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

Yang Hyun Suk Promises New 2NE1 Album Before Group’s Contract Expiration

YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk reveals that his priority in the near term is to ensure the success of 2NE1 leader CL’s impending solo debut in the United States. But he was quick to assure that 2NE1 will continue to be active, even promising a new album before the members’ contracts expire next year, reports Koreaboo.

In fact, Yang Hyun Suk even explained that if CL’s stateside promotions become successful, this could prove as a boon for the group and could even serve as a staging point for possible stateside group activities.

“CL’s album work is almost completed to be released in the States. It has consistently been prepared since last year. Promotion in America is a different story to that in Korea. Honestly, we don’t know whether or not this will be successful until we actually try. But in my perspective, CL’s solo promotion is what I prioritize the most at this stage,” said Yang Hyun Suk in an interview.

“2NE1’s contract with YG Entertainment is valid until next year. They will most definitely release an album before that. As soon as CL’s solo promotion in America ends, 2NE1 will release a new album. CL’s advanced success in America will impact 2NE1’s comeback direction. If CL’s goes big in America, there is a higher possibility that 2NE1 will stand in American stage as well.”
CL is scheduled to launch as a solo artist in the United States this summer. Unlike other 2NE1 members whose contracts will expire next year, CL renewed her contract ahead of time in early April in order to secure her solo activities.

source: http://www.kpopstarz.com/

2NE1’s CL Shows Off Sleek New Hairstyle

2NE1 leader CL displayed a sleek new hairstyle on Instagram.

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CL confidently wore her wavy and layered locks and showed it off in a series of four selfies she uploaded for her 2.3 million Instagram followers to see. “I love the new haircut it suits you,” “Wow CL you look more gorgeous,” “You look so fresh unnie,” fans reacted after seeing CL’s new hairstyle.

The new hairstyle comes as CL begins her stateside promotions as a solo artist. Just over the weekend, CL gained attention as part of DJ Diplo’s newly released single, “Doctor Pepper” with Billboard reporting that the crossover Korean idol is preparing her full-length English album.

The collaboaration with DJ Diplo is “an appetizer ahead of her official debut single,” adds Billboard. CL has been garnering positive reviews for her part in the summer track from the likes of Complex and Vice. “Behind the electronic-trap production, CL delivers a memorable and catchy hook that transitions into her solid verse that more than keeps up with Jody and Maco on the track,” gushes Complex’s Zach Frydenlund.

“It’s really easy to see why CL has made such a dominant entrance into American music; she keeps up no problem against Maco and Jody Highroller,” says Vice’s John Hill.
What do you think about CL’s new hairstyle and her “Doctor Pepper” performance?

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

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/

“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

Surface Pro 3 – Head to Head music is 2NE1 «I am the best!»

K-pop girl group 2NE1 has taken over American television with a recent commercial for Microsoft.

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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.

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Source: www.dramafever.com