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.
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.
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.
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!
CL of girl group 2NE1 was named one of “Asia’s most prominent pop stars” by MTV ahead of her U.S. debut.
The network also expects that the year 2015 has “potential to be one of the biggest years for Asian pop.”
CL’s “mindset — of wanting to not just stick around but also shake things up — coupled with [her] skill as a performer has her poised to be a big deal in 2015, and to be the catalyst to pushing Asian pop music further into the West than it ever has before,” MTV said on Friday.
CL signed a deal with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and is preparing for her U.S. debut next year.
Braun also helped Psy with projects in the U.S.