Group Name: 2ne1
Group Members: (From Left to right in image.) CL, Park Bom, Gong Minji (Minzy) and Sandra Park (Dara).
Record label (if known): YG Entertainment
Genre: Pop/Hip hop
Debut date: 6th May 2009
2ne1’s name was originally officially pronounced 21 but due to finding an artist already with this name, the band’s name was altered. 2ne1 have had numerous songs produced by Teddy Park, who is one of YG entertainment’s music producers and well known in the Korean music industry. As well as this, CL has been involved in the writing and producing of a number of their tracks.
The band débuted in Japan in 2011 and have collaborated/performed special stages relating to label mates Big Bang frequently.
Park Bom has long been the focus of plastic surgery speculation with many people agreeing she does seem to have had extensive work, but also citing a medical condition as a probable explanation. In 2013 Minzy came forward telling fans that she had taken advantage of some routine nasal surgery to also get some cosmetic nose work.
Sandara Park was a successful actress in the Philippines before joining 2ne1 and has a large Phillipino fan base.
The band released their first full length album in the first quarter of 2014. Whilst it is common practice for KPOP artists to produce a large number of EPs comparative to LPs, this was still a much anticipated album by the time of its arrival.
It turned out that Girls Generation’s promotions for Mr.Mr. were due to clash with 2ne1’s promotion for this Crush album. However, SM announced that Girls Generation’s release would be delayed as the only copy of the video had been deleted and required recovering. YG later announced that 2ne1 would have a delayed release due to special effects issues with their video and both songs ‘Come back Home’ and ‘Mr.Mr.’ débuted simultaneously.
Whilst all the members have produced solo work in some form or another, the most famous are CL’s ‘Baddest female’ and Park Boms collaboration with GD + TOP on ‘Oh Yeah’.
2ne1 specialise in reggae-inspired electronic hip-hop, although they have dabbled in ballads, arguably most famously with ‘Lonely’ and ‘Missing You’
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Other songs to check out
- It Hurts
- Gotta Be You