and Shinwon. 

Featured image: PENTAGON shares photo of Hui from one of his musical performances. Credit: Facebook/PENTAGON