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

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 2NE1 leader 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 — from Minzy‘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.

Credits: Billboard

Photo: Beautiful, Gorgeous Park Sisters for Billboard Magazine

Double Park! ❤ Our Park sisters looking oh so pretty.. ❤ /marries this photoshoot



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Article: Billboard – 2NE1 Delivers Another Banger With ‘Do You Love Me?’

2NE1 Delivers Another Banger With ‘Do You Love Me?’


Fans of the group’s “I Am The Best” will devour this electro-pop jam.

If reggae-tinged mid-tempo “Falling in Love” threw 2NE1 fans for a loop, their latest, “Do You Love Me?,” should satisfy and then some. The new track plays off one of the quartet’s biggest hits while borrowing from labelmates BIGBANG along the way.

With a Euro-dance production — not unsimilar to something Afrojack might cook up — the track opens with an anthemic spelling of its title, “D-O-Y-O-U-L-O-V-E-M-E?” before moving into the English chorus. The zipping synths recall 2NE1‘s arguably biggest hit, “I Am The Best.” While the focus of “Best” was its monotone chorus and Indian-inspired chant, this new track is centered around a hook even more infectious (“Do you love me like the way I love you, babe?”) and big-time belts from both main vocalist Bom and leader CL.

The bridge is sure to delight fans as well as it sounds similar to the final 25 seconds of labelmates BIGBANG’s 2012 hit “Fantastic Baby”, as both employ a euphoric sing-a-long style and similar “yeah yeah yeah” shouts.

Like what they did in “Falling in Love,” 2NE1 is showcasing more intricate choreography for the live stage. While it remains simpler than what we’ve seen from After School or Girls’ Generation this year, additional focus on fancy footwork is clear. Fans first got a sense of it with an in-studio “dance version” music video of the new track, revealed a few hours ahead of the official music video.

2NE1‘s previous single “Falling in Love” is at No. 8 on the K-Pop Hot 100 after four weeks. It peaked at No. 2.

Credits: Billboard

Article+Video Interview: 2NE1 Talks Long-Awaited Return, U.S. Debut Rumors: Exclusive Video Q&A

2NE1 Talks Long-Awaited Return, U.S. Debut Rumors: Exclusive Video Q&A

“All the great energy we received during our world tour reflects on our new album” -CL

Since their fiery, eye-demanding debut in 2009, 2NE1 has generated a relentless and diverse string of hits like the club banger “Fire,” mid-tempo R&B track “I Don’t Care,” the emotionally-vulnerable “Lonely,” rock-influenced “Ugly,” hard-hitting “I Am The Best” and last year’s K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 “I Love You.” All of which were heard on the girls’ first world tour, keeping them busy throughout 2012.

After a year’s break from the K-pop scene, the YG Entertainment girl group quartet are finally back with another the genre-blurring “Falling In Love” with a plan to roll out a new single every month until dropping a new album in October.

If “I Love You” roped in listeners for its innovative combination of electronic beats and singing style of trot (the oldest form of Korean pop music), their latest, “Falling In Love,” grabs ears for its reggae beat intertwined with hip-hop stylings.

“We wanted to come out with a summery, fun track,” explains CL of their newest musical offering. “It is a love song that is definitely not scary [laughs]. It was a daring move for us since it is a love song with positive lyrics. I think it will display 2NE1’s cuteness as well loveliness. We were all about showing our fierce charisma with ‘I Am The Best,’ so through this stage, we plan to smile and present our loveliness as much as we can.”

Their in-your-face stage presence is nowhere to be found as they brightly smile and lightly float on stage.

“We felt a burning passion for this new track,” says Sandara. “It felt like we were starting fresh as this was our first time pursuing a sweet, love song.”

2NE1‘s musical power lies in their ability to discard the old and adopt new styles. The easy-to-sing-along melody on top of CL’s bouncy, yet heavy, rapping and Park Bom‘s soulful vocals turns anything into an immediate head-bopper.

Fans will be able to see more of 2NE1 in the later half of this year. They’ll release a single and accompanying music video once a month, until the album is released in October and there are plans to promote at least four all new tracks from the upcoming album. However, their most anticipated schedule is their upcoming exclusive concert in Korea.

2NE1 plans to launch their long-awaited concert in Korea, sometime in October or November. “We want to meet as many fans as we can through our performances,” say the girls collectively. “We love performing onstage and we hope to learn a lot from the people we’ll work with through our concert.

So what about the U.S. debut the girls have been teasing for so long?

Despite working with (2NE1 featured on “#willpower” track, “Gettin’ Dumb”) CL confirms that “there are no official plans to crossover.” After their world tour last year, the girls are putting the focus back on home base, Korea. But the leader adds, “We really want to visit South America. I heard our fan base is the second biggest there… When I first met Will.iam., he told me that we were really popular in South America and we’ve been wanting to perform there for a while.

Though no matter where they make waves (officially or unofficially), 2NE1 continues to be a leader for the exponentially growing K-pop scene. Despite some time away from the scene, 2NE1‘s new album — which promises a single each month until its October release — and the excitement (and coverage) it brings will be a testament’s to the girl group’s global presence.

Credits: Billboard

Video: 2NE1’s Falling In Love in Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Top 50 – Number 11

Woohoo 2NE1 is in the Korean Billboard already! It’s good that they’re on the top numbers, considering they just released Falling In Love. And I find it really cute that they used Dara’s parts featured in the video! Kekeke! BlonDara! ❤

[10 July 2013] Billboard Korea K-POP Hot100 Top50

Credits: KoreaBillboard

Article: 2NE1, Big Bang, GD, and Psy on Billboard Korea’s KPOP Hot 100 – Best of 2012


Billboard Korea, is based on digital sales via leading websites as well as downloads from mobile service sites using an industry-standard formula and the most credible music data sources within Korea. The Korea K-Pop Hot 100 ranks the best selling singles and tracks.

#1: PSY – Gangnam Style (Also ranked #47 on US HOT 100,#27 on Digital Songs & #37 on Canadian HOT 100)
#9: BIGBANG – Fantastic Baby
#10: 2NE1 – I Love You 
#11: BIGBANG – Blue
#18: PSY ft. Lena Park – What Should Have Been
#20: PSY ft. Sung Si Kyung – Passionate Goobye
#26: Lee Ha Yi – 1234
#30: GD ft. Kim YoonA – Missing You
#45: GD – Crayon
#46: GD – That XX
#54: Se7en – When I Can’t Sing
#56: Epik High ft. Lee Ha Yi – It’s Cold
#58: BIGBANG – Monster (Also ranked #64 on Rock Albums & #18 on Hard Rock Albums)
#65: BIGBANG – Bad Boy
#97: BIGBANG – Love Dust

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Article: 2NE1’s “I Love You” Ranks 4th on Billboard’s 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2012

Waaah! So proud of 2NE1~! ^_^ Check out who else made it to the top 20! Congratulations to YG Family! ❤

20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2012: BIGBANG, PSY, 2NE1 & More

These 20 K-Pop songs represent a fantastic array of veteran artists, popular idols, ballad crooners and talented rookies.

4. “I Love You” – 2NE1 


The ladies’ discography features a slew of self-empowerment anthems, but 2NE1 delved into a completely new topic for their 2012 single; love. Each member sounds completely in her element in the atypically structured half-melancholy, half-euphoric track where the biggest moment doesn’t come until the very last section.

Check out the other songs that made it to the top 20 below!


Photo: 2NE1 with Diana Levine for Billboard Photoshoot

Diana Levine was 2NE1’s photographer for their photoshoot for Billboard! ^_^

“Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing K-pop sensation 2NE1 for Billboard. I shot them backstage on Friday night at their first US show, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. I photographed them rehearsing, preparing for the show, all the way to them running on stage. Then on Monday, I had a photo shoot with them at Billboard studios, and shot lots of gorgeous portraits of the band. It’s easy to see why they are quickly taking over the world! Awesome music and amazing girls.”


Article: 2NE1 Invades America – Behind the Scenes With the K-Pop Phenomenon

2NE1 Invades America: Behind the Scenes With the K-Pop Phenomenon 

“I have to kill it. They’ve been waiting so long, I just have to kill it,” says CL, leader of K-pop sensation 2NE1. It’s almost 9:30 p.m. and she and her bandmember’s Prudential Arena show in Newark, NJ was supposed to begin an hour and a half ago.

CL’s bandmembers are in various states of readiness: Minzy continues to receive quick lipstick and hair fixes as she chats quietly with CL in Korean, the adorable and nymph-like Dara shuffles in and out of the dressing room nervously (despite a fierce half-shaved haircut), and Bom is still in the make-up chair having her hair and face re-touched. The dressing room has handlers everywhere (at least two per girl, though none are pressuring them to get a move on), a steaming vaporizer machine, a deli platter no one’s eating, two boxes of American cigarettes, and a lone piece of red velvet cake.

It’s a big night for 2NE1, not to mention K-pop in general. 2NE1’s “New Evolution” tour makes them the genre’s first girl group to have a global tour, as well as the first to hold a solo arena show in the U.S. Perhaps this is the reason for delay; the girls need to be perfect for such a big debut.


Twitter/Photos: A Sneak Peek at 2NE1’s Exclusive Shoot with Billboard

Here is a sneak peek at 2NE1’s exclusive photoshoot and interview with Billboard. Dara is looking oh so gorgeous! ^_^ Love her entire look!

Source: @Billboard and @ChrisOKonski