Fans waited nearly four years for a second full-length 2NE1 album, and the K-pop quartet are certainly making up for lost time. After dropping Crush last week, the girl group have unleashed two music videos for new single “Come Back Home” and album track “Happy.”
We already raved about “CBH” for its ambitious mashing of reggae and trap, and we’re happy to say the music video does not disappoint either. In the sci-fi-themed vid, the gals live in a futuristic world where anyone can escape harsh reality for a “virtual paradise” with a pair of special goggles.
While that all seems lovely, it takes a toll on member Dara and her love interest when he chooses to hang in the virtual world instead of with her. You know what that means: Time for 2NE1 to shake sh-t up. The video ends with the girls leading a stampede of fire- and bat-wielding rebels. Please tell us there will be a part two.
Another one of our fave tracks off Crush to get a video is the peppy-yet-melancholy “Happy.” The girls rock a slew of whacked-out-but-still-chic outfits while parading around Los Angeles. We can’t take our eyes off them, but you have to watch below if just for Dara’s ’90s-inspired slick baby hair.
Billboard revealed that 2NE1′s new LP has been selling big numbers Stateside—for a Korean release—and could make a splash on the charts. We’ll be eagerly keeping our fingers crossed (and rewatching these videos) until it’s official.
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In honor of #2NE1CRUSH this #TBT is a never-before-seen shot from our interview at @billboard studios taken by the amazing @dianalevine!
K-pop girl group 2NE1 are one of the driving forces in K-pop’s international expansion. The quartet was the first Korean female group to stage a world tour, will.i.am snagged them for his #willpower LP, they have 6.4 million Facebook likes and 2.1 million YouTube subscribers. Hey, they even co-starred on an episode of The Bachelor.
So—as Fuse News’ Liz Walaszczyk asked when she was with the girls in South Korea—why only one album after nearly five years together? Leader CL explained, “An album is like a footprint. It’s legacy.” With Crush, their second full-length album, 2NE1 continue to be K-pop’s fiercest females by reminding listeners what made them so unique in the first place. But it’s not all familiar: The girls have plenty of new tricks up their sleeves.
Whether you’re a big-time 2NE1 fan or they caught your eye on The Bachelor, check out the top nine reasons you should download their new album Crush.
1. RETURNING TO THEIR ROOTS
Most listeners’ introduction to 2NE1 comes via the ferocious “I Am the Best,” arguably their signature tune. With nearly 86 million YouTube views, it’s one of the most-viewed K-pop videos ever. From the first notes of album opener “Crush,” it’s clear that the girls are back: This song has the same Middle Eastern influences heard in “IATB,” but over a zippy electro-pop production enhanced by dope rapping and powerful belting. While the quartet played around with reggae pop and acoustic ballads in past singles like “Falling in Love” and “Missing You,” this feels like the statement 2NE1 needed to truly make a comeback.
2. REGGAE/TRAP HYBRID LEAD SINGLE “COME BACK HOME”
Crush’s lead single “Come Back Home” mashes two seemingly disparate genres and makes them into one smokin’ single. Starting with a bouncy beat similar to Rihanna’s “Man Down,” the girls croon about losing a lover, asking their baby to “come back home” until the single’s production flips into a heavy trap beat. The ambitious song should stand up well next to past 2NE1 singles.
3. WE’RE GETTING FOUR MUSIC VIDEOS!!!
2NE1 have more than half a billion views on their YouTube channel thanks to their high-budget visuals, fierce fashion and dope personas. But according to 2NE1′s Korean label, we’re getting four more videos to obsess over soon! There will be visuals for “Come Back Home” and its accompanying “unplugged” version. Plus, snappy dance track “Gotta Be You” and bouncy pop track “Happy” will get the MV treatment, too.
4. POTENTIAL TO SELL A LOT
As one of the top K-pop acts to make moves Stateside, Crush raced into the Top 10 of the iTunes Albums chart despite no American promo. Plus “Come Back Home,” “Crush” and “MTBD” are all climbing up the iTunes Pop Songs chart. With its Wednesday release, Crush won’t have a full week of sales like other new albums, which could affect its likeliness to hit the Billboard charts. Still, with four music videos already planned, the LP could be a steady-seller versus falling off the chart after one week.
5. TUG AT YOUR HEARTSTRINGS, BUT THROW YOUR HANDS UP
2NE1 manage to convey heart-wrenching concepts without throwing their feel-good vibe out the window. On “Happy,” a song that practically begs you to roll your windows down and sing along, Bom croons the brilliant lyric, “I’m not happy, but I hope you’re happy” to a lost lover. Similarly, reminisce about your ex with “Gotta Be You,” but keep your dancing shoes on amid lyrics about being stuck in a jail named “You.”
6. HELLO R&B!
While we certainly appreciate 2NE1’s affinity for EDM and Auto-Tuned hits, we absolutely love that R&B receives plenty of shine on this album. Both “Good to You” and “Baby I Miss You” prove that the quartet can deliver clean, crisp vocals on top of soothing piano beats. The latter boasts a synthy lounge vibe with a notable verse from CL, whose flow is right on point.
7. CL THE SOLOIST TRULY ARRIVES ON “MTBD”
Watch out Nicki—CL slays on this track. The self-proclaimed “baddest female” completely stuns on standout track “MTBD,” the rapper’s solo performance. At the gym? Blast this baby. Need a post-wake up hype song? Done. Need a life hype song? This is it.
8. “SCREAM” IN KOREAN
2NE1 fans will instantly recognize “Scream” as a 2012 single originally released in Japan. While it’s not uncommon for K-pop acts to re-record tracks in other languages—most often re-recording in Japanese and English—some do suffer from awkward translations that don’t keep the syncopation like the original. But somehow we think “Scream” actually ended up more fierce with this K-pop rendition. We particularly love CL’s line in the first verse, “Why you keep callin’ me honey?!?”
9. “COME BACK HOME (UNPLUGGED VERSION)” TO CLOSE THE ALBUM
When 2NE1 fans were told one of the “10 new songs” on Crush would be an unplugged version of the single, some may have felt slighted. But ending the album with an acoustic production puts a much-welcome spotlight on the four distinct voices. Bom’s powerful belts, Dara’s sweet crooning, CL’s charismatic rapping and young Minzy’s strong, still-maturing vocals. It’s a lasting reminder of why this group is so special and why so many fans support 2NE1 as people, instead of just an act with catchy music.
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Valentine’s Day? Not before Galentine’s Day! February 13th has become an unofficial holiday to celebrate friendship between fabulous ladies. Despite an industry that often pits women against each other, here are 14 pairs of musician BFFs who understand the importance of solidarity!
CL & Dara of 2NE1
The K-pop scene is filled with girl groups that act like sisters, but we have a soft spot for 2NE1 members CL and Dara, mainly stemming from one heartfelt story. When the group was in Japan during the 9.0-magnitude, Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Dara quickly called her pal and group leader. Even as the building was shaking, CL came to get her, walking down 34 flights together.
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Music and fashion operate so closely to each other, there are bound to be collisions. Fortunately, the consequences are usually awesome. From pop divas to rock stars, from high fashion to sportswear- these ads are what happens when musician becomes muse.
Not only did the K-Pop cuties star in their own campaign for adidas Originals, they also collaborated with designer/2NE1 fan Jeremy Scott to design a limited edition pair of sneakers for the brand in 2012, and teamed up with them again in Fall 2013.
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2NE1 is attracting much attention by making an appearance on America’s FUSE TV.
America’s music cable FUSE TV is introducing artists from YG Entertainment one at a time, in celebration of the New Year under the title, ‘FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop.’
In the morning of Jan 14 (American time Jan 13 7:30 pm), 2NE1 was the first in line to be introduced on FUSE TV. The reporter was at YG head quarter for the interview with 2NE1. CL, the leader of 2NE1, set the stage for a relaxed interview with FUSE TV reporter with her fluent English.
The reporter said, “They’ve racked up over 400 million YouTube views, and with the World Tour set to kick off in March, they’re gonna take over the world. [2NE1] has even caught the attention of American rappers like will.i.am, who featured 2NE1 in his #willpower album, along with Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus,” and added, “2NE1’s first studio album won ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2010 MAMA.”
CL commented, “We have been working on an album right now for like 5 years. To me, an album is like a footprint. It’s like a legacy. And we’ve been just dropping singles out and we want every song to have a video, have a concept, and have a message, and have the right performance, style.” And the reported added, “And it seems to be working. The reggae-tinged ‘Falling In Love’ music video was the 4th most watched K-Pop video in the U.S. in 2013.”
The quartet that is set to kick off their World Tour in March, starting from Seoul, said, “We’re gonna be touring all across Asia, and we would love to go to South America, because our second biggest fan base is in Brazil.”
Lastly, when asked which artist they want to work with, CL answered, “We love M.I.A. I met her and I was like, ‘I love you!’, and she said she’ll be in Korea soon. I love Drake. I think he’s cool.”
FUSE TV, spotlighting artists from YG Entertainment who brought sensational waves to the world music market, will be moving on to following artists after 2NE1: on Jan 14 YG Entertainment and the upcoming new group WINNER will be featured, on Jan 15 T.O.P and BIGBANG, on Jan 16 TAEYANG, and Jan 21 EPIK HIGH and Jan 22 LEEHI.
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Home to acts like Psy, BIGBANG and 2NE1, South Korean record label YG Entertainment is one of the biggest forces in the global K-pop phenomenon. The agency’s Seoul headquarters is where their artists record, work out, rehearse, learn choreography, play and eat at the famous YG Cafeteria that’s fed the likes of Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones and Will and Jaden Smith. As a part of Fuse News’ week-long FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop special, host Liz Walaszczyk got an exclusive inside look that you can watch above.
But not just anybody gets the five-star treatment from YG HQ. Artists need to work hard to earn it.
The label’s latest act—newly-created boy band WINNER—will release music this month after competing for their K-pop debut on a reality show, Who is Next: WIN, against another YG male act.
“We were happy that we won and sad for those who lost,” rapper Minho tells Fuse in their U.S. television debut. “There were a lot of mixed emotions, so we cried together.”
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