Popular K-pop girl group 2NE1 has been saying “I am the Best” since 2011, and American actress Emma Stone happens to agree.
During a recent interview on “Conan,” Emma Stone dished on her love for K-pop and cited 2NE1’s iconic single as one of her favorites.
“It’s a global phenomenon,” exclaimed the 26-year-old actress.
“I like a song called ‘I am the Best,’ which I’m not going to try to say in Korean, but it’s incredible. It’s an older song too. I’m way behind the times.” But perhaps it’s not an accident the 2011 single has caught her attention. Last year, 2NE1 not only received attention for their record-breaking album “Crush,” but “I am the Best” experienced a resurgence as well.
“I am the Best” became a hot topic after it was included in Microsoft’s global commercial for the Surface Pro 3. Its popularity even penetrated American radio stations in New York and Boston. Reportedly, the 2NE1 single was reportedly played 24 times on WBMP New York and 14 times on WODS Boston in the week ending Oct. 19 of last year. “I feel like I’ve been singing that song for years, in the mirror,” teased Conan O’Brien.
After 2NE1 appeared on American television shows like “The Bachelor” and “America’s Next Top Model,” the group has gone on hiatus as lead rapper Lee “CL” Chaerin prepares for her American solo debut. Later in the summer, CL is expected take her live stages stateside.
Organized by Diplo’s record label Mad Decent, Mad Decent Block Party focuses on global pop and dance music. In 2015, 22 concerts across 19 cities have been announced in North America, and CL will appear in three performances in August and September. “CL will be appearing for a total of three times, on August 9 in New York’s Brooklyn, on Sept. 11 in California’s Berkley and Sept. 19 in Los Angeles,” confirmed YG-Life.
Check out Emma Stone discussing 2NE1’s “I am the Best” below:
Could upcoming girl group Sonamoo surpass one of K-pop’s leading girl groups? Some appear to think so.
On December 28, TS Entertainment’s new girl group Sonamoo unveiled their debut track “Déjà vu” and its accompanying music video. Around the same time, a quote appeared on Korean website pann.nate.com proclaiming that Sonamoo is the “hip-hop girl group that will surpass 2NE1.”
Given 2NE1’s popularity, it is no surprise that the headline immediately went viral on social media with strong reactions from K-pop and 2NE1 fans. “Dear Sonamoo, before trying to surpass 2NE1, why don’t you try to fix yourselves first and discover individuality,” commented White Jack on Twitter. “Y’all look the same to me.”
While some believe this to be a marketing tactic by Sonamoo’s record label, others claim the statement was simply started by an Internet user, also known as netizen in K-pop culture. “Sonamoo is being hated for stupid reasons,” wrote Girlgroup Confession on Sunday. “The girls and TS Entertainment never said they would surpass 2NE1. A stupid netizen did.” According to allkpop, Sonamoo consists of Sumin, Minjae, D.ana, Nahyun, Euijin, High.D and Newsun. Their mini-album is also titled “Déjà vu” and consists of six tracks.
Meanwhile, 2NE1 has had a year of high achievements, including ranking number 11 on Billboard’s year-end World Albums chart, the first time a K-pop act has had an entry on the chart since its inception in 1995. 2NE1’s record-breaking 2014 album “Crush” has also been listed on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014 and Fuse’s 40 Best Albums of 2014. 2NE1’s leader CL is expected to make her American debut in early 2015. In addition to possible collaborations with Skrillex and Diplo, CL’s debut will be overseen by manager Scooter Braun, famous for managing Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.