2NE1â€˜s leaderÂ CLÂ recently sat down for an interview withÂ OSENÂ to discuss the groupâ€™s various achievements this year.
Chosen as one OSENâ€™s â€˜Hottest People of 2011â€˜, CL and her members were praised for their ability to churn out chart-topping hits one after the other. The group has gone through a wide spectrum of genres this year which attributed to their success, but CL humbly chalked it up toÂ â€œgood timing.â€
CL began, â€œI donâ€™t whether weâ€™re trusted 100% yet, but our success benefited a lot from our music. ProducerÂ TeddyÂ oppa wrote us really great songs and we released them at a great timing. â€˜Lonelyâ€˜ was released when there werenâ€™t many quiet songs on the market, and then we came out with â€˜I Am the Bestâ€™ right after.â€
All year long, the girls have been dominating the charts, starting with â€œDonâ€™t Cryâ€œ, â€œLonelyâ€, â€œI Am the Bestâ€, â€œHate Youâ€œ, andÂ â€œUglyâ€œ. These are achievements any singer would die for, but CL claims itâ€™s not enough.
â€œI admit that weâ€™re a group with a different color, but I think weâ€™re still far from success. I want us to slowly create an image for ourselves that people can conjure up immediately when they hear the name 2NE1.â€
As their current image stands today, the girls are known for their independent, confident style that has won the support of a lot of female fans.Â â€œWe donâ€™t only represent women, but since weâ€™re women ourselves, we do not want to provide them with more power. It started with â€˜I Donâ€™t Careâ€™, and we just hope that women will live more confidently. Not only through our lyrics, but through our performance and even clothing, we just want to create the image of a confident woman. I personally love that style so people tend to think Iâ€™m scary on stage, but Iâ€™m really not in real lifeÂ (laughter).â€
At the mention of her being shyer than some of the more feminine girl groups, she quickly agreed.â€œRight? But I guess I have something scary inside of me. My image on stage, however, is just one side of me.â€
When asked to pick the happiest moment of the year, she replied,Â â€œI was a bit frustrated in the beginning of the year. Our Japanese promotions were delayed in the spring so we couldnâ€™t do anything up till May. I worried about what would be happening to our promotions, and thatâ€™s when our mini-album was released. I had a lot of fun promoting it, and honestly speaking, I donâ€™t remember anything that happened since the filming of our â€˜Lonelyâ€™ music video.â€
She continued,Â â€œWe went on our first concert tour this year. A lot of people came to our Korean and Japanese stops, and you will never know how happy that made me. I also canâ€™t forget our performance in New York. We were in a greater mood than expected, and I think itâ€™s because we had no idea, really. Weâ€™ve been promoting for two years but have had few opportunities to meet directly with our fans so I was grateful to be able to visit other countries and meet with so many people this year.â€