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[VIDEO] Interview: Billboard – “2NE1 on Breaking Chart Records, Turning 5″

2NE1 on Breaking Chart Records, Turning 5

2NE1 shot to mega-superstardom from their thumping, debut single “Fire” and continued to release a rush of hit singles, collecting over half a billion views on their official YouTube channel, collaborating with superstars like will.i.am and Skrillex, and touring sold-out shows around the world.

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[ARTICLE] US Billboard, 2NE1 chosen as ‘Music Video Top 5’ greeting their 5th debut anniversary

[OSEN=Park Hyun Min] US Billboard has chosen 2NE1 as ‘Music Video Top 5’ greeting their 5th debut anniversary.

2NE1 got attention since the Billboard reported this news in the midst of 2NE1’s 5th debut anniversary on May 17th.

The Billboard introduced 2NE1 as, “The 4-membered girl group, 2NE1 has debuted with unrestricted music by mixing hip-hop, dance, fast rap etc. They have recorded the highest among K-Pop album in US Billboard chart (Billboard 200) with their high-quality music and music video.”

The first ranked music video in the TOP 5 is their debut song ‘FIRE’ released in May, 2009. They gave a favorable comment, “FIRE attracts listeners with their rhyme played by synthesizer and percussion instruments, and with their sexy and strange clothes. CL’s ‘Cat suit’ and Bom’s ‘Bunny-look’ is interesting. FIRE shows powerful style, glamorous, and cute feminine charm”.

‘DO YOU LOVE ME’ ranked TOP 4 which was released in last August. The Billboard introduced, “This music video is not flashy with shocking fashion and sets, but rather having familiar background with swimming pool, cars, club etc. It is really fun having each member’s individuality exposed in it”.

‘CAN’T NOBODY’ ranked TOP 3 which was released in September, 2010. The Billboard assessed, “Its music video which hit YouTube in 2010, made fans notice their ‘swagger’ has one step upgraded. Their appearance was more surprising and each character was shown clearly”.

‘MISSING YOU’ ranked TOP 2 which was released in last November. The Billboard expressed, “2NE1 showed their smooth charm through their winter ballad. If the electro ballad, ‘I LOVE YOU’ was impressive at appearance part, then this song is more focused on ‘sensitivity’. It shows amazing metaphor of sensitivity when CL covers her arms and legs by herself in front of the camera”.

‘I AM THE BEST’ ranked TOP 1 which was released in June, 2011. The Billboard highly complimented, “There is no other appearance, style and sound than ‘I AM THE BEST’ which defines 2NE1. It has the most views in K-POP, having 90,000,000 views. If ‘FIRE’ is a song which promises fans with appearance, then ‘I AM THE BEST’ is the first and best realization of that promise”.

Meanwhile, 2NE1, who has opened their second world tour in Philippines at May 17th, is going to meet local fans by holding another concert in Kuala Lumpur on May 24th.

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[ARTICLE] Billboard – “2NE1 Embraces Pop Art in ‘Gotta Be You’ Video”

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The record-breaking K-pop quartet sing and rap amid references to Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

Following a pair of fierce videos initially revealed when 2NE1 dropped theirrecord-breaking “Crush” album, the K-pop phenoms have followed up with a visual for new single “Gotta Be You,” showcasing the girls singing and rapping through a pop-art world. 

As usual 2NE1 deliver on the visual front, overloading viewers with ferocious fashion (see CL and Bom’s zombie-inspired dresses), hair, makeup and accessories that scale the color spectrum. While the vid is filled with glamour shots, there is a key point where CL gets drenched inside a car wash that is less a wet T-shirt contest turning on the camera and more about embracing the longing lyrics of the track.

The girls mix the song’s sentimental subject of being in love with someone despite them giving up on the relationship inside a bright, pop-art world. There are references to Roy Lichtenstein comic books, Andy Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes”, along with splashes of graffiti, emoticons and neon throughout the video sets. Despite every punch of color, the girls never crack a smile making for a fascinating, juxtaposed visual.

Sonically, “Gotta Be You” lets 2NE1 flex their mix-mastering skills to blend a new genre of synthy dance-pop into their rap/EDM formula. Like a majority of the tracks of the new LP, the snappy song highlights each girl’s unique timbre and, most notably, lets youngest member Minzy vocally rip on the chorus alongside main vocalist Bom.

“Gotta Be You” originally peaked at No. 4 on the K-Pop Hot 100 and No. 16 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. The video should give the “Crush” LP additional longevity and breathe a bit of new life for it on the charts.

Previous to the official video, fans had only seen the song brought to life on the live stage via their Asian tour dates and TV performances. Watch one below:

Source: Billboard

[ARTICLE] Happy 5th Anniversary, 2NE1! Top 5 Must-See Music Videos From the K-Pop Phenoms


In May 2009, Psy’s record label YG Entertainment debuted a four-member girl group 2NE1. Consisting of CL, Bom, Dara and Minzy, 2NE1 instantly made waves for easily pulling off unconventional tracks. The quartet mixed hip-hop and dance, blended diva belts with quick-spit rapping, each single always accompanied by an incredible visual.

2NE1’s high-quality tunes and videos have resonated with viewers in America too with the group currently holding the U.S. record for highest-charting and best first-week sales for K-pop albums.

To celebrate 2NE1’s successes in their half-decade together, Billboard takes a look back at five must-watch videos from the girl’s YouTube channel. There’s a reason the K-pop quartet have earned more than half a billion views, take a look at five below.

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[NEWS] 2NE1 is voted as the Most Fashionable Girl Group and ‘Crush’ as the Most Favourite Girl Group Album on Billboard


2NE1 takes two no.1 positions in “Girl Group Week’s Reader Poll” on Billboard.

According to the poll, 2NE1’s album “Crush” is the Most Favorite Girl Group Album with 22% of the total votes which surpassed Little Mix’s “DNA” and Spice Girls’ “Spice”.

The girls also attracted much attention as they beat Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child and gain the title as the Most Fashionable Girl Group with 31% of the total votes.

Also “Crush” sets a new record as a K-Pop album with the highest ranking on Billboard 200 as it charted as no.61.

Congratulation to 2NE1!

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[ARTICLE] 2NE1, Spice Girls, Fifth Harmony Dominate Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll


As Billboard.com’s Girl Group Week comes to a close, we wanted to reveal the results of our Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll, which allowed pop fans to vote for their favorite girl group albums, songs, music videos and much more. With hundreds of thousands of votes cast in just three days, it’s time to congratulate Spice Girls, 2NE1 and Fifth Harmony for emerging from the crowded field of girl groups and coming out on top in some of the biggest categories!

2NE1, the all-girl K-pop group that has recently made an impact in the States, had its album “Crush” voted as the favorite girl group album as a write-in vote, besting full-lengths by Little Mix, Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child. The group also was voted the most fashionable girl group, earning 30 percent of the votes in the category.

Meanwhile, the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” was voted the fans’ favorite girl group single, with the U.K. collective’s only No. 1 Hot 100 single trumping favorites like TLC’s “Waterfalls” and Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.” And although voters dubbed the Spice ladies the most overrated girl group, Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Baby and Scary also won the category “Girl Group That Needs To Make a Comeback.” Start practicing those dance moves now!

Although Fifth Harmony only won one category — Most Promising New Girl Group — they did so impressively, taking home a whopping 96 percent of the votes. And finally, provocative pop duo t.A.T.u. also emerged as winners from the Readers’ Poll, with fans proclaiming  them the most underrated girl group as well as naming their “All The Things She Said” clip as their favorite girl group music video.

Check out the full results from the Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll below. And thanks for voting!

Favorite Girl Group Album

1. 2NE1, “Crush” (22%)
2. Little Mix, “DNA” (15%)
3. Spice Girls, “Spice” (12%

Favorite Girl Group Single

1. Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (23%)
2. Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (15%)
3. Pussycat Dolls, “Don’t Cha (7%)

Most Underrated Girl Group

1. t.A.T.u. (27%)
2. Orange Caramel (25%)
3. Sugababes (5%)

Most Overrated Girl Group

1. Spice Girls (37%)
2. Destiny’s Child (28%)
3. Dixie Chicks (4%)

Most Promising New Girl Group

1. Fifth Harmony (96%)
2. Girls’ Generation (1%)
3. 2NE1 (1%)

Girl Group That Needs To Make a Comeback

1. Spice Girls (29%)
2. Destiny’s Child (23%)
3. Pussycat Dolls (14%)

Favorite Girl Group Music Video

1. t.A.T.u., “All The Things She Said” (23%)
2. Spice Girls, “Wannabe” (13%)
3. Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name” (11%)

Most Fashionable Girl Group

1. 2NE1 (31%)
2. Spice Girls (16%)
3. Destiny’s Child (12%)

Credits: Billboard

[ARTICLE] Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups You Need to Know

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In the U.S., dominant girl groups seem to come in waves, going from multiple groups competing at the top of the charts to periods where they seemed to have deserted the landscape altogether. The Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child kicked things off in the late ’90s and Dream, 3LW, the Pussycat Dolls and more came and went, leaving us today with Little Mix, Fifth Harmony and a few other rising acts.

But in the K-pop scene, female acts rose to prominence in the late ’90s, and domestic fascination never simmered. Eventually, these girl groups’ allure translated overseas, with international fans parlaying their love into incredible global feats. From the ladies who set the stage to those stealing the spotlight today, here are the 10 K-pop girl groups you need to know.

6. 2NE1

If Girls’ Generation is K-pop’s modern-day Beatles, 2NE1 is its Rolling Stones. With a musical style that opts for attitude-heavy hip-hop, EDM and reggae in place of bubblegum pop, the quartet stood out in K-pop for their fierce attitude and out-there fashion. Along with Wonder Girls and Girls’ Generation, the quartet helped spread Korean girl groups internationally, eventually becoming the first female act to play solo U.S. arena shows. While accruing fans like will.i.am — who featured them on his “#willpower” LP — and designer Jeremy Scott, the girls cultivated an impressive American fanbase that sent their new album “Crush” to No. 61 on the Billboard 200 — the highest-charting record for all K-pop acts on the albums charts.

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[NEWS] YG-Life : 2NE1’s 4 Thrills…from Billboard to First Appearance on TV (Direct Interview)


[스타뉴스 길혜성 기자] Girl group 2NE1 (CL, DARA, BOM, and MINZY) has finally disclosed the performance for their second full-length album “CRUSH” and kicked off performance for the new album in earnest. The four members expressed their feelings about four thrills that they have recently experienced in an interview with us.

2NE1 appeared on SBS channel’s live-broadcast music show “INKIGAYO” shot in the afternoon on the 9 at SBS Hall located in Deungchon-dong, Seoul. In the show, 2NE1 gave performance of two songs: “COME BACK HOME”, the title of their second full-length album, and “CRUSH”, which has the same title with the new album itself. Continue reading

[NEWS] Billboard : 2NE1 Sets New U.S. Record for Highest-Charting, Best-Selling K-Pop Album With ‘Crush’


The female quartet snags the accomplishment without revealing any album material prior

K-pop notches its biggest sales week yet for an album, thanks to 2NE1. The girl group’s new album “Crush” opens at No. 61 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The set surpasses the previous best week, logged by boy band BIGBANG’s “Alive” in 2012, which launched with 4,000. More impressively, the quartet managed the feat with four days of sales.

2NE1 also immediately sets the record for the highest-charting K-Pop album on the Billboard 200. Until this week’s chart, the scene had only hit as high as No. 126 with Girls’ Generation-TTS’ “Twinkle” EP in 2012.  Continue reading

[ARTICLE] Billboard – “2NE1 Serves Double Dose of Fierce With ‘Come Back Home’ & ‘Happy’ Videos”


The K-pop girl group shakes up a CGI-created world and downtown Los Angeles with new visuals

K-pop’s baddest females are truly back and bolder than ever. After spending 2013 experimenting with different images and sounds — from the sunny, reggae pop of “Falling in Love” to the sparse, piano ballad “Missing You” — 2NE1‘s new album “Crush” feels like a return to its roots. The 10-track LP comes with hard-hitting, electro-pop/hip-hop tracks that recall some of the group’s past singles while refreshing the formula by incorporating new sounds.

It’s all led off by first single “Come Back Home” — one of two the quartet will actively promote — a reggae-trap hybrid that mashes the two seemingly disparate genres into a booming final product. Opening with a bouncy beat similar to Rihanna’s “Man Down,” the girls croon about losing a lover, asking him to “come back home” until the production flips into a heavy trap beat. At that point, the girls get seductive and demand their love to “come, baby baby, come, baby baby.”

While the gals played with reggae last summer, their latest feels like a more honest attempt to dive into the genre as opposed to just incorporating it for a nice summer sound. “Come Back Home” — along with album standout “MTBD,” a solo by 2NE1leader CL — feel the type of tracks Rihanna or Nicki Minaj would make if a little more open minded to genre fusion.

In in its computer graphic-heavy visual, 2NE1 live in a futuristic world where one can escape reality for a “virtual paradise” with a special machine. While the girls can live out their ideal fantasies — unsuprisingly, main vocalist Bom is a diva singer entertaining a dinner crowd — when Dara‘s love interest would rather be in the fantasy land than with her, the girls transform into warrior rebels to lead an army to seemingly destroy the paradise.

While the sci-fi clip ends without an ultimate resolution, one wonders if the video for hip-hop/dance track “Gotta Be You” — the other promoted single off “Crush” — will be a part two.

The video for album track “Happy” dropped alongside “CBH,” revealing a much lighter side of the girls — despite the melancholy lyrics like the brilliant “I’m not happy, but I hope you’re happy” chorus.

Watch the cartoon-inspired visual as the girls saunter around Los Angeles in their signature crazy-patterned getups and hairstyles that require a double take — fromMinzy‘s violet bowl cut to Dara‘s ’90s-inspired baby curls.


As Billboard previously reported, “Crush” could make an impressive splash on several Billboard charts this week. Early industry forecasts suggested the LP could sell 4,000 copies which could lead to 2NE1‘s first entry on the Billboard 200. The charts refresh every Thursday.

Fans can also look forward to videos for “Gotta Be You” and the “unplugged version” of “Come Back Home.

Source : Billboard