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News: 2NE1 Excites China with World Tour: Huge Success

2NE1 EXCITES CHINA WITH WORLD TOUR: HUGE SUCCESS

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[엑스포츠뉴스=한인구 기자] 2NE1’s World Tour “ALL OR NOTHING” held in Shanghai China ended in great success.

The concert held on April 11 at Shanghai Grand Stage kicked off dynamically with their 2nd album “CRUSH.” Dressed in powerful gold uniforms, the quartet mesmerized the fans with their charisma.

While the divas fired up the fans with powerful performances of “CLAP YOUR HANDS” and “PRETTY BOY,” they also mellowed the concert hall with their sentimental songs “MISSING YOU,” “IF I WERE YOU,” and the unplugged version of “COME BACK HOME.” Fans were deeply impressed by their songs and performances.

This is the first time 2NE1 was in China for their exclusive concert. Chinese fans enthusiastically welcomed the divas and sang along all 18 songs including the 2nd album tracks “COME BACK HOME,” “GOTTA BE YOU,” and “SCREAM,” as well as with songs like “I AM THE BEST” and “I DON’T CARE” from other albums.

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Deeply moved by the enthusiasm from the local fans, 2NE1 devoted their energy into the very last curtain call performance, ending the 2-hour long concert in huge success.

At this concert, YG’s first boy group in 8 years WINNER performed “GO UP” and “JUST ANOTHER BOY” as guests, leaving quite an impression on the Chinese fans.

2NE1 is to move on to Osaka Japan immediately after the China concert, staying in Japan from April 12 to 13 for “2014 YG FAMILY CONCERT” at Kyocera Dome.

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Source: YG LIFE

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News: 2NE1 Tops March Gaon Digital Chart: 3 Songs in Top 10

2NE1 TOPS MARCH GAON DIGITAL CHART: 3 SONGS IN TOP 10

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[스타뉴스 길혜성 기자] YG’s 2NE1 (members CL, DARA, BOM & MINZY) topped Gaon’s overall March digital music chart.

The officially recognized Gaon Chart shows that among 2NE1’s 2nd full album released at the end of February titled “CRUSH,” their title song “COME BACK HOME” recorded a total of 55.74 million downloads and streaming for the month of March, ranking at the very top of the chart.

“COME BACK HOME” is a cross between R&B, reggae and even hip-hop, which is co-produced by YG’s main producers TEDDY and other producers. The song knocked down all charts immediately after its release, while topping many foreign iTunes. This was a song that proved 2NE1’s power home and abroad.

Apart from the song, 2NE1 also listed 2 other songs from the latest album in the overall Gaon Digital Chart’s top 10 in March. The other title song, “GOTTA BE YOU” ranked #5, while “IF I WERE YOU” ranked #10.

SOYU and JUNGGIGO’s “SOME” topped the February overall Gaon Digital Chart, and it maintained its popularity by coming in at #2 in March.

GIRLS’ GENERATION’s “Mr. Mr.” was ranked #3, CNBLUE’s “CAN’T STOP” #4, LYN’s “MISSING YOU… CRYING” #6, ORANGE CARAMEL’s “CATALLENA” #7, SUNMI’s FULL MOON #8 and LIM CHANG JUNG’s “ORDINARY SONG” #9.

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Source: YG Life

News: 2NE1 to Perform “Gotta Be You” in Inkigayo on April 6 Putting More Focus on Activities for their 2nd Full Album

2NE1, going to reveal ‘GOTTA BE YOU’ in ‘Popular Music’ on April 6th..Put more focus on activities for 2nd album

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[OSEN=Kim Sara] A girl group 2NE1 is going to continue the activities for regular 2nd album with ‘GOTTA BE YOU’.

2NE1 is going to reveal ‘GOTTA BE YOU’ in SBS ‘Popular Music’ on April 6th and is expecting to continue the comeback activities of this regular 2nd album.

Also in next week, they are going to reveal the music video of ‘GOTTA BE YOU’. 2NE1 got the attention with mysterious virtual space concept when they revealed the music video of ‘COME BACK HOME’ and the anticipation goes to what kind of charms they will show in ‘GOTTA BE YOU’ music video.

‘GOTTA BE YOU’ is a crossover song that mixed the unique synth sound and the rhythmical rapping from the intro and a powerful and exciting beat from the chorus. It is a song in which Minzy and Bom’s main part melody powerfully shouting ‘GOTTA BE YOU’ approaches in a very memorable way.

2NE1 previously revealed the performance and the dance video of ‘GOTTA BE YOU’ in March and has a case of getting hot reactions. 2NE1 has been catching the attention of the fans with charismatic and powerful performance with ‘COME BACK HOME’ after making a comeback with regular 2nd album and is expecting to show lively and joyful charms through ‘GOTTA BE YOU’.

Meanwhile, 2NE1 is continuing active activities in Korea with ‘GOTTA BE YOU’ and will meet the local fans through 2NE1 world tour ‘ALL OR NOTHING’ that is going to be held in Shanghai, China on April 11th.

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News: LA Times Extols 2NE1 “Bright Future” of K-pop

LA TIMES EXTOLS 2NE1, “BRIGHT FUTURE” OF K-POP

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[마이데일리 = 전원 기자] Famous American media spotlighted 2NE1’s 2nd full album “CRUSH” and gave in-depth reviews.

America’s well-known daily magazine L.A. TIMES wrote on March 31 (local date), “2NE1 showcases K-pop’s bright future in America with ‘CRUSH’” and added, “”CRUSH” has one foot in each country’s pop music.”

It also mentioned, “CRUSH” sold 5,000 copies for K-pop’s best debut in U.S. history on the Billboard 200.”

L.A. TIMES emphasized, “Singer-rapper-writer CL gets the album’s best track in “MTBD,” which is billed as a solo cut… “HAPPY” is just as catchy as Pharrell’s single of the same title, and G-DRAGON penned the regal ballad “Good to You.”… “COME BACK HOME” tosses Atlanta trap drums, pop-reggae guitars and Robyn’s bleary-eyed pleading into one song and makes it work.”

It summed by writing, “”Crush” is … ushering in K-pop’s future, in America and everywhere.”

America’s famous fashion magazine “refinery29” also reviewed “CRUSH.” It wrote that PSY’s “GANGNAM STYLE” widened the stage for other K-Pop artists, and 2NE1 possesses charms that set them apart from other girl groups.

The magazine also mentioned that 2NE1’s songs and music videos are impressive, while the album “CRUSH” ranked #10 on American iTunes and the MV of “COME BACK HOME” attracted 7.5 million viewers so far.

It extolled the quartet by saying they create their very own music by freely blending hip-hop, dance and pop while also displaying female power.

2NE1, who is actively promoting their song in South Korea, will be traveling to Shanghai on April 11 for their World Tour.

Credits:

Source: YG Life

News: 2NE1 Tops M! Countdown 2 Weeks in A Row: Dara and Cheondoong All Charming

2NE1 TOPS M COUNTDOWN 2 WEEKS IN A ROW: DARA & CHEON DUNG ALL CHARMING

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[마이데일리 = 전원 기자] YG’s 2NE1 seized the trophy for 2 weeks in a row.

On a cable channel Mnet’s M Countdown aired on March 27th, 2NE1 topped the rank.

DARA commented, “I thank YANG HYUN SUK, TEDDY and 2NE1 members,” expressing her gratitude for YG Entertainment family and the fans. In the curtain-call performance, DARA aroused much attention with the special performance of gesturing a love heart with her brother CHEON DUNG from MBLAQ.

On the same day, other artists like 4minute, Toheart, MBLAQ, Orange Caramel, BTOB, Super Junior-M, So Real, 100%, Baechigi, JJCC, CNBLUE, Lim Chang Jung and Tae.1 also delivered dynamic performances.

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Source: YG Life

Interview: 2NE1 “Feels Happy” and they “Broke Away from their Routine”

2NE1 “Feels Happy” and they “Broke Away from their Routine”

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[텐아시아 = 박수정 기자] 2NE1 is different. There are many words to describe other girl groups, such as sexy, cute and pure. But 2NE1 made their own kind of adverb, such as “~is like 2NE1.” Some people say that their music is kind of rough, but actually, their music has a wide spectrum, ranging from “CRUSH,” “COME BACK HOME” in the second album, which show their “rough” trait, to “IF I WERE YOU,” “GOOD TO YOU,” “MISSING YOU,” to “HAPPY” and “BABY, I MISS YOU.” The latter two describes sad feelings after breakup, and strong melodies, respectively.

In the new album, there are five songs which were either written or composed by the leader CL, and they show 2NE1’s upgraded skill in music. They are also breaking their own records. In the U.S. “Billboard 200” Album Chart, one of their songs ranked 61, the highest ranking ever received by a Korean group. Their title song “COME BACK HOME” topped all music sites. On Mar. 16 in SBS “Inkigayo,” their song “COME BACK HOME” was placed first for the first time in major Korean public TVs. Let’s hear what 2NE1 has to say.

Q. How do you feel about releasing your second album?

CL : It has taken us more than 4 years to release this album. It’s the first time that our album is filled with only new songs, so it kind of feels like it’s our first album. I feel very satisfied that we are meeting fans with good songs.

DARA : I felt like a rich person with many songs in our hands in the album, which is not a single album. Fans also love it that we have many songs to show. I feel very positive these days, which makes me think that I should be able to show better performances.

Q. Your solo songs you composed were included in the album, such as “CRUSH,” “IF I WERE YOU,” and “BABY I MISS YOU.” You seem to have gained more confidence.

CL : Many people love my songs, and I received positive response, so it gave me strength to compose new songs. I want to continue composing for fun from now on. Well, actually, composing songs is not something I have to do as a living, for example, so I can work with pleasure. I feel happy writing songs for my members, and for our performances.

Q. Did you get a lot of help from TEDDY, the producer?

CL : Yes. TEDDY, along with CHOICE 37 and DEE.P and all composers in YG helped me. They did a lot of monitoring, gave me opinions and cheered for me. It was fun for me.

Q. What was your main reason for composing songs?

CL : Last year, we only released single albums. Then one day, I wanted to say something. At that time, I didn’t know I would write songs for our album or for our group. I started writing songs as I would write a diary, and wrote lyrics to the beats that we already know. I began as a hobby, and my lyrics were in English at first. YG CEO Yang Hyun Suk listened to my songs and recommended I write in Korean. “IF I WERE YOU” was the first Korean song I wrote.

Q. Big Bang members write their own songs, especially G-DRAGON. Was that a stimulus to you?

CL : No, it was not.

Q. 2NE1 ranked 61 in the U.S. “Billboard 200.” It is a new record from a Korean group. How do you feel?

CL : Well, actually, I never felt I had to look at the Billboard Chart or its rankings. It was like a surprise gift to me. It was an album we prepared for a long time, and it was an unexpected present for us.

Q. The ranking 61 means that 2NE1 has an appeal in the U.S. What do you think that is?

CL : I think people regard us to be unique because we are different., thinking that “2NE1 has something that other girl group doesn’t have.” I heard our fans are more attracted to us when we sing in Korean rather than in English. It was really surprising that though our overseas fans don’t understand Korean language, they understand the feelings.

DARA : Music seems to be the appealing trait. Although languages differ, it can unite people as they enjoy the same music.

CL : I often heard people say that we look like cartoon characters, what with our clothes and unique style (laughter). Will.i.am says that, too. I think our small heights also are advantages to us.

Q. The song “DIRTY VIBE” of the worldwide DJ Skrillex was featured by both you (CL) and G-DRAGON. You wrote some of the lyrics in Korean.

CL : I tend to tell my music partners that I would write in Korean. I love Korean.

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News: WINNER to Appear as Guest in 2NE1′s World Tour in China

WIINNER TO APPEAR AS GUEST IN 2NE1’S WORLD TOUR IN CHINA

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[스타뉴스 김현록 기자] The new boy group of the YG Entertainment, WINNER, will appear as guest in 2NE1’s world tour in China.

On Mar. 17, YG Entertainment reported that WINNER will take part in 2NE1’s world tour, starting from Hong Kong on Mar. 22 to Apr. 11 in China, and Apr. 26, 27 in Taiwan.

WINNER will appear in the opening of “BIGBANG JAPAN DOME TOUR.” WINNER has a fan base in many Asian countries such as Japan. YG reported that WINNER, which is preparing to make a debut, is appearing as guest in 2NE1’s concert to thank overseas fans in advance.

On Mar. 1 and 2, WINNER also appeared as guest in 2NE1’s Seoul performance in Seoul Olympic Park’s SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium. WINNER’s powerful dance and singing were all the more improved.

2NE1 is one of the seniors in YG who takes good care of WINNER. In the WINNER TV, 2NE1 said yes to WINNER’s request to appear as guest in their concert. As fans really liked WINNER’s stage in their concert, 2NE1 recommended WINNER as their overseas tour guest.

2NE1’s second world tour started on Mar. 1, 2 with Seoul concert, and will be held in 12 cities of 9 countries following in Hong Kong on Mar. 22, China and Taiwan.

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Source: YG Life

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News: 2NE1 Holds Signing Event for Fans the First Time in 3 Years

2NE1 HOLDS SIGNING EVENT FOR FANS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 3 YEARS, BOM: “I MISSED YOU A LOT”

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[enews24 전수미 기자] 2NE1 held a signing event for fans for the first time in about three years and it was a great success.

 

2NE1 held a celebratory signing event for the release of their 2nd regular album “CRUSH,” which began at 8 p.m. on March 15 at Time Square in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul.

 

It has been more than three years since 2NE1 held a signing event for fans since the last one took place in 2011 when they released their 2nd mini album.

 

The venue for the signing event was a full house with not only the 110 fans who were picked to attend, but also regular citizens and other fans who came to see 2NE1 even though they weren’t picked.

 

To the signing event which lasted about an hour, 2NE1 showed up wearing outfits that represent each member’s unique sense of style and got up close and personal with fans. All members made friendly eye contacts and small talks with fans since they have not had the opportunity to do so for a long time. Although the event lasted short, they were able to make special memories with fans.

 

BOM charmingly expressed her gratitude to the fans after the singing event, saying, “I didn’t expect that so many would come. I really missed my fans.” CL also gave thanks by saying, “We are going to sing and perform as much as we can this year, so please keep sending us your love and support for us and our music.”

 

2NE1′s 2nd regular album includes many songs in various genre from reggae to hip hop and R&B, and it ranked No. 61 on Billboard 200, setting the highest record on the Billboard’s album chart in K-POP history. In other words, long period of hard work and preparation has finally paid off for 2NE1.

 

On March 16, 2NE1 will make their first TV appearance on SBS’s Inkigayo to sing one of their double title tracks, “GOTTA BE YOU,” for the first time.

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Source: YG Life

 

News: 2NE1 Shows Powerful Choreography of “Come Back Home” Created by Yang Hyun Suk

2NE1 SHOWS POWERFUL CHOREOGRAPHY OF “COME BACK HOME”, CREATED BY YANG HYUN SUK 

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[OSEN=권지영 기자] The choreography video of “COME BACK HOME”, one of the double title tracks of girl group 2NE1’s second full-length album, has been disclosed. The choreography has been drawing a big attention even before its disclosure, as it is known to have been created based on the initiative by YG’s head Yang Hyun Suk.

In the morning on the 14, the choreography video of “COME BACK HOME” was disclosed on YG’s official blog. In the video, 2NE1 is showing groovy and restrained group dance with male dancers.

Even though 2NE1 is wearing comfortable outfit such as training suit, they show a perfect performance, not losing their flagship charisma. Plus, they leave a strong impression by demonstrating feminine but restrained moves.

Notably, they are showing a very impressive choreography, which has been creating sensation recently as it is known to have been created directly by YG’s head producer Yang Hyun Suk. Yang had choreographed “COME BACK HOME” of Seo Taiji and Boys in 1995 himself, and now, he has choreographed 2NE1’s song with the same title with his hit song 10 years ago, to come under a big spotlight.

Yang Hyun Suk took the initiative for the choreography of “COME BACK HOME” because of 2NE1 members’ request. According to YG insiders, 2NE1 members like the choreography of Seo Taiji and Boys’ “COME BACK HOME” very much, so they thought their performance would be perfect if Yang Hyun Suk choreographs it himself, since the title of the song is the same and the point of the song is also hip-hop.

Recently, Yang Hyun Suk has not created choreography for YG artists because of his busy schedules. However, he thought highly of such idea of 2NE1 and choreographed 2NE1’s “COME BACK HOME” himself, and spared no support and advice for 2NE1 in the whole process of the practice of the choreography.

Before that, 2NE1 has already given rave reviews for their free but powerful performances on the stage of SBS “INKIGAYO” and Mnet’s “M-Countdown”. Fans who saw the choreography video are giving positive responses, saying, “The new choreography video of 2NE1 is so cool”, “They dance quite impressively”, and “That’s 2NE1”, etc.

Meanwhile, 2NE1 has now kicked off TV performances in earnest and is to meet overseas fans in their second world tour “ALL OR NOTHING”, while continuing to give performances in Korea.

Credits:

Source: YG Life

News: 2NE1 Throws Away Other “Sexy” Girl Groups

2NE1 THROWS AWAY OTHER “SEXY” GIRL GROUPS

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[국민일보=박지훈기자] 2NE1 has a firm standing in the K-POP world. Their songs are based on African-American music, they have their own characteristics, and that is why they are popular in and outside the country. 2NE1 is different from other girl groups which are either cute or sexy.

2NE1’s newly-released second album “Crush” is gaining much popularity among fans. It not only topped various music charts in Korea, but it also was included in the Billboard Charts, which is called the “Dream chart” among musicians. 2NE1 also started a world tour in 12 cities of 9 countries, and they are estimated to engage more than 200,000 fans. 2NE1’s popularity knows no end. What is the driving force behind all this popularity?

2NE1’s success story: 2NE1 made its debut in May. 2009 with their single album “Fire.” In 2010, their first mini album’s title song “I Don’t Care” made a hit and it gave 2NE1 an unwavering standing. Ever since, 2NE1 has been named with the girl group “Girls’ Generation” as representative K-POP groups.

With the release of the second album, it seems that 2NE1 is becoming more powerful. 2NE1 easily won the competition against Girls’ Generation, which released its new song around the time 2NE1 did. 2NE1’s album ranked 61 in the U.S. Billboard Album Chart, “Billboard 200” on Mar. 5. This is much better than that of “Twinkle”, the mini album by a unit of Girls’ Generation, “Taetiseo,” whose best ranking was 126. In the Single Chart “Hot 100,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style” ranked as high as 2, but 2NE1’s is the first time that a K-POP singer made into 100 in the “Billboard 200.”

Overseas media are applauding the results. Billboard praised “COME BACK HOME,” the title song of 2NE1’s second album, as being an explosive new song with the combination of various genres. The U.S. music channel Fuse TV and the music magazine SPIN have also given spotlight to 2NE1’s new album with keen interest.

A director of a record company said, “I am not really sure about the charms of each member. But their music does seem ‘high-level.’ They are different from other girl groups who only want to appeal their sexy side.”

2NE1, where is your end? In 2014, there already has been many impressive points in 2NE1’s work. They are proving to be more “global” than other K-POP groups. For instance, in Jan., 2NE1 appeared in ABC’s reality program “THE BACHELOR,” which is broadcast across the nation. In Mar. 11, when reports about CL and G-Dragon partnering with a famous U.S. musician Skrillex were released, it aroused great interest.

Korean music critic Gang Tae-gyu said, “Most girl groups tend to show off their looks, so it’s hard for them to refresh their image after some time.” He added, “But 2NE1 is focused more on the music rather than looks, so they will probably long-run. Their competitiveness in the global market will rise.”

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Source: YG Life

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