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.
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.
According to Korea Tourism Organization, 2NE1’s Sandara Park (Park Bom) participated in its exhibition from February 13 to 15 in the Philippines.
As part of the program, Sandara Park carried out a fan meeting session on February 15 at the central stage of Travel Tour Expo 2015, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The fan meeting and special talk show took place from 4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and was opened to everyone who attended the exhibition.
Along with Sandara’s fan meet event, the Korea Pavilion in the Travel Tour Expo 2015 also offered skin care consultation, medical travel planning, performances, giveaways and many more.
The idol first gained popularity on ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest, a reality-based talent competition which premiered on March 2004 during her stay in the Philippines. She then headed to South Korea in 2009 to debut as a member of girl group 2NE1 under the management of YG Entertainment.
2NE1’s Dara has bagged her first lead role via a web drama that will air in South Korea and China.
Titled “Dr. Mo Clinic,” the drama centers on two individuals dumped by their lovers minus a proper breakup.
Co-starring with Dara is model-actor Kim Young Kwang. YG Entertainment describes Dara’s character as an “eccentric office worker who hides her face with a puppet mask and her long hair when embarrassed.”
Dara is hoping that the drama will provide her the chance to meet new fans all over the world. “I thought this drama is a very good opportunity for me as I can meet fans around the world on-line through this new genre of web-drama,” she said. She added that her character Lee So Dam is “very interesting as she is so similar to me.”
“Of course, I feel somewhat nervous and burdened, but I will concentrate and work hard,” Dara added.
In 2007, Dara played a supporting role in the Korean drama “The Return of Iljimae,” which starred actor Jung Il-woo. Before joining 2NE1, Dara appeared in dramas and films in the Philippines including “Can This Be Love,” “Super Noypi,” “Krystala” and “Crazy for You.”
“Dr. Mo Clinic” will start airing this March on Naver TV Cast in South Korea and Youku in China. It is directed by Kwon Hyuk Cha (“A Gentleman’s Dignity” and “Master’s Sun”).
On December 28, YG Entertainment’s uploaded behind-the-scenes footage of the promo videos for fashion brand NONAGON (NONA9ON), a collaborative project between YG Entertainment and Samsung Cheil Industries.
The video gives viewers a glimpse of the process behind the official promotional videos that YG Entertainment has been releasing periodically since April this year. There are close-up shots of lookbooks and storyboards, as well as of the clothing line.
The footage features a number of YG artists, including B.I, Bobby, CL, and Taeyang, who model the clothes on set.
YG Stylist Ji Eun commented, “Everybody wondered what the clothes from YG would look like. Now that the final products have come out, I think they resemble the music of YG.”
CL and Taeyang also participated in individual interviews, sharing their thoughts on the brand. CL commented, “The clothes are fun and sensational, but clothes that you want to wear every day.” Taeyang similarly remarked, “The brand is for young people who like fashion and want to dress well[…] I think there will be a lot of items for those who like music as well.”
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.”