YG New Girl Group: Does This Means The End of 2ne1?

2ne1

In spring of 2012 YG entertainment announce they were in the mist of creating a new female group. While members were not official named yet YG compare their new girl group being similar in sized to Girls’ Generation, T-ara and After School. YG also over emphasized that this new girl group would consist of natural beauty unlike some of their competitors who are suspicious of plastic surgery.Since that announcement only two potential members have been named, Jennie Kim and recently Kim Ji Soo. There is little information to be know about each girl. Only Jennie Kim has shared some spot light time after being feature as G-Dragon’s love interest in his solo song “That XX.”

Jisoo

A recent update on YG-Life features Jennie Kim doing a cover to Wale’s “Lotus Flower Love.” As well a  picture update of Jisoo. But despite the little news known about the group YG fans, particular Blackjacks, are not responding warmly to them. Blackjacks are genuinely worry that this new group will replace already preexisting  2ne1. Are the Blackjacks worries legit to think this newbie girl group will take the crown from queens 2ne1?  Well sorta.

The truth is that 2ne1 seems to be on top and most likely has reached their peak. Yet this doesn’t indicate that 2ne1 is falling from grace just need to expand onward in order to live up to their own hype. In the summer of 2012 2ne1 release their comeback single “I Love You.” A daring new image concept sense the group ditch their in-your-face attitude and settle down to be more sultry and sensational. 2ne1 did this after their stint in Japan  2011 that lead to a small mini tour. It was clear that 2ne1 has grown since their debut days and was trying to mature their image. The comeback was successful but short-lived as the group prepared themselves for their 9 city New Evolution World Tour. Making them the first female Korean group to embark on a world tour in the history of K-pop. The year 2012 was probably one of the best years, on a growth level, 2ne1 has ever endure. So why do Blackjacks still fear the end is near for their precious group?

The issue is not that 2ne1 has manage to create a name of themselves through the media and touring but the lack of a U.S debut. Since 2010 2ne1 and American electro-pop producer Will.I.Am, along with Teddy Park, are collaborating  an American single or mini album for 2ne1’s U.S debut. In 2012 2ne1’s “Take The World On” was not an official debuting single but was the first single produce by Will.I.Am. The track alone was less than the bombastic “I Am The Best” and a total generic sleeper.  Way to similar to 2ne1’s Japanese singles “Scream”and remix to Madonna’s “Like A Virgin which equally lack so much spark and charisma. Whatever happen to 2ne1’s more aggressive dance beats?

The decision to change not only 2ne1’s sound but to tone down their image was a bit drastic. Even though 2ne1 carved a niche market for themselves in Japan and South Korea it is very clear YG isn’t confident about their expansion westward. Other factors  may arouse Blackjacks suspension of 2ne1’s demising is the success of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”

PSY

PSY is no idol rapper or pretty boy but a pudgy man who can horse dance. His silly music video “Gangnam Style” which makes fun of Korea’s wealthy elite was infectious. His unique look of wearing a suit and humorous approach to rap help him stand out from today’s artists. Whether or not American K-pop fans agree to PSY popularity as a freak of nature and ever furthering the image of the Asian male as a joke. In matter of months PSY surpass any K-pop idol star or group could ever dream of and didn’t change a single thing about his music or image.

I don’t think 2ne1 is falling from grace but is reaching an obstacle in their careers. The lack of confidence in fans only shows that 2ne1 is missing something that will complete them as a whole. This new female group shouldn’t worry fans whether or not 2ne1 is coming back stronger but are they coming back more true to themselves than they were before. If anything the success and experiences that 2ne1 has endure on their world tour and meeting different artists from the west can only show through their music. You can suspect that YG is already in the works of creating a new single for 2ne1, so in the meantime all fans can do is patiently wait.

The arrival of the  new female group will only strengthen and expand YG’s brand power in K-pop. YG has to see success even after 2ne1 is long gone and still continue the tradition of making good music. YG fans forget that the first debut female group under this label was SWI.T and the second Big Mama. Both did not manage to be equally successful as 2ne1. But I doubt 2ne1 will be the last female group YG will ever produce nor are they ditching them any time soon. It is possible for a record label to have more than one female group be successful? Fans need to realize without this ability I feel its YG who will fall to the wayside not their idols.

After School Vol. 1 – Virgin

After School is gearing up for a comeback. A quick follow-up to their sub-unit Orange caramel. Seems the fab 8 have advance more and focus on 80’s  pop dance. With romantic lyrics, whimsical pop synths and noona appeal. I guess After School is going for a lighter side. Not necessarily cutesy but with more maturity.

The female mega size group loves to challenge themselves and deliver in your face dance beats. “Let’s Step Up” an call out to all play girlz/boyz out there. After School shows off some tap dancing skills. Who thinks of these things? Last year was marching band this year tap? Only After school can pull this off if not seem like masters. This album thus far sounds amazing. ***1/2 3 and half stars.

Shampoo Full MV

Let’s Step Up Full MV

After School Vol.1 Virgin available for pre-order yesasia.com (CD Only) –Drops May 1st

Tracklist

01. Let’s Step Up

02. Shampoo

03. Virgin

04. 뱅(Bang)! (2011 New Recordings)

05. Play Ur Love

06. Dream 07 너 때문에 (2011 New Recordings)

08. 시간에 기대어

09. 잘 지내고 있죠

10. Funky Man

11. My Bell

12. When I Fall (2011 New Recordings)

Namie Amuro Checkmate

Japanese  pop diva Namie Amuro is gearing up to unleash her newest album Checkmate. The album is full of collaboration  teaming up with J-pop and K-pop best. Already creating buzz with “Make It Happen” featuring K-pop group After School. Who also has plans to venture Japan.MV teasers are already circulating for “Make It happen.” Namie has also release the PV for “Wonder Women” featuring fellow J-pop divas AI and Anna Tsuchiya. The album Checkmate doesn’t drop until March 23rd.

Make It Happen teaser

Wonder Woman Full Audio

Naamie Amuro Checkmate Special Edition CD+DVD(region code 2) available for pre-order yesasia.com(46.49) Normal Edition CD only yesasia.com(35.25)

Tracklist

CD

・Wonder Woman / 安室奈美恵 feat.AI&土屋アンナ ※タイアップ:コカ・コーラ ゼロ TVCMソング
・make it happen / 安室奈美恵 feat.AFTERSCHOOL
・#1 / 安室奈美恵 feat.川畑 要(CHEMISTRY)
・UNUSUAL / 安室奈美恵 feat.山下智久
・BLACK OUT feat.Lil Wayne&Namie Amuro / VERBAL
・FAKE / AI feat.安室奈美恵
・ROCK U feat.安室奈美恵 / ravex ※タイアップ:「コール オブデューティー ブラック オプス」TVCM
・BLACK DIAMOND / DOUBLE × 安室奈美恵
・Do What U Gotta Do feat.AI,安室奈美恵&Mummy-D / ZEEBRA
・Luvotomy / m-flo loves 安室奈美恵
・Do or Die feat.安室奈美恵 / JHETT
・AFTER PARTY feat.安室奈美恵 / ZEEBRA
・Wet’N Wild feat.SUITE CHIC / Heartsdales

DVD

Wonder Woman / 安室奈美恵 feat.AI&土屋アンナ
・make it happen / 安室奈美恵 feat. AFTERSCHOOL
・#1 / 安室奈美恵 feat.川畑 要(CHEMISTRY)
・UNUSUAL / 安室奈美恵 feat.山下智久
・FAKE/AI feat.安室奈美恵
・BLACK DIAMOND/DOUBLE × 安室奈美恵
・Do What U Gotta Do feat. AI,安室奈美恵&Mummy-D/ZEEBRA

Kahi (After School) First Mini Album Vol.1

After School leader Kahi solo debut doesn’t fail to impress. Being the faithful leader of a high energy pop group Kahi goes out of her comfort zone. Her mini album is a mixture of ballads and addictive trans dance pop. Kahi’s “돌아와 나쁜 너(You Bad Person) ” and “롤러코스터 (Roller Coaster)” are not K-pop songs. Mixture of rock and atmospheric vocals Kahi steps out of K-pop’s box creating a whimsical mood.  Both “선물 (Present) and “One Love” are ballad pop numbers. Although I find “Present” to be more of a  typical Korean ballad number. While “One Love” to be this mini album hidden master piece. Overall it’s not bad just to damn short. *** 3stars

You Bad Person Full MV English subs and Romanticized/Scrip Korean

Kahi (After School) Mini Album Vol.1 available on yesasia.10.99

Tracklist

01. 돌아와 나쁜 너 ***

02. One Love ***1/2

03. 선물 ***

04. 롤러코스터 ***

After School Kahi Solo Teaser

After many delays and set backs After School leader Kahi is ready to branch out. The first single “Come Back Bad Person( 돌아와 나쁜 너) “feature on her mini solo album. Set to drop February 14.

After School Love Love Love

To get your mind off of holiday weather bitterness After School drops their MV “Love Love Love.” note: Smart phone are in destructible.

After School Happy Pledis (애프터 스쿨 : 해피 플레디스 싱글앨범 1집 )

After School spread so holiday romance  with “Love,Love,Love” but “Someone is You” will feed your musical pallet.

“Love,Love,Love” Teaser

After School Happy Pledis is available for pre-order via yesasia.com(&10.99) Drops December 16

Tracklist

01. LOVE LOVE LOVE

02. Someone is you

03. LOVE LOVE LOVE (inst.)

04. someone is you (inst.)

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