2NE1 Comeback


As you known by now 2NE1 has officially made their comeback, the group has edgy cool looks to bring fans in. They held their comeback stage on March 9th through SBS’s “Inkigayo” in Deungcheon, SBS Hall.  Performing their title track “COME BACK HOME” and after they also perform “CRUCH”.  The reaction from the fans really show their love for the group and the hard work they perform. The ladies got on stage and show the crowed their high energy, beautiful choreography on stage, and their passion for their songs.

2NE1’s leader CL stated, “Because it’s been 4 years since our last album, completing this first performance in front of our fans was exciting and fun.” She also added, “After preparing extensively for our performance as well as music, we are glad to have been able to show our work through this broadcast for our fans. Also, we are pleased that our dance routine for ‘COME BACK HOME’ was on point especially since Yang Hyun Suk himself choreographed one of the moves.”

Sandara Park stated, “Since it was our first broadcast I was a little bit nervous, but I managed to have fun at the same time. Today is only the beginning; we will show ourselves more frequently from now on through various songs.”

Park Bom added, “It was fun. We have so much more to show our fans! We prepared a lot for this so I am confident for what follows.”

Minzy concluded, “I’m happy that our first broadcast ended successfully. Now that I’m 20 years old this year I plan on displaying a more mature and refreshing image through my performance.”

Keep your eyes peeled for the Ladies progress on their album, performance, and check out how they are doing over seas with fans in the United States.

Hallyu 101: The Big Three Agencies (Part 1 – YG Entertainment)

I recently found k-pop the end of last year and I always want to known who is on top.  This article on   k-popstarz break down the news for you and let you known who is leading the pack:

Whether you’ve been a K-Pop fan for a while, or you’re just starting to get into it, all the news you read about this agency, that label, these entertainment groups, or those record companies can get confusing.  Luckily Hallyu 101 is here to help break it down for you.

The Big Three

If you’ve been following any of the major groups, like Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, or 2PM, you’ve undoubtedly come across the phrase “the big three” before.  It is used to reference the three biggest, and most popular, entertainment agencies in South Korea – YG, SM, and JYP.

Part 1 – YG Entertainment
  • Founded: 1996 by Yang Hyun-suk (executive director)
  • Notable Acts: Big Bang, 2NE1, Psy, Epik High, Se7en, Lee Hi
  • Known for: emphasis on artistic freedom, integrity of the music, charity work
  • Official website (English): www.ygfamily.com
  • Official YouTube: YGEntertainment

YG Entertainment currently has some of the best-selling, most internationally recognizable acts – namely international dark horse, Psy.

When the company was first started, their unique philosophy made them outcasts in the industry.  But it was only a matter of time before Yang Hyun-suk was able to turn his artists into some of the most famous Korean stars on the planet, and by the late 2000s (with the rise of Big Bang), YG Entertainment had cornered a large share of the market.

The musicians under YG are known for their individualism, diverse styles and for composing and producing a majority of their own music – a distinction that makes them very different from the other agencies.

The YG stars are also praised for their positive working relationship with each other.  They are highly collaborative in their music, often helping to produce or write songs for their label-mates, featuring one another on tracks, and performing together on stage.  Thus, they have been given the name, YG Family.

Like many other record companies, YG was founded by a former musician – Yang Hyun-suk was once a member of the legendary band Seo Taiji and Boys.  The early beginnings of the label were heavily rooted in hip-hop and one of the first major acts, 1TYM, is credited with making the genre popular in the Korean mainstream.  Former 1TYM member, Teddy, is still very active in the company, using his talents to help write and produce some of YG Entertainment’s biggest hit songs.

Big Bang – “Lies” (2008) Always

2NE1 – “I Am the Best” (2011) I Am the Best [Single]

Epik High – “Don’t Hate Me” (2012) 99

Se7en – “Better Together” (2010) Digital Bounce

Lee Hi – “” (2012) [Single]

Psy – “Gangnam Style” (2012) Psy 6 (Six Rules)