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:
2NE1’s CL had a special in-depth interview with The Wild magazine to celebrate her high-fashion pictorial in the December issue.
The magazine wrote an extensive editorial about the idol on its official website. The piece examines CL’s accomplishments, childhood in France and Japan, fashionista status and first steps into the world of Western pop. CL was asked about a variety of topics, from what inspired her to become a musician to what draws her to hip hop music specifically.
When asked if she felt any pressure representing contemporary music from Asia in the U.S., CL revealed, “I don’t feel pressured, and I don’t want to be. The thing is I have no example. There’s no one in front of me who has done this before. Maybe there were people who have tried, but I can’t really name anyone who was successful enough to be my mentor as an Asian woman. I definitely have a long way to go, but I’m just trying to do what I do and not make it too complicated. And I feel like I have the right people around me, a good team. YG has known me for a long time and they know my color, while Scooter Braun has very good taste.”
CL also talked about making female empowerment the main message of her music. She said, “I feel like Asian women are especially represented in a certain way all over the world. The image is very timid and obedient, and I’m the complete opposite of that. I want people to know we’re not always like that. When you look at the artists in J-pop or K-pop, there is a standard: 7 girls wearing the same clothes, very cute and shy. I just want to say there are stronger women like me. I like those groups too, but I want to let the world know that that’s not everything. Sending that message through music is what I do best. I want to lead by example.”
For her pictorial, CL donned Moschino from head to toe. She wore a sexy bandage dress, jean jacket with black straps, pink overalls, print sweatshirt, bright orange halter top and chunky gold jewelry. Her hair was styled in edgy, uneven layers and for her beauty look she relied on strong, dark cat-eye.
CL was recently featured in Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” music video with label-make G-Dragon.
Fashion and the music industry often go hand in hand, but perhaps not so much more than for 2NE1’s CL and singer and musician Rita Ora.
In an upcoming issue of lifestyle and fashion magazine “HIGH CUT”, the two go head-to-head in what seems like a fierce but friendly battle that transcends nations.
The 136th issue of “HIGH CUT” will be available today, October 16, and will feature several photos of the two mega stars/fashion icons wearing athletic wear from global brand Adidas. Styled with bold and glitzy accessories, both CL and Rita Ora epitomize hip hop-inspired street style.
The fierce and cool leader of 2NE1, CL is said to be making her solo debut in the United States by spring next year.
Entertainment insiders told Starnews that CL is releasing a solo song in the US next year in spring making it the first for a local artist to do so.
In regards to that, CL is planning to carry out solo album promotions in the US as part of her debut. Moreover, she is reported to be working with Scooter Braun as her talent manager in her advancement in the US. Scooter Braun has worked with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, so expectations for CL is rising.
In fact, in April last year, CL has met up with the famous American manager through PSY, and noted her for being a talented female rapper and fashionista. CL is fluent in English, so there’s going to be no problem in language barrier as she enters American industry.
In response to the insider claims, YG Entertainment just confirmed to Ten Asia, “It’s true that CL is releasing a new solo track in the States next spring.”