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Korean Stars 2NE1 sparkle in Jakarta

Korean hip-hop/RnB girl group 2NE1 lived up to the expectations of a world-class performance in its
Jakarta concert.

The spectacular stage and live performance on Sunday at the Mata Elang International Stadium in Ancol, North Jakarta, was more of a surprise to the four-piece group witnessing the high enthusiasm of the Indonesian Blackjacks — the name given to the group’s fans.

Girls and boys — of various ages — sang along to each of the 21 songs belted out in the concert even to the kick-off “Crush”, the title track of their newest album, and gave loud cheers every time the group shouted “nolza”. Nolza is 2NE1’s catchphrase, it means “let’s play”.

“You are the best. How come we didn’t come here sooner?” said Lee Chae-rin or CL, the leader of the group.

2NE1 (read as “to anyone”) are CL, 23, Sandara Park, 29, Park Bom, 30, and 20-year-old Gong Minji (Minzy). The group are currently on a world tour titled “All or Nothing” to promote their latest album Crush.

The album is currently the highest-charting Korean pop album on the Billboard 200.

There had been a plan to hold a concert in Jakarta in 2012 but it was canceled without further explanation from the promoter at that time.

For the concert tour, the group — under the auspices of YG Entertainment, which also manages Big Bang — worked together with Travis Payne and Stacy Walker who directed the choreography on Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour.

Their fierce style and music are not the only factors that have distanced the band from people’s usual perceptions of Korean pop music or K-pop.

The girls have powerful vocals and unique singing and rapping styles that have been an influence for younger girl groups since they launched their maiden album To Anyone in 2010. They entered the US and European markets with their single “Ugly”, which has landed them collaboration with world musicians.

CL and colleague G-Dragon recently worked together with Skrillex on the latter’s “Dirty Vibe”.

Indonesia was the third country in the group’s Southeast Asia concert leg after the Philippines and Malaysia.

“We want to stay longer. We haven’t visited Bali. Should we go together?” asked Sandara, or Dara, who was raised in the Philippines and was known as a model and actress in that country before moving back to Korea.

Unlike other concerts at the venue that often force the fans to queue outdoors on Ancol Beach, Synergism Entertainment as the promoter and organizer of the concert allowed ticket buyers to line up outside the concert hall.

Tickets had been on sale since April and lucky fans were invited to watch the group performing during sound checks on Sunday.

The Ancol stadium was nearly filled to capacity with the fans who had prepared surprises and gifts for their idols and the Hi-Tech YG dancers, including a three-tier cake to celebrate the group’s fifth anniversary.

For the encore, the four girls gave their fans a memorable closing by walking through the crowd in the standing area.

“We’ll come back soon,” said CL, saying that they were still working on their third album.

Source: The Jakarta Post

2NE1’s World Tour Concert Thrives in Indonesia


[by Sunghee Park] On May 8, 2NE1 held a world tour concert at Mata Elang International Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

At the concert, 2NE1 performed with a powerful voice, creating a freewheeling show. The group sometimes captivated the eyes of audiences with its unique sexiness and sometimes with mournful voice and facial expression.

The concert began with song ‘CRUSH,’ which is first track of 2NE1’s official second album. Other than that, 2NE1 presented a total of 21 songs that include ‘Come Back Home,’ ‘Scream,’ ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘I Am The Best.’

Meanwhile, 2NE1 is continuing its next world tour concert at Singapore’s indoor stadium on June 28. (photo by YG Entertainment)

Source: Yahoo Philippines

2NE1 sets Jakarta on fire with ‘All Or Nothing’ concert

“Welcome to our show. We’re 2NE1, and we ‘bout to go crazy tonight. Indonesia, are you ready?” – CL

June 8th, 2014 – The night Indonesian Blackjacks have been waiting for five solid years finally came. For the very first time, four-membered group 2NE1 set foot in Jakarta for their second World Tour, ‘AON: All Or Nothing’. 2NE1 members CL, Dara, Bom, and Minzy thoroughly went all or nothing through the concert’s four main segments, which were represented by the colors pink, white, red, and black.

2NE1 kicked off with a track from their latest album ‘Crush’ which instantly earned them a huge wave of cheers. They didn’t allow the high energy to wane the slightest as they continued to pump up the excitement with songs ‘Fire’ and ‘Clap Your Hands’. The image for the concert’s first segment, Pink for fierceness, was definitely shown during the next song ‘Pretty Boy’. In the midst of the performance, a huge battle tank model emerged and the girls got in to take a laser gun each, shooting the crowd with green lights which, if anything, attracted louder screams.

Turning the atmosphere around, 2NE1 then gracefully showed up on hanging swings in white attire to perform ‘Missing You’. The song was then followed by a chain of more ballads, ‘If I Were You’, ‘Come Back Home (Unplugged Version)’, and ‘Ugly’ for the White segment of the concert.

Enough with the slow pace, 2NE1 then came back again full force with more energetic songs. This time though, the songs are all conveying the message of love and are complemented with sexier choreographies. The highlight was during ‘I Love You’ when the members of 2NE1, accompanied by male back dancers, each performed a short solo dance.

Despite the fierceness they’ve shown during their performances, 2NE1 couldn’t help showing their cute sides during the ment. Dara said “I really want to go to Bali” and when Minzy asked “with who?”, she innocently replied “with my future boyfriend”, which caused the fans to go wild. Bom also multiplied the screams by tenfolds when she said “Do you guys love our songs? And do you guys love me? I love you too!”. Unfortunately, leader CL was absent from the ment as she was preparing for her solo stage. It was all dearly paid though, as she totally owned the stage with her solo songs, ‘The Baddest Female’ and ‘MTBD’.

The concert is slowly reaching its peak. Next songs were the group’s most popular hits. On top of everything  else was ‘I Am The Best’ which was performed on motorbikes. Not only did they got the fans screaming along to the lyrics they knew by heart, the whole crowd also jumped and danced all through the song.

“I’ll never forget tonight. I don’t know why it took us so long to come here.” said CL, which was followed by Minzy’s assurance that they’ll be back again as soon as possible. Sooner than everyone wanted to, the concert was coming to and end. The last two songs were rock version of ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘Go Away’, which kept up the atmosphere high until the very last.

Not long after 2NE1 bowed their thanks and exited the stage, fans started chanting “We want more!” which earned them more songs for encore. During ‘Lonely’, 2NE1 showed how eager they were to get closer to their fans by visiting the Festival and Gold class to shake hands with fans. It seemed as if Indonesian fans left them such good memories that Dara said “I love you guys as much as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), and Indonesia is totally one of my favorite countries!” and CL said “This is the best first impression I’ve ever got.”

As if fatigue was nothing, 2NE1 then performed two more upbeat songs, “Gotta Be You” and “Can’t Nobody”. But unfortunately this time, it really was the end. Each members bowed and waved their goodbyes, then took their leave.

Without doubt, 2NE1 have secured a position in everyone’s heart not only as an ordinary idol group, but as true performers who went 200% on stage. Always, it’s all or nothing.

SOKOREAL.COM would like to sincerely thank Synergism Entertainment for the chance to cover this event!

Source: SoKoreal

2NE1 to dazzle Singapore after success in Indonesia


2NE1 successfully staged a concert at Meta Elang International Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday.

In its second destination on its world tour, the girl group captivated local fans who looked forward to their colorful performance.

“I like 2NE1 because they are not like typical K-pop girl bands,” one Southeast Asian fan said on social media.

According to audience who attended the concert, it was staged to exceed the expectations of long-awaited fans with powerful vocals and a world-class concert crew.

The next destination for Minzy, Park Bom, Sandara and CL is Singapore where four members will continue their world tour.

Source: Korea Herald