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.
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!
YouTube channel absolutezero post some K-pop metal remix, inculding 2NE1’s «Crush» and «I love you»!
K-pop girl group 2NE1 has taken over American television with a recent commercial for Microsoft.
The commercial, entitled “Head to Head,” compares the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to the Macbook Air, all to a backdrop of 2NE1’s hit song “I Am the Best.”
The commercial has been airing since August, but some of you who have completely given up on American TV for Korean fare may have missed the advertisement at first. The best part of the commercial is that the song remains in its Korean version, proving the power of the Hallyu wave. Watch the commercial in all of its K-pop glory:
If you haven’t seen the music video for the full song, here it is:
This commercial is only the beginning for 2NE1’s American ventures. YG Entertainment recently announced that CL will debut as a solo artist in the U.S. in 2015. She will be working with manager Scooter Baurn, who also manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Psy.
You can buy the song on YesAsia
After including 2NE1’s “I Am The Best” on their previous playlist, Fuse TV includes CL on their “10 Breakout Artists for 2015” list.
On January 8th, Fuse TV broke out their fearless forecast for 2015 as they feature the up and coming artists for 2015 and mentioned CL alongside ZHU, Bea Miller and more.
The article also covered CL’s work with Diplo, Skrillex, Snoop Dogg and more, further introducing her upcoming expansion in the United States this year. A video for her track “MTBD” was also included in the post.
Meanwhile, CL is preparing for her solo debut in the United States under the management of Scooter Braun this Spring.
Check out the full article here.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Black Eyed Peas for which it seems they are preparing a special album they are hoping 2NE1’s CL will feature on.
A series of tweets by will.i.am and Taboo showed they were both eager to start working on a track with CL for their upcoming anniversary album. CL is expected to travel to the States soon to put the finishing touches on her US debut. Hopefully, she can squeeze in a few recording sessions with the Black Eyed Peas and maybe they can correspondingly feature on her album.
2NE1 is no stranger to the Black Eyed Peas, the girls featured on a track for will i am’s solo album #willpower and CL had a much talked about stage with two members of the group at the ‘2012 MAMA Awards’.
In other news, anticipation is steadily growing for CL’s US solo debut set for release sometime this year.
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.”
Sonamoo – Déjà vu
Buy Sonamoo CD «Déjà Vue» on YesAsia
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.