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

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


[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). 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



[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.


Source: YG Life



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



[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.


Source: YG Life


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



[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.


Source: YG Life

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



[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.”


Source: YG Life

News: Sentimental Live Performance of 2NE1’s “If I Were You”… Vocals Exploding with Emotions



[OSEN=권지영 기자] Girl group 2NE1 has captivated music fans with their appealing and emotional vocal.

YG Entertainment disclosed the live performance of “IF I WERE YOU”, which was given at 2NE1’s second world tour “ALL OR NOTHING”, on YG’s official blog (, on the 10 at 9pm. The Seoul concert of 2NE1’s world tour was held on March 1 and 2 at Olympic Park’s SK Handball Hall.

IF I WERE YOU” is an emotional ballad with impressive lyrics that describe lovers who forefeel their break-up and want to know each other’s heart by becoming one another even for a day. CL herself directly wrote the lyrics and also took part in the composition of the song. The unique lyrics and vocals of four 2NE1 members create a perfect harmony in the song, making it one of the most loved flagship ballads of 2NE1, along with “LONELY” and “IT HURTS”.

The live performance of 2NE1’s “IF I WERE YOU” that has recently been disclosed is evaluated as a performance that shows the true value of 2NE1’s vocal. The performance begins with DARA’s tender and emotional vocal and develops into MINZY’s stable vocal and BOM’s hook in which her unmatched voice color stands out, and then finally to CL’s strong vocal, to create an intense harmony between all the four members.

There is no particular dance for the performance of “IF I WERE YOU”, but the four members singing the song with all their body leaves a stronger impression than any other special performance. Plus, a delicate but powerful sound by a world-class live session band who has taken part in the world tour of BIGBANG and G-DRAGON goes perfectly together with the vocal of 2NE1, more matured and sophisticated now, to create a superb live performance.

Music fans who watched the video of the live performance are giving a rave review to it, saying, “The music alone sounds rather plain, after I watched the live performance video”, “I can never listen to the song enough, because each of the four members has different and unique colors”, and “I can see that 2NE1 is growing and gaining more depth as time goes by”.

Meanwhile, 2NE1 gave the comeback performance in SBS “INKIGAYO” on the 9. 2NE1 is also kicking off the overseas concerts of their second world tour “ALL OR NOTHING”, while continuing performances on TV.

Credits: YG-Life

Photo: YG-Life Reveals Come Back Home MV Countdown Timer ~ 2:00PM, KST!

Oohhhh, they’re revealing the MV at 2:00PM, KST! Weee! OMG I am so so so ready for this! ❤ And oh, are they revealing Happy too? ^^



Source: YG-Life

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Official/News: From YG – “News About 2NE1” Part 2 ~ 2NE1’s Double Title Song + Music Video Details


So, continuing with the news on 2NE1.

We have urgently postponed 2NE1’s 2nd album release date from the original schedule of 12am on February 24th to 12am on February 26th <which is 0 hour of February 27th>. The offline album will be released on March 7th as planned.

The reason for the urgent change of date is to release the album on a more special day instead, as CL’s birthday falls on February 26th, especially because whopping three songs composed and written by CL for the first time are included in the 2nd album.

I ask for your generosity and understanding for the change.

Details on 2NE1’s titles song?

As this is the first full album released for the first time after several years, we are ambitious to showcase as many songs as we can, but since we are at a point where careful selection and focus are required, we chose two songs for double title songs.

2NE1’s first title song is “COME BACK HOME.” 
Many of you would be reminded of the mega-hit “COME BACK HOME” released by Seotaeji and Boys in 1995, but 2NE1’s upcoming track is a completely different, filled with melody and lyrics about yearning for the long-gone lover.

This is a joint work of YG’s main producer TEDDY and other producers, which encompasses a crossover mixture of R&B, reggae and hip-hop. The noteworthy feature of the 2nd album is the unplugged version of “COME BACK HOME”

The two different versions are greatly different from each other, so we produced two music videos for both songs, which will be released on February 28th simultaneously.

The second title song “GOTTA BE YOU”
A joint work by YG’s producers TEDDY and PK, is a fast-paced song that leaves an impact through BOM’s powerful cry of “Gotta Be You.”

We made the decision to make this the second title song as it has an impression of mainstream taste.

How many music videos will be produced for the 2nd album?

A total of four music videos will be showcased this time.

As mentioned earlier, the two versions of “COME BACK HOME” music videos will be released simultaneously on February 28th, and the other double title song GOTTA BE YOU” will come next, and the music video of a song titled “HAPPY” filmed in the U.S. will follow.

The track list of 2NE1’s 2nd album will be released tomorrow at 10pm.

This is all I have for 2NE1’s album, and I will be back with information on YG’s new groups that will be revealed this year.

Thank you.

2014. 2. 19. FROM YG


Source: YG Life

Official/Photo: YG Life Reveals Title For 2NE1 2014 World Tour and New Album ~ “All or Nothing”

Get ready Blackjacks!!!! Bit by bit, they’re slowly revealing information about 2NE1’s upcoming world tour! Woohoooo!!!! And we’re getting a new album from the girls! Finally!!!!!!! ^^ No dates revealed yet on when their album is coming out! But hopefully it comes out before their Seoul concert! ^^ We can’t wait to see more updates from Ssan-reporter! ❤



Source: YG Life

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News/Interview: 2NE1 Goes Beyond Entertainers… These Four Artists, Even Pious




【서울=뉴시스】오제일 기자 = “We want to use the power of music for good purposes.”

Group “2NE1”s member CL (22) met “godfather of soul” Stevie Wonder (63) in Hong Kong, where Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held on the 22 this month. “He personally gave me good words of advice. Listening to him, I reflected on myself, thinking that I used the power of music for other purposes, rather than sharing love.”

That is self-reflection of 2NE1, who has now established their position as top Korean Wave group, since their debut with “LOLLI POP” in 2009. “As we have just run and run for only music, we didn’t have time to see other things.” (MINZY)

It has been five year since their debut, but 2NE1 members have been together for 7-8 years including the years of training. “We didn’t come together to form a group. Each of us was preparing solo debut then we met one another ‘like destiny’. We have different musical preferences, but we all think that ‘we have to do it right if we really want to do it’. We will do cool music, as long as we do it.” (CL)

On the 21, 2NE1 released “MISSING YOU”, dreamy ballad music. It is a “song that all members like” and topped nine music charts upon being released. It is the third single released this year following “FALLING IN LOVE” in July and “DO YOU LOVE ME” in August, as well as third No.1 ranking in music charts.


I think there’s difference between a song that tops charts and a song that influences people. I hope more people listen to our song, rather than “No.1” place on charts. I want to sing a song that can influence people and make that kind of songs.” (CL)

The song’s lyrics “I still hate you that you let me go/ My heart now cold is still/ missing him” made each of 2NE1 members get emotional. BOM (29) and DARA (29) even burst into tears while recording the song.

“I thought of members while singing it. I think each listener feels different” (BOM) “I thought of members much, too. And I also thought that our fans would have missed us, too, while singing.” (MINZY)

The song was given to 2NE1 a year ago, but the timing of release has been put off because of preparations for a regular album. “We have been just running and running since our debut. As we came to see a bigger world and a bigger picture having a world tour, we realized that every moment is precious. We received the song after the tour. We wanted to express a bigger meaning than just relationship between a man and woman.” (CL)

“It was hard to think of the feeling of “missing somebody’, when I’m not in love. I tried to recall my past relationship, but that was too long ago”, said DARA. “Once, my pictures were taken by paparazzi, and the backgrounds were barbecue place, massage shop, and 80% discount store, and places like that. I felt bitter.

Music video of the song is also very popular, recording four million views. CL performed for the music video naked, thinking “I want to show the loneliness of being alone and the bottom of the heart, being more relaxed.” “I myself suggested it to the producer. If someone made me do it, I couldn’t be able to do it like that, but I tried it because I was inspired listening to the song.”


2NE1 members were surprised by CL’s bold suggestion. “I was surprised at first, but I could understand her, after I heard her thoughts. I think it helped our music video.” (BOM) “At first, I thought she was suggesting it to all of us, so I said ‘I’m not ready yet’ (laugh).” (DARA)

2NE1 will hold a world tour from next March in Seoul, and then in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan. “For the tour, and for us, we want to advertise that we will release a regular album before kicking off the tour. I want to make the audience see a good concert.” (CL)

They are looking into five years ahead. “The music we like has never been the same. I personally feel sorry that each of us has never performed as a solo artist. Looking at each one’s different charms, I think that it would be nice if we can perform songs that can express our different individualities. When we have the opportunity, I and the other members will come back as solo artists. When we come together again after that, won’t we be stronger?” (CL)

They want to use the power of music for good purposes, as a stronger 2NE1. “We want to share warmth of music with as many people as possible. Isn’t that the unique power of music?” (CL)

Source: YG Life