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January 13, 2014


2NE1 Address Lengthy Album Delay: "We Focus on Each & Every Song"

UPDATE: Watch the full 2NE1 interview above now

Korean girl group 2NE1 is one of the driving forces in K-pop's international expansion: The quartet was the first Korean female group to stage a world tour; will.i.am snagged them for his #willpower LP, which also boasted guest spots from Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus; plus, the girls have 5.8 million Facebook 'likes' and 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.

With such accolades, it's a wonder why the phenom has only dropped one full-length album in the five years since their 2009 debut single. Fuse News' host Liz Walaszczyk was in South Korea as part of our ongoing FUSE LOVES SEOUL: From K-Pop to Hip Hop week, where the girls told her they opt for quality over quantity. 

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"One of the reasons is we want to focus on each and every song," explains the group's leader CL, who dropped a blazing, hip-hop solo single in May. "We want every song to have a video, have a concept and have a message and have the right performance style."

The girls dropped three singles last year—"Falling in Love," "Do You Love Me?" and "Missing You," earning a combined 35 million YouTube views—further upping the hype for the record. "To me, an album is like a footprint," CL adds. "It's legacy."

Watch the full 2NE1 interview, including more album info and who's been writing music in English, on tonight's Fuse News at 7:30/6:30C.

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