Before their disbandment, 2NE1 made their place in history as a tremendously successful and popular girl group. Members of the group grabbed airwaves with their fierce charisma, going on to dominate the K-pop scene from day one with their first single, Fire (2009). 2NE1’s style of hard and fast hip-hop launched a career that brought the act to the very top of stardom. Their name stands for “New Evolution of The 21st Century”. Throughout their career, 2NE1 saw 19 hits appear on the World Digital Songs chart, three albums appear in the top 10 of the World Albums chart, and one album appear on the Billboard 200 chart.
The success of its members created opportunities for more adventurous K-pop girl groups. 2NE1 went on hiatus in 2014 and by 2016, Minzy left the group. Their final album, 2014’s Crush, was the highest-ranked Korean album on the Billboard 200 for two years until it was beaten by BTS’ Wings. Most of the group’s activities were halted in 2014 after Bom came under fire for illegally importing medication from the U.S. Learn all you need to know about the group and its members below.
2NE1 Members Profile and Everything You Need to Know About Them
The quartet was formed in 2009 by YG Entertainment, after which they released their 2009 and 2011 EPs both named 2NE1. They went on a long hiatus and upon return, they released their final single Good Bye in January 2017. 2NE1 comprises four members, including CL, Dara, Minzy, and Bom. Meet the members below.
CL is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper. Born Lee Chae-rin on February 26, 1991, in Seoul, South Korea, she spent much of her early life in France and Japan. The singer trained at JYP Entertainment, before joining YG Entertainment. Her first feature on a song recording was BIGBANG’s Intro (Hot Issue) in 2007. Later that year, Lee performed for the first time on stage at Seoul Broadcasting System’s Gayo Daejeon alongside her label mates. She took on the stage name CL and became 2NE1’s leader and main rapper. The group also collaborated with BIGBANG for the song Lollipop. CL cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park, who produced much of 2NE1’s music, as an influence and inspiration, as well as Madonna, Queen, and Lauryn Hill.
Dara is a South Korean singer, actress, and television presenter, whose full name is Sandara Park. Born on November 12, 1984, in Busan, South Korea, Dara has two siblings, Thunder, who is a former member of K-pop boy group MBLAQ, and a younger sister named Durami. The singer first tasted stardom in the Philippines as a contestant on the talent show Star Circle Quest in 2004. She made her South Korean debut in 2009 as a member of the K-pop group 2NE1, which went on to become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time before their disbandment.
Bom is a South Korean singer, who began her musical career in 2006, featuring on singles released by labelmates BIGBANG, Lexy, and Masta Wu. In 2009, she made her debut as a member of 2NE1 as the main vocalist. She was awarded Best Digital Single at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards for her single Don’t Cry. Although she was born Park Bom in Seoul, South Korea, on March 24, 1984, Bom lived in the United States from the ages of eleven to twenty-one. Whilst attending junior high school, Bom was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At the age of 21, she returned to South Korea to pursue a music career and repeatedly auditioned to join YG Entertainment. However, after three years of auditioning, she was accepted into the company.
In 2014, it was released to the public that Park had been under investigation for drug smuggling through international mail in the past. Although the drug was said to be illegal in South Korea, it was legal in the United States. At the time, she was unable to travel to the United States during that time due to her busy schedule. Park contacted her U.S. physician to refill her medication and it was sent via her family members but was seized at the airport.
Minzy is a South Korean singer and songwriter, who debuted in 2009 as one of 2NE1 members. She eventually left the group in April 2016 after 2NE1’s long-term hiatus since 2014. Born Gong Min-Ji in Seoul, South Korea on January 18, 1994, she is the granddaughter of a folk dancer, Gong Ok-jin. A video of her at a dance competition in Gwangju was uploaded onto the Internet and became viral with many people sending praise for her ability to dance. This video was then uploaded onto YG’s homepage, whereupon the CEO, Yang Hyun-suk, contacted and recruited her to join the agency when she was only in sixth grade.