YG’s girl group 2NE1 has always been the strong one. In a relatively slow-tempo songs ‘Fire,’ ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘It Hurts,’ and ‘Lonely’, they still never let go of the powerful vocals and their provocative appearances. CL, with her solo song ‘The Baddest Female’ released this year, showed the public the epitome of ‘powerful’. But in winter 2013, the strong group returned with a very unexpected sentimental ballad ‘Missing You.’ If the previous songs were known for their strength in their voices, ‘Missing You’ is one with loose vocals. That power is now instead replaced with much genuine emotions.
CL: Recently, due to the lack of on-screen activities, Dara unnie was devastated because primary school kids didn’t recognize her as the Dara of 2NE1. So sometimes, they will think that we are the old generation guiding the new, but everyone still loved their music, that’s why our existence is special.
The 2NE1 sitting in front of the journalist doesn’t seem to be the ‘fierce unnies’, and their tone is very mellow.
2NE1 recently congratulated YG Entertainment’s biggest producer Teddy on his recently publicized relationship with actress, Han Ye Seul.
On November 25, the news of Teddy and Han Ye Seul dating broke and drew much public interest. According to reports, the couple began dating six months ago.
♪ Missing You, Missing You, Missing You~~
This is ’2NE1‘. 2013 was a year of change indeed. Last July, they conveyed a fresh reggae feel through ‘Falling in Love‘. In August, they showed a fierce performance through ‘Do You Love Me’.
And in November, the last one for the single project came out. The new song is ‘Missing You‘. It is a 2NE1-style ballad song that can be matched with ‘It Hurts’ and ‘Lonely’. In this cold winter, they released a sentimental ballad song to warm our heart.
‘Missing You’ was first performed at ’2013 MAMA’. To tell you the truth, it was an abrupt decision to perform at ‘MAMA’. That is why we only had three days to prepare for the performance. We were so happy to come back on a big stage, but we had a regret, too.
We put the past behind and released the performance of ‘Missing You’ first in Korea through SBS-TV’s ‘The Music Trend/Inkigayo’ on November 24. We felt awkward to sing a song while standing still at first, but we adapted to the situation and focused on the lyrics. We had a satisfying result.
Are you wondering about behind-the-scenes stories of 2NE1’s comeback stage of ‘Missing You’? We are going to show you the waiting room to the readers of ‘STARCAST’.
K-pop’s baddest and best girl group touch down to speak about I LOVE YOU and their fans.
2NE1 do not play by the rules. Since debuting in 2009 they’ve become one of K-pop’s most recognisable and internationally celebrated groups. Despite being put together with the same lazer-eyed accuracy that marks K-Pop’s rigorous selection process, the word ‘manufactured’ feels misused when referring to Bom, Dara, Minzy and CL.
The notion of ‘girl power’ might be old school to the West but until 2NE1 stamped their studded heels down, female K-Pop acts felt more like candy coloured day trip for little girls or a skimpily clad, ajhussi pleasure fest. Experimental visuals sit alongside big, bold concepts that allow 2NE1 to demonstrate both strength and femininity, while in CL they have a leader both outspoken and encouraged to be, a rarity for the South Korean entertainment industry. Their first, and so far only, full studio album was in 2010 and despite repeated hints and rumours of an October 2013 release, 2NE1 are keeping everyone hanging.
This fleeting London visit saw their first ever live UK performance; another tease for their fandom, the Blackjacks, who took to Twitter on November 4th to voice their impatience for new material. It might have trended worldwide but guess what, the official line is as vague as ever, no matter how hard you ask. And really, we did ask.
Last night, artist Daniel Arsham and Pharrell unveiled their new art installation. The intimate gathering was held in the penthouse of the Standard East Village, which boasted stunning views of the city. Corzo Tequila provided libations and hosted a dinner to celebrate the collaboration after the event.
Some of the celebrities that we spotted included Brian Donnelly – AKA KAWS, Bridget Kelly, Terry Richardson, Andre Balazs, Richard Chai, Q-Tip, Prince Philippos of Greece, Jennifer Missoni, CL from 2NE1, Genevieve Jones, Jessica White, Tristan Wilds, Bridget Kelly, Phillip Bloch, Mia Moretti, to name a few.
“For this project, Arsham created replications of Pharrell’s keyboard and drum machine, an instrument important to the prolific musical artist and producer at the genesis of his career in the late 1980′s…Like much of Arsham’s work, which features the seeming petrifaction of contemporary objects, the materials used to recreate the keyboard and drum machine make it seem as though they were detected in a distant future or on an archeological dig,” according to a press release.
Guests were able to hold one of the keyboards, with white gloves and pose for photos. Pharrell graciously posed for many fan photos at the party and spoke to many members of the press about the collaboration. It was inspiring to hear him speak. When asked how the collaboration with Pharrell came about artist Daniel Arsham told, The Source, “I asked him ‘What was something that was really important to you at the beginning of your career musically, that you made music on, that you don’t have or use anymore?’ and he described his keyboard that had these drum pads on it. I did a bunch of research and found out that it was a Cassio MT 500. I then integrated that sort of language back into my own sort of work.”
We spoke with CL from the Korean group 2NE1 at the party.
Q: So tell me about what you’re wearing today.
CL: Today, I just went to Jeremy Scott’s show. I’m wearing SAM MC LONDON…I’m in love with them right now.
Q: It’s very edgy. What has been the highlight of Fashion Week for you?
CL: Actually, I wasn’t here for Fashion Week. I was just here to meet Jeremy and support as a friend.
Q: So tell me about the music you’re working on?
CL: Right now, I’m working on 2NE1′s next album. It’s dropping next month, so yeah, last minute work.
Q: And so what can fans expect?
CL: When it comes to 2NE1’s album, we’re gonna keep it 2NE1.
Q: Any possible collaboration with Pharrell in the works?
CL: I’d love to…actually, yes. I don’t wanna jinx it. Yes, I would love to do a collaboration.
Q: What do you love about New York?
CL: It’s just New York, you know? I love everything about it.
Seungri: It was like Superstar K, Kpop Star of that time. Being alone at that young age, with no friends or family in Seoul. I would sleep in the train stations or at spas. I was thankful when I got cut first because it was so hard. I got into YG, but then I got cut from Big Bang. I was shocked that something like this could happen. I had no one to learn from, so I worked with some female trainees, 2NE1′s Park Bom helped me with some English as well.
Source: MBC FM4U “Kim Shin-young’s Hope Song At Noon”
Translated by kristinekwak
“All the great energy we received during our world tour reflects on our new album” -CL
Since their fiery, eye-demanding debut in 2009, 2NE1 has generated a relentless and diverse string of hits like the club banger “Fire,” mid-tempo R&B track “I Don’t Care,” the emotionally-vulnerable “Lonely,” rock-influenced “Ugly,” hard-hitting “I Am The Best” and last year’s K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 “I Love You.” All of which were heard on the girls’ first world tour, keeping them busy throughout 2012.
After a year’s break from the K-pop scene, the YG Entertainment girl group quartet are finally back with another the genre-blurring “Falling In Love” with a plan to roll out a new single every month until dropping a new album in October.
If “I Love You” roped in listeners for its innovative combination of electronic beats and singing style of trot (the oldest form of Korean pop music), their latest, “Falling In Love,” grabs ears for its reggae beat intertwined with hip-hop stylings.
Tell me about 2NE1.
I was playing with 2NE1 on their New Revolution Tour. It was a global tour, and we did a couple shows in the States too, at the Prudential Center and one at Nokia, which was sold out. It was a really cool show, will.i.am actually produced a lot of their tracks, and he came to the show and just started rapping over the encore and hanging out with us on stage, which was really cool.
But the 2NE1 girls, they’re a really big K-pop group. I felt bad because I really had no idea that there were other markets like that. I just felt like American entertainment was the be-all-end-all, and I feel ignorant for saying that. It just really opened my eyes to see what else is going on in the world, because K-pop is huge! These girls were selling out stadiums. It was just incredible. And they have very dedicated fans. It was a lot of fun.
A/N: Sharon Aguilar is 2NE1′s guitarist during their New Evolution tour.