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Music: 2NE1
Dara, Bom, CL and Minzy.

2NE1 (usually pronounced "twenty-one" or "to anyone" , Korean: 투애니원) is a K Pop Girl Group from South Korea. They debuted in 2009 and obtained instant success, due in part to the fact that their style and lyrics gave the quartet an edge unheard of in the vast Korean girl group scene. As of 2014, they have released 2 mini albums in Korean, 1 mini album in Japanese, 2 full albums in Korean and 2 full albums in Japanese, becoming incredibly popular at home and impressing Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am, with whom they recorded an album in English for their debut in the States, that got stuck in Development Hell; it has probably been shelved for good.

Members:
  • CL, born Lee Chaerin, The Leader of the group (Type II/Type IV), and the main rapper. Usually wears Cool Shades. She's the second youngest member at 23.
  • Minzy, born Gong Minji. She's the youngest member of the group (she's 20), but has the deepest voice and is a main singer and rapper.
  • Dara, born Park Sandara. She sings and is the director of communications for the group. Although she and Bom are 29, Bom was born nine months before her.
  • Bom, born Park Bom, the main singer. Bom is known for her unique voice and her affinity for mini dresses. She's also the oldest member at 29, being born about nine months before Dara.

Discography:
  • 2NE1 1st Mini Album (2009)
  • To Anyone (2010) (first full album in Korean)
  • 2NE1 2nd Mini Album (2011)
  • NOLZA! (2011) (Japanese version of their 2nd Mini Album)
  • 2NE1 1st Live Concert (Nolza!) (2011) (their first live concert album)
  • Collection (2012) (first full album in Japanese; all but two of the album's songs are covers of their Korean hits)
  • 2012 2NE1 Global Tour: New Evolution (Live in Seoul) (2012) (their second live concert album)
  • Falling In Love (2013) (summer single)
  • Do You Love Me (2013) (summer single)
  • Missing You (2013) (winter single)
  • Crush (2014) (second full album in Korean)
  • Crush (2014) (second full album in Japanese; it includes the three 2013 singles, that didn't feature in the Korean Crush)

They also have several solo singles:
  • Kiss (Dara solo - featuring CL)
  • You And I (Bom solo)
  • Please Don't Go (Minzy and CL duet)
  • Don't Cry (Bom solo)
  • The Baddest Female (CL solo)
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You (Bom and Lee Hayi duet)


Provides examples of

  • Animated Music Video: For Hate You.
  • Bare Your Midriff: CL in the beginning of "Can't Nobody" and all over the place for her solo "The Baddest Female."
    • The "Falling In Love" MV features Minzy dancing in a crop top, and even the usually very covered Dara shows a bit of stomach in that video.
  • Bathtub Scene: CL gets one in the "Missing You" MV.
  • Big Eater: Bom. Just... Bom. Her love of food, especially corn, has reached memetic status within 2NE1's fanbase.
    • CL, talking about the time when she visited Bom on the set of the MV for one of her solo singles: "It turns out Bom unnie was escaping with a muffin in her mouth. There also was a muffin in one hand and a cupcake in the other".
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the MV for "Missing You", it's Dara (blonde, Bom/CL (both brunette), and Minzy (redhead).
  • Boastful Rap: To be expected, since their sound is influenced by hip-hop.
    • I Am The Best, in particular, is nothing but over three minutes of self-boasting.
    • CL's "The Baddest Female" is again, three minutes of self-boasting.
  • Breakup Song: They have quite a few.
  • Catch Phrase: "What's up, we're 2NE1!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Bom could be this, The Ditz or The Klutz. An article that followed 2NE1's concert in Los Angeles even called her "2NE1's token absent-minded cutie".
  • Cool Shades: CL seems to have a full on fetish for them.
  • Cover Version: In Collection, they covered Madonna's Signature Song Like a Virgin.
  • Cyberpunk: The music video for ''Come Back Home'' is set in a futuristic, grim metropolis in which people are addicted, to the point of dependency, to virtual reality.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Dara. Her previously wealthy family had to emigrate to the Philippines, where Dara had trouble adjusting. She managed to become quite a starlet, but her father gambled a lot of her money away.
  • Darker and Edgier: The video for "Come Back Home".
  • Dismissing a Compliment: Their song Ugly contains an example of this. Instead of actually being about an unattractive person, it seems to be about an attractive person with severe insecurity issues who claims that someone is lying to her face when they tell her she is pretty.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Labelmates BIGBANG, by Word of God (the CEO of their label).
  • Epic Fail: In this live performance of GD&TOP's "Oh Yeah" (which Bom originally featured in), Minzy, CL and Dara also perform part of the song. Minzy and CL nail it, but Dara... She runs out of breath/can't keep up and starts jumping around maniacally in an attempt to cover for herself. (See here at about 2:18 onwards.) Not exactly reassuring to those who've been... less than enthusiastic about her singing style (some feel she should leave 2NE1, as her vocal skills are far below Bom, Minzy and even CL - she allegedly "had" to be given the role of "PR Representative" so that she wouldn't be eclipsed and made redundant by the others). Love her or hate her, she's still a sweet, dorky Genki Girl.
  • Fangirl: Minzy, for the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. CL for 2NE1's own producer, Teddy Park.
  • Genki Girl: Dara, despite being in her late twenties, is as energetic as a pre-teen on a sugar high.
  • Genre Shift: From the R&B-influenced K-Pop of their debut EP, to the electro-influenced To Anyone.
    • Their second mini album has a different sound than To Anyone, too. 2NE1 (or rather, their producer Teddy Park) does not shy away from experimenting with different sounds and genres. This hasn't led to any Broken Base, surprisingly. Or rather, that's not why their base is broken.
  • Gratuitous English: For a K-Pop group, not so much - their producer's half American after all.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Minzy. Went from this to this. Wow.
  • Idol Singer: Obviously. But unlike other idols, they pretty much stick to music - when they appear in TV, it's an event. May be because, when they're not on stage, they're really shy.
    • They don't really appear on variety shows because their CEO has said "the reason we minimize their variety appearances is because we care for our artists. [...] If we became a company that succumbed to the requests of broadcast companies and stressed the importance of building relationships with related representatives, it would have been easier for us, but we are lasting as long as we can by having a different mindset from others."
      • This may be backfiring on him, as netizens complain that they don't really know the girls because they rarely get to see them outside of performances. (There was "2NE1TV", though - a reality show that followed the girls around.)
      • This seems to be changing, though, concerning the group's recent appearance on Running Man.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Minzy once off-handedly spoke about her fondness for going naked in the apartment she shares with Bom and, some time afterwards, she had another similar outburst.
  • The Leader: CL. CL. CL. On stage, she is a beast. Off stage, quite a dorky girl.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compare the Japanese version of the music video for "Go Away" to the original Korean version.
    • Also some of the songs in their most recent album, like Good To You and If I Were You.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: the lyrics of the upbeat, cheerful-sounding Happy are anything but happy.
  • Older than They Look: Both Dara and Bom are in their late twenties but look years younger.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The reggae version of their hit I Don't Care, and Ugly, a song influenced by punk rock. Also, their ballads, but it's usual for them to put a ballad on every album.
  • Pool Scene: Their MV for Do You Love Me features a pool and the 2NE1 girls in swimsuits. Cue nosebleeds all around the world.
  • Reason You Suck Speech: Hate You, again.
  • Reggae: "Falling In Love" has noticeable reggae influences, and the song's MV is appropriately summery.
  • Sassy Gay Friend: Stylist Jeremy Scott is this to CL.
  • She's Got Legs: Bom - and, since she wears mini dresses all the time, she probably knows it.
  • Stage Names: Surprisingly for a K-Pop group, all of the members use their real names (with the exception of CL, who still uses the initials of her real name - Chaerin Lee.)
  • Surprisingly Good English: CL, because she grew up in many places (her dad was a physics professor). Bom as well, she studied in America.
    • Dara too, even though she has a very noticeable Filipino accent when speaking English.
    • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Due to having lived in the Philippines, Dara can speak very fluent Tagalog.
  • Translated Cover Version: Their Japanese E Ps and albums are full of Japanese covers of their Korean songs.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: CL did this naked in the "Missing You" MV, which ended up sparking some controversy among netizens.
  • True Companions: They may have been put together by their label, there may be a 10-year age difference between the youngest member and the oldest one, but the girls are inseparable now. They even got matching tattoos.
  • Woman in White: Bom and Lee Hi in "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
  • Would Hit a Girl: The guy in the "Go Away" music video. He pays for it, though.
    • In all fairness, though - the guy made it clear to CL that he was done with her and never wanted to see her again. What does she do? First she refuses to shake the new girlfriend's hand (who was trying to be polite and ease the awkwardness), then she (CL) gets drunk and goes to the guy's house (while the new girlfriend is over) and harasses the couple until he snaps. Definitely a reprehensible act (and the guy's clearly in the wrong), but CL's not exactly blameless either.

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alternative title(s): To Anyone; Two NE One
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