Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2NE1

2NE1


2NE1 has become extremely popular, not only in Korea, but also around the world. With their unique style that not very many Korean girl groups have, they catch peoples' attention. They're also one of the most multilingual groups! 

Debut: May 6, 2009
Debut Single: Fire
Label: YG Entertainment
Number of Members: 4

Members:


Bom



Birth Name: Park Bom
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Birth Date: March 28, 1984
Family: Mom, Dad, Older Sister (Go Eun)
Position: Main Vocalist
Nicknames: Bommie, Jenny Park
Training: 4 Years
Languages: Korean (Native), English (Fluent), Japanese (Fluent)
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Blood Type: AB
Education: Lesley University, transferred to Berkeley College of Music
Hobbies: Piano, Flute, Cello


Facts

  • Bom was rejected multiple times before finally being accepted into YG as a trainee after 3 years.
  • She auditioned for SM Entertainment before YG.
  • She got into singing and music through Mariah Carey, and would listen to her music during lunch, and sometimes forget to eat. 
  • She wanted to pursue her singing career when she was in high school, but her parents didn't approve of it. 
  • While in the U.S. majoring in psychology at Lesley University, her aunt supported her dream of becoming a singer and helped her secretly transfer to Berkeley College of Music. 
  • She is nearing 30 years old! (I know this is obvious, but when I saw her I thought she was only in her early 20's)
  • Her english name is Jenny Park
  • Her favorite colors are pink, red, and green
  • She is the second daughter of her parents, her older sister, Go Eun, being a famous cellist.
  • She lived in the U.S. for 6 years
  • She loves corn!
  • Bom is known to be a shy person, and touched easily
  • She is close with G-Dragon & Taeyang of Big Bang
  • She doesn't like exercising (surprising.. how is she so fit?)
  • Bom gets tired easily.


Dara



Birth Name: Park Sandara
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Birth Date: November 12, 1984
Family: Mom, Dad, Younger Brother (Thunder of MBLAQ), Younger Sister (Durami?)
Position: Visual, Vocalist
Nicknames: Dara, Sandy, Darong, SanTokki
Training: 3 Years
Languages: Korean (Native), Tagalog (Fluent), English, Japanese, Chinese
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 40 kg
Blood Type: A
Education: Philippine Pasay Chung Hua 
Hobbies: Music, Photography, Laundry


Facts



  • When she was in 2nd grade, Seo Taiji and Kids debuted and she got into their music. 
  • When she was in 3rd grade, they moved from her birth city of Busan to Daegu. She then heard the song, "I Know" and started to dream of becoming an entertainer.

  • She speaks fluent Tagalog, not common for K-Pop singers (Yeah, so if I meet her, I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH HER! Yay Dara <3)
  • Dara moved to the Philippines when she was in 4th grade (10 years old) for her dad's jobe in the trading business.
  • She really didn't want to leave Korea and go to the Philippines, and she kept crying and crying.
  • Since there was a language and culture barrier, she had trouble communicating and was scared and timid.
  • Because of her awkward pronunciation in Tagalog, kids at school would make fun of her and imitate her, up to the point that she barely talked and people thought she was mute.
  • She became even more pessimistic, and cried even more. The local kids would be mean and say to her, "You can't even talk, how can you become an entertainer?" (Wah, so mean!!!)
  • She spent a year studying alone and perfecting her pronunciation, and now she's fluent in it!
  • Her favorite thing as a kid was a cassette player with a mic, though she didn't remember that until she saw pictures. 
  • She remembers liking clothes since a young age. She would spend a lot of time picking out outfits.
  • She is quite famous in the Philippines (even my cousins and aunts know who she is, even my mom! And my mom and I don't even live there anymore...)
  • Dara is known for her palm tree hairstyle
  • She moved back to Korea in August of 2007 with her mom and brother.
  • She has 3 albums in the Philippines.
  • Favorite Color is Pink.
  • She is a fast texter, likes using emoticons, and is named the Queen of me2day
  • She loves Angry Birds
  • Kim Ji Eun was her vocal mentor.
  • She had a crush on SHINee's Minho before. 
  • Her kiss with T.O.P in Gummy's "I'm Sorry" MV was just a camera trick (Phew..!)
  • Her ideal guy is someone younger who is soft on the outside but tough on the inside.
  • She stated that if she and Taeyang are just nobody's, she might think of going out with him.
  • She was really crying in the "It Hurts (Slow)" MV.
  • During the Fire MV, she had candy in her mouth because of her aching wisdom tooth.

CL

Birth Name: Lee ChaeRin
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Birth Date: February 26, 1991
Family: Mom, Dad, Younger Sister(s)?
Position: Leader, Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Nicknames: CL
Training: 3-4 Years
Languages: Korean (Native), French (Fluent), English (Fluent), Japanese
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Blood Type: A
Hobbies: Drawing, Coloring, Writing Lyrics


Facts


  • Since her dad was a Physics Professor, she moved around a lot as a kid. 
  • She has lived in many countries; America, Japan, France, and of course, her home country of Korea.
  • Some people claim that CL auditioned for SM because of a video that floated around, but the identity of the girl in the video hasn't been proven to be her.
  • She once was a trainee of JYP, becoming friends with WG's Sohee & Ye-Eun, junsu of 2PM, Secret's Zinger, and Min of miss A.
  • She became a YG trainee around 2006.
  • She was originally planned to debut as a solo singer.
  • CL was raised as a Roman Catholic.
  • When she moved back to Korea as a teenager after moving all around the world, she barely knew any Korean. But now, she is most comfortable speaking Korean.
  • On a radio interview, she said that she used to wear boy uniforms to school because there were no pants for girls.
  • She is a neat-freak
  • Some of her favorite artists are Lauryn Hill and Madonna.
  • Her ideal man is Teddy Park.
  • CL said she is good at drawing, but only when she's drawing lion-bear, pig-rabbit, and/or duck-snake (aww lol!)
  • She isn't that good with internet, but she knows how to use iTunes and use internet to search for pictures of Teddy.
  • Her nickname is Japan was "Pig-Rabbit"
  • The longest CL has ever slept is 20 hours, earning her the nickname "sleepyhead" of 2NE1
  • She gave Teddy one of the robots from the "Can't Nobody" MV


Minzy

Birth Name: Gong Minji
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Birth Date: January 18, 1994
Family: Mom, Dad, Older Sister
Position: Main Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist
Nicknames: Puppy, Mingkki, Eromaknae
Training: 4+ years (Not 100% Positive)
Languages: Korean, Japanese, Basic English
Height: 161 cm
Weight: 44 kg
Blood Type: O
Hobbies: Dancing, Listening to Music, Writing Lyrics


Facts


  • Minzy's grandmother is Gong Okjin, a famous South Korean dancer
  • Her grandmother calls her by her nickname, 'Puppy'
  • She was scouted by YG himself. When he saw a video of her dancing, he was impressed and contacted and recruited Minzy right away. Minzy was in 5th grade at the time.
  • She joined YG about a year later
  • She attended the same dance school (Millyohrae Joy Dance Academy & Plug In Music Academy) as Seungri of Big Bang, Hara of KARA, and Yunho of DBSK (Ooh, one of my biases!)
  • She was supposed to debut originally with May Doni (a former labelmate) as a duo in Japan
  • Minzy is a huge fan of Usher
  • Michael Jackson is her idol
  • She loves rock music
  • She is a very deep thinker and said to be mature for her age
  • Minzy keeps in contact with IU sometimes
  • For 2NE1's debut stage, Shaun Evaristo said that Minzy only leanred her solo the night before the show, and still did amazing!
  • She loves to take photos, and wants to be a professional photographer also someday
  • Despite having a tomboy image, Minzy likes wearing dresses and skirts.
  • She hates scary movies the most in 2NE1
  • She speaks formally to Bom and Dara
  • She owns a Macbook Pro and a Nikon D3000 camera
  • Even today, Minzy has not met the person who was responsible for YG discovering her (A.K.A. the person who posted the video of her dancing that YG eventually saw)
  • Minzy's favorite subjects in school days were Korean language and P.E.
  • She was the school announcer and class president in Grades 5 and 6
  • She is a huge Lucky Se7en (A se7en fan)
  • She is close with Koda Kumi, a famous and popular singer from Japan
  • Minzy works out for 2 hours everyday; she's an exercise guru
  • She loves to sing trot songs
  • Her nickname, 'Mingkki' started when a Thai fan mispronounced her name.
  • She was tone deaf when she first came to YG
  • According to CL, Minzy is the 'head of sexiness' in 2NE1
  • Her ideal mean is Kurt Cobain (o_O who's that??)
  • She hates bugs
  • A truck tried to drive by the broadcast hall one day and Minzy came running out shouting “Dad!!!!” in front of all of her fans. Fans were touched to see that she wasn’t embarrassed at her age and with so many people around her.



















f(x)


f(x) is a 5-member girl group formed in 2009 by S.M. Entertainment. They debuted on September 5, 2009 with 'LA chA TA'. The members are Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli, and Krystal.

Members:

Victoria

Birth Name: Song Qian
Stage Name: Victoria
Position: Leader, Main Dancer, Vocalist
Born on February 2, 1987 in Qingdao, Shandong
Blood Type: A
Height: 168 cm
Languages: Chinese, Korean
One of the two Chinese members of f(x)

Facts:
  • Studied at the Beijing Dance Academy
  • Along with Amber, thanked 'fashionista Key' for their first album
  • She was the first to call her parents after f(x)'s first concert
  • Her ideal guy must be taller than her
  • Her favorite food is samgyeopsal
  • Her ideal guy is Song Seung Hun
  • She was called 'The Queen of China' by Heechul of SuJu
  • She likes to drink coffe
  • If she had a superpower, she would want invisibility
  • She only recently found out her blood type is A, for years and years, she thought it was O
  • She is scared of injections
  • Shared a room with Sulli at the dorm
  • She always carried a wallet and a tissue
  • The person she thinks is perfect is Song Hye Kyo
  • Her stress reliever is drinking coffee
  • Rain taught her how to do popping while filming for a CF



Amber

Birth Name: Amber Josephine Liu
Chinese Name: Yoo Il Woon
Stage Name: Amber
Position: Main Rapper, Vocalist
Born on September 18, 1992 in San Fernando Valley
Blood Type: B
Height: 167 cm
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
One of the two Chinese members of f(x)

Facts:
  • Her favorite genre of music is R'n'B
  • She is a big fan of Yoon Mirae
  • She likes John Cena from WWE
  • She doesn't eat junk food anymore
  • When she went shopping with Krystal once while she was a trainee, people thought she was her boyfriend
  • People say she looks similar to SuJu's Donghae
  • She is a part of the Dinosaur Family, along with Donghae and Jonghyun
  • Once, a girl confessed her love to Amber
  • She plays both guitar and drums
  • She was a Taeyeon fan before debut
  • She used M.C. Max's 'Oh, Heart, Please Stop Now' and K.Will's 'Left Heart' for her SM Auditions at the 2007 Global Audition.
  • She likes taekwondo, and she practices her moves when she's bored
  • She plays basketball, and has been on the team since elementary school in the U.S.
  • She wasn't aware of her boyish image before, because in the U.S. she was just normal



Luna

Birth Name: Park Sun Young
Stage Name: Luna
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Born on August 12, 1993 in Seoul
Blood Type: A
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 44 kg
Languages: Korean

Facts:
  • She has an older twin sister (Jinyoung)
  • She is a Christian
  • Her nickname is 'Puppy'
  • Her favorite season is autumn
  • Her first celebrity friend, and her best friend is IU
  • She feels her voice is the weakest in the family
  • She loves eating rice
  • She and WG's Hyerim are good friends; they're schoolmates
  • Her hobbies are watching Chinese movies to learn Chinese
  • Her ideal guy is someone who is dedicated towards their work, loves and values music, and looks like Takuya Kimura's fashion style, and has a similar job to her
  • Her alarm clock ring tone has always been classical music
  • She can't live without a mirror
  • Her favorite song is Whitney Houston and Mariah Careys 'When You Believe'.
  • She gives Victoria advice when Victoria is feeling emotional
  • Her dad used to wake them up with the music of Chopin, since he was a fan of Chopin
  • She prefers slow songs to fast beat songs




Sulli

Birth Name: Choi Jin Ri
Stage Name: Sulli
Position: Vocalist, Sub-Rapper, Visual
Born on March 29, 1994 in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang
Blood Type: O
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 41 kg
Languages: Korean

Facts:
  • Sohee of WG thinks she is cute
  • She is in charge of the gags in f(x)
  • She always carries a journal around
  • She doesn't like blunt guys
  • She loves ice cream
  • She is close with SHINee's Key (which is ironic since she doesn't like blunt guys...)
  • She loves pink
  • She has bad eyesight
  • She and KARA's Jiyoung are best friends
  • She began training in 2006 along with Krystal and Luna
  • She was the first member to debut, making a debut as a child actress in 2005
  • Her ideal guy is someone who is responsible, caring, and mature



Krystal

Birth Name: Jung Soojung
Stage Name: Krystal
Position: Lead Vocalist, Maknae
Born on October 24, 1994 in San Francisco, CA
Blood Type: A
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 40 kg
Languages: Korean, English

Facts:
  • She went to Bangkok once, when she was 6 years old
  • She appeared in SHINee's 'Juliette' MV
  • Her voice sounds more mature than her sister, SNSD's Jessica
  • She likes beef and mango
  • She prefers being called her real name over her stage name
  • She would want a boyfriend that is uglier than her, because she wouldn't want girl fans stalking him
  • She always has body lotion in her bag
  • One of her favorite foods is burrito
  • She hates cucumber
  • She used to attent KENT
  • She admires Christina Aguilera
  • She believes Jessica is prettier than her
  • She is the only member that doesn't live in their dorm, and instead lives with her parents
  • She likes to wear sneakers most
  • She has a bear keychain with Harvard University written on it









GLAM (글램)


GLAM (Girls Be Ambitious) is a 4-member girl group from South Korea, under Big Hit Entertainment. Formerly a 5-membered group, the fifth member, Trinity, left due to personal reasons. The current members are Zinni (Jinhee), Jiyeon, Dahee, and Miso. Their debut single, "Party (XXO)" was released on July 16, 2012.

(In my opinion, these girls should get so much more recognition than they do now. They're so extremely underrated that it disappoints me. They're really talented -- they can dance, sing, and rap. Their live performances are not lip syncing and they nail them, too! Zinni can breakdance (the first B-Girl I've seen in K-Pop, really ^_^) and she can rap, too, same with Jiyeon. Miso and Dahee have beautiful voices, and I'm hoping they'll release a ballad song in the future!)


Members:

Zinni

Birth Name: Kim Jinhee
Stage Name: Zinni
Born on May 5, 1986
Position: Main Rapper
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 44 kg
Blood Type: A


Jiyeon

Birth Name: Park Jiyeon
Stage Name: Jiyeon
Born on January 23, 1992
Position: Leader, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Height: 164.5 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Blood Type: B

Dahee

Birth Name: Kim Dahee
Stage Name: Dahee
Born on March 30, 1994
Position: Vocalist
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Blood Type: A

Miso

Birth Name: Kim Miso
Stage Name: Miso
Born on October 17, 1995
Position: Vocalist, Maknae
Height: 164.5 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Blood Type: O

Trinity (Former Member)

Real Name: Yoon Soojin
Stage Name: Trinity
Born on February 5, 1991
Position: Vocalist
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Blood Type: B



Singles: