While love songs are dime a dozen in the K-pop world, many of the top female acts have also regularly taken down the status quo of perceptions of what it means to be a female pop star.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 this Sunday (March 8), take a listen and watch the music videos for some of these South Korean pop acts serving up fiery hits as they question what it means to be a female, both as public figures and private women, in the 21st century.
2NE1’s “I am the Best”
Had enough with: Submissiveness
Context: 2NE1 was a dominant act in K-pop throughout the majority of its career, and regularly released empowering hits. like “I am the Best,” where they proudly proclaimed their power and reveled in what it meant to be a top act.
Also check out: 2NE1’s “Try to Copy Me,” CL’s “Baddest Female”
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“I Am The Best,” which is arguably 2NE1‘s most popular song thus far (at least in terms of YouTube view count and people’s widespread knowledge of it), has popped up once again in the western hemisphere, this time for a choreography video orchestrated by Janelle Ginestra.
Did you see the popular South Korean girls group 2NE1 at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8? It turns out that Microsoft placed a commercial during the Grammys that uses 2NE1’s hit song, “I Am The Best.” Continue reading
2NE1, “I Am the Best”
You don’t need to understand Korean to get pumped up from this K-pop jam. “I Am the Best” is a now-classic, empowering anthem and even Microsoft used it in a commercial to tell their competition they were, well, the best. Show those gym rats who’s boss!
Although “I Am the Best” was released in 2011, the iconic 2NE1 track is still gaining momentum worldwide.
As CL prepares for her solo debut in the United States, 2NE1 has also recently collaborated with Capitol Records for the distribution of their songs.
On December 10th, Capitol Records released an updated version of 2NE1’s hit track “I Am The Best” with a new album cover on iTunes. It was further noted that the previous version of the track, which was initially uploaded by YG Entertainment back in 2011, was removed and updated.
Fans who have seen the update immediately linked the news and speculated on the possibility of 2NE1 making a comeback next year, while some commended on their collaboration with Capitol Records for the redistribution of their tracks internationally.
Meanwhile, after taking a break since last promoting “Come Back Home,” “Crush” and “Gotta Be You,” CL, Minzy and Dara will be reuniting at the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun, while Bom not in attendance following her recent drug controversy.
Get ready for the global domination of 2NE1. Following the announcement of the upcoming first studio album in English of the band’s member CL, the girls of 2NE1 together, stronger than ever, have been signed by Capitol Records to start their international SLAYAGE.
For now, the old version of “I Am The Best” uploaded in 2011 by their domestic label YG Entertainment was just removed and reuploaded by Capitol Records with a new single cover on December 11th. Get ready…
“I Am the Best” (Hangul: 내가 제일 잘 나가; Naega Jeil Jal Naga) is a Korean single included on their self-titled second EP “2NE1“. It was originally released on June 24, 2011 under the group’s label, YG Entertainment.
The girls of 2NE1 are planning to release their international major debut album in 2015.
Source: Ultimate Music