|2NE1 (Korean: 투애니원; Two-En-Ei-One) is a popular South Korean hip-hop/pop girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. The band consists of four members: CL, Dara, Bom and Minzy. The name 2NE1 combines the phrases "21st century" and "new evolution", and is pronounced "twenty-one" or "To Anyone".|
They first appeared in "Lollipop", a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Electronics, and their debut single "Fire" was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, the group has released two extended plays, 2NE1 and 2NE1 2nd Mini Album, and one studio album, To Anyone.
Fans of 2NE1 are called Blackjacks, which is a reference to the card game Blackjack, also known as Twenty-one.
|Stage name: CL|
Real name: Lee, Chae-rin
• Birthday: February 26, 1991
• Position: Leader, Rapper, Singer
• Height: 162 cm
• Blood type: A
• Special skills: French, English, Japanese
• Hobby: Songwriting
C .L (real name Lee, Chae-rin) is the leader of 2NE1. Ever since elementary school, she dreamed of becoming a singer. At age 13, she was introduced to YG Entertainment, and she started her training with them in 2006. At the end of 2007, She performed a fabulous live rap performance at SBS Gayodaejeon (End of Year music festival), which all the members of the YG Entertainment family took part in. In 2008, people began to notice her talent when she was featured rapping in Uhm Jung Hwa’s song DJ. She is a fan of strong female musicians like Madonna and Lady Gaga. Fans can expect powerful stage performances from CL.
BiographyName: 박봄(이) / Park Bom (Lee)
English Name: Jenny Park
Blood Type: AB
Education: Attended "Lesley University" to major Psychology, but later transferred to "Berklee College of Music" (in Boston) to study music.
Talents: English, Japanese, Piano, Flute, Cello
Favorite Colors: Green, Pink, Red
★ Main Vocal of the YG Entertainment group 2NE1 (aka SISTA or 21 or To Anyone or 2NewEvolution1) ★
Revised Romanization Bak Sandara
McCune–Reischauer Pak Sandara
Park Sandara (Korean: 박산다라, born November 12, 1984), better known as Dara (Korean: 다라; Japanese: ダラ), is a South Korean idol singer, actress, television host and model. She is best known as being a member and the Director of Communications of the Korean girl group 2NE1. However, she first gained major popularity on ABS-CBN's Star Circle Quest during her stay in the Philippines. Her younger brother, Park Sang-Hyun (Thunder), is also in the entertainment industry as a member of a Korean boy band, MBLAQ in J. Tune Entertainment. Dara released her first digital single "Kiss" in 2009.
Gong Min-ji was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to the countryside shortly thereafter. Gong is the granddaughter of Gong Ok-jin, a legendary folk dancer.
2009–present: Debut with 2NE1
Gong Min-ji was discovered by YG Entertainment. There was a video of her dancing that was uploaded onto the internet, and got many hits and praises for her ability to dance. Because of her rising pop...
DescriptionBorn January 18, 1994 (age 17)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop
Occupations Singer, rapper, dancer
Years active 2009–present
Labels YG Entertainment
Associated acts 2NE1, Big Bang
Revised Romanization Gong Min-ji
McCune–Reischauer Kong Min-chi
Revised Romanization Minji, Minzy
|The 2NE1 cited different girl groups influences like Destiny's Child. Park Bom cited American singers, Beyoncé and Mariah Carey as her main influences because of their strong vocals and powerful performances. She has listed hip hop and R&B as her favorite music genres. Youngest member Minzy cited famous entertainer Michael Jackson, while leader CL said producer Teddy Park and American entertainers Madonna and Lauryn Hill are her role models. Dara states that singer-actress Uhm Jung Hwa is her inspiration. She also likes Jennifer Lopez's music and style very much that she naturally became her role model as she sang along with her music while growing up.|
The group was first mentioned by the press in late 2008. YG Entertainment announced that the group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009.The company stated that the group had trained for 4 years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM leader Teddy Park. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was quickly renamed "2NE1".
In collaboration with Big Bang, 2NE1's first CF song was "Lollipop", digitally released on March 27, 2009. The song was created for LG to promote their Cyon phone. The music video debuted on March 28, 2009. Although it was not a promoted single because it was an advertisement (there were problems with network chart eligibility, "Lollipop" went to number one on various online charts and topped the online chart of music television network Mnet for four weeks in a row.
|On April 30, YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk revealed that 2NE1's debut song would be a hip-hop and reggae song, and that it would be digitally released on May 6, 2009.Titled "Fire", the song was written and produced by 1TYM's Teddy Park.[unreliable source?] Teasers of the song were released on their official website at the beginning of May, with a 20-second clip released on May 1.|
"Fire" was released as planned on May 6, with two versions of the music video — a "space" version and a "street" version — released the same day. During the first 24 hours, the videos received over one million views. The group's first performance of the song was on May 17, 2009, on SBS's Inkigayo, beginning the group's activities.
|Both the song and the group became popular online: Fire topped Mnet's online chart and 2NE1 became a popular search term. The group was awarded three Cyworld Digital Music Awards; "Lollipop" and "Fire" both won "Song of the Month" and the group won "Rookie of the Month" for May 2009. 2NE1 received their first Mutizen award after their fourth stage performance in SBS Inkigayo (Popular Song) on June 14, 2009. They received their second Mutizen award on SBS Inkigayo on June 21, 2009. Two days afterwards, 2NE1 signed a deal with Fila to become the models for the new commercial campaign.|
|"I Don't Care" was released as the second single on July 1, 2009, with promotions starting in early July. Yang Hyun Suk stated that the song would demonstrate a softer, more feminine image. A reggae version of "I Don't Care" was performed on SBS's Inkigayo, signaling the end of promotions for the song. However, due to the remix's popularity, it was released to digital outlets on September 3, 2009, and became their next digital single.|
Along with three other groups representing Korea, 2NE1 performed in the 6th Asia Song Festival in September 2009, where they received the 2009's "Asian Newcomer's Award."
2NE1 received many year-end awards, including Best Rookie Award and Song of the Year Award. Their hit single "I Don't Care" was named 2009's Best Selling Song on music sites Bugs, Monkey3, and Cyworld.
|On February 9, 2010, without previous notice, "Follow Me" (Korean: "날 따라해봐요", "Nal ddara haebwayo") was released to digital outlets and used as a theme song for Samsung Corby Folder. Over the summer, 2NE1 traveled to Los Angeles and London in order to record English songs for a possible American debut with The Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am. So far, group has recorded 10 songs. YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk stated that the girls are planned to debut sometime in 2012 or early 2013, after The Black Eyed Peas' global tour and 2NE1's own activities in Korea and Japan.|
|The first studio and full length album, To Anyone, was released on September 9, 2010 and was a huge success. The album contains 12 tracks including three title songs, namely "Clap Your Hands" (Korean: "박수 쳐"), "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody", which were promoted simultaneously. 2NE1 won first place on Mnet M! Countdown for "Clap Your Hands" on the day of their comeback, followed by a K-Chart win the next day on KBS Music Bank for "Go Away", and a Mutizen a week after their SBS Inkigayo comeback for "Can't Nobody." Overall, 2NE1 won first place eleven times on various music shows.|
To promote the album, the group made its first entertainment show appearance as a group on KBS variety-talk show Win Win. 2NE1 also aired the second season of 2NE1 TV.
|On October 21, Yang Hyun Suk announced that 2NE1 would be releasing a follow up song on October 31, later revealed to be "It Hurts (Slow)" (Korean: "아파"). It was first performed on SBS Inkigayo. The music video is directed by Kim Hye Jung, the same director for G-Dragon's "Butterfly." The music video was released on November 1 and was themed for Halloween.|
In addition, on October 28, it was revealed that 2NE1's official record label in Japan will be Avex, and that To Anyone would be re-released in Japan on December 8, 2010. However, the release was delayed to an indefinite time. The group also promoted in Thailand, where To Anyone released on October 28, 2010. On November 26, 2NE1 released the single "Don't Stop the Music" as a "special gift for Thai fans".
|2011: Korean Comeback and Japanese Debut|
Originally, 2NE1's Japanese debut was planned for December 2010, but this was delayed to September 2011, with singles releasing throughout the summer. 2NE1's American promotions with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has no set time for release yet, because of the Black Eyed Peas' album release of The Beginning and subsequent touring.