This summer stages literally a battle field of Korean girl groups. The season is crowded with hottest girl groups’ come-back such as GIRL’S GENERATION, SISTAR, GIRL’S DAY, APINK, MAMAMOO, 9MUSES, AOA, MINX, STELLAR, SONAMOO, HELLOVENUS. WONDER GIRLS and GFRIEND will soon join the scene.
Each group, true to form, marks a great score on music charts and shows. It cannot possibly be more entertaining for fans.
However, one top girl group, much awaited, is missing: 2NE1 with CL, DARA, BOM and MINZY.
Since their debut hit single “Fire” in 2009, the group has left countless hit songs such as “I Don’t Care,” “I Am The Best,” “Go Away,” “Lonely,” “Ugly,” “Can’t Nobody,” “In The Club,” “I Love You,” “Clap Your Hands,” “Hate You,” “Gotta Be You,” “MTBD,” “If I Were You,” and “Come Back Home” by 2014. 2NE1, born as a hip hop group, covers a wide range of genre such as pop-dance, ballad, electronic, and rock with Teddy, their mentor and one of YG Entertainment’s main producers.
Being a girl group, they also perform songs easy on the ear of those over 30 as their songs are mostly melodic pops.
The group’s performance is also charismatic when they perform on the stage with “Fire” or “I Am The Best,” exuding charm of “strong and independent woman.” They set the tone of their own.
“CRUSH,” the album released last February, is also benefited from the band’s strength as it still maintains the record of ranking 61 on Billboard 200, U.S. main album chart, the highest feat ever for Korean male and female singers combined.
It has been 17 months that the group has not released any new song due to various reasons such as the members’ individual schedule. However, they are still very much missed by fans who recently made a SNS page dedicated to BOM to upload her recent photos.
Starnews asked YG Entertainment about the group’s comeback to which the company responded that they are positively considering presenting a new song by next year at latest.
2NE1, uniquely positioned with their distinctive color, would surely enrich the music scene this summer only if they joined it. This is why we are longing for their return.
2015. 7. 22.