2ne1 was a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment which was active between 2009 and 2016. The group had four members: Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy. Known for their stereotype-shattering image, musical experimentation, fashion, and stage presence, 2NE1 is considered one of the most successful and influential girl groups in K-pop. They have reportedly sold a total of 66.5 million records, which would make them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
The group was introduced in March 2009 after appearing on the promotional single "Lollipop" alongside labelmate Big Bang. 2NE1 rose to prominence with the release of their debut eponymous extended play 2NE1 (2009), which featured the singles "Fire" and "I Don't Care". The latter was named the Mnet Asian Music Award for Song of the Year, making 2NE1 the first idol group to receive a daesang in the same year of debut.
Throughout their career, 2NE1 amassed nine number-one songs on the Gaon Digital Chart, the most of any idol group then, including "Go Away", "I Love You", "Missing You" and "Come Back Home". 2NE1 followed up their debut EP with their first studio album, To Anyone (2010), and their second EP; the latter produced four chart-topping singles: "Don't Cry", "Lonely", "I Am the Best" and "Ugly". Considered the first world tour by a K-pop girl group, their New Evolution Global Tour visited eleven cities in seven countries in Asia and North America in 2012, and their show at the Prudential Center in New Jersey was named the second best concert of the year by The New York Times.
2NE1's final studio album, Crush (2014), was critically acclaimed and the highest-charting K-pop album on the US Billboard 200 at the time, debuting at number 61. The quartet also ventured into the Japanese music scene through YG's partnership with Avex Trax, releasing Nolza in 2011 and following up with the studio albums Collection (2012) and the Japanese version of Crush (2014).
After a period of group hiatus, Minzy announced her departure from the group in April 2016, and the other three members officially disbanded that November. Their final single, "Goodbye", was recorded as a trio and was released on January 21, 2017 as a farewell to their fans.
Hit-making South Korean girl group 2NE1 has officially reunited on the Coachella main stage for the first time since disbanding six years ago. Following a solo mini set by leader CL, the four members teamed up to perform their 2011 track “I Am the Best.”
CL wrote, "I am grateful and blessed to be alive with pleasure. Long enough to witness the marks I make and the things I create blossom.
After I got invited to Coachella, I really wanted to invite the members too because I wanted to see us reunite on our terms before it's too late.
I wanted to relay my gratefulness to everyone who has been supporting and loving 2NE1 for the past 13 years through this stage performance.
For that very reason, today was the most important and meaningful day for me.
I hope you could relive the past emotions that you felt through us, thanks to this moment today.
I am once again thankful for the members who dazzled today's performance and everyone who worked together to make this come true.
I will keep running until the day we could perform a full hour on this stage."