Park Bom in 2009
|Also known as||Jenny Park|
March 24, 1984 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, hip hop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, dancer|
|Instruments||Vocals, cello, flute, piano, harp|
|Associated acts||2NE1, Big Bang, G-Dragon, GD & TOP, Epik High, Lee Hi, YG Family|
|Revised Romanization||Bak Bom|
Park Bom (Korean: 박봄; born March 24, 1984) is a South Korean idol singer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and later moved to the United States where she learned English. She is the main vocalist of girl group 2NE1, which is under YG Entertainment.
Starting in 2006, Park recorded with labelmates Big Bang, Lexy, Masta Wu and starred with Lee Hyori in her CF, "Anystar" as a co-actress. Later in 2008, she starred as the lead actress in Kim Ji Eun's music video, "Tell Me Once More". In 2009, she debuted with 2NE1 as the main vocalist.
Park has released two solo singles, namely "You and I" and "Don't Cry". Both singles reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, the national music chart of South Korea. "You and I" also won "Best Digital Single" at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2010. Park Bom's single "You and I" is the most downloaded single in YG Entertainment history for a solo female artist, with 4,483,364 Gaon digital sales.
Early life and career
Park Bom's sister is Park Go Eun who is a cellist. In 6th grade, she left Korea by herself to study abroad in the United States. She graduated from high school through Gould Academy in Bethel, ME and enrolled into Lesley University with a major in psychology. As a high school student, she acquired admiration for music through Mariah Carey. "I would listen to Mariah Carey's songs during lunch and even forget to eat" she stated on a talk show. She wanted to pursue it as a career however, her parents didn't allow her to do so. With encouragement from her aunt, she secretly transferred to Berklee College of Music to pursue her music career.
Park Bom auditioned to become a singer at YG Entertainment, but was rejected multiple times. After three years, she was finally accepted and immediately became a trainee. She starred in two of Big Bang's three earliest singles in the songs "We Belong Together" and "Forever With You". Bom also collaborated with Lexy and Red Roc with "Baby Boy" and "Along My Way", respectively. She also starred in a Samsung Anycall Music Video Commercial alongside famous Korean pop singer Lee Hyori, recording her own version of the Anycall "Anystar" song featuring fellow label mates, G-Dragon and Gummy. Later in 2008, she starred as the lead actress in Kim Ji Eun's music video, "Tell Me Once More".
YG Entertainment announced that the new group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009. The company stated that the group had trained for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader, Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", which "NE" is the abbreviation of "New Evolution". Bom was placed in 2NE1 as the main vocalist, alongside CL, Minzy and Sandara Park.
The group collaborated with label-mate senior Big Bang for the song "Lollipop". The song gained immediate success, but questions were still raised as to whether the group could survive on its own.
2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed their digital single Fire produced by Teddy Park of 1TYM. With the release of their first self-titled extended play, the group started the promotions of their title track I Don’t Care. Their EP hit the no. 3 spot at the Hanteo's "Best-selling Album of 2009" with over 100,000 copies sold.
In October of the same year, 2NE1 returned with their first full-length studio album To Anyone., which was released on September 9, 2010. Promotions started with the simultaneous showcase of the three title tracks of the album, "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody". Following those promotions, another song "It Hurts (Slow)"  was released on October 31 for Halloween. The album garnered huge success and 2NE1 won an overall 11 times on various music shows from their promotions. The album went on to sell over 150,000 copies.
Following the success of their first full-length album, 2NE1 announced their second self-titled mini-album. The album included six tracks, one of which was Bom's solo titled 'Don't Cry'. The mini-album led the group to even further popularity which led to their most recent release, Crush.
In August, after finishing "I Don't Care" promotions, 2NE1 took a temporary hiatus with each member releasing their own solo singles. Bom's single, entitled "You and I" was the best performing of the three and took the number one spot on the Gaon Chart for the month of November. The single eventually won the Best Digital Single at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards. By the end of 2011 it was reported that the single was downloaded 4,483,364 times, becoming one of the best-selling singles in Korean music history.
In late 2010, Bom was featured on GD & TOP's single "Oh Yeah" for their first collaboration album. She was also featured in the Japanese version of the song, as well as the MV for the Japanese version. "Oh Yeah" peaked at number two on the Gaon Chart upon release.
In 2011, it was announced that Bom would have a new digital single released before 2NE1's promotions for their second self-titled mini-album. The song was titled "Don't Cry" and was released on April 21, 2011. "Don't Cry" managed to top many of South Korea's music content providers' digital charts, later becoming a perfect all-kill on the music charts of Korea.
For the Infinite Challenge Seohae Ahn Highway Song Festival 2011, G-Dragon of Big Bang collaborated with Park Myeong-su to create a duo called GG. Bom was featured in their song "Having an Affair". The song went on to become an "All Kill" on various Korean music charts.
She is known for a fixed member of SBS South Korean Reality show, Roommate. But unfortunately, due to her amphetamine (prescription drug) scandal, she stopped filming for the show as of episode 13.
Musical style and influences
|2006||"Anystar" (Ft. G-Dragon & Gummy)||—||non-album single|
|2009||"You and I"||1||To Anyone|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2006||"We Belong Together" (Big Bang Ft. Bom)||—||We Belong Together|
|"Anystar" (Lee Hyori Ft. Bom & Lee Joon-gi)||—||non-album release|
|"Forever with You" (Big Bang Ft. Bom)||—||BIGBANG|
|2007||"Along my Way" (Red Roc Ft. Bom)||1|
|"Baby Boy" (Lexy Ft. Bom)||—||RUSH|
|2010||"Oh Yeah" (GD and TOP Ft. Bom)||1||GD & TOP|
|2011||"I Cheated" (G-Dragon & Park Myeong-su Ft. Bom)||1||Infinite Challenge West Coast Highway Music Festival|
|2012||"Up" (Epik High Ft. Park Bom)||1||99 (Epik High album)|
|2013||"Black (Japanese Version)" (G-Dragon Ft. Bom)||—||One of a Kind + Heartbreaker|
|"All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Park Bom & Lee Hi)||5|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2009||Girlfriends (Korean: 걸프렌즈)||Cameo|
|2009||Style (Korean: 스타일||Cameo||SBS|
|2010||2NE1 TV Season 2||Herself||Mnet|
|Strong Heart||Episode 49-50 "Korea's Blue Chip Special"||SBS|
|2011||2NE1 TV Season 3||Herself||Mnet|
|2012||Strong Heart||Episode 123-124 "YG Family Special"||SBS|
|2013||Running Man||Episode 156||SBS|
|2014||Roommate||Former original member (Season 1) (until July 27, 2014)||SBS|
|Running Man||Episode 195||SBS|
Awards and nominations
||Song of the Month — November||You and I||Won|
||Best Digital Single||Won|
||Best Female Solo Artist||N/A||Nominated|
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- (Korean) Kim, Hyeong-woo. 여자빅뱅 5인조 결정 ‘산다라박 합류’ (Female Big Bang Now 5-Member Group, "Sandara Park Included"). Newsen. January 21, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
- (Korean) Lee, Hyae-rin. YG "원조 21에게 미안, '여자빅뱅' 이름 2NE1로 교체" (YG "We apologize to original '21' and Have Changed the Name to 2NE1!! Please forgive us!"). Asia Economy. March 30, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. As a main vocal in 2NE1, Park Bom also gained the title Corn Queen.
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