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8th Most Talented Idol Group: 2NE1

December 12, 2010

I’m a third away in this farewell project of mine with this post. After all those pro con lists, 2NE1 was found out to be the 8th Most Talented Idol Group.

2NE1 debut May of last year. Their entry to the Kpop scene was deemed very successful as they were able to established themselves as a powerhouse in the music industry. 2NE1’s success can be attributed to their difference of image. It’s very unique and did made them stood out. They aren’t pretty beautiful and they don’t conform to social standards on what an idol should be, i.e. doing variety, catchy music, calling ahjussi fans oppa, etc.

By now, you should have figured out that KPOP fans are the craziest fans in the world, and they would do anything to glorify their idols. But those fans are not enough. I said this a year before, what makes a song a hit is when that group was able to hooked in the music lovers, not just their fans. You might be winning awards but if you’re song isn’t that well known, then what’s the use of the award? It would only be a false recognition and a reminder how badly your song was received. Cough SuJu cough. COugh BoA cough.

Saying that, I think 2NE1 has one of the most diverse fans thus making their songs successful. There are people who likes their songs but doesn’t associate themselves with BlackJacks. And for a business point of view, it is desirable to have that since there is only so much a fanclub can do.

Now here’s the scrutiny part. I see a bit of SS501 in 2NE1. Not in terms of talent but of the group dynamics. To be honest, without CL, 2NE1 won’t be anywhere near where they are now. CL herself, put 2NE1 on the map which is a bit troublesome. An idol group works because of the cohesiveness of the members’ talent and contribution. Big Bang has that, Wonder Girls has that, SHINee has that, etc.

Another thing I notice is that they are already trap in that genre of theirs. The street/hip hop thing. It’s not that they can’t do anything more. Individually they have proven they can do variety of songs, Park Bom’s You and I and Sandara Park’s Kiss. But because the public has this intact impression of them, if 2NE1 release bubblegum pop, I don’t think it will fair much in success. Just like where SNSD is in now. SNSD tried to do other genre with Run Devil Run and Genie but it was an epic fail. If it wasn’t for their album sales, it wouldn’t have won anything in music shows.

Aside for that, 2NE1 is 8th because they cannot seem to overpower the remaining 7. Yes, 2NE1 is more popular than MBLAQ or After School but if you look pass the popularity, you’ll see what I mean. From her onwards, imagine the artist without their faces and personality and judge them fairly on their talent.

Come back for the 7th ranking idols. It will be posted soon. But now, I’ll leave you with my favorite performances of 2NE1.

2NE1 – I Don’t Care

2NE1 – Go Away