Emma Stone Shares Her Love For 2NE1’s ‘I Am The Best’ With Conan O’Brien

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.

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2NE1’s ‘I Am The Best’

“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:

We Broke Up: first preview for 2NE1’s Dara upcoming web drama

On June 19, YG Entertainment released preview videos for the upcoming web drama, “We Broke Up.”

“We Broke Up” stars 2NE1’s Dara (Sandara Park) as a disgruntled young woman who is forced into cohabitation with her ex-boyfriend. Kang Seung Yoon portrays her former lover. The couple exchanged barbs in the teaser video, which features reality show style confessional shots. Dara recently completed the web series, “Dr. Ian” and delivered a cameo performance in “Producer.” The 30-year-old idol and actress displays believable chemistry with Kang, that is paired with the level of distrust that evolves from failed relationships.

While she is known by international audiences for her singing career as a member of 2NE1, Dara debuted as an actress in the Philippines in 2004. In 2005, she appeared in her first prominent film role in the Filipino project, “Can This Be Love.”

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Kang delivered cameo appearances, alongside Dara, in “Producer.” He is best known for his work with the breakout male group, WINNER and his 2013 solo release, “Wild and Young.” His first significant acting role was opposite Lee Jong Suk and Krystal of f(x) in the family drama, “High Kick 3: Revenge of the Short Legged.”

Based on a Naver webtoon, “We Broke Up” is the first major dramatic project from YG. The series will be co-directed by Kim Young Wan, who was previously responsible for the popular drama, “Love Cells.” With more than 600 million views, “Love Cells” helped to usher in the growing web drama trend.

“We Broke Up” will also prominently feature models-turned-actors, who are represented by YG KPlus, including Ford Supermodel of the World, Kang Seung Hyun. Web series have become a prominent vehicle for showcasing idols, particularly those who are interested in pursuing acting careers. Recent successes include GOT7’s “Dream Knight” and the EXO hit, “EXO Next Door.”

source: KDramaStars

2NE1’s CL Performs English Single ‘Dr. Pepper’ For The First Time

Although she is a K-pop idol, 2NE1’s Lee “CL” Chaerin has been busy performing her English singles at various venues, including the newly released track, “Dr. Pepper.”

On Saturday, CL performed at Korea’s iteration of the Ultra Music Festival (UMF). Here, the rapper performed “Dr. Pepper” for the first time to a live audience. “Put it on ice b*tch,” captioned the 24-year-old on Instagram, along with a snippet of the performance. This is not the first time CL has performed at UMF. In March, the 2NE1 member made a cameo appearance at UMF Miami alongside Skrillex, Diplo and P.Diddy.

“CL staged a collaboration performance with Skrillex, Diplo and P. Diddy who stood on UMF’s finale stage as headliners,” read the record label YG Entertainment’s blog. “As many as 100,000 people were present at the festival and more than 6.87 million viewers around the world watched it through live-broadcasting.” With “Dr. Pepper” produced by Diplo, it is expected the producer is heavily involved with CL’s solo debut.

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“CL’s album, I’m working really closely on,” said Diplo to iHeartRadio in April. “She’s a Korean pop star who sings and raps. She’s on Skrillex and my ‘Dirty Vibe’ song. She’s just awesome. I’m so proud of the stuff we did. She’s really cool.” 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 CL’s UMF Korea performance below:

source: www.kpopstarz.com

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

CL Laughs Off 2NE1 Break Up Rumors In Complex Interview

Break up rumors are just that, says 2NE1’s leader.

CL, the leader of Korean girl group 2NE1, put down the breakup rumors in a recent interview with Complex. She also discussed her upcoming debut into the American music market, and how she hopes to become an icon for Asian-Americans.

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Not only did CL deny the breakup rumors, Complex reports that she found the idea humorous. “Everybody is speculating that your U.S. debut means that 2NE1 will break up,” said Complex’s interviewer, Donnie Kwak.

“That’s not true!” replied CL. “We just finished our tour and everybody gets to take a break now. It’s just I don’t get a break. [Laughs.]” The 2NE1 member’s long-awaited English release is in the works, but as she works on her album, there have been reports of the YG Entertainment idol group disbanding. Even though YG Entertainment denied the rumors last October, the rumors have not subsided due to 2NE1’s members solo activities.

In regards to breaking into the international music market, CL explained that she is motivated by the fact that there are so few internationally renowned Asian pop icons. “There are so many Korean people here-and Chinese and Japanese-but they don’t have one pop artist that they can look up to,” said the singer. “That’s kind of sad. I wish I could be that person for them to be proud of.”

Along with discussing rumors and her hopes, CL explained that she definitely won’t be changing her concept to fit into the American music scene.
“Well, you know my image when I was in 2NE1,” CL began. “And I’m not going to change that. I’m not against being beautiful or sexy or anything, but it’s just I have this-I don’t know how to say it-but I have this “cool” image that I want to keep.”

It is unknown when CL’s US album will be released, but she is working on it with musicians like Sean Garrett and The Black Eyed Peas.

Source: http://www.kpopstarz.com/

2NE1’s Sandara Park Holds Fan Event in the Philippines

According to Korea Tourism Organization, 2NE1’s Sandara Park (Park Bom) participated in its exhibition from February 13 to 15 in the Philippines.

As part of the program, Sandara Park carried out a fan meeting session on February 15 at the central stage of Travel Tour Expo 2015, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The fan meeting and special talk show took place from 4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and was opened to everyone who attended the exhibition.

Along with Sandara’s fan meet event, the Korea Pavilion in the Travel Tour Expo 2015 also offered skin care consultation, medical travel planning, performances, giveaways and many more.

The idol first gained popularity on ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest, a reality-based talent competition which premiered on March 2004 during her stay in the Philippines. She then headed to South Korea in 2009 to debut as a member of girl group 2NE1 under the management of YG Entertainment.

Source: http://www.hellokpop.com/

“WILD” magazine takes you behind-the-scenes from CL’s recent pictorial for Moschino

Fashion magazine WILD unveils the exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from 2NE1’s CL’s pictorial.

Representing Moschino for the RADIANT issue of the magazine, CL proved that she is the much-awaited artist to look out for this year as she display her badass attitude through a series of ensembles.

The clip, which was released on February 2nd, highlighted the key pieces during the shoot, notably showing CL’s professional and fun take on the concept.
Meanwhile, CL is currently in the United States to continue working on her upcoming solo album under Scooter Braun’s agency, SB Projects. It was also recently received that she will be participating with will.i.am and Taboo for the 20th anniversary album of The Black Eyed Peas.

Source: http://www.koreaboo.com/

2NE1′s CL Hits The Studio With Swedish Star Erik Hassle

2NE1‘s CL continues to surprise us with the artists she’s been collaborating with for her upcoming English-language album.

After hitting the studio with Florence + the Machine, CL has now hooked up with Swedish pop star Erik Hassle and indie artist Jake Troth.

Hassle is best known for his European hits «Hurtful» and «Don’t Bring Flowers», while Troth has been making his mark as a pop producer since last year, having produced Jennifer Lopez‘s «Worry No More» and Kelly Rowland‘s Pepsi promotional single «The Game».

The K-pop superstar has worked with a tonne of different producers for her solo album, including Diplo, Blood Diamonds, hip-hop songwriter Bobby Brackins, and Sean Garrett.

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She’s also participating in the new Black Eyed Peas album with will.i.am after Fergie chose to focus on her solo career instead.

With super manager Scooter Braun behind her, it looks like CL has huge chance of seriously slaying her U.S. debut!

Source: PopDust