The group was first mentioned by the press in late 2008, when rumours were spreading that YG was creating a female version of Big Bang named Sista. In response to those rumours, YG Entertainment President Yang Hyun Suk stated that the name was not chosen yet. In January 2009, it was announced that the “Female Big Bang” would debut around July 2009 with three members — CL, Minzy, and Bom.
Later that month, YG stated that Sandara Park joined the group, with one more member to follow. In the end, YG Entertainment announced that the group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009.The company stated that the group had trained for 4 years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by Teddy Park.
The group’s name was initially announced as “21”; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was quickly renamed “2NE1”, which stands for “New Evolution of the 21st Century” (“NE” meaning “New Evolution” and “21” standing for the “21st Century”).
2NE1’s Park Bom revealed that the group was originally planned by YG Entertainment to be a 3-member group with Park, Koo Hye Sun, and Sandara Park.
2NE1’s first song was “Lollipop”, digitally released on March 27, 2009. The song was created for LG to promote their Cyon phone, and it was a joint release with Big Bang; the commercial/music video debuted on March 28, 2009. Although it was not a promoted single (as it was an advertisement song, there were problems with network chart eligibility), “Lollipop” proved to be a strong chart hit, going to #1 on various online charts and topping music television network M.Net’s online chart for four weeks in a row.However, questions were raised about the group’s future, as the song’s success was attributed to the popularity of Big Bang.
On April 30, Yang Hyun-suk revealed that 2NE1’s debut song would be a hip-hop/reggae song, and that it would be digitally released on May 6, 2009. Titled “Fire”, the song was fully written and produced by 1TYM’s Teddy Park. Teasers of the song were released on their official website at the beginning of May, with a 20-second clip released on May 1.
“Fire” was released as planned on May 6, with two versions of the music video — a “space” version and a “street” version — released the same day. The videos received over one million views in a day; the viewcount then increased to two million.
The group’s first performance of the song was on May 17, 2009, on SBS’s Inki Gayo. beginning the group’s activities. Their first performance was also included in Perez Hilton’s blog once again, showing his interest towards the group.
Both the song and the group have been very popular online, with the song topping M.Net’s online chart and the group’s name becoming a top search term. The group was also rewarded with three Cyworld Digital Music Awards, with both “Lollipop” and “Fire” winning “Song of the Month” awards and the group winning “Rookie of the Month” for May 2009. They received their first Mutizen award during their fourth stage performance in SBS Inkigayo (Popular Song) on June 14, 2009. They received their second Mutizen award on SBS Inkiagyo (Popular Song) on June 21, 2009.
Along with their awards successes, 2NE1 signed a deal with Fila to become the new models for their commercial campaign 2 days after 2NE1’s Mutizen win.
It was announced that 2NE1 would be heading over to the United States to work on their album, as Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine showed interest in the group; however, they have no plans to debut in North America.
2NE1 – First Full Album – To Anyone
September 16, 2010 – First Mnet M! Countdown Win: Clap Your Hands
September 17, 2010 – First KBS Music Bank K-Chart Win: Can’t Nobody
September 19, 2010 – First SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Win: Can’t Nobody
September 24, 2010 – Second KBS Music Bank K-Chart Win: Go Away
September 26, 2010 – Second SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Win: Can’t Nobody
September 30, 2010 – Second Mnet M! Countdown Win: Can’t Nobody
September, 2010 – #1 Cyworld Song of the Month: Go Away
September, 2010 – #1 Dorisak Song of the Month: Can’t Nobody
September, 2010 – #2 Dorisak Song of the Month: Go Away
September, 2010 – #4 Dorisak Song of the Month: Clap Your Hands
October 01, 2010 – Third KBS Music Bank K-Chart Win: Go Away
October 03, 2010 – Third SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Win: Can’t Nobody
October 07, 2010 – Third Mnet M! Countdown Win: Can’t Nobody
October 10, 2010 – Fourth SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Win: Go Away (New Record!!)
November 17, 2010 – Style Icon Awards ’10: Best Female Singer
November 28, 2010 – MNET Asian Music Awards ’10: Best Female Group
November 28, 2010 – MNET Asian Music Awards ’10: Artist of the Year
November 28, 2010 – MNET Asian Music Awards ’10: Best Music Video: Can’t Nobody
November 28, 2010 – MNET Asian Music Awards ’10: Album of the Year (To Anyone)
December 15, 2010 – Melon Music Awards ’10 : 2010 Top 10
December 15, 2010 -Melon Music Awards ’10 : Album of the Year (To Anyone)
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