2NE1’s Former Member Minzy
Gong Min-ji was born on January 18th, 1994, in Seoul, South Korea. She is better known by her stage name Minzy. She is a South Korean singer and songwriter. She debuted in 2009 as a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1, which she left in April 2016. She released her first solo EP, Minzy Work 01: “Uno”, in April 2017.
She is the granddaughter of folk dancer Gong Ok-jin. When she was young, she moved to Gwangju with her family, but then her mother brought Minzy and her brother back to Seoul while traveling between Seoul and Gwangju to work with Minzy’s father. She participated in many dance contests and competitions, winning various awards. 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 Entertainment’s homepage, whereupon the CEO, Yang Hyun-suk, contacted and recruited her to join the agency when she was only in sixth grade.
YG Entertainment stated in early 2009 that they would be debuting a new four-member group that had been training for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM’s leader Teddy Park and G-Dragon of BigBang. The group’s name was initially announced as “21”; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed “2NE1”, with “NE” being an abbreviation of “New Evolution.” Minzy was placed in 2NE1 as the main dancer, alongside Park Bom, Sandara Park, and CL. The group went on to debut with their first single “Fire” in May 2009, with Minzy being the youngest member with just 15 years of age.
Minzy Leaves YG Entertainment
Minzy was the first 2NE1 member who decided to leave YG Entertainment. She joined the agency that raised her name since she was in elementary school. She debuted as the main dancer and the youngest member of 2NE1 when she was only 15 years old.
In 2016, the 24-year-old singer surprised fans because she chose to leave 2NE1 and YG Entertainment after her contract ended. Then, she continued her career as a solo artist under the auspices of The Music Works.
Minzy Releases “All of You Say” Music Video
Minzy released a music video for her first English-language singles!
Minzy’s latest single “All of You Say” is a song that combines reggaeton, K-Pop, and hip-hop and was described by her agency, Music Works, as, “The song that immediately inspires you to start dancing.”
This became Minzy’s first single which was packaged in English and prepared as a gift for her fans in order to celebrate her first North American tour. Minzy will present this song on DANCE BREAK TOUR. According to the agency, this song was first released in the US on December 1st, South Korean time (KST) and will be available in Korea and around the world on December 3rd, at 6 pm KST.
2NE1’s Former Member Park Bom
Park Bom was born on March 24th, 1984, in Seoul, South Korea. She was previously known mononymously as Bom, a South Korean singer. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1 until the group announced their disbandment on November 25th, 2016. Park Bom began her musical career in 2006, featuring on singles released by labelmates Big Bang, Lexy, and Masta Wu. In 2009, she made her debut as a member of 2NE1 as the main vocalist. Park Bom has also released two solo singles, “You and I” and “Don’t Cry.” Both singles reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, the national music chart of South Korea. She was also awarded Best Digital Single at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Her older sister, Park Go-eun, is a cellist. When she was in the sixth grade, Park Bom left South Korea on her own to study in the United States. She graduated from Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, and enrolled at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, majoring in psychology. As a high school student, she became interested in music through Mariah Carey, whom she describes as one of her biggest musical influences. Although Park Bom wanted to pursue a career in music, her parents would not allow her to. However, with encouragement from her aunt, she transferred to Berklee College of Music without their knowledge.
Park Bom returned to South Korea to pursue a music career there and repeatedly auditioned to join YG Entertainment, where she was accepted into the company after three years of auditioning. In 2006, she featured on two of Big Bang’s earliest singles, “We Belong Together” and “Forever with U.” Park Bom also collaborated with Lexy on “Baby Boy” from her third extended play Rush, and Red Roc on the single “Along My Way.” She has also appeared in a series of promotional music videos for Samsung Anycall of the same name, alongside Lee Hyori, G-Dragon, and Gummy.
Park Bom was placed as the main vocalist of 2NE1, alongside CL, Dara, and Minzy. The group then collaborated with label-mates Big Bang for the song “Lollipop” before officially debuting on SBS’ The Music Trend on May 17th, 2009, where they performed “Fire.” The group achieved significant success with the number-one single “I Don’t Care” from their first extended play, 2NE1, which won them the Song of the Year award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards, making them the first rookie group to win a Daesang in the same year of debut. In August 2009, after finishing promotions for their debut single, the members took a break to focus on individual activities. She released her first solo single “You and I,” which took the number one spot on the Gaon Music Chart for the month of November. The single eventually won Best Digital Single at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards. By the end of 2011, it was reported that “You and I” was downloaded 4,483,364 times, becoming one of the best-selling singles in Korean music history.
Park Bom Leaves YG Entertainment
Following Minzy, 2NE1’s main vocalist, Park Bom also chose to leave YG Entertainment in 2016. After 2NE1 officially disbanded, the 34-year-old singer had been on hiatus for almost three years.
In July 2018 she was confirmed to have joined as one of the singers under the D-Nation Entertainment agency. She was rumored of releasing her solo album sometime in November of 2018.
Park Bom’s Collaboration with Mamamoo’s Wheein
Park Bom will return with a new song by collaborating with a special artist. This time, the 2NE1 ex-member will collaborate with one of the members of the girl group Mamamoo, Wheein.
A representative from the music industry leaked the news on Friday, March 19th. Reporting from Soompi, the source said that the latest single to be released by Park Bom was produced by Brave Brothers. Not only that, but the collaboration song is also reported to be released on May 2nd. This is exciting news for fans, considering that both have extraordinary vocal abilities.
Park Bom’s comeback happened last March, for the first time after 2NE1 disbanded. She released a song titled “Spring” sung with her former partner from 2NE1, Sandara Park. As for Park Bom, she recently released a solo song titled “Don’t Cry.” “Spring” became the first song since the breakup song of 2NE1, “Goodbye,” in January 2017.
Park Jae-sang was born on December 31st, 1977. He is known professionally as Psy, stylized PSY. He is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single “Gangnam Style.” The song’s refrain entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012.
On October 23rd, 2012, Psy met United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters where Ban expressed his desire to work with the singer because of his “unlimited global reach.” On December 21st, 2012, his music video for “Gangnam Style” exceeded one billion views on YouTube, becoming the first video to do so in the website’s history. Psy was subsequently recognized by the media as the “King of YouTube.” On May 31st, 2014, the video for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” hit two billion views. As of December 2018, it is the sixth most viewed video on YouTube, with over 3.2 billion views.
In December 2012, MTV noted Psy’s rise from being little known outside South Korea, to being hailed as the “Viral Star of 2012.” On December 31st, 2012, Psy performed in a globally televised New Year’s Eve celebration with American rapper MC Hammer on-stage in front of a live audience of over a million people at Times Square, New York City.
PSY Leaves YG Entertainment
This phenomenal singer joined YG Entertainment in 2010, thanks to his wife’s advice. Not only that, PSY joined YG Entertainment after learning that Yang Hyun-suk was his old friend.
During a career as one of YG Entertainment artists, the singer who has a real name Park Jae-sang had spawned four albums. After eight years together, he finally decided not to renew his contract with YG Entertainment in May 2018. It is now known that PSY founded his own agency, P-Nation.