[ARTICLE+VIDEO] 2NE1, Taeyang and WINNER Bring You Inside K-Pop Headquarters YG Entertainment

An in-depth look at the Seoul HQ where phenoms like PSY, BIGBANG and K-pop’s future stars record, work out and chow down

Home to acts like PsyBIGBANG and 2NE1, South Korean record label YG Entertainment is one of the biggest forces in the global K-pop phenomenon. The agency’s Seoul headquarters is where their artists record, work out, rehearse, learn choreography, play and eat at the famous YG Cafeteria that’s fed the likes of Justin Bieber,Quincy Jones and Will and Jaden Smith. As a part of Fuse News‘ week-long FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop special, host Liz Walaszczyk got an exclusive inside look that you can watch above.

But not just anybody gets the five-star treatment from YG HQ. Artists need to work hard to earn it.

The label’s latest act—newly-created boy band WINNER—will release music this month after competing for their K-pop debut on a reality show, Who is Next: WIN, against another YG male act.

“We were happy that we won and sad for those who lost,” rapper Mino tells Fuse in their U.S. television debut. “There were a lot of mixed emotions, so we cried together.”

Look out for more segments on YG artists like BIGBANG, Epik High and Lee Hi coming later this week as FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop continues.


Source: Fuse TV

[NEWS+INTERVIEW] 2NE1 Address Lengthy Album Delay: “We Focus on Each & Every Song”


Korean girl group 2NE1 is one of the driving forces in K-pop’s international expansion: The quartet was the first Korean female group to stage a world tour; will.i.am snagged them for his #willpower LP, which also boasted guest spots from Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus; plus, the girls have 5.8 million Facebook ‘likes’and 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.

With such accolades, it’s a wonder why the phenom has only dropped one full-length album in the five years since their 2009 debut single. Fuse News’ host Liz Walaszczyk was in South Korea as part of our ongoing FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop week, where the girls told her they opt for quality over quantity.

“One of the reasons is we want to focus on each and every song,” explains the group’s leader CL, who dropped a blazing, hip-hop solo single in May. “We want every song to have a video, have a concept and have a message and have the right performance style.”

The girls dropped three singles last year—”Falling in Love,” “Do You Love Me?” and “Missing You,” earning a combined 35 million YouTube views—further upping the hype for the record. “To me, an album is like a footprint,” CL adds. “It’s legacy.”


“In the bonus clip, CL talks about how different the girls are, that they didn’t even expect to be in one group! She said that their difference even extends to their food choices. XD CL revealed that Bom is the type to stick to one food until she gets sick of it, Minzy is the one who eats healthy even though she doesn’t particularly find it delicious, she’d still eat it, Dara is the type to order 10,000 food but just eat bits of it so people around her are the ones who get fat, and CL says she eats normally, she likes organic food but would eat McDonald’s sometimes too. ^____^ So nice to know about little things like these! <3″ – oh.dara.com

Source: Fuse TV

[FEATURE] Fuse TV: BIGBANG, 2NE1, Jay Park & More Headline ‘FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop’



Fuse declared 2012 was the year K-pop crossed over and last year the scene proved it was getting even hotter. To kickstart the K-pop love in 2014, Fuse News is unrolling a whole week dedicated to Korean pop and hip-hop stars with the first-ever FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop.

Next week, tune in to Fuse News every night at 7:30/6:30c to see exclusive interviews and reports with Korea’s hottest artists, executives and personalities.

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When host Liz Walaszczyk visited Seoul, she didn’t just interview…and take a breath, fans…2NE1, BIGBANG, Jay Park, Drunken Tiger, Lee Hi, Epik High, T-ara, U-KISS, WINNER and more. She dived deep into the K-pop world: She found out what Korean life is like with Canadian YouTube celebs Eat Your Kimchi; She explored the business side of K-pop talking with execs at a top agency; Liz even joined a girl group in the dance studio for a rehearsal.

Source: Fuse TV

[INTERVIEW+TRANS] Kim Woobin Talks About 2NE1 on M!Countdown New Year Specia

Starts at 11:10

11:10 KWB: Recently, 2NE1 said their promise (if they win #1). It was 2NE1 competing for #1 with Ms. Hyorin that time. Suddenly..

11:24 Dara: It’s a sad song so I will do a sad acting like a scene from dramas with Mr. Kim Woobin. You’ll do it with me right?

11:32 KWB: “You’ll do it with me right?”, so I have to answer like this, “Yes~~~”. They really won first place. I was already going down the stage but CL said “You’re not going to do what you promised?” and I said “Ah ah, yes” so I went back to the stage and I did the acting but..
2NE1, as long as its not dancing and singing, I’m fine with it. Please call me again anytime.

Source: tt o via @WeLoveBom
Translated by  @ilove2ne1girls