2NE1( Korean :투애니원,IPA: [tʰu.ɛ.ni.wʌn]) was a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. First appearing in " Lollipop ", a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Electronics , 2NE1's debut single " Fire " was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, the group has released two eponymous extended plays ,2NE1(2009) and2NE1(2011), and two studio albums,To Anyone(2010) andCrush(2014). Their first EP spawned the number-one single " I Don't Care ", which won them the "Song of the Year" award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards . Their follow-up singles, such as " Go Away ", " Lonely " and " I Am the Best ", were similarly successful, with "I Am the Best" winning 2NE1 their second "Song of the Year" award in 2011.2NE1 officially debuted in Japan in September 2011 with a Japanese version of their second EP, titledNolza. Since then, the group has released one studio album,Collection, and two physical singles in Japan. In 2012, The New York Times named 2NE1's performance at the Prudential Center in New Jersey as one of the "Best Concerts of 2012".In October 2012, Zack Greenburg of Forbes magazine noted that 2NE1 has sold 27 million digital downloads.The youngest member, Minzy , officially left the group on April 5, 2016,while the rest of the group disbanded on November 25, 2016. It was revealed that although CL and Dara would remain signed to YG Entertainment, Park Bom did not have her contract renewed.Their final single "Good Bye" was released on January 21, 2017.
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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".The name, pronounced in Korean to approximate English as "To Anyone" or ( US ) "Twenty One", combines the phrases "21st century" and "New Evolution".
"Lollipop" was not a promoted single because it was an advertisement (there were problems with network chart eligibility).
Inkigayo,marking the start of the group's activities. 2NE1 also launched their first reality show,2NE1TVto assist the group in their debut promotions. Both the song "Fire" and the group became popular online search terms.The group was awarded three Cyworld Digital Music Awards; "Lollipop" and "Fire" both won "Song of the Month" award and the group won "Rookie of the Month" for May 20092NE1 received their first Mutizen award after their fourth stage performance in SBS'sInkigayoon June 14. They received their second Mutizen award on the same show the week after. In the same month, 2NE1 signed a deal with Fila to become the models for their new commercial campaign.
The single became the most downloaded song of that month. 2NE1 ended promotions for the song by performing a reggae version of "I Don't Care" onInkigayoin September.Due to the remix's popularity, it was released to digital outlets on September 3 as their next digital single.
2NE1 received many year-end awards, including the "Song of the Year" award at Mnet Asian Music Awards . Their debut EP also reached sold a total of 100,000 copies by the end of the year.
Over the summer of 2010, 2NE1 traveled to Los Angeles and London in order to record English songs for an American debut album with The Black Eyed Peas 's member and music producer will.i.am . The group recorded a total of 10 songs in their initial sessions.
performance of "Can't Nobody". Overall, 2NE1 won first place eleven times on various music shows throughout the promotional period forTo Anyone.To promote the album, the group made their first entertainment show appearance as a group on KBS variety-talk showWin Winwhile also airing the second season of2NE1TV. On October 21, Yang Hyun Suk announced that 2NE1 would be releasing a follow-up single on October 31, later revealed to be " It Hurts (Slow) ".It was first performed on SBS'sInkigayo. The music video for the single was released on November 1 and utilized a Halloween theme.On November 26, 2NE1 released the single "Don't Stop the Music" as a "special gift for Thai fans" and as the promotional accompaniment to the group's Yamaha Fiore endorsement.
At the end of 2010, 2NE1 took home the "Artist of the Year" award and the "Album of the Year" award at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards , thus making them the only artist to win all 3 grand awards at the said award ceremony.
On March 16, the group released their first Japanese extended play,2NE1, with no promotions held because of the Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami .It debuted at #24 on the Oricon charts , selling 3,860 copies in its first week of release.2NE1 initially planned to make their official Japanese debut live onMusic Station, but instead postponed their debut to the fall of 2011 due to the earthquake.2NE1 participated in the Naver "Pray for Japan" campaign alongside many other Korean celebrities, helping to raise funds for earthquake victims.
, forward from the fall to "May or June".Park Bom 's second solo single, "Don't Cry", was unveiled on April 21. After Park Bom concluded her solo promotions by singing an acoustic version of "Don't Cry" onYG on Air, the group officially confirmed that a new single titled " Lonely " would be released on May 12. A behind-the-scenes video of "Lonely" was shown on the second episode ofYG on Air, with the full music video being released on May 11 via 2NE1's official YouTube account. The song enjoyed similar success to "Don't Cry", ranking number one on the Gaon Singles Chart . The music video also garnered over 4 million views over the course of four days. On June 24, 2NE1 released a single produced by Teddy Park at midnight, titled " I Am the Best ". Initially debuting at the number four on the Gaon Chart, the song rose three positions and peaked at number one after a week; and eventually went on to become one the 4th most downloaded single of the year in South Korea. "I Am The Best" was awarded the "Song of the Year" award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards . On July 21, 2NE1 released an animated music video directed by Mari Kim for their next single, " Hate You ", which proved to be another success for the group, peaking at number three on the Gaon Chart. On July 28, along with the release of the full mini-album, the final promotional single "Ugly" and its music video were released. The album itself was also a major success, topping the Gaon Chart and selling over 85,000 copies by year's end and over 100,000 copies by September 2012. Promotions for 2NE1's second Korean mini-album officially concluded in late August. Following the end of promotions, 2NE1 held their first sold-out solo concert at the Olympic Hall in the Chamsil Olympic Park on August 26, 27 and 28 in Seoul, South Korea .
. The album was promoted by the release of various singles throughout the summer of 2011 – including Japanese versions of "I Am the Best", "Hate You", and "Lonely".Nolzadebuted at #4 on the Oricon charts. They began their Japanese debut tour2NE1 First Japan Tour – NOLZAon September 19 and 20 at the Yokohama Arena, attracting a combined total of 10,000 fans. Altogether, 2NE1 held six concerts for their first tour at three locations, including Yokohama Arena (9/19 – 9/20), Kobe World Commemoration Hall (9/24 – 9/25), and Chiba’s Makuhari Messe Hall. The concerts altogether drew an impressive figure of 70,000 fans and marked a strong debut in Japan. 2NE1 released their first official Japanese single, a Japanese version of " Go Away ", on November 18 in three versions, following their September Japanese mini-album promotions.The music video for the Japanese version of "Go Away" showcased the JS Collage Wings x 2NE1 sneakers designed by American designer Jeremy Scott , who has been a contributing factor in their style and global attention.
On March 28, 2012, 2NE1 released their first full-length Japanese album titledCollectionalong with their second Japanese single "Scream". The album includes Japanese remakes of their Korean songs such as "Love Is Ouch", " Fire ", and " I Don't Care ", and a cover of Madonna 's 1984 hit song " Like A Virgin ". Multiple editions of the album were released to include a DVD containing the groups Japanese and Korean music videos, according to Oricon 's music website. The album peaked at #4 on the Oricon Daily Chart and went on to sell over 40,000 copies in Japan.
. It was released as the leading track from the album, two weeks before the album's release on February 29."She's So (Outta Control)" reached number 43 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart.2NE1 subsequently concluded their Japanese promotions by performing at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Japan , which took place on June 23 at the Makuhari Messe . They also won the "Best New Artist Video" award for their song "I Am the Best".
[unreliable source]The group served as the public speakers for the 59th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France in the same month, along with the nation’s top advertising agency Cheil Worldwide , after having been picked as the favorite K-pop group by French Hallyu fans. The seminar they gave was titled, “Korean Wave Through Digital Wave.”
The song received positive reviews from critics. Christopher Weingarten of Spin stated that the song was a "perfect summation of pop's present and future", and compared the production similar to that of David Guetta, especially the use of synths and "ghostly" background vocals, while also comparing the rap-style vocals to that of American singer Kesha .
would be held, and would start off in Seoul, South Korea on July 28. Jeremy Scott designed the costumes for the concert, with Divinity Roxx assisting in music for the concert. In August, 2NE1 embarked on the US leg of their New Evolution tour. On August 24, 2NE1 held an independent concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 6,680 of the 6,714 tickets put on sale were sold, bringing in a gross sales of $653,716, and ranking at #29 on Billboard’s Current Box Score. This made 2NE1 the first girl group to rank on Billboard‘s Current Box Score.[unreliable source]The group also appeared alongside Nicki Minaj and other artists including Big Sean and athlete Derrick Rose to promote their own line of Adidas (a collaboration with Jeremy Scott ), marking their first entrance into American pop culture. The full video features them dancing in the heart of Tokyo having an impromptu concert for surprise fans.
.On February 18, 2013, CL revealed in a Billboard interview that the group's comeback was set for April, with a lead single and concept yet to be chosen.
Elle, CL confirmed that the group has not yet planned an album for the United States, but wanted to produce more songs in English.On April 16, the group collaborated with will.i.am on a second song called "Gettin' Dumb"; this time including his bandmate apl.de.ap . The song was featured on will.i.am's second album#willpower, which was released on April 23.
2NE1 Loves Shinsegae, an endorsement for a department store and brand Chrome Hearts.
The song proved to be highly successful, topping the Gaon Singles Chart in its first week and holding the #2 spot in its second week.It serves as 2NE1's 10th number-one single to date as a group.
Crushsold 5,000 copies in 4 days in America, making it chart #61 onBillboard200 and sets a new U.S record for "Highest Charting and Best Selling Kpop Album", beating other big groups like Girls' Generation and Big Bang.On June 26, they released the Japanese version ofCrushwhich charted at #2 on the Oricon Daily Album Chart. The group had their fourth concert tour during the year,AON: All or Nothing. It included stops in China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. From March to October, they performed a total of twenty concerts across 16 cities. The tour received a total of 180,000 attendees.
The group continued to achieve success at the end of 2014 in both South Korea and America.Crushwas the only record by an Asian artist to make it to Fuse TV 's "40 Best Albums of 2014", and named the "#1 Best Kpop Album of 2014" according to Billboard , ranking #9 for Billboard's World Artist and #11 for World Album. Tracks inCrushhave been downloaded over 5.2 million times in South Korea, making 2NE1 the most downloaded girl group of the year. 2NE1 also won "Best Female Group" and "Top 10 Artist" awards at SBS Gayo Daejeon .
andWe Broke Up, as well as KBS'sMissing You. Being the dancer of the group, Minzy opened a dance school by the name of 'Millennium Dance Academy' during the promotional quiet.CL further embarked on her solo career aspirations in America and released the single " HELLO BI+CHES " from her upcoming EPLifted.
Additionally, both 2NE1 and CL were given a nod by Spotify in their 'Year in Music' Twitter Campaign for each achieving over one million listeners, and being played a 'staggering' 165 years worth when combined. They also won China 's '2016 Korea First Brand Grand Prize' award for "Top 10 Most Anticipated K-Stars of 2016".
2NE1 debuted with a strong hip-hop sound in "Fire," a song that topped Korea's monthly chart.
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(2009), the group was noted to have a distinct, mixed style. While " Lollipop " was categorized as for pop , debut single " Fire " is predominately influenced by hip hop . " I Don't Care ," however, was intended as a song with a reggae feel.
The three title tracks, " Clap Your Hands ," "Go Away," and " Can't Nobody " were noted for their lasting impressions.
Zack Greenburg from the American business magazineForbesdescribed 2NE1 as a pop group characterized by bold, bright outfits and big, catchy hooks punctuated by rap verses and an "in-your-face swagger". He also considers the group to be "bigger than Psy ", singer of the worldwide hit single Gangnam Style .
They have credited the Spice Girls and TLC as girl group influences.
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, and idolizes Regine Velasquez , a well-known Filipino singer and also known as being Asia's songbird. She also enjoys Britney Spears 's style and music, citing her as a role model, whose songs she often sang to while growing up, during American interviews stateside for their New Evolution World Tour stop in California.
" I Don't Care " brought them similar success and recognition and led 2NE1 to win the Song of the Year award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards .The same year, the group earned Cyworld Digital Music Awards for Top Selling Artist, Best Rookie Group, Bonsang Award, and Best Song for "I Don't Care".The group was also nominated at the 2009 Golden Disk Awards for the Popularity Award, Rookie Award, and the Digital Bonsang.At the Melon Music Awards, the group was one and the only rookie of the Top 10 artists in South Korea and the Best New Artist.They won This Year’s Stage, This Year's Album, This Year's Song on 2009 GQ Awards. They received 4 out of 10 nominations on Rhythmer Awards 2009 including Rookie of the Year, R&B Artist of the Year, R&B Single of the Year for "I Don't Care" and R&B Album of the Year for their 1st Mini Album. Rhythmer.net is famous for hip-hop and R&B promotion for both mainstream and underground Korean music.
at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards, in addition to awards for Best Female Group and Best music video for " Can't Nobody ".They are the first artist who has won all 3 grand awards at Mnet Asian Music Awards.
On November 29, 2011, 2NE1 won the Best Vocal Performance by a Group for their song "Lonely" and was awarded their 2nd Song of the Year for "I Am the Best" at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards . After 2011, 2NE1 has won the most grand awards, for a female artist, in MAMA history with 4 wins (2 Song of the Years, 1 Album of the Year and 1 Artist of the Year).
This was the year K-pop arrived — not in the form of “Gangnam Style,” which was everywhere and yet completely evanescent — but in these arena shows, which were full of thousands of young, paying fans eager to see the girls of 2NE1 and the boys of BigBang, groups with zero American hits between them, but rabid American followings all the same.
Known by many as the Korean version of the Spice Girls, the group has sold 27 million digital downloads to date, including the single “I Am The Best,” which moved 4.5 million units
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