2NE1 (Hangul: 투애니원; RR: tu-aeniwon; pronounced “to anyone”[or “twenty-one”) is a South Korean hip hop/pop girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. 2NE1 consists of 4 members: CL, Minzy, Dara, and Bom. The group’s name 2NE1 stands for “New Evolution of the 21st Century”.
First appearing in “Lollipop“, a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Telecom, their debut single “Fire” was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, they have released one extended play, 2NE1, and one studio album, To Anyone. “Fire“, “I Don’t Care“, “Try to Follow Me“, and “Go Away” have all hit number one in South Korea.
The group was first mentioned by the press in late 2008, 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 1TYM Leader 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”
The members of 2NE1 have all cited different influences. Park Bom, lead vocalist, cited American singers Beyoncé and Mariah Carey as her main influences because of their strong vocals and powerful performances. She has listed hip hop and R&B as her favorite music genres.Youngest member Minzy cited famous entertainer Michael Jackson,while leader CL said producer Teddy Park and American entertainers Madonna and Lauryn Hill are her role models.Dara states that singer Uhm Jung Hwa is her inspiration.