As all of you know (and if you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock!), 2NE1 released their 2nd full album, Crush, on February 27, 2014. Crush further cemented 2NE1’s place as a top girl group. After quite the bumpy ride in 2013, everyone was ready for 2NE1 to make the comeback that only they were capable of making.
In the K-Pop world, girl groups are trending and they have been trending for a while–but which girl groups can we really say are the reigning queens of 2014?
Gaon Chart has decided to find the answer by seeing which girl groups have come out on top in terms of sales. To assess the data, Gaon Chart has organized three different charts: the first compares girl groups’ digital song sales, the second compares album sales, and the third compares overall sales. Continue reading
Almost two years after K-pop first giddily barged into America’s imagination, the genre hasn’t sustained a post-“Gangnam Style” wave, but the Seoul machine keeps humming. Female foursome 2NE1, buoyed by a cameo on The Bachelor, moved more units of their album in its first week of release than any previous Korean act. That was about it for sales records, but the album itself was no stiff; in fact, it’s a canny downshift from the wigged-out “I Am the Best” maximalist mash-ups of the past. “Happy” is a sunny, strummy jaunt with no manic gimmicks and the ballad “Good to You” soars and sweet-talks likably. But Crush‘s centerpiece is “MTBD,” which spotlights group member CL on a bratty squirt of EDM-hip-pop with a bubblegum trap groove. C.A.
Source: Rolling Stone
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