Saturday, 6 October 2012


Park Bom (born March 24, 1984), is a South Korean recording artist,[1] mostly known by the mononym Bom. Born in SeoulSouth Korea, she eventually moved to the United States where she learned English. She is the main vocalist of girl group 2NE1. She is signed to YG Entertainment.[2]

Starting in 2006, Park recorded with labelmates Big BangLexy, and Masta Wu. She debuted with 2NE1 in 2009 as the main vocalist. The group's debut extended play2NE1, would be the third best selling album of 2009 in Korea.[3] For the band's next album, Park sang her first solo single "You and I". It reached number one on the Gaon Chart, the national music chart of Korea. The song would be later released on 2NE1's next album, To Anyone, which would go on to sell over 120,000 copies


[edit] Early life

Park Bom was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 6th grade, she left Korea to study abroad in theUnited States. She graduated high school from Gould Academy in Bethel, ME and enrolled intoLesley University with a major in psychology.[4] As a high school student, she fell in love with music through Mariah Carey. She wanted to pursue it as a career but she did not obtain permission from her parents. However, with encouragement from her aunt, she transferred toBerklee College of Music to pursue her music career.[1]

[edit] 2005–2008: Career beginnings

Park Bom auditioned to become a singer at YG Entertainment, but was rejected multiple times. After three years, she was finally accepted and immediately became a trainee, where she learnedJapanese and Chinese.[1] She starred in two of Big Bang's three earliest singles in the songs "We Belong Together"[5] and "Forever With You".[6] Bom also collaborated with Lexy and Red Roc with "Baby Boy" and "Along My Way", respectively. She also starred in a Samsung Anycall Music Video Commercial alongside famous Korean pop singer Lee Hyori, recording her own version of the Anycall "Anystar" song featuring fellow label mates, G-Dragon and Gummy.[citation needed]

[edit] 2009–present: Debut with 2NE1 and solo projects

In early 2009, Yang Hyun Suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, announced a new four-member girl group that would star Park Bom.[7] The group's name was later announced as 2NE1, a quartet.[8]On March 28, 2009, the group was first shown through "Lollipop", their collaboration song with Big Bang.[9] It was unknown whether the group could survive on its own,[10] but they reached number one on the Gaon Chart with their debut single, "Fire". Their follow-up promotional single"I Don't Care" did the same, and helped launch the debut extended play 2NE1 to number one.[11]
In August, after finishing "I Don't Care" promotions, the group took a temporary hiatus with each member releasing their own solo singles. Bom's single, entitled "You and I",[12] was the best performing of the three and took the number one spot on the Gaon Chart for the month of November.[13] In February, the group released a surprise single "Follow Me"[14] that tooknumber one for the week of February 13.[11] They came back on September 9 and released three lead singles for their newly released album, To Anyone.[15] The album went on to sell over 120,000 copies.[citation needed] At the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Park's song, "You and I", won the award for best digital single.[16]
In 2011, it was announced that Bom would have a new digital single released before 2NE1 promotions for a new mini-album. The song was titled "Don't Cry" and was released on April 21, 2011.[17] "Don't Cry" managed to top many of South Korea's music content providers' digital charts. Later becoming a perfect all-kill on the music charts of Korea.[18]


Park Bom is primarily a pop and R&B singer.[19][20] She has named American singer Mariah Carey as one of her biggest influences who inspired her to get into music. In addition, Park namesBeyoncé as one of her role models, because she wants "to have her strong vocals and [...] her strong performances". She lists hip hop and R&B as her favorite music genres.[1]

Position: Rapper / Beat BoxerReal
Name: Choi Seung Hyun (최승현)
Stage Names: Tempo, T.O.P

Date of Birth: November 4,1987
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Blood Type: B
Education: Seoul Art College (Majoring in Musical), Dangook University in Theater & Film ( starting 2008 )
Skills: Rapping, Beat Boxing, Lyrics Making

Hobbies: Reading and Swimming
Likes: Theatrical Performances, Musicals, and Fashion Designing
Family Members: Parents & Older Sis

Personality: He speaks well and is extremely stubborn. He likes to be the leader of things and speaks his mind. Shy and he thinks he’s cute.
Musician He Admires: Usher, Omarion, Jay-Z, B2K
Pendent: A hand holding a megaphone with a Superman style diamond behind it meaning “to inspire people with his voice and become big”
Even though BIG BANG is listed as his debut, TOP has been rapping since middle school under the name Tempo. He started doing gigs in underground clubs, sometimes with an older friend of his, NBK Gray. They never sign a label or released an album.
“Buckwild”, one of their songs was storming the internet in mp3 format. Unlike the rest of Big Bang, TOP hasn’t trained to be a singer. His only singing part so far is at the beginning of "She Can’t Get Enough".
He often gets sent on TV shows alone, either as a guest or MC. In August 2007, he started acting in the drama "I Am Sam". In summer 2007, he was also featured as an actor in Red Roc’s "Hello" MV.
• voted #41 on MNET’s 2007’s 100 Must Haves
• oldest member of BIG BANG
• sleeps wearing a lot of clothing
• first to appear on TV show on his own (Happy Share Company)
• played a major role in Korean Drama “I Am Sam”
• has a very pink bedroom
• performed at club in Gangnam 2002~2005
• KBS we like radio. Won rap battle 2003.
• performed with STARZ 2004
• famous korean singer “SE7EN” chose the name T.O.P
• In Love Letter with Gummy, both Gummy and TOP have the same nickname: Siberian Husky.
• both Gummy and TOP were noted as “Exercising Owls” in an article for exercising very late at night
• [2007.04.19] Lexy - Rush (Track 7. Super Fly (with 태양 and G.Dragon)
• [2007.07.12] Red Roc music video “Hello”

Name:JiYong Kwon/권지용
Stage name:GD/G-Dragon. ‘Ji sounds like an English G, and Yong translates to Dragon’ Previously JiYong Kwon was known as G-Young.
Date of birth: 18th August 1988
Blood type: A
Height: 176cm
Languages:Korean, Japanese, English, Mandarin Chinese.
Education: Seoul Traditional Arts Middle & High School.
Career: Recording artist, songwriter, producer & model.
Fan base:Applers (Unofficial)
Pre-debut:JiYong was born and raised in Seoul. He began his career when he was eight as part of the group ‘Little Roora’. The group were only able to release a Christmas album before having their contract terminated by the record company. JiYong swore that he would never become a singer again to his mother. GD then trained at SM Entertainment for 5 years, he was scouted by SM whilst on a ski trip. GD was introduced to an American group ‘Wu-Tang Clan’, he was inspired by their music and began taking rap classes at the age of 12, he also joined the release of Korean hip hip Flex album in 2001. He wrote his own lyrics for the song, he admitted that his “English was bad and the story behind the lyrics was the same old thing’  along the lines of, ‘I’m young, but I’m the best’ He specialised in dance, at SM Entertainment as he had not decided what he wanted to do, before leaving the company.
Sean of YG’s Jinusean first noticed JiYong when he was 14, who later recommended him to CEO HyunSuk Yang. After joining YG entertainment GD spent the first year as a runner before meeting trainee YoungBae Dong (TaeYang). The two were put together as GDYB, training together and appearing on several artists tracks and music videos. In 2006, Gdragon made his debut as leader of Big Bang. withTaeYang, TOP, DaeSung and SeungRi.

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