[ARTICLE] K-Pop Wrap Up:Who and What Dominated Headlines in January 2014 (2NE1, G-Dragon and Taeyang)


K-Pop made a strong start in 2014 as a musical genre that continues to spread throughout the globe. Artists such as YG Entertainment’s G-Dragon and 2NE1 have been at the forefront of mainstream Western media attention with momentum that has not been seen since the spread of Gangnam Style.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon and Taeyang became the subjects of worldwide attention from the fashion industry during their attendance at 2014 Paris Fashion Week, gaining the attention of W ,WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), and The Guardian. As the focus of editors and bloggers in fashion shifts from Japan’s Shibuya District to Korea’s Myeongdong, G-Dragon has proven to be a headline worthy artist for European and American media. Since appearing at 2014 Paris Fashion Week, G-Dragon has landed on the Hyperbeast 100 list and has been named one of 10 Global Pop Icons by The Hollywood Reporter. G-Dragon, along with Taeyang, were the subjects of a recent article regarding K-Pop fashion for the trendy column The Cut in New York Magazine. As the newest model for J.Estina, G-Dragon continues to land on magazine pages in Korea, but has now proven his viability as a subject for media attention in the United States and beyond. 2NE1 established their newsworthiness in January, with the announcement of their upcoming All or Nothing album and a world tour in support of the album. 2NE1 along with YG Entertainment were featuring during Fuse TV’s week long Fuse Loves Seoul coverage, which delivered K-Pop onto prime time television in the United States. Furthermore, 2NE1 returned to American television at the end of January by performing on ABC’s The Bachelor. Their appearance on the episode led to more mainstream exposure for the group and an increase in sales of songs such as their hit I Am the Best.

2NE1 while filming the segment for ‘The Bachelor’.

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Source : Kpopstarz

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