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.



















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