2NE1’s Dara to join Jinusean on stage for “Tell Me One More Time” this week

This week, Blackjacks can expect Dara to take the stage once again as she will be featuring in Jinusean‘s stage for “Tell Me One More Time.”

According to Jinusean, following the group’s first collaboration stage on KBS Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook, many fans have been requesting for them to collaborate again. Hearing the fans’ requests and adding, “We like 2NE1’s music too,” Dara will be joining the duo on stage as requested in lieu Jang Hanna.

Dara and Jinusean

This is an exciting piece of news, though not nearly surprising as fellow YG Entertainment artist Epik High utilized the same promotion technique of switching featured singers during their “Happen Ending” stages, which included 2NE1‘s Minzy, Akdong Musician‘s Lee Suhyun, Younha, and more, giving the track a different feel provoked by different vocalists.

Source: Star In

Dara to star in another web drama

Fresh from working on the web series “Dr. Ian,” which aired its last episode on April 8, 2NE1’s Dara will be busy again with another web drama titled “We’ve Broken Up.” She will be paired with boy band WINNER member Kang Seung Yoon in the drama that will be co-produced by YG K-Plus, CJ E&M Digital Studio and Story Plant.

On “We’ve Broken Up,” Dara will play the role of Noh Woori, a jobless woman forced to live with her ex-boyfriend, Ji Won-young (Kang), a vocalist of an indie band.

The story is based on a popular webtoon with same title on Naver.com.

Filming will start this month, with the drama scheduled to stream in June.

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Kang Seung-hyun and Jang Ki-yong, who are all models from YG K-Plus, will also appear in the drama.

In a question-and-answer with fans on Twitter, Dara related how she learned a lot from the (web)drama. “Of corz I can always be better in acting but I’m happy that I learned so much from this project,” she posted.

When asked if she experienced any frustrating moment during the filming of “Dr. Ian,” Dara replied, “There was one time during filming that I couldn’t use the restroom bcoz there wasn’t any where we were.”

She added that her costume for the show made resting “so hard.”

Dara said she didn’t find it hard to memorize the script, noting “I’m GREAT at memorizing!” She also praised co-star Kim Young Kwang, whom she described as “very professional.” She added, “He made me feel comfortable on set!”

Dara said she agreed to do “Dr. Ian” because “it was a great opportunity for me and I was excited to work w/ the director! He did a lot of my fave dramas!”

Source: Manila Bulletin

CL Skrillex Diplo Ultra Music Festival Miami 2015

To close out Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, Skrillex brought out a slew of special guests including Justin Bieber, Diplo, Diddy, Kiesza along with newcomers Kai and K-pop singer/rapper CL. While it was undoubtedly a huge stage for all the artists involved, a remarkable musical moment happened during the 2NE1 member’s six-minute appearance that no one would have likely imagined happening even at the height of “Gangnam Style” mania.

CL Skrillex Diplo Ultra Music Festival Miami 2015

CL first hit the stage to perform her verse from “Dirty Vibe,” the Skrillex/Diplo collaboration that features fellow K-pop superstar G-Dragon, off the dubstep prince’s 2014 Recess album — an expected choice. But after the “Dirty Vibe” snippet, fans heard the unmistakable Puff Daddy beat from 1997 hit “It’s All About the Benjamins.” But what came next wasn’t Diddy rapping, but CL rapping…in Korean:

The 24-year-old whipped out the verses to her solo K-pop banger “MTBD” — an cut off from 2NE1’s record-breaking Crush album — over the ’90s beat, rapping completely in Korean for the massive Miami crowd. All while Skrillex, Diplo and even Sir Diddy himself watched and supported from the booth.

It was a breakthrough moment for Korean music thanks to an artist who is massive in Asia (2NE1 boasts to have sold more than 30 million singles, appeared on the Forbes Korea Celebrity 40 list and staged multiple tours across the continent), but is relatively unknown stateside, but worked to hard to collaborate and prove herself among some of music’s biggest talents. Last fall, news broke that CL had teamed with Scooter Braun, who would manage a full-fledged solo debut in America with Diplo, Skrillex, Blood Diamonds and more all on board. If this performance is any indication, we won’t be getting any type of “Westernized” CL, but one that retains her individual state of badass-ery and can fit comfortably inside the U.S. scene whether she’s singing in English or Korean. Key word being: comfortably.

When PSY’s “Gangnam Style” broke through in America, the general public wondered if K-pop was on the verge of making a western crossover. Meanwhile, longtime K-pop fans wondered if the sun glass-clad superstar had done a disservice to the scene so that it wouldn’t ever be taken seriously by a non-Asian audience. If PSY popped up as a special Ultra guest, it would have undoubtedly been a chance for the tens of thousands of crowdgoers to do the horsey dance together — fun, but probably not any type of legitimate musical co-sign that indicates Korean music making a place at a future U.S. fest. But CL performing Korean music in the final hour of a major U.S. festival? That’s cool and game changing.

Source: Billboard