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MTV Style Picks 2NE1 as “Top 12 Girls to Watch in 2012”

MTV Style has named the “Top 12 Girls to Watch in 2012” and 2NE1 was the only K-Pop group to make it to the list!

On January 2, MTV Style put together a top 12 list of “It” girls from around the world. They described 2NE1 as: “K-Pop has picked up an insane amount of steam domestically between Girls Generation and 2NE1, with both of their major stateside performances eliciting an inexplicably bananas amount of crowd support. We’re keeping our eyes glued on 2NE1 as the new year progresses, namely because of their bestie collab status with our beloved Jeremy Scott and their enviable collection of high-drama streetwear like JoyRich.”

2NE1 released specially designed shoes in collaboration with Jeremy Scott and Adidas in October. 2NE1’s CL was also picked as having the #1 International Collaboration in 2011 by MTV Iggy for her performance at the “2011 MAMA” with Black Eyed Pea’s Will.I.Am and Apl.De.Ap.

It looks like the girls are all but ready for “prime-time” fame, so YG Entertainment if you’re reading this, please hurry up with 2NE1’s international debut!


Source : Soompi

2NE1 Holds Second Interview with BBC News

On January 2, 2NE1 held its second interview with BBC News in the past month. In a segment about K-Pop’s influence in Japan and how it’s changing the perception of Koreans living in Japan, 2NE1 was featured as one of the main K-Pop groups that have led the recent Hallyu movement overseas.


2NE1’s Sandara Park and Park Bom Released From YG’s Dating Ban

2NE1 member Sandara Park is overjoyed this year–she is absolutely free to date whoever she wants this year! Park Bom, who is also the same age as Sandara, is also free from the dating ban that was in their contract with YG.

She posted on her Me2Day saying, “Today’s new years! 99% of the texts that I received from my friends and acquaintances were, ‘I hope you get a cool boyfriend this year,’ and ‘Have a wonderful love this year!’ It seems that people around me are more worried than I am about getting a boyfriend! As promised by YG CEO, we are free to date starting this year! Woot! Anyways, everyone, have a blessed new year! I want to become cuter this year!”

She continued, “Age does not matter for us anymore! Cuter! More fun and entertaining! Fighting!”

She also upload a picture along with her post. She’s seen wearing a bright hot pink T-shirt, along with cutesy makeup and a long wavy brown hairstyle.


2NE1 wins a rookie award at the ’53rd Japan Record Awards’

2NE1 has won a rookie award at TBS‘s ‘53rd Japan Record Awards‘!

On December 29th, Japanese media outlets reported that the girls had been awarded the rookie award at the ’53rd Japan Record Awards’. The girls arrived on the 28th for rehearsal and commented to reporters, “We’re glad to receive such an honorable award just three months into our Japanese debut. We’ll work hard every year in hopes of winning the Record Award.”

They continued, “We’ll be expressing the power of women in our stage performance.”

2NE1 will be sharing the honor with Japanese singers Ito Miyu, SUPER☆GiRLS, and fairies, and they will all be competing for the ‘Best Rookie Award’ at the event. KARA will also be attending the awards ceremony on December 30th.


Source + Photos: Naeil

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

CL discusses 2NE1′s achievements in 2011

2NE1‘s leader CL recently sat down for an interview with OSEN to discuss the group’s various achievements this year.

Chosen as one OSEN’s ‘Hottest People of 2011‘, CL and her members were praised for their ability to churn out chart-topping hits one after the other. The group has gone through a wide spectrum of genres this year which attributed to their success, but CL humbly chalked it up to “good timing.”

CL began, I don’t whether we’re trusted 100% yet, but our success benefited a lot from our music. Producer Teddy oppa wrote us really great songs and we released them at a great timing. ‘Lonely‘ was released when there weren’t many quiet songs on the market, and then we came out with ‘I Am the Best’ right after.”

All year long, the girls have been dominating the charts, starting with “Don’t Cry“, “Lonely”, “I Am the Best”, “Hate You“, and “Ugly“. These are achievements any singer would die for, but CL claims it’s not enough.


HyunA & 2NE1 make it to Spin.com’s ‘Favorite Pop Tracks of 2011′ list

On December 27, the website for music magazine Spin revealed their favorite pop singles of 2011.

Among the various songs by A-list pop icons, two K-pop songs made it to the list. At #3, HyunA‘s “Bubble Pop” beat #4 pop princess Britney Spears‘ “Till the World Ends“, and 2NE1‘s “I Am the Best” took the #8 spot.

HyunA & 2NE1′s appearance on this list is just another example of the Hallyu wave’s continuous expansion across the world. Congrats to both of these artists!


Source + Image: Spin magazine

by *Miso* @ allkpop

KARA & 2NE1 unable to attend the 2011 KBS Music Festival


Girl groups KARA and 2NE1 will be absent from the 2011 KBS Music Festival that is scheduled to take place at the KBS Hall in Yeoido.

An insider from the industry informed StarNews on the 27th, KARA will be attending the the 53rd Japan Record Awards and therefore will be unable to attend the KBS Music Festival.”

The same insider also stated, There is an award ceremony taking place in Japan the same day as the KBS Music Festival, and unfortunately, it looks like [2NE1] will be unable to attend as well.”

The 2011 KBS Music Festival will air on KBS 2TV on December 30th.


Source & Image : StarNews

by leesa86 @ allkpop

2NE1 to release a new album in Japan in February!

2NE1 has finally confirmed plans for new Japanese promotions starting February 2012!

Representatives of YG Entertainment disclosed to OSEN, “2NE1 will be advancing into the Japanese market with a new album in February. Whether it will be a mini-album or a single has not been decided yet, but we have confirmed February to be the date.”

2NE1 kicked off their Japanese promotions this year and already has a considerable fanbase growing in the country. The group performed on Nihon TV‘s ‘Best Hit Song Festival‘ on December 24th and are beginning to make a name for themselves not only in Japan, but all over the world.

2NE1′s Japanese album will certainly be turning heads with their unique promotional style.


Source + Photos: OSEN

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

2NE1 & SNSD rank on SPIN Magazine’s ’20 Best Pop Albums of 2011′

American music magazine ‘SPIN‘ have released their annual ranking of the best pop albums of 2011.


Big Bang, 2NE1, SNSD, & SHINee featured on online fashion site, ‘Refinery29′

Many fashionistas may know of ‘Refinery29.com‘, a popular one-stop website for fashion, style, and shopping.

The site posted an article today called ‘Kpop Cheat Sheet: The Bands To Know Before They Blow Up’, and introduced Big Bang, 2NE1, SNSD, and SHINee to their readers. The passage read:

“Okay, we’re calling it, right here, right now. Kpop is going to be 2012′s hottest trend. Straight out of Seoul, these acts are already bringing their edgy, high-end style and infectious tunes all over the world. Asia knows what we’re talking about. Europe is already obsessed. South America goes gaga for these multi-talented superstars. And North America? The craze has already started with the hottest Korean acts selling out Madison Square Garden in NYC, the Staples Center in LA, and the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — just to name a few places. For those of you who haven’t yet become ingrained, we’re here to present to you a little primer to get in on the action. We’re giving you the rundown on four of the hottest Kpop artists that are headed for world domination, the songs you need to hear, and, of course, the styles you’re going to want to copy. Big Bang, 2NE1, Shinee, Girl’s Generation. Memorize these names, people. Let the obsession begin.”

In addition to giving some background information on each group and introducing some of their popular songs, the site also analyzed and broke down the style of each group.


2NE1′s CL holds an interview with BBC World News in English

Global news provider, BBC World News, recently conducted an interview in English with 2NE1‘s leader CL.

The news anchor began by talking about 2NE1′s achievement in scoring the ‘MTV Iggy Best New Band In the World‘ award, before they went on to discuss the global impact and potential of K-Pop. Viewers were quite amazed at how the Korean native responded smoothly in English with little hesitation.

At one point in the interview, the BBC asked, Talking about K-Pop, how big of a future do you think it will have on the global entertainment industry?“, to which the idol answered, “Well, I think it’s just the start and I hope it gets bigger and bigger, but I don’t know if we want to categorize ourselves into one thing as 2NE1.”

Check out an excerpt from the interview!


2NE1 & Kim Kab Soo duke it out on Nintendo Wii

Earlier this month it was revealed that girl group 2NE1 and famed actor Kim Kab Soo teamed up to film a commercial together for the Nintendo Wii. After seeing hilarious outtakes of the five stars battling on ‘Mario Kart’, the official promotional photo has been released on Nintendo’s official website.


Who Wore It Better: Gong Hyo Jin vs. Minzy

Fashionista actress Gong Hyo Jin and girl group 2NE1 member Minzy are garnering attention for wearing the same outfit in different styles.


2NE1′s Sandara Park ages backwards?

More past photos of 2NE1‘s Sandara Park have re-surfaced online and are receiving much attention from netizens.

The photos above were recently posted on an online community board with the caption, “Baby-faced Sandara’s shocking past.”

The photos were taken when Sandara was promoting in the Philippines, and they are a collection of her album jacket pictorials. Netizens were surprised to see that Sandara actually looks much older in the photos than she does today. She rocked a wavy hairstyle with much heavier makeup, and her plump cheeks garnered the attention of her fans.

Those who saw the photos left comments such as, “Sandara Park ages backwards“, “I actually get jealous when I see past photos like these“, “I was so shocked“, and more.


Park Bom spotted shopping for lingerie

2NE1‘s lead vocalist Park Bom was recently spotted shopping for unmentionables.

This photo surfaced on an online community board recently under the title, Park Bom shopping.’

Bom is seen browsing through some lacy underthings at a high-end boutique. Her leopard-print boy shorts drew attention to her long, slender legs, further bumping the popularity of this photo online.

Netizens commented, Park Bom has the best backside“, “Shopping for underwear? This is embarrassing“, and Her legs are seriously amazing.


Source & Image : DongA via Nate

by leesa86 @ allkpop

Past photos of Sandara Park with Filipino star Joseph Bitangcol surface online

Past photos of 2NE1 member Sandara Park and Filipino star Joseph Bitangcol have surfaced on various online community sites, becoming a hot discussion topic amongst fans and netizens.

In the photos, the two take on several different poses and in one, the two look as though their lips are about to touch. Sandara donned adorable poses like she still does in Korea today while Joseph looks affectionately towards Dara.

The photos were actually taken when the two were cast in a Filipino program called ‘Love Team‘ which is similar to Korea’s ‘We Got Married‘. Celebrities are assigned a partner and the two become an on-air couple.

Not only was Sandara cast in ‘Love Team’ with Joseph Bitangcol, but she has also worked with ABS-CBNStar Circle Quest‘ winner Hero Angeles.


Se7en congratulates 2NE1 on their ’2011 MAMA’ win

Singer Se7en recently congratulated fellow labelmates 2NE1 for nabbing the ‘Song of the Year‘ award at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

On November 30th, 2NE1′s Minzy tweeted, Thank you to everyone who loves our music!, to which Se7en replied, Congratulations 2NE1! Get a good rest and come back safely!!,” showing his support for the group.

Se7en also tweeted to Park Bom, Congrats Bom!! Have a good night and come back safely,”

Netizens commented, Of course, YG Family! It’s good to see that you guys are close“, “Congratulations 2NE1!“, and Oppa, you have to start activities again so you can sweep some awards too!“.


Park Bom to Big Bang, “Miss you guys”

ㅠㅠ Did you guys see it??? We did our best~~*^___^* And my uvula is still swollenㅠㅠ Did I do well?? kekeke But, you know, it would have been awesome if Big Bang came… Seriously… when Big Bang was called for the nominees I screamed…. miss U guyz…. Anyway, please compliment us today^__^


Translation: Swaggalevel-1000

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J-POP star Koda Kumi has a close relationship with 2NE1 & TVXQ

Top J-POP star Koda Kumi displayed her close relationship with 2NE1 member Minzy.

At a 2011 MAMA press conference that took place at the Singapore Sands Expo and Convention Center on the 29th, Koda Kumi remarked, I worked with TVXQ in the past and continue to maintain a close relationship. I have also spent a lot of time with 2NE1′s Minzy, and I plan on going to their next performance in Japan“.

Today at the MAMA, I will put on a performance that fits in with Korean culture, she continued.

170 reporters from Japan as well as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Cambodia were at this particular press conference, as well as Reuters and the Korean press to gather as much news as possible.


2NE1′s Park Bom assures fans she will be singing live at ’2011 MAMA’

Earlier, we reported on YG Entertainment’s concerns about 2NE1‘s Park Bom, whose throat condition was less than optimal due to a severe flu. As such, officials had stated that Bom may not be able to sing live at the ‘2011 MAMA’ in Singapore.

However, on the morning of November 28th, Bom herself made an announcement through Twitter, telling fans that her health has improved and that she will be singing at the awards ceremony. She tweeted, “Bom’s voice might still be a bit husky, but she will be singing live!~~~~~*^____^*”.

She continued, Don’t worry! I’m taking my meds and eating and resting well for tomorrow! Fighting!! Fighting yayaya!!!!!”


Source: Star News

by VITALWARNING @ allkpop

2NE1′s Dara and CL return to Korea for ‘YG Family Concert’ rehearsal

On November 26th, 2NE1‘s CL and Sandara Park shared a fresh selca through the latter’s me2day to commemorate their return to Korea.

Sandara wrote, Arrived in Korea!  Came here to practice for the YG Family Concert!  All the artists are coming to meet today!  The sunbaenims are coming in one by one! doogeun doogeun, kong dak kong dak! [onomatopoeia for heartbeat].  Today’s fashion is about utilizing a face mask.  Sandara and CL’s 2-set selca!  How is it?

The photo also contained a caption that read, The [main] point of this photo! Chae Rin‘s [CL’s real name] cute eyes that can only be seen in the dorms.”

Fans were delighted to see the return of the infamous face masks from 2NE1′s “Ugly” MV, especially since they allowed CL to keep her edgy style even though she dressed down and didn’t wear any makeup.


2NE1 become the first Korean artists to be on the cover of ‘WWD Japan’

The ladies of 2NE1 have become the first Korean artists to grace the cover of popular Japanese fashion magazine, ‘WWD Japan‘!

2NE1 were chosen as cover models for the magazine’s winter issue, which allowed them to  join the ranks of many other famous women in Japan who previously graced the cover such as professional skater Asada Mao and actress Miyazawa Rie.

For their pictorial, 2NE1 wore French brand Balmain, which gave them an elegant gloss to their fierce charisma. Reportedly, the members’ outfits had cost around 25 million yen (approximately 322,872 USD).

In related news, 2NE1 will join fellow YG Entertainment artists and perform at the ‘YG Family Concert in Japan‘ on January 7th and 8th at the Kyocera Dome, and on January 21st and 22nd at the Saitama Super Arena.


Source + Photo: enews24 via Nate
[Thanks to everyone for the tip!] @ allkpop

by CWK @ allkpop


Check out a preview of 2NE1′s ‘Live Concert (Nolza)’ album

Back in August, 2NE1 brought the fire with their first solo concert, ‘Nolza‘, and now Blackjacks all over the world can relive the experience through the live concert album, ‘2NE1 1st Live Concert (Nolza)‘!


Super Junior, 2NE1, and HyunA receive awards at ’2011 YouTube Kpop Awards’

Super Junior, 2NE1, and HyunA have been making headlines all year with their YouTube view counts. On November 22nd, these three teams received awards at the ’2011 YouTube Kpop Awards’ at Google Korea in Seoul.

HyunA stated, “I was surprised at the large amount of YouTube viewcounts. I saw a lot of people upload videos with my song, and there were many who were better than me; I gained strength [from seeing all the videos].”

2NE1, who had three videos in the Top 10, commented, “We will continue to upload a lot of cool videos in the future. Please show them lots of love. We put a lot of effort into showing you a lot of things in ‘I Am The Best’ music video, so I think that is probably why a lot of people watched the video.”

Super Junior’s Leeteuk stated, “This award is especially more valuable because fans all over the world were the ones who made this award possible. We will continue to spread the Korea’s culture throughout the world… I also clicked on our music video 10 times. Whenever we’d go perform overseas, the clip would be uploaded onto YouTube right away. Seeing this, I felt how strong media’s power had become.”