When 2NE1’s highly-anticipated first album hit shelves back in September of last year, no one predicted that it would achieve the explosive results that it did.
With a staggering amount of pre-orders, over a million YouTube views for each of their triple title-track MVs, and a triple-crown win, the ladies of 2NE1 can add yet another accomplishment to their ever-expanding resume.
According to data compiled by the Philippines’ music retailers, Astrochart/Astrovision, 2NE1’s album “To Anyone“, became a #1 best-seller! Not only that, but their “First Mini-Album Re-package (CD+DVD)” also claimed the #2 spot on the chart.
The girls wanted to personally thank their Filipino Blackjacks for making this achievement possible, so they uploaded a video expressing their thanks in Tagalog.
Check it out below!
2NE1: Mabuhay Philippines! Wassup, we 2NE1!
Dara: Thank you to all of our Filipino Blackjacks for supporting us. We hope that you will continue to support our new album, “To Anyone.” Mahal namin kayo! (We love you all!)
Bom: Mahal (ko) kayo! (I love you all!)
credit to allkpop
2NE1’s youngest member Minzy recently updated her me2day with Holiday wishes for everyone.
She posted this photo:
Bubble translation: “Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for being kind to me. I’m very thankful. ~ ^_^”
In addition, she posted “여러분 모두 즐거운 성탄되세요 / Hey Everyone, have a Merry Christmas.”
It’s good to see everyone getting in the festive Holiday spirit, Happy Holidays everyone.
Source: Minzy’s me2day
The first annual allkpop Awards launched 10 days ago and the voting has been fierce! With the results 100% decided by you, the allkpop readers, and millions of votes already (2.35 million to be exact) – the allkpop Awards is the only true voice for international readers to have a say at who the best of the best are!
With that, below is an update on the standings thus far, but we won’t reveal too much, as we want the final results to be a surprise!
For now, here are the top 5 contenders in each category (random order – because suspense is awesome!):
Best Male Solo Artist
Taeyang (Big Bang)
Best Female Solo Artist
Best Male Group
Best Female Group
Best Rookie Artist
Most Improved Artist
Song Of The Year
“Oh!” – Girls’ Generation
“Bonamana” – Super Junior
“Can’t Nobody” – 2NE1
“Lucifer” – SHINee
“Soom” – B2ST
Story Of The Year
f(x)’s Amber Goes Missing
Shin Se Kyung And Jonghyun Dating
Sun Mi Leaves Wonder Girls
Jay Park Leaves 2PM
Rain Gambling Allegations
“Go Away” – 2NE1
“Lucifer” – SHINee
“Soom” – B2ST
“Bonamana” – Super Junior
“HOOT” – Girls’ Generation
Best Social Network Personality
Heechul (Super Junior)
If you haven’t been voting, no worries, there are still 15 days left and you can vote once per day per category – So get your vote on and have a say on who’s crowned at the first annual 2010 allkpop Awards!
Credit to Allkpop
The 2010 Melon Music Awards was held on December 15th at the Hall of Peace in Kyunghee University, and many top K-pop artists were in attendance.
The awards show begun in 2009 and took its place as one of the big four music award ceremonies in South Korea, alongside Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards.
The awards ceremony is famed for calculating ONLY digital sales (80%) and online votes (20%) onMelon.com, and the final tally of those two factors will give the winners in the various categories.
Below is the list of winners from this year’s show!
▲ 2010 Artist (Daesang)
– SNSD (Oh!)
▲ 2010 Album (Daesang)
– 2NE1 (To Anyone)
▲ 2010 T-World Best Song (Daesang)
– 2AM (Can’t Send You Away Even If I Die)
▲ 2010 Top 10
2NE1 | CNBLUE | DJ Doc | 4MEN | SNSD | IU | 2AM | Lee Seung Gi | T-ara | 2PM
▲ 2010 Newcomer
– CNBLUE (I’m A Loner)
▲ 2010 Netizen Popularity Battle
– Super Junior (Bonamana)
▲ 2010 Hot Trend
– SNSD (Hoot)
▲ 2010 MBC Radio Award
– Jung Yeob (Love You/Without You)
▲ 2010 MBC+ Star Award
– miss A (Bad Girl Good Girl)
Only Jia and Fei took to the stage to receive the award, as Min was away for a scheduled variety show recording, while Suzy was filming her drama, ‘Dream High.’
▲ 2010 OST
– Lee Seung Gi (Losing My Mind)
▲ 2010 Rap/Hip Hop
– Supreme Team (Dang Dang Dang)
▲ 2010 R&B
– Gummy (Because You’re A Man)
▲ 2010 Trot
– Jang Yoon Jung (Ole)
▲ 2010 Alternative
– Hot Potato (Confession)
▲ 2010 Music Video
– PD Hwang Soo Ah for Ga-In’s “Irreversible”
▲ 2010 Song Writer
– Composer Lee Min Soo, Lyricist Kim Lee Na for IU’s “Nagging”
▲ 2010 Concert Culture
– PSY (Right Now)
▲ 2010 Best Dressed Award
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Earlier, we revealed photos from the 12th Korea-China Song Festival held on December 2nd, and now the broadcast of the special concert has finally been aired on TV!
The 12th Korea-China Song Festival was held at the KBS Hall this year and seeks to promote friendship between the two nations, whereby top artists from Korea and China perform under one roof.
The organizers invited SNSD, 2NE1, KARA, SHINee, CNBLUE, U-Kiss, Alex, Chae Yeon, Lena Park, Supreme Team, and Shin Seung Hoon along with Chinese artists like Sun Nam, Hit-5, and more.
Due to time constraints, not everything from the festival was shown on TV.
SNSD – “Hoot”
U-KISS – “Shut Up”
CNBLUE – “Love”
All – End Song
The end of the year is near, and the Korean music industry is abuzz with news of upcoming awards shows that seek to recognize the most outstanding artists in a multitude of categories.
As a nod to these important events in the K-pop realm, allkpop has decided to initiate our first ever “allkpop Awards” this year, and we’re inviting fans from all over the world to determine the results!
That’s right – the votes will be 100% determined by international K-pop fans.
In order to ensure that the results are achieved in a fair manner, we’ve established a system in which votes can be submitted once a day per category via Twitter or Facebook.
Fans can vote as many times as they like over the course of the awards voting period, but again, only one vote per category per day will be counted.
We are aiming to make this an award that accurately represents the opinions of the international K-pop community, so check out the nominees below, and help decide K-pop’s best of 2010!
As the ceremony date for the “2010 Melon Music Awards” draws near, music fans will be delighted to hear that artists from all three companies – SME, YGE and JYPE – will be standing on one stage.
Representatives of Melon Music revealed that viewers can anticipate a meaningful ceremony because of the variety of confirms from different agencies. “We believe that artists confirmed their attendances because they trust the fairness of our awards show. It will be a highly meaningful ceremony, as artists will be giving back the love they’ve received from their fans all year long together.”
Many collaboration stages are under preparation, along with a cute surprise by ceremony host Song Joong Ki.
SNSD, 2AM, 2PM, 2NE1, T-ara, CNBLUE, IU, Lee Seung Ki, DJ DOC and 4Men have been chosen as the top 10 nominees for the “2010 Artist Award”, the winner of which will be revealed during the ceremony.
Source + Photos: TV Report via Nate
The 2010 YG Family Concert takes place this weekend, from December 4th – 5th at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, and 2NE1 member Park Bom has teased fans further with an update on her me2day.
Park Bom wrote on her me2day on December 4th, “This is actually Youngbae’s ‘Only Look At Me’ performance that I rehearsed to show at our concert. I worked really hard to make all of you laugh kekeke but due to the time limit, I won’t be able to show you. Instead, I rehearsed something from our Swi.T seniors…Eunju unni, anticipate it~~~*^^*”.
The above entry was accompanied by a short clip of Bom doing Taeyang’s ‘Only Look At Me‘.
Source: Park Bom’s me2day
A controversy has recently been surrounding the ‘2010 Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards’, as many fans are doubting the legitimacy of its online voting system.
Between November 8th and the 30th, Yahoo has been conducting an online poll for three categories:‘Korean Male Buzz Star’, ‘Korean Female Buzz Star’ and ‘Asia’s Buzz Star‘.
The problem that had caught the attention of sharp fans is that the poll results for some nominees had either taken a sharp rise or drop in a spontaneous fashion. For instance, in the ‘Male Buzz Star’ category, Jang Geun Suk’s poll results saw sharp rises and falls at a continuous rate, while a considerable number of votes for Kim Hyun Joong dropped unexepectedly.
Consequently, many netizens are suspecting the poll results to have a substantial error in voting calculations.
Fans have become even more angered by Yahoo’s lack of investigation on this matter, who merely called it a simple ’server error’. Netizens commented, “The globally acknowledged Yahoo doesn’t want to be humiliated in public, which is why they are ignoring the hard work of the fans”, “I want to rebuke Yahoo for their lack of action regarding this issue.”
Responding to such criticism, a representative of Yahoo Korea explained on December 2nd, “There was a problem with the server overloading, however, we have not been able to confirm a manipulation of the poll results. We are still inspecting the reasons behind these errors.”
They carefully continued, “We cannot reveal a correct set of poll results without fully completing our investigation. We cannot confirm anything for now.”
Meanwhile, according to the online poll results on the site, Jang Geun Suk ranked 1st place for the ‘Male Buzz Star’ category for this year’s ‘Buzz Awards’.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards came to an end. Check out the winners below!
Daesang Award (Grand Prize)
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Female Artist Award
Best Vocal Performance – Group
Best Dance Performance – Male Group
Best Dance Performance – Female Group
Best Digital Single
Female Group Award
Male Singer Award
Female Singer Award
Male Group Award
Best Music Video
Best Dance Performance – Solo
Best Vocal Performance – Solo
Best Band Performance
The Shilla Duty Free Asian Wave Award
Best Asia Artist
Best Asia New Artist
Best Asia Pop Artist
Best Asia R&B Group
The 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was held overseas for the first time in it’s history, at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Hotel in Macau where a host of stars from Korea and around the world attended, with millions watching it live (or delayed) through tv broadcasts and online streaming sources.
Check out selected photos from the red carpet ceremony ahead of the awards ceremony below!
Sandara Park’s unique airport fashion sense has recently become a hot topic amongst fans.
On November 26th, Dara wrote on her me2day, “2NE1 on our way to Macau!!! We’ll come back safely~”, and attached a picture of herself at the airport.
In the photo, Dara can be seen wearing a black beanie and black shades, which complemented the unique leopard-print pants. Her frozen movement in the picture got fans giggling once more, as if she was caught in the midst of a robotic dance.
Fans expressed, “Please come back safe”, “Wow your force is no joke”, “Can’t you take me to Macau too?”, and “Please have a good performance and come home safe.”
2NE1’s maknae Minzy recently revealed a photo of herself with ‘little Big Bang‘.
On November 25th, Minzy uploaded the photo onto her me2day and also added, “The children that took the roles of Jiyong oppa and Taeyang oppa at last year’s ‘Gayo Daejun’~ ^^”.
In the photos, you can see the two kids smiling innocently with Minzy, and they’ve even matched Taeyang and G.D’s hairstyles and fashion.
Fans commented, “All three are cute~”, “Even just looking at their fashion, I can tell immediately which one’s Taeyang and G.D”, “All that comes out is how cute they look…”.
Minzy, who seems to be having a whole lot of fun with photography these days, also revealed some photos of her fellow members.
Source: TV Daily
Picture: Minzy’s me2day
2NE1′s leader CL and maknae Minzy revealed their baby pictures for the first time ever through Star News on November 25th.
CL’s picture shows her youthful innocence as she plays with a hoola hoop while wearing a one piece, while Minzy’s shows her wearing colorful clothing and a name tag.
Although the two have grown up into powerful women, much attention has been put on their childish and more feminine child photos due to the contrast in images.
2NE1 recently wrapped up their promotions for their first official album and are currently preparing for the year-end award ceremonies.
Source + Photos: Star News via Nate
An artistic picture of 2NE1′s maknae, Minzy, was recently revealed.
On November 24th, Minzy uploaded the picture on her me2day account and added, “Nyahahaha I’m sleepy ~~ T_T After exercise I’ll sleep for a bit and then go off to dance practice!!”
The sepia-tinted picture shows Minzy sleeping on her pillow after a hard day’s work at the gym.
Fans commented, “Please rest when you can”, “You look so tired~~ Please rest up and practice hard~~ The picture turned out nice even though you’re sleeping”, “Totally pretty.. You look so tired…. But the picture turned out nice!!”, “Have strength! keke I’m going to go and exercise too! Kek.”
Source: TV Daily
The ‘Top 10′ list for the ‘2010 Melon Music Awards‘ has finally been revealed after an aggressive voting ‘battle royale’ between the nominees. The ‘Melon Music Awards’ opened up its first round of votes on November 11th, which allowed users to submit their nominations for the ‘Artist of the Year’ award.
Wrapping up on the 21st, the ‘top 10′ artists have been determined as follows:
- Lee Seung Gi
- DJ DOC
The second round of votes has just begun, so users start voting at ‘www.melon.com’ now. The winner will be determined by a combination of votes (20%) and digital album sales (80%).
The ‘2010 Melon Music Awards’ will air on December 15th, so stay tuned to allkpop for updates!
Source: TV DAILY
Recently, 2NE1’s Minzy showed off her photography skills to her me2DAY friends.
Minzy uploaded pictures of her fellow 2NE1 members with this note: ‘Everyone knows that I love taking pictures, right? I secretly took pictures of the other members… !! I’ll take this chance to show you some of these photos.‘
Minzy’s me2DAY friends commented on these sneaky pictures, saying, ‘It’s not easy to take good pictures indoors. You did really well!! You’re amazing~’ and ‘You’re a photographer!! You can do this when you finish your career as a singer.. They came out great.”
2NE1 will be ending their promotions on the November 20th broadcast of MBC’s ’Music Core‘.
2NE1 made their comeback on September 12th via ‘Inkigayo‘, through which they kicked off their promotional activities for ‘To Anyone’. Over the past 2 months, the ladies have broken many records and nabbed numerous awards for their songs, “Go Away“, “Clap Your Hands“, and “Can’t Nobody“.
Although their last performance will be on ‘Music Core’, 2NE1 will still perform these beloved songs at the ‘2010 MAMA‘, held on November 28th at the Venetian Resort in Macau. The girls will also participate in the ‘2010 YG Family Concert‘ for December 4th and 5th.
We’re sad to see these promotions end, but at the same time, we can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves for us next!
Various top stars attended the ‘‘2010 Style Icon Awards” at the CJ E&M Center in Seoul on November 17th, which is an events show that awards celebrities who are considered to be one of Korea’s representative ‘Style Icons’ for 2010.
Winners on the night are as follows:
Style Icon of the Year: Lee Byung Hun
Popularity Award: SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong
International Style Icon: So Ji Sub
New Style Icon, Movie Actor: Big Bang’s T.O.P (Choi Seunghyun)
New Style Icon, Actor: Song Joong Ki
New Style Icon, Singer: CNBlue
Fashionista: Oh Yeon Soo
Style Leader: Gong Hyo Jin
Cultural/Arts award: Kolleen Park
Model: Han Hye Jin
Style Icon Actor: Chun Jung Myung
Style Icon Actress: Shin Min Ah
Female Singer: 2NE1
Male Singer: 2PM
Style Icon TV Star: Kim Jung Eun
Movie Actress: Lee Min Jung
Movie Actor: Joo Jin Mo
Special Award: Andre Kim (received by Andre Kim’s son, Kim Joong Do)
Sky Beautiful Sharing Award: Tiger JK & Yoon Mirae
A photo of 2NE1’s Minzy at the hair salon is receiving a lot of attention on community fan sites. A fan posted the pictures with the title, “Bean Minzy“, but others are saying she looks more like a koala.
The photos showed Minzy in a white gown with a fluffy hair style, and an expression that seemed to tell us she had something to say.
Netizens commented, “She looks like a koala. Keke,” “Cute. Keke,” “Is she supposed to be not pretty?”, and “If she wasn’t a celebrity…”.
Source + Photo: Nate
In order to pull off the party and the hidden filming, CL, Minzy, and Bom had a secret rendezvous in the dressing room before Dara came in to change. Immediately after changing, Dara put a chocolate cookie in her mouth and posed as a boxer for the camera. Although she gave a menacing scowl, Dara still looked very cute with her distinctive facial expressions.
One netizen complimented, “She can pull off ten thousand different facial expressions”, expressing their endearment of Dara’s acting.
2NE1’s Sandara Park celebrated her birthday yesterday, and she’s just revealed the presents she’s received from her fellow members.
On November 13th, this cute idol expressed her gratitude through the official 2NE1 me2day, “Yesterday I received presents from the members. As expected, the members know best about the things I like most”. Dara posted pictures of some of her presents, including a hat, sneakers, training clothes and a t-shirt.
Dara also thanked the members as she wrote, “I will use these very well. Thanks guys.” For reference, Sandara was born on November 12, 1984.
It looks like she had a great birthday this year. Best of luck, Dara!
Source + Photo Credits: Nate News
2NE1 members threw Sandara Park her very own surprise 26th birthday party on November 12th.
Dara uploaded a picture of the festive event on her me2DAY, and it certainly looks like all four members had a lot of fun celebrating her birthday.
She wrote, “Ah~ I’m so happy! Today, I will be able to film all night with a smile. I got cake on my face. I have to film stuff, so what do I do about the makeup? Anyways, thanks guys for making me laugh”
Happy birthday, Dara!
Source: Sports Today
On the latest episode of Mnet’s ‘2NE1 TV Season 2′, Sandara was unexpectedly greeted by a Filipino fan, who was able to find her by asking around which hotel the group was staying at while they were inAmerica for their album work.
Sandara, who was always fond of traditional Filipino meals, felt more gratitude than usual as her health had been taking a downward spiral at the time. Sandara was even more thankful that her fan had taken the effort to find her all the way in America.
Dara said, “I was really moved by all the fans who were able to recognize us on the streets while in America. It reminds me of the times when I auditioned back in the Philippines. Back then, I was put in one of the very bottom piles of the audition, however, because of the fans’ support and love, I was able to place second. If it wasn’t for them, I would not have been 2NE1’s Sandara Park.”