Wednesday, 29 August 2012

2NE1 2012

Group Name : 2NE1
Origin : Seoul, South Korea
Genres : K-pop, hip-hop, R&B, Electronic, Dance
Years active : 2009–present
Labels : YG Entertainment, Avex Group
Members : CL, Dara, Bom, Minzy
2ne1 is a new South Korean female girl group created by YG entertainment. Originally called “21,” the band has since made some new changes to their name. The 21 in the group’s name references the 21st century, while the “ne” of their name stands for New Evolution. The name change was due to a male Korean singer already using the name 21. This band was created by YG to be a female counterpart to their highly successful male pop group, Big Bang.
2ne1 is composed of four different members, Sandara Park, Park Bom (Jenny Park), Kong Min Ji, and Chae Lee (CL or Faith Lee). Unlike most girl bands, 2ne1 has a large variation in age with Sandara Park and Park Bom both being 24 and 25 years old respectively, while Kong Min Ji and Chae Lee are both teenagers at 15 and 19 respectively.
2ne1 released a digital single entitled “Lollipop” with Big Bang on March 26th, 2009. The single was meant to be a promotion for the new Lollipop mobile phones released by LG Cyon. The music video was released on April 3rd, 2009.
Musical styles
In 2NE1′s debut extended play 2NE1, the group was noted for a distinct style. “Lollipop” is noted for it’s strong pop feel, while debut single “Fire” is predominately categorized as hip hop. “I Don’t Care,” however, was intended as a song with a reggae feel.
Their comeback album, To Anyone, was marked by a strong shift into electronic music. “Go Away”, the most successful promotional single from the album, is classified as dance. However, songs like “It Hurts (Slow)” are R&B, a style that characterized their first EP. The three title tracks, “Clap Your Hands,” “Go Away,” and “Can’t Nobody” were noted for their lasting impressions, as they topped music charts weeks after release.
Thematically, 2NE1′s music expresses the feelings of independence and female empowerment. Songs like “Go Away” and “I Don’t Care” reflect this theme of their music.
2NE1 is known for a “unique and edgier style”. During their debut single, the group was noted for being “hip hop warriors,” but changed this perception with “I Don’t Care” into strong, feminine women. During the “It Hurts (Slow)” music video, the members were noted for their gothic, black attire and strange hair and wigs. In addition, the members have also been known for having a unique femininity and cuteness. They are also known for being international stars as part of the Hallyu, or Korean Wave.
* 2NE1 (EP) (2009)
Track List :
1. Fire
2. I Don’t Care
3. In the Club
4. Let’s Go Party
5. Pretty Boy
6. Stay Together
7. Lollipop (Bonus Track)
* To Anyone (2010)
Track List :
1. Can’t Nobody (타이틀곡)
2. Go Away (타이틀곡)
3. 박수 쳐 (타이틀곡)
4. 난 바빠 작사: Big Tone / 작곡: PK
5. 아파 (Slow)
6. 사랑은 아야야 작사: Love is Touch / Love Hurts
7. You & I (박 봄 솔로)
8. Please Don’t Go ( CL & 민지)
9. Kiss (산다라 솔로)
10. 날 따라 해봐요 작사,
11. I Don’t Care (Reggae mix)
12. Can’t Nobody (Eng. ver)
-Asia Song Festival
2009 : Asian Newcomer’s Award
-Cyworld Digital Music Awards
-Song of the Month – April (Lollipop,)
- Rookie of the Month – May (2NE1)
- Song of the Month-May (Fire)
-Song of the Month -July (I Don’t Care)
-Top Selling Artist, Best Rookie Group, Bonsang Award (2NE1)
- Best Song (I Don’t Care)
- Song of the Month-September (Go Away)
-Melon Music Awards
-2009 : 2009 New Artist and 2009 Top 10 (2NE1)
-2010 : 2010 Top 10 (2NE1)
2010 Album of the Year (To Anyone)
-Mnet Asian Music Awards
-2009 : Best New Female Artist and Music Portal Award (2NE1 Album)
-2009 : Song of the year (I Don’t Care)
-2009 : Best Music Video ( Fire)
-2010 : Best Female Group and Artist of the Year (2NE1 Album)
-2010 : Album of the Year (To Anyone)
-2010 : Best Music Video (Cant Nobody)
-Mnet 20′s Choice Awards
- 2009 : Hot New Star (2NE1 Album)
-2009 : Hot CF Star (Lollipop)
-2009 : Hot Online Song (Fire)
-Rhythmer Awards
2009 : R&B Artist of the Year (2NE1 Album) and Rookie of the Year (2NE1 Album)
-Style Icon Awards
-2009 : Best female Singer
-2010 : best Female Singer
-Music Programs
These are a collection of 2NE1′s wins on Korea’s televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel Mnet, and Music Bank on KBS.
2009 : Fire (June 14/21)
2009 : I Dont Care (July 26, August 2/9)
2010 : Cant Nobody (September 19)
2010 : Go Away ( September 26, October 3/10)
Music Bank
2009 : I Dont Care (July 17/24/31 and August 7/14)
2010 : Cant Nobody (September 17) and Go Away (Sept 24, Oct 1)
M! Countdown
2009 : I Dont Care (July 23, August 6/13/27)
2010 : Clap Your Hands (September 16)
2010 : Cant Nobody (September 23/30, October 7)
Birth Name: Lee Chae Rin (Hangul: 이채린 | Hanja: 李債潾)
Stage Name: CL
Nickname: Baddest Female in Seoul City
Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist
DOB: February 26, 1991
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 162 cm
Blood type: A
Fun Facts:
- Featured in Uhm Jung-hwa’s “DJ” (2008) before 2ne1′s group debut
- Featured in Dara’s song “Kiss” (2009)
- Featured in G-Dragon’s song “The Leaders” (2009)
- Did a duet with Minzy named “Please Don’t Go” (2009)
- She can speak Korean, French, Japanese and English
- She used to live in France
Birth Name: Gong Min Ji (Hangul: 공민지 | Hanja: 龔民持)
Stage Name: Minzy
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Maknae
DOB: January 18, 1994
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 161 cm
Blood Type: O
Fun Facts:
- Did a duet with CL named “Please Don’t Go” (2009)
- She speaks limited English
- She is known for her incredible dancing and popping skills
- She was discovered through a dance video on YouTube
- She has strong muscles and abs
Birth Name: Sandara Park (산다라 박)
Stage Name: Dara
Position: Vocalist, Face of The Group
DOB: November 12, 1984
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Height: 162 cm
Blood Type: A
Fun Facts:
- Elder sister of Thunder, member of boy band MBLAQ
- Debuted as an actress (2004) in the Philippines before joining 2NE1
- Starred in Korean drama Return of Iljimae (2007)
- Went solo with Kiss (2009)
- She is naturally very skinny
- She can speak Korean, Tagalog and English
- She used to live in the Philippines
Birth Name: Park Bom (박봄)
Stage Name: Bom
Nickname: Bommie
Position: Main Vocalist
DOB: March 24, 1984
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 165 cm
 Blood type: AB
Fun Facts:
- Started solo career with ‘You and I” (2009), continued with “Don’t Cry”
- Featured in GD&TOP’s “Oh Yeah” single (2010)
- She has lymph nodes, which causes certain areas of her body (i.e. cheeks, legs and thighs) to swell up
- She can speak English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean
- She used to live in the United States
Last month, the ladies of 2NE1 were in Cannes, France as special guests at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. W Korea accompanied them on their trip and 2NE1 participated in a photo shoot.
On July 5, 2012, 2NE1 have officially released their new single “I LOVE YOU”.

“I LOVE YOU” encompasses an experimental new sound, combining a sensual new melody, with fresh new lyrics and finds 2NE1 singing a sweet love for the first time since their debut. Their unique new voice will come together to show their fans a brand new performance, with the new single “I LOVE YOU” marking the beginning 

“I LOVE YOU”, an electro-pop track, is one of the many songs Teddy has produced for 2NE1 over the last year.

2NE1’s new single “I LOVE YOU”, marks the beginning of a NEW EVOLUTION for the girls, and will be a great start to their first ever global tour titled “2NE1 2012 1st GLOBAL TOUR – NEW EVOLUTION”, set to kick off at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena on July 28 th and 29th.

2NE1 and Will.I.Am had a surprise collaboration together on stage.

2NE1 carried out their ‘NEW EVOLUTION‘ tour in Los Angeles on August 24th at the Nokia Theatre. During the concert, Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am surprised the audience by making an appearance on stage during the performance for “I AM THE BEST“. Fans who attended the concert have already posted many reviews and fancams online.

is summer, 2NE1 will embark on their first ever Global Tour titled, “NEW EVOLUTION”.

The tour will kick off at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium on July 28th and 29th and will hit 10 cities in 7 countries throughout Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

2NE1 took the world by storm when they debuted in 2009 and continued with that momentum to
become one of the most influential acts around today. Their unique style and sound has created
a presence that can be felt worldwide. In 2011, they won MTV Iggy’s “Best New Band in the World” award and headlined their first-ever concert where they performed all of their hits. The groundbreaking performance took them to Japan, where they completed a successful arena tour that brought out 70,000 fans to cheer them on

2NE1’s 1st World Tour! 2012 'NEW EVOLUTION' will kickoff starting with their Korean concerts on July 28th and 29th, at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium!! The first girl group to be holding a world tour, 2NE1’s world tour will be held by Live Nation, and Live Nation’s world-renown network and staff will be working with 2NE1. At 2NE1’s world tour ‘New Evolution’, fans will be able to experience advanc
ed performances with amazing high quality sounds from Teddy, songs rearranged by the world’s best music director and session musicians, creating the best concert for everyone to enjoy.

This 1st world tour by 2NE1 will be beyond your expectations!!!
The best concert produced by the world’s best production team.
2NE1 2012 1st World Tour - NEW EVOLUTION!!

2NE1 has managed to bring in over 7,000 fans on the first leg of their global tour in the States!

On August 17th, the girls held their ‘New Evolution‘ tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, a concert venue that has previously featured Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, the Eagles, and Sting. The concert unfortunately started off with a glitch in the system, but fans forgot all about the wait once
 the opening video started up on screen.

2NE1 kicked off their concert with “I Am the Best“, a performance that made everyone get up from their seats and dance along. The girls managed to turn the concert hall into a club as they carried on with performances of “Fire“, “Clap Your Hands“, “I Don’t Care“, and “Don’t Stop the Music“.

CL, who transformed into a DJ, introduced various pop numbers, while Bom performed her solo hit, “You and I“. Minzy showed off a powerful dance number that made the audience drop their jaws in awe in addition to Dara, who jumped down into the audience during her solo performance of “Kiss“.

Following the solo stages were performances of “It Hurts“, “I Love You“, and “Lonely“. The two-hour long concert saw a total of 23 live performances as the girls brought it to a successful conclusion.

2NE1 will be continuing onto Los Angeles on the 24th and Japan on the 31st.

Famous designer Jeremy Scott showed his support for his favorite K-Pop girl group, 2NE1, via Twitter.

Jeremy Scott urged his followers and fellow Blackjacks to vote for 2NE1 on a recent poll that took place on Global Mnet which asked, “Who is the No.1 girl group in K-Pop world?”. He tweeted with his usual all-caps style while tagging 2NE1, “C’OMON BLACKJACKS U KNOW WHAT TO DO !!! VOTE LIKE YOUR L

But in the end Girls’ Generation took 1st place on the poll with over 51,000 votes (42.6%) while 2NE1 came in second with over 47,000 votes (39.5%).

In response, the designer expressed his disappointment and tried to console himself and fellow Blackjacks by mentioning that as there are more members in Girls’ Generation, it is more likely that they are able to obtain more votes.

Jeremy Scott’s strong support for 2NE1 is not new as they have built their close-knit relationship collaborating with one another for various events with the designer even creating outfits for the girls’ first world tour.

ikon is back with a new episode of their “photo movie” feauring 2NE1!

The “photo movie” titled ‘I Am the Best at Taking Pictures with 2NE1 – 2NE1 in Jeju‘ is filmed in a format resembling a variety program, revealing the goofy natures of the girls off stage.

Monday, 27 August 2012


Name: 이준기 / Lee Jun Ki (Gi) / Lee Joon Ki (Gi)
Profession: Actor, model and singer
Birthdate: 1982-Apr-17
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Height: 178cm
Weight: 66kg
Star sign: Aries
Blood type: B
Family: Younger sister
Talent agency: Mentor Entertainment
Education: Seoul Arts University (Acting major)
Hobbies: Martial arts (Tae Kwon Do 3rd degree, Hapkido 1st degree and Taekkyeon 1st degree) and watching movies
Languages: Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and English
Debut: Model for clothing brand “So Basic” (2001)

TV Series
Arang and the Magistrate (MBC, 2012)
Hero (MBC, 2009)
Iljimae (SBS, 2008)
Time Between Dog and Wolf (MBC, 2007)
101st Proposal (SBS, 2006, cameo)
My Girl (SBS, 2005)
Drama City, Ep. 234 “What Should I Do?” (KBS, 2004)
Star’s Echo (MBC/Fuji TV, 2004)
Nonstop 4 (MBC, 2003, guest)
Haeundae (2008)
Virgin Snow (2007 – Korea/Japan Co-production)
May 18 / Splendid Holiday (2007)
Fly Daddy Fly (2006)
The King and the Clown (2005)
Flying Boys (2004)
The Hotel Venus (2004 – Japan production)

VOV (Men’s Cosmetics)
Longliqi Shampoo
Samsung Anycall
Vonin (Men’s Cosmetics)
Lacvert Cosmetics
KFC Go-go
Su An Su (수앤수)
Chungkang College of Cultural Industries

2009 MBC Drama Awards: Popular Actor Award (Hero)
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Male Top Excellence Award (Iljimae)
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Highest Popularity Award (Iljimae)
2007 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Acting Award for Time Between Dog and Wolf
2007 China Fashion Awards: South Korean Artist of the Year
27th Hawaii International Film Festival: Rising Star Award (2007)
10th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival: Overseas Star Award (2007)
2007 Andre Kim’s New and Superior Star Award
43rd Baeksang Art Awards: Popularity Award (2007)
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Best On-Screen Couple Award (with Gam Woo Seong) for “The King and the Clown” (2006)
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards: Popularity Award (with Kang Sung Yeon) for “The King and the Clown” (2006)
2006 MNET MKMF Awards: Music Video Award (“Grace Lee Soo Young”)
5th Korea Film Awards Best New Actor Award for The King and the Clown (2006)
43rd Daejong Film Festival: Most Popular Actor Overseas (2006)
43rd Daejong Film Festival: Most Popular Actor (2006)
43rd Daejong Film Festival: Best New Actor (2006)
42nd Baeksang Art Awards: Best Male Newcomer (2006)
42nd Baeksang Art Awards: Popularity Award (2006)
42nd Baeksang Art Awards: ‘In style’ Fashion Award (2006)
2006 Netizen’s Choice Awards: Best Male Newcomer
2006 Max Movie: Best Actor for “The King and the Clown”

Actor Lee Jun Ki recently donated 10 tons of rice given to him by fans.
At the press conference of the upcoming MBC drama, ’Arang and the Magistrate‘, which was held at Seoul Grand Ambassador Hotel on August 10th, he received 10 tons of rice from his overseas fans in Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and more. The gift was sent to congratulate him on his return to the screen after getting discharged from army service. The large amount sparked interest as 10 tons of rice is reported to provide meals for 86,000 people.
Lee Jun Ki’s agency IMX responded, “We found out that the fans abroad have been collecting for the donation since 3 months ago. We are thankful and grateful or the fans’ support, and after discussing it with Lee Jun Ki, we’ve decided to donate the rice.
‘Arang and the Magistrate’ is Lee Jun Ki’s comeback project. He’ll be playing the role of ‘Eun Oh’, a magistrate who can see the ghost of ‘Arang’ (Shin Min Ah). The first episode will be broadcast on August 15th.

Se7en and actor Lee Jun Ki are standing shoulder to shoulder with their latest Japanese releases on the Oricon chart!
Lee Jun Ki’s comeback single since his army discharge, ‘Deucer‘, landed at fifth on Oricon daily singles chart. The single has a previous record of topping the daily singles chart upon its release last month, and Lee Jun Ki remains to be a strong contender, remaining in the ‘Top 10′ nearly a month later with a re-release containing four additional tracks.
Se7en’s ‘Love Again‘ also ranked in sixth on the same chart, trailing one rank behind Lee Jun Ki. Se7en will be taking off on his showcase tour through Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka next month.
Meanwhile, as reported earlierINFINITE‘s “Be Mine‘ and F.T. Island‘s ‘Neverland‘ ranked in at second and tenth, respectively, on the Oricon weekly singles chart.

Hallyu star Lee Jun Ki, who will be discharged from the military on February 16th, will be releasing a new single entitled ‘Deucer‘ next month.
According to Lee Jun Ki’s official Japanese site, the album will be available in several formats: Type A (CD+DVD), Type B (CD+DVD), and Limited Edition (CD+DVD and a booklet). The album will include “Together“, a song full of hope that’s sure to leave a strong impression on its listeners, along with four others that Lee Jun Ki himself had composed.
Lee Jun Ki, who enlisted in May of 2010, has been serving as a public relations support individual at the Korean Defense Agency for Public Information Services. He will be holding a special fan-meet event for his fans on the day of his discharge.
Additionally, Lee Jun Ki will also be holding his Japan fan meet tour ‘COMING BACK‘ in March, covering major cities such as Nagoya on the 16th, Yokohama on the 18th, and Osaka on the 19th.