2NE1 (Blackjacks)-LONELY

2NE1 came into the limelight in 2009, under YG Entertainment. The group consisted of 4 members namely CL, Dara, Park Bom and Minzy. While Minzy left the group in April 2016. On November 25, 2016, YG Entertainment announced that 2NE1 disbanded.

2NE1 was a K-Pop music group under YG Entertainment who appeared in 2009 with hitherto collaborated with BIGBANG and released a song titled Lollipop. K-pop music initially consists of the first three members who are CL, Bom, and Minzy and then the owner of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun-Suk, confirmed that Sandara became the last member to join the K-pop music group.

Unfortunately, in November 2016 YG Entertainment confirmed the disbanded of the group which has colored the K-Pop fan merchandise for seven years and became one of the legend groups among other K-POP groups. 2NE1 who debuted with the song Lollipop with BIGBANG and continued with the song Fire is able to dance the attention of individuals. Before they separated they released a song with the title Good-Bye by Bom, CL, and Dara.

However, Minzy did not participate because she was not a member of the group.

In 2004, the group was first announced by South Korean press. Both Spica’s Bohyung and Fiestar’s Linzy were trainees alongside the 2NE1 members. However, they were eliminated before debut.

YG Entertainment was aired in early 2009 that the group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May of the same year. YG Entertainment stated that the group had trained for four years and that their debut album would contain songs produced by Teddy Park the leader of 1TYM’s. The group was initially aired as “21”, however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name; the group was later renamed “2NE1”.

Below are profiles and roles of each member of the group

 

  • Stage Name: CL
  • Birth Name: Lee Chae-rin
  • Nickname: Cl-roo
  • Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group
  • Birthday: February 26, 1991
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Languages: Korean, Japanese, English, French

CL Image Courtesy 월아조운 Via Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

 

 

  • Stage Name: Bom
  • Birth Name: Park Bom
  • Nicknames: Bang Bom
  • Position: Main Vocalist
  • Birthday: March 24, 1984
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Specialties: Singing, Dancing, Piano, Flute, Cello
  • Languages: Korean, English

Bom Image Courtesy Kiyoung Kim Via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

 

 

  • Stage Name: Dara
  • Birth Name: Park Sandara
  • Nicknames: Sandy
  • Position: Vocalist, Sub Rapper, Visual
  • Birthday: November 12, 1984
  • Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
  • Specialties: Dancing, Singing, Acting
  • Languages: Korean, English, Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese

Dara Image Courtesy Dispatchsns Via Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Generic (CC BY 3.0)

 

 

  • Stage name: Minzy
  • Birth name: Gong Minji
  • Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Maknae
  • Birthday: January 18, 1994
  • Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
  • Specialties: Dancing, Rapping
  • Colors: Orange, Pink
  • Languages: Chinese, Japanese, English

Minzy Image Courtesy Dieu Linh Via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

 

 

2NE1 Debut Year

In the early 2009 press conference, YG Entertainment announced that he would debut a four-member girl group. At first, the group was to be called 21. However, YG’s ideas evolved and he finally decided that he would like to add a “new evolution” to music. The figure 21 in the group’s name represents the 21st century, whereas the letters N and E are the abbreviations to New Evolution. Subsequently, 2NE1 was formed.

2NE1 made their first show on May 19, 2009, where they featured together with BIGBANG in a promotional song, titled ‘Lollipop. Their unique, unusual style grabbed the attention of many individuals, as there were not many groups with such looks at that time. The group debut appearance was followed by the release of their debut single ‘FIRE ‘on August 17, 2009. The music video for ‘FIRE‘ was released twice, the first being a “space” version and the other a “street” version.

The song became an instant hit. It was written and produced by K-Pop/YG’s renowned producer, Teddy Park. The song topped Mnet‘s online charts at that time and soon enough brought 2NE1 to their first wins with “Song of the Month” and “Rookie of the Month”.

The group later followed up with another Japanese release in 2012. That same year, they embarked on a world tour that involved two stopped in the United States (Los Angeles and Newark, New Jersey), making them the first K-pop music group to perform solo in America.

They later released several more singles in 2013, including “Take the World On”, “Falling in Love,” and “Do You Love Me.” In 2014, they released their second full-length Korean album and third full-length album overall, Crush featuring production from Teddy Park with the singles “Come Back Home” and “Happy.” This is also their last group performance. On November 25, 2016, YG Entertainment announced that 2NE1 had officially disbanded, with CL and Dara pursuing solo careers.

Feature Image courtesy of  Kiyoung Kim via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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