I Don't Care (2NE1 song)

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"I Don't Care"
Remix cover
Single by 2NE1
from the album 2NE1
Released July 1, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre K-pop, R&B
Length 3:59
Label YG Entertainment
Writer(s) Teddy Park, Kush
Producer(s) Teddy Park, Kush
2NE1 Korean singles chronology
"Fire"
(2009)
"I Don't Care"
(2009)
"Try to Follow Me"
(2010)

"I Don't Care" is the second single by South Korean girl group 2NE1 from the eponymous extended play, 2NE1 (2009) and became a hit on various on- and offline charts.[1][2][3]

Content[edit]

In an interview, member CL stated that the song was "a warning message for the men and advice for the women".[1]

History[edit]

A sample of 2NE1's "I Don't Care."

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The song was released as the second single on July 1, 2009,[4] with promotions starting in early July.[5] The song marked a change in the group's image, as "Fire" showcased a stronger, edgier image; in contrast, YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk stated that "I Don't Care" would enable the group to display a softer, more feminine image.[4]

An unplugged "reggae" version of the song was performed on SBS's Inki Gayo music show, signaling the end of promotions for the song.[6] However, due to the remix's popularity, it was released to digital outlets on September 3, 2009.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. I Don't Care – 3:59
  • I Don't Care – Remixes
  1. I Don't Care (Reggae Mix Version) – 3:52
  2. I Don't Care (Baek Kyoung Remix) – 4:14

Chart performance[edit]

"I Don't Care" topped various music shows, including KBS's Music Bank, M.Net's M! Countdown, and SBS's InkiGayo; it led the Music Bank chart for 5 weeks.[7] The single was also the most downloaded song in July 2009.[8]

By October 2012, the song has sold over 4.5 million digital copies, becoming one of the most successful singles of all-time in Korea.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was premiered on June 9, 2009. The music video features the members going to a fortune teller for advice after just being blown off by their cheating boyfriends over the phone. The fortune teller stops time in order for the girls to play sabotage on their boyfriends.

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Result
2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Song of the Year[10] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (English) [INTERVIEW]: 2NE1. Asia Economy. September 3, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  2. ^ (English) Sandara Park Going Solo. The Korea Times. September 3, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  3. ^ (English) Debuting Girl Groups Stress Talent, Not Just Looks. The JoongAng Daily. August 20, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  4. ^ a b (Korean) Kim, Hyeong-wu. 2NE1 아이돈케어 ‘힙합전사에서 귀여운 여인 깜짝 변신’ (2NE1's "I Don't Care" "Swift Change from Hip-Hop Warriors to Sweet Girls"). IS Plus/Newsen. July 1, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  5. ^ (English) 2NE1 Comes Out on Top at Music Bank. The Korea Times. July 18, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  6. ^ a b (Korean) Hong, Jeong-won. 2NE1 ‘아이돈케어’ 레게믹스 반응 ‘핫’..3일 음원공개 (2NE1's "I Don't Care" Reggae Remix Received Hotly, To Be Released Digitally on the 3rd). Joins.com/Newsen. September 1, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  7. ^ (Korean) Kim, Hyeong-wu. 2NE1 5주 연속 뮤뱅 1위 대박 기염 ‘최고신인, 가요계 석 (2NE1 Tops Music Bank Chart for 5 Weeks Total, Best New Group). Joins.com/Newsen. August 14, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  8. ^ Hyun Ji-hyang (August 22, 2009). "Golden days for girl groups". Korea Herald. Retrieved December 17, 2013. "their following song, "I Don't Care," is currently continuing the stream, smashing charts for five consecutive weeks. In July, it was the most downloaded song, beating out "Gee" by Girls Generation." 
  9. ^ Greenburg, Zack. "Bigger Than Psy: 2NE1 And The Future Of K-Pop". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2013. "…the group has sold 27 million digital downloads to date, including the single “I Am The Best,”I Am the Best [sic] which moved 4.5 million units and won Song of the Year honors at Asia’s Mnet Awards" 
  10. ^ "2009 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.

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