2NE1 is a popular South Korean hip hop/pop girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. 2NE1 consists of four members: CL, Bom, Dara, and Minzy. The group’s name 2NE1 stands for “New Evolution of the 21st Century”. First appearing in “Lollipop”, a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Telecom, their debut single “Fire” was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, they have released one extended play, 2NE1, and one studio album, To Anyone. “Fire”, “I Don’t Care”, “Nal Ddara Haebwayo”, and “Go Away” have all hit number one in South Korea.
Originally, 2NE1’s Japanese debut was planned for December 2010, but this was delayed to February of 2011. In addition, there are plans to release a new Korean album between May and June. 2NE1’s American promotions with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has no set time for release yet, because of the Black Eyed Peas’ new album release, The Beginning. On January 19, “Can’t Nobody (Eng Ver)” was released on Recochoku as ringtones and ringback tones.
Park Bom, born March 24, 1984, is also known by the mononym Bom and is a South Korean pop singer. Born in Seoul, South 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.
Park Bom was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 6th grade, she left Korea to study abroad in the United States. She graduated high school and enrolled into Lesley University with a major in psychology.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 to Berklee College of Music to pursue her music career.
Park Bom is noted for a distinct, strong voice. However, she is primarily a pop singer.She has named American singer Mariah Carey as one of her biggest influences who inspired her to get into music. In addition, Park names Beyoncé 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.
- Big Bang featuring Park Bom – “We Belong Together”
- Big Bang featuring Park Bom – “Forever With You”
- Lexy featuring Park Bom – “Baby Boy”
- Red Roc featuring Masta Wu and Park Bom – “Along My Way”
- GD&TOP featuring Park Bom – “OH YEAH”
2009: Girlfriends (걸프렌즈) (cameo)
Park Sandara, born November 12, 1984 is better known as Dara, is a Korean singer, dancer, rapper, actress, television host and model. She is best known as being a member of the Korean girl group 2NE1.
Sandara Park was born in Busan, South Korea to Korean parents. Her family moved to the Philippines in 1995 to start a trading business.In 2004, Dara was involved in a talent survival show, known as Star Circle Quest in the ABS-CBN Network. In the final rounds of voting, she earned a record setting number of over 1,800,000 text votes but came in 2nd place to Hero Angeles in the Grand Finals. After appearing in dramas, movies and commercial spots, Dara released a song collection, which achieved 2x platinum status in sales.
Park returned to South Korea on August 1, 2007with her mother and siblings to begin a new life. The next day, YG Entertainment reported that they had signed a contract with Park.She was featured in a TV drama “The Return of Iljimae”, and in Gummy’s music video for “I’m Sorry.” Her younger brother, Sang-Hyun Park (Thunder), also debuted in early October 2009 as a rapper and dancer of a Korean boy band, MBLAQ in J.Tune Entertainment.
- Sandara: Walang Sabit
- Sandara: Ang Ganda Ko
- Bcuz of U
- Can This Be Love
- D’Luckys Ones
- Super Noypi
Lee ChaeRin, born February 26, 1991 is better known as CL, is a South Korean rapper, singer, and dancer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent much of her early life in various places where she learned English, French, and Japanese. In 2009, she debuted along with YG Entertainment label mates Sandara Park, Gong Min-ji, and Park Bom as 2NE1.
As a teenager, her family took permanent residence again in South Korea where she auditioned for YG Entertainment and was accepted in 2006.
CL is the rapper in her group,so she predominately does hip hop style music. She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park, who produces much of 2NE1’s music, and former collaborator Uhm Jung Hwa as influences and inspirations.She has also said she finds inspiration in American singers Madonna and Lauryn Hill.
- Big Bang – “Intro (Hot Issue)”
- Uhm Jung Hwa featuring CL – “DJ”
- YMGA featuring YG Family and DJ Wreckx – “What”
- G-Dragon featuring Teddy Park and CL – “The Leaders”
- Dara featuring CL – “Kiss”
- G-Dragon featuring Teddy Park and CL – “The Leaders (Live Version)”
Gong MinJi, born January 18, 1994 is more commonly known as Minzy and is a South Korean pop singer, rapper, and dancer. She was born in Seoul. She is currently a member of Korean girl group 2NE1 which is signed to YG Entertainment.
Gong Min-ji was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to the countryside shortly thereafter. Gong is the granddaughter of Gong Ok-jin, a legendary folk dancer.
Gong Min-ji was discovered by YG Entertainment. There was a video of her dancing that was uploaded onto the internet, and got many hits and praises for her ability to dance. Because of her rising popularity through the internet, YG contacted her and recruited her. She was placed into girl group 2NE1 along with three other members.