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Article: Kpopstarz – “Girls’ Generation SHared Their Thoughts on Promoting Alongside 2NE1″

Girls’ Generation Shared Their Thoughts On Promoting Alongside 2NE1

girls-generation-and-2ne1K-Pop girl group Girls’ Generation shared how happy they were to promote alongside with their rival group 2NE1. During the group’s recent backstage interview on “Music Bank” on March 7, Girls’ Generation shared “Our promotions are overlapping for the first time in a while so it’s fun and pleasant.”

Tiffany and Seohyun said, “During Girls’ Generation and 2NE1′s early years, girl groups were not that common… Now that we get to promote together, we feel proud and good to show girl power in the K-Pop scene.”
Seohyun gave her opinion saying, “2NE1′s color is totally different from ours… It is fun to watch 2NE1′s stage. We also plan to definitely watch 2NE1′s stage… Rather than competing with other girl groups, we will naturally show our sunbae image… Although there is a sense of responsibility and pressure, I think that we can grow because of that.”

Seohyun get to talked about how they felt relieved as their group finally make a comeback with “Mr.Mr”. “It feels like our thirst has finally been quenched.” Tiffany also shared how their group’s MV data loss is a blessing in disguise saying, “As our comeback schedule got delayed, we thought it was an opportunity to show a perfect stage… Although we always do best to prepare for our comebacks, this time we also listened to our song over 50 times a day and practiced hard. I think there is a time for everything including our comeback… Each stage will be worth looking forward to.”

The battle between two biggest girl group will be seen on music shows this weekend!

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Source: Kpopstarz

Interview: SNSD’s Taeyeon Says Competition with 2NE1 is Enjoyable

SNSD’s Taeyeon Says Competition with 2NE1 is Enjoyable

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One of the hottest issues in K-Pop these days is the comeback of Girls’ Generation (SNSD) and 2NE1.

Despite the fierce and tense competition expected between the two girl groups, SNSD’s Taeyeon revealed that the competition is ‘enjoyable.’

Having made its comeback through Mnet’s M Countdown on March 6, SNSD received much of the spotlight after performing Mr.Mr. and Wait a Minute.

Meeting with enews before the performance took place, Taeyeon talked about her thoughts on finally making a comeback and upcoming competition with 2NE1.

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When asked about the upcoming competition with 2NE1, Taeyeon said, “Many people have been showing their interest in the competition. Personally, I think it’s really fun and enjoyable. Not only 2NE1 but many others, such as CN Blue, have made their comeback. I hope everyone can enjoy their performances.”

Taeyeon also said, “We don’t really stress about it (competition with 2NE1), since we both have very different colors. I’m just really happy to be promoting along with many other singers. I also hope that our fans will continue to support us.”

Putting priority on keeping SNSD together and showing it to the fans over competition with others, Taeyeon concluded, “Our basic goal is to keep the top place. But more important is to keep SNSD together, and showing our activities as a whole to fans.”

Photo credit: enews/Kim Byung Kwan

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Source: Mwave

Interview: 2NE1, “TV Comeback Exciting and Fun… Confidence in Yang’s Choreography”

2NE1, “TV COMEBACK EXCITING & FUN… CONFIDENCE IN YANG’S CHOREOGRAPHY” (INTERVIEW)

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[스타뉴스 길혜성 기자] 2NE1, through an interview, explained how they felt after delivering the first comeback performance of their 2nd full album “CRUSH.”

In the evening of March 9, 2NE1 was in Seoul Deungchondong to make a comeback on SBS’s Inkigayo with their 2nd full album. They showcased their title song “COME BACK HOME” and “CRUSH,” a song that gets its name from the album title. Their performance was indeed dynamic and powerful.

It was a special day for the quartet and the fans as this was the first music program on which they were showcasing the songs from the latest album.

Although their full sound tracks of “CRUSH” came out on Feb 27 and the offline version on March 7, their 2nd World Tour performances in Seoul Olympic Park’s SK Handball Arena on March 1 and 2 were all fans could see. This is the reason fans were anticipating much for the Inkigayo comeback for a long time.

On the day of Inkigayo, 2NE1 met with the interviewer of Star News at the site to talk about how they felt about the comeback.

CL, the leader, commented, “It was both exciting and fun to unveil to the fans our album that came out for the first time in 4 years.”

“We took muck time preparing the new songs and the performances, and it was a delight to reveal it. The choreography of “COME BACK HOME” was designed by our boss YANG, and its quality makes us very confident.”

DARA said, “We were nervous but we also had fun. Starting from today, we will be able to show our fans many more performances on TV from now on.”

BOM added, “We had fun today and we still have a lot to show you. Because we invested so much time in this album and the performances, we are feeling confident about the other performances to come in the future.”

MINZY continued, “I am glad it ended well, and since I just turned 20 I will be able to show the fans more mature performances of a wider range.”

2NE1 once again proved their global stardom by topping various music charts home and abroad immediately after their new album release. The album “CRUSH” ranked #61 in America’s top music site Billboard 200 of the recent weekly chart, breaking the record for K-Pop group.

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Source: YG Life

Video: 2NE1 Reveal their “Crush” to Associated Press ~ “It’s a Big Turning Point for Us, as 2NE1″

Nice interview! ^^ Leadah CL-roo steps up during English interviews, and I like how she speaks for 2NE1 as a group. “We prepared for a very long time, so it’s definitely a big turning point for us, as 2NE1, and we have all kinds of song in there: we sing, rap, goes from hip-hop to electro to RnB to everything. If you just check it out, if you just hear it, listen to it, you’ll know it.” And yes CL, we really do love the album, even at first listen! ^_^ “I think it’s been two years since our last tour. We didn’t have our album out, but we still went on tour. And we’re all about having fun, and when we’re on tour we love to meet our fans from all around the world, because we stay in Korea most of the time, so that’s what we want to do.” Hooray for more countries to meet new fans! More countries please, YG! <3 And how cute is Dara’s soft and sweet “I love you” in the end? <3

2NE1 Reveal Their ‘Crush’

Credits: AssociatedPress

Interview: Yang Hyun Suk Explains Why Virtual World Gets Destroyed in 2NE1′s “Come Back Home” MV

YANG HYUN SUK EXPLAINS WHY VIRTUAL WORLD GETS DESTROYED IN 2NE1’S “COME BACK HOME” MV (INTERVIEW)

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[스타뉴스 길혜성 기자] With the release of 2NE1’s 2nd full album’s music videos, the founder of YG Entertainment YANG HYUN SUK, who is also the editor of the videos, personally explained the concepts of the clips.

Through YG’s official blog YG LIFE, 2NE1’s music videos of the title song “COME BACK HOME” and another track “HAPPY” were unveiled at 2:01 pm on March 3.

Out of the two, “COME BACK HOME” that was produced on a 500 million won budget stands out by emitting a sci-fi-like ambiance. Members of 2NE1 crosses from reality to the virtual world in a future city produced from computer graphic work. The MV is slightly dark, and in the latter part the divas transform into powerful warriors. A notable scene is by DARA, who weeps in pain of love.

Immediately after the release, YANG told Star News, “The content could be a little difficult to understand, but keeping in mind that happiness in the real world is the most important will help the viewers understand the intentions of the MV better.

He added, “The MV of “COME BACK HOME” is set in a near-future city, and the concept is that people in this era prefer the virtual world over the real one, just like the movie ‘Matrix’.

These days when people meet they look into the screens of their phones instead of having a conversation, which shows an addiction to cell phones and games. I think this behavior demonstrates that people like the virtual world. Even at playgrounds kids play with cell phones, and this will worsen in the future and people will be more enthusiastic about the virtual world than the real one.

He continued, “In the MV of ‘COME BACK HOME,’ DARA is heartbroken by a man she is in love with, as he prefers the virtual world. For these reasons, the four members of 2NE1, DARA, CL, BOM and MINZY enter the virtual world themselves and turn into warriors to destroy that world. Through this, we tried to convey the message of how important the real world is, and about the human touch.

He also explained why he leaned toward a music drama rather than a MV filled with choreographic scenes.

He said, “2NE1’s MVs were mainly choreographic ones until now, so we wanted to try something new. We wanted to invest our time and money in the computer graphic work, which ended up in a 500 million won budget.

I hope the viewers see the latest MV as a new challenge taken on by 2NE1.

On the other hand, the MV of “HAPPY” filmed in Los Angeles is completely different from that of “COME BACK HOME,” every scene filled with lovely and cute four members dressed in fancy outfits.

As soon as the 2nd full album was released on Feb 27, the double title songs “COME BACK HOME” and “GOTTA BE YOU” swept across major South Korean music charts while climbing up the ranks in many iTunes across the globe. On March 7 their offline version of the album will be released, while their first comeback performance will be aired on SBS’s Inkigayo on March 9.

Source: YG-Life

Video: 1theK’s Fun and Cute Interview with 2NE1 ~ Favorite Songs, Costume Concepts, Superpowers, and… Chicken-Inspired Hair?!

Super duper cute! I kinda love how they did this interview, it’s very unique and the girls seemed relaxed and were having fun answering the questions and teasing each other! <3 Find out what their favorite song in the album is, what their favorite food in YG cafeteria is, what superpower they want, etc. etc!

ASK IN A BOX: 2NE1

Credits: 1theK (former LOEN MUSIC)

Interview: Noisey – An Interview with K-Pop Favorites, 2NE1, and their New Videos for “Happy” and “Come Back Home”

AN INTERVIEW WITH K-POP FAVORITES 2NE1 AND THEIR NEW VIDEOS FOR “HAPPY” AND “COME BACK HOME”

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There’s no doubt that Korean pop phenoms 2NE1 are entering the most fascinating phase of their career. Rapper CL, dancer Minzy, and vocalists Bom and Dara first stormed the scene in 2009 with the barnburner “Fire,” then cemented their international renown with instant classics like “I Am the Best” and “Lonely.” They earned the respect of everyone from Diplo to Jeremy Scott, enjoyed accolades like MTV’s “Best New Band in the World” award in 2011, and built a fanbase empire with foreign legions as far-flung as France and Brazil.

But in the olympiad since their debut album To Anyone, 2NE1 have seemed reticent to release a proper follow-up against mounting pressures worldwide. That’s all changing this week, however, with their new Crush album finally out now, and the premiere of their their $470,000, CGI-ballistic double video for the genre-bending “Come Back Home” (and its acoustic cousin) as well as the video for “Happy.” They’re also kicking off their “All Or Nothing” world tour in Seoul in a matter of hours on March 1st, their first proper shows in well over a year. We caught up with Asia’s fiercest four to mark the occasion, discuss the new album, and find out more about why this is the most pivotal moment 2NE1 will ever face.

Noisey: Let’s talk first about your lead single and video, “Come Back Home.”
CL: “Come Back Home” is the name of one of the biggest Korean songs from the ‘90s, by Seo Taiji & Boys, which YG [Yang Hyun-suk, YG Entertainment’s CEO] was a member of. We thought it would be cool to shout out [the original] “Come Back Home” in dedication to YG.
For the video, the entire process was very different. We shot two versions at the same time and it’s more like a movie than anything else you have seen from us.

Crush is your first full-length record in four years. How have you grown musically during the time inbetween, and why did you wait this long to put out another album?
After our last mini-album [2011’s 2NE1 EP] we went on our first world tour, which kept us away from recording. For this album, we pretty much locked ourselves up in the studio and gave it 100%. We’ve also grown a lot as women since our first album, and you’ll be able to hear that on this record.
Also, since I wrote a lot of the music, it’s even more personal to us than our previous records.

What are some of your favorites?
Bom: “Gotta Be You,” because I really like the hook and the sad lyrics. [And yet] it makes you want to rock out.
Minzy: “Come Back Home” is my favorite to listen to.
Dara: “Chakhan Yeoja (Good To You).” I love the lyrics and I feel this song represents me well. I also love CL’s rap at the end.

CL, you wrote the music for three songs and lyrics for five. YG has said he was so surprised to hear you write for the first time that you’ll be following Crush with a solo album, right?
I woke up one day and suddenly felt like I had so much to say…I ended up making ten songs in about two weeks. In 2NE1, you mostly see just one side of CL. I have other sides of myself that I can show to the world, and this solo album will show that…it will be a lot more personal.

“All Or Nothing” is your second world tour of this scale. What can your fans expect this time out? How will it be different from previous 2NE1 concerts?
Our last tour seemed more catered to the image we felt that the public had of 2NE1 – it was fun and high-energy. For this tour, we wanted to bring about other elements that are more pure to what 2NE1 is…it’s more graceful. We really wanted to challenge ourselves and show the other sides of a woman.

In the video announcement of your album and world tour, you seem at a crossroads — a bit self-doubting even, talking about a “do or die attitude.” What feels especially immense about this moment in your career?
“All or Nothing” refers to our world tour and [the fact that] it’s been four years since our last album…four years is an especially long time in Korea. So each one of us personally has that “do or die” attitude. We are giving everything we have into this album and tour…We have never released an album full of all new and previously unheard material.

Credits: Noisey

Video: Thunder Mentions YG and Dara – “This might be a pitiful request but please take care of my sister.”

Translation:

Thunder was given a challenge of making a sentence out of the korean word of “Archery” (Yang-Goong) before he starts.

This was his answer:

Yang – “Yang Sajangnim!”

Goong – “goong-sang-maj-eun” which means pitiful… ”

In Full: “Yang Sajangnim! This might be a pitiful request but please take care of my sister.”

And, oh look at the crowd’s reaction! Everyone cheered because of Thunder’s affections towards his Dara noona.

Park Siblings are L-O-V-E!!!

Credits: thunder mblaq

Translated by: @KwonAui88

Video/Interview: FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop Week ~ “2NE1 Address Lengthy Album Delay: ‘We Focus on Each and Every Song’”

2NE1 Address Lengthy Album Delay: “We Focus on Each & Every Song”

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Korean girl group 2NE1 is 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, which also boasted guest spots from Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus; plus, the girls have 5.8 million Facebook ‘likes’ and 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.

With such accolades, it’s a wonder why the phenom has only dropped one full-length album in the five years since their 2009 debut single. Fuse News was in South Korea as part of our ongoing FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop week, where the girls told us they opt for quality over quantity.

One of the reasons is we want to focus on each and every song,” explains the group’s leader CL, who dropped a blazing, hip-hop solo single in May. “We want every song to have a video, have a concept and have a message and have the right performance style.”

The girls dropped three singles last year—”Falling in Love,” “Do You Love Me?” and “Missing You,” earning a combined 35 million YouTube views—further upping the hype for the record. “To me, an album is like a footprint,” CL adds. “It’s legacy.”

BONUS WEB-EXCLUSIVE CLIP:

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CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO WATCH THE VIDEO ON FUSE TV!

In the bonus clip, CL talks about how different the girls are, that they didn’t even expect to be in one group! She said that their difference even extends to their food choices. XD CL revealed that Bom is the type to stick to one food until she gets sick of it, Minzy is the one who eats healthy even though she doesn’t particularly find it delicious, she’d still eat it, Dara is the type to order 10,000 food but just eat bits of it so people around her are the ones who get fat, and CL says she eats normally, she likes organic food but would eat McDonald’s sometimes too. ^____^ So nice to know about little things like these! <3

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Source: Fuse TV

[STARCAST] “Missing You ~ 2013″…2NE1’s last diary

[STARCAST] “Missing You ~ 2013″…2NE1’s last diary

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2013, there is one day left.

Missing you~ missing you~ miss~ing you~

Maybe! Would there be any other group like 2NE1 that was active in 2013 and who will miss 2013? After the leader CL started off with her solo song ‘The Baddest Female’ in last May, 2NE1 was restless until December.

The total of three songs ‘Falling in love’, ‘ Do you love me’, ‘Missing You‘ has dominated the music site and Bom presented a carol song with YG singer Lee Hi.

A one busy year. In what way would 2NE1 remember the year 2013? We were curious about the things they laughed, cried, sad and felt not enough about. It is the so-called ‘2013, missing you’.

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☞ First, we asked them the things they were most happy about. The answers of the four members CL, Minzy, Bom and Dara were all same. They were most happy when they were actively promoting after releasing the new song. They were most happy when they presented a new song to fans and they were happy because they were loved.

Dara:  We promoted the songs ‘Falling in love’, ‘Do you love me’ and ‘Missing You’ this year. When each of the songs came into being and when each was released, I was so happy.

CL: I was happy when I was promoting the song ‘The Baddest Female’. I stood on the solo stage for the first time after 4 years since the debut. Just that fact alone was meaningful to me.

Minzy: I was happy when I saw the fans when I was on the stage. We met after preparing for a long time. Even though the promotion activity was short, I have to say that I was happy when I saw the fans in such a long time while I was up on the stage.

☞ Not all moments can be happy. When would be the times when they were sad personally? They each had different answers. There was a member who talked about the emotions they felt when they were on the stage and there was a member who talked about personal experiences. Also, they talked about the sadness coming from responsibilities.

CL:  I was most sad when performing the second stage of ‘Missing You’ (SBS-TV ‘Popular Music’ Comeback stage). It was our first comeback stage on the music broadcast show in Korea. When I sang the ballad song in such a long time, something was very sad and I was absorbed into emotions when I thought of the lyrics…. Anyhow, it was something like that.

Minzy: I am sad because we did not get to release a proper regular album this year. We were supposed to present it this year by working hard and preparing it fast, and that was so sad.

Dara: I was sad when my hair got too bad. I gave changes restlessly from gold, pink and to silver this year so my hair was too ruined. All the hair was cut off. I am sad because I miss my hair. For that reason, there is a sad story that I had to wear a hat in ‘Missing You’~~

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☞ What kind of moments would have been most meaningful to 2NE1? Dara and Bom said it was every moment. It means that they have tried that hard and lived intensely. At times, they put in their hearts the special memory of the moment when they met with the fans.

Bom: Working hard (All the activities). That is most meaningful.

Dara: I think the moment when members gather and record the song and preparing for a new performance is always meaningful. Especially, I like who we are and what we are doing now recently. Please be sure to check the achievements of this very moment next year.

CL: I remember the moment when the fan meeting was held for the first time. It was the first fan meeting after making the debut. This time, we met with the fans in Japan but I hope to meet fans in Korea myself in the upcoming New Year.

☞ However, not everything can turn out good. The truth is, there were things that they felt not enough about. First, the promotion period was shorter than expected. There was also no concert. The fact that they did not get to release the proper and regular album was something that all members felt not enough about.

Minzy: I feel sad that I did not get to see you guys (fans) often due to a short promotion period.

Bom: Yes. There might be lots of things but I feel sad that 2NE1’s (Regular• Mini) album was not released. Personally, I also feel sad that I did not get to release a solo album.

Dara: The hot concert in the middle of the summer that took place 2 years in a row did not happen in 2013. I felt so sad about it. But, do not worry. It will begin in March of 2014. 2NE1’s 2014 World Tour.   

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☞ Girl group fashion star. When talking about 2NE1, fashion cannot be left out. For every stage, they showed a unique style that is to the different level compared to other girl groups. Then, what would be the best style that members have picked? Dara gave an answer first.

Dara: I remember the broad hat style. The feeling of putting on that hat on a blonde gold hair, I know what that is like~. It is unique but it can show the female charm at the same time, so I liked it. Fascinatingly, that hat matched well with all kinds of outfits.

Minzy: For me, there as a time when I wore a red cheetah patterned knit sweater out of the outfits in ‘Missing You’. I think it was simply the style that matched with me the most.

CL: I will pick the outfit from ‘The Baddest Female’. You guys remember the white swimming suit style that I wore on ‘Popular Music’ right? It was unconventional but it is memorable as it was an outfit that has charisma and is unique.

☞ In this year, 2NE1 met lots of people. Who would be the most memorable person? Dara said “I met too many people and said bye to too many people. The question is too difficult and hesitated to give an answer, but the rest of the members shared stories about their special someone that they remember.

Minzy: I have in my memory people who always cheer for me, the fans.

Bom: If I were to pick just one, I will choose Lee Hi. We sang a Christmas carol together. But, I think she is someone who is so adorable and nice.

CL: For me, of course it is Stevie Wonder. We met in the stage of ‘MAMA’. Just the fact that I was able to be on the same stage with the king of pop was such a big honor.

☞ We also asked about the moment that they can never forget. The moment that they cannot forget this year was all different. There was a member who talked about personal experiences and there was a member who talked about the memories felt while promoting. Stevie Wonder was mentioned once again. It was a double crown.

CL: I would have to answer it as the day that I met Stevie Wonder to this question also.

Minzy: I think it was the time when I volunteered with Sean. I think I cannot forget the moment when I took care of the kids when I visited Holt Children Welfare Center.

Bom: For me, it was holding a fan meeting for the first time in Japan and getting the award with ‘Missing You’.

Dara: It is almost the same for me too. The time when we were promoting ‘Missing You‘ is an unforgettable moment. We got awards few times and I cannot forget the stage that the fans voluntarily sang along altogether, no, I do not want to forget.

☞ Finally, the question 10. It is the question about things they are going to miss after this year passes. In one word, it is ‘2013 Missing You’ that 2NE1 shares. Missing you, missing you, what do you miss?

CL: It is a secret ^^

Minzy: I will miss 20 year old Minzy. It is the first year that I greeted as an adult and it is the moment that will now never come back.

Dara•Bom: I think it would be every single moment. If this year passes, I think I am going to miss all the moments in this year. Since, I can never go back, wouldn’t that be why every single moment is so valuable?

Credits: Star Cast

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