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

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2NE1 Performs For The First Time Without Park Bom At ‘SBS Gayo Daejun’ [VIDEO]

The 2014 “SBS Gayo Daejun” has just aired in Korea, and for the first time in memory, 2NE1 performed without one of its four members.

On December 21, the annual year-end event featured performances from some of K-pop biggest acts as well as awards ceremonies. Initially, 2NE1 was reported to be missing all year-end events due to Park Bom abstaining from domestic activities.

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“Though they’ve received a number of offers for music award ceremonies, we respectfully declined,” said a YG rep according to allkpop. “Park Bom is still reflecting, so we ask for your understanding.”

“2NE1 cannot put on a show without Park Bom. However, besides that, Park Bom is not participating in any other domestic schedules. She is currently taking time to self-reflect. Please support them until they make their comeback. They will make a good album and come back as 2NE1.”

However, after some rumors, 2NE1 was spotted at the “SBS Gayo Daejung,” where CL, Minzy and Dara performed without Park Bom.

“I don’t like 2NE1’s performance without Bom,” commented sojack47 on YouTube.

“Do you guys see the last seconds when 2NE1 raised their hands up?” asked Minh Hang Bui on Saturday. “There is a spot between CL and Dara; felt like they left it for Bom. And when they came on the stage to receive their award, they left a spot between Minzy and CL too.”

In addition to performing “Crush” and “Come Back Home” from their recent album, 2NE1 also accepted an award for Best Female Group.

Recently, Rolling Stone listed 2NE1’s “Crush” above the likes of Sia, Shakira, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith. Of the 20 acts on the list, 2NE1 is the only Asian act to be given the honor.

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Park Bom Puts On A Brave Face During 2NE1 Yokohama Concerts Amidst Drug Scandal

Despite her alleged drug smuggling scandal, 2NE1 member Park Bom is smiling for her fans nonetheless during the recent concerts in Japan.

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On July 5 and July 6, the ladies of 2NE1 held their “All or Nothing” concert at the Yokohama Arena in front of 34,000 fans. Special attention was held for the events, as it was also the first time Park Bom faced the public since reports of her smuggling amphetamines to South Korea dominated headlines.

Despite the founder of Park Bom’s record label addressing the alleged drug smuggling reports in a personal letter, new updates claim that the illegal amphetamines confiscated in 2010 were found inside a box labeled “jelly,” mixed with candies and snacks.

“If the drugs were purchased illegally in the United States, this is a case that can be punished in the United States as well,” said a legal insider according to allkpop. “If the prosecutors did indeed drop the case of someone who smuggled narcotics, then this has to be seen as special treatment.”

In addition, Korean publication Segye Ilbo also questions whether Park Bom’s parents knew that the amphetamines were illegal in South Korea prior to the package being caught by officials, because the singer’s father is reportedly the CEO of a medical treatment company.

On July 5, Park Bom also announced she will not be participating in filming for the reality series “Roommate” this upcoming week, due to the drug scandal controversy.
“I am very sorry to all for having a great controversy because of me,” said Park Bom according to her record label YG Entertainment. “Because I feel terrible, I don’t have the confidence to film for ‘Roommate.'”

Despite such reports, attendees of the 2NE1 concerts in Yokohama took photos showing Park Bom smiling and showing solidarity with her fellow members.
Park Bom and 2NE1 will next be seen at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan on July 12 and July 13.

Source: KpopStarz

2NE1’s ‘Crush’ Is First K-Pop Entry on Year-End World Albums Chart

The girl group ends a year of accolades by breaking one more record.

After breaking multiple chart records earlier this year, 2NE1 cap off 2014 with one more boundary-pushing victory. The girl group’s Crush album ranks at No. 11 on Billboard’s year-end World Albums chart. It’s the first time a K-pop act has notched an entry on the annual ranking that was first introduced in 1995.

Released in February, Crush became K-pop’s highest-charting album while also earning the best first-week sales for a release. The set hit No. 61 on the Billboard 200 — 2NE1’s first entry on the chart.

In addition to being named Billboard’s No. 1 K-pop album of 2014, Crush also made it onto Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014 and Fuse’s 40 Best Albums of 2014 lists.

In 2014, 2NE1 has found a remarkable amount of Stateside recognition. This included their Korean single “I Am the Best” garnering U.S. radio play (“I Am the Best” was previously released on a 2011 EP), topping Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart, a sync in a Microsoft commercial, a feature in NYLON magazine, appearances on The Bachelor and America’s Next Top Model, plus ranking as one of two acts representing K-pop’s best showing yet on the year-end World Albums Artists chart.

As 2NE1’s international brand seems stronger than ever, leader CL is confirmed to be working on a full-fledged U.S. debut overseen by Scooter Braun.

2NE1 performed the album’s title track and lead single “Come Back Home” on the year-end award show SBS Gayo Daejun without member Park Bom. Check out that performance below:

Source: http://www.billboard.com/