On Billboard‘s “2015 Girl Group Week” poll, 2NE1 and Orange Caramel reach the TOP3 in multiple categories thanks to dedicated fans and their voting. Continue reading
Fifth Harmony and Spice Girls also made strong showing in our second annual Girl Group Week fan poll!
Billboard.com’s 2015 Girl Group Week has come to an end, and to mark the occasion, we wanted to reveal the results of our second annual Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll, which let pop fans vouch for their favorite girl group songs, albums, videos and more. With thousands of votes cast in the three days that the readers’ poll was open, it’s time to congratulate Little Mix, 2NE1 and t.A.T.u. for coming out on top in some of the major categories! Continue reading
What will it take for a group like 2NE1 or Girls’ Generation to break big in the States?
In the past five years, South Korea has looked to its girl groups to be the ones to break into America’s pop scene. Barring PSY‘s unexpected breakthrough with “Gangnam Style” — which many fans still don’t deem a “K-pop” breakthrough — a Korean group still hasn’t penetrated the scene in a meaningful way, despite fan bases that rival (and at times proven to be stronger than) One Direction, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Will a K-pop girl group ever become a U.S. phenomenon? Continue reading
The girl group ends a year of accolades by breaking one more record.
After breaking multiple chart records earlier this year, 2NE1 cap off 2014 with one more boundary-pushing victory.
The girl group’s Crush album ranks at No. 11 on Billboard‘s year-end World Albums chart. It’s the first time a K-pop act has notched an entry on the annual ranking that was first introduced in 1995.
Earning the best sales week for any of their songs, the K-pop girl group is first non-PSY act to top the Billboard chart.
The booming dance-rap track is currently being used in Microsoft’s brilliant Surface Pro 3 ad and appears to be connecting with its U.S. audience. “I Am the Best” sold 6,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week ever for any 2NE1 song.
The World Digital Songs chart has existed since Jan. 2010 and “I Am the Best” is the only non-PSY K-pop song to hit No. 1 on the chart.
2NE1 fans have been ecstatic over the reaction to the K-pop track, originally released in June 2011, on YouTube and radio too. The song’s official music video broke 100 million views over the weekend, making the quartet the second K-pop girl group to hit that mark after Girls’ Generation, who has done so three times before. As well, the zippy single appears to have earned a few spins on the playlist for Boston radio station 103.3 AMP.
To date, “I Am the Best” has not registered on any of Billboard’s streaming songs charts, but check back on Thursday to see if it does. As well, the song currently has no plays in the week ending Oct. 5 on any of the more than 1,500 stations Nielsen BDS monitors.
In March, 2NE1’s Crush album set the new record for highest-charting and best first-week sales for a K-pop album in America with 5,000 copies sold. The feat followed high-profile appearances on will.i.am‘s #willpower album, released in April 2013, and performing “I Am the Best” on The Bachelor in January 2014.