To Anyone

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To Anyone
Studio album by 2NE1
Released September 9, 2010 (2010-09-09)
(see release history)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre K-pop, pop, dance-pop, electropop, synthpop, R&B, hip hop
Length 41:10
Label YG Entertainment, CJ E&M
(see release history)
Producer Teddy Park, e.knock
2NE1 chronology
2NE1
(2009)
To Anyone
(2010)
2NE1
(2011)
Singles from To Anyone
  1. "Kiss(Promotional single)"
    Released: September 7, 2009
  2. "You and I (Promotional single)"
    Released: October 28, 2009
  3. "Please Don't Go (Promotional single)"
    Released: November 20, 2009
  4. "Try to Follow Me"
    Released: February 18, 2010
  5. "Clap Your Hands"
    Released: September 8, 2010
  6. "Go Away"
    Released: September 9, 2010
  7. "Can't Nobody"
    Released: September 11, 2010
  8. "It Hurts (Slow)"
    Released: October 31, 2010

To Anyone is the debut studio album of South Korean girl group 2NE1. The album was released on September 9, 2010, by YG Entertainment and CJ E&M Music. 2NE1 worked with YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk, Teddy, and e.knock to produce the album. Musically, the album is classified as pop, with elements of R&B, dance, and hip hop.

The album received mostly mixed reception. While the album was praised for its top production quality, complaints were often made about the overuse of either vocoders or the auto-tune software. To Anyone debuted at number one on the weekly Gaon Albums Chart, and gained the number one on the monthly chart. In total, the album has sold over 150,000 copies.[1][2][3]

Nine singles in total have been released or promoted from the album. The reggae remix of "I Don't Care" was the first single. Member Dara's solo song "Kiss" (featuring leader CL) was released next, with Bom's solo "You and I" following. CL and youngest member Minzy released their duet "Please Don't Go" as the fourth single. The group reunited for "Try to Follow Me" and earned the top spot on the Gaon Chart. "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away", and "Can't Nobody" were all released on September 9, 2010, as lead singles, and were followed by "It Hurts (Slow)".

Development and background[edit]

In August 2010, YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk announced that 2NE1 will promote three title tracks for their first full length album. Each promotional single would have a music video to accompany it. They were later announced as "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away", and "Can't Nobody". "Clap Your Hands" was written and composed by producer e.knock, whereas "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody" were created by Teddy Park. Two days before the release of the album, the pre-orders for the album had reached 120,000 copies.[4] By the end of September, the album had sold 100,000 copies.[5] On October 28, it was announced that the group would be re-releasing the album in Japan on December 8, 2010 under Japanese record label Avex.[6] The release of To Anyone in Japan would mark the group's debut there. However it was later announced that the album's release was delayed as both YG Entertainment and Avex wanted to develop the album further.[7] The album was also announced to be sold in Thailand on October 28.[8] YG Entertainment also announced a partnership with Universal Records to release the album in the Philippines.[9]

Music and lyrics[edit]

To Anyone is classified largely as pop,[10] but contains strong elements of dance[11] and R&B.[12] Lyrically, the album is about female independence. "Go Away" is about telling a man to "go away" during a break-up.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

To Anyone received positive to mixed reviews from critics. KBS World praised the album, stating the album showed that YG Entertainment was still "one of the top companies [...] in music production quality". They also stated that the album showed off a more "grown-up image" and that songs like "It Hurts (Slow)" showed off the vocal talent they possess.[14] However, complaints were often made about auto-tune and vocoders. Popular international website Allkpop stated in an album review that there were rarely any real vocals in the song "I'm Busy". Regardless, To Anyone was a commercial success in Korea, launching the group to become one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea.

Chart performance[edit]

To Anyone debuted at number one on September 11, 2010. Additionally, the album charted at number one for the month of September to November. In the United States, the album peaked at number seven on the Billboard World Albums chart. In total, the album sold 122,845 copies by the end of 2010.[15]

"Go Away", on its own, sold 2,444,933 digital downloads, and "Can't Nobody" had similar numbers at 2,327,146 downloads. "Clap Your Hands" was downloaded 1,841,485 times, and "It Hurts (Slow)" sold 1,703,377 copies. "Try to Follow Me" was the last song from the album to be downloaded over a million times, enjoying an early February release on its own as a digital single, at 1,770,787 downloads. "Love Is Ouch" and "I'm Busy", neither promoted or released as a single, were downloaded 903,293 and 902,101 times respectively.[16] Click on the 다운로드 button to get download sales figures.. In 2011, the singles from "To Anyone" reached other 6.000.000 downloads, for example "Go Away" incremented its downloads from 2.5 million to 4 millions in that year, also "Can't Nobody", "Clap Your Hands", "Try to Follow Me" and "It Hurts" incremented their total of copies sold.

Singles[edit]

"I Don't Care" was released as an official single through a reggae mix, later included on the album To Anyone.

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"I Don't Care" was remixed and retitled "I Don't Care (Reggae Mix Ver.)" and became the first single from the album. It was first performed on the September 1, 2009 showing of The Music Trend. It was released on September 3,[17] and peaked at number twenty six on the monthly BGM Chart. "Kiss" was a solo song for Dara featuring CL, and served as the next single. It was released on September 7,[citation needed] and peaked at number five. "Kiss" was followed by Bom's solo song "You and I", released on October 28, 2009.[citation needed] The song reached number one for November."Please Don't Go", a duet between leader CL and youngest member Minzy, was the last single of 2009 released for the album. The song, released November 20, peaked at number six."Try to Follow Me" was a surprise release by the group on February 9, 2010.[18] It peaked at number one on February 13, 2010. The song was described as a "bridge between their old style and their new [...] one".[19] The group went under the radar until September 9, when they released their album along with the triple promotional singles. "Clap Your Hands" peaked at number three in South Korea and was the first track to have a music video, which was released the same day.[20] The song was praised for having top production qualityand being aggressive. "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody" were the other two of the simultaneous track releases. They were both praised and had received positive responses overall. However, all three songs were criticized for use of auto-tune."Go Away" peaked at number one in South Korea, while "Can't Nobody" and "Clap Your Hands" topped at the second and third positions. "It Hurts (Slow)" was the last promoted single from the album, and peaked at number four upon album's release. It was praised as one of the bright spots of the album that focused on the group's vocal talents.

"Can't Nobody (Eng Ver)" was released as a ringtone in Japan to start their initial debut there but was delayed until November, due to the March earthquake.[21]"Go Away" was selected to be the first official single, with a release on March 9, 2011.[22]

Promotion[edit]

Music videos for "Clap Your Hands" and "Go Away" were released on September 9 and 10, respectively.Sojitra, Vijay.[23] "Can't Nobody" was originally scheduled to be released on September 11, 2010 but was instead unveiled on September 12.(Korean) [24] "It Hurts (Slow)" was promoted after the initial three songs, with its music video releasing on November 1.[25]

The first stage performances for the album were on SBS's September 12 episode of The Music Trend. They performed their three title tracks, "Clap Your Hands," "Go Away," and "Can't Nobody".[26] The performances were recorded early in the day so they could perform at the Hallyu Dream Concert in Gyeongju later in the evening.[citation needed] They won first place on Mnet M! Countdown for "Baksu Chyeo" on the day of their comeback, followed by a K-Chart win the next day on KBS' Music Bank for "Can't Nobody", and a mutizen a week after their SBS' The Music Trend comeback for "Can't Nobody". Overall, 2NE1 had gained first place eleven times on the various music shows.[27]

After the group finished performing the three main singles of the album, YG Entertaintment announced that 2NE1 will be resuming promotions with the album performing "It Hurts (Slow)" on music programs. The group began their first promotions with the song on SBS's Inkigayo during Halloween, October 31, 2010. The music video for the song was released on November 1, 2010 to accompany with the group's follow-up promotions.[28]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Can't Nobody"   Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:28
2. "Go Away"   Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:39
3. "Clap Your Hands" ("박수쳐", "Clap Your Hands"[a]) e.knock e.knock   3:42
4. "I'm Busy" ("난 바빠", "I'm Busy"[a]) Big Tone PK, Big Tone PK 3:38
5. "It Hurts (Slow)" ("아파 (Slow)", "It Hurts (Slow)"[a]) e.knock, Sunwoo Jungah e.knock, Sunwoo Jungah Sunwoo Jungah 4:16
6. "Love Is Ouch" ("사랑은 아야야", "Love Is Ouch"[a]) Masta Wu Choice37, Big Tone Choice37 3:53
7. "You and I" (Bom solo) Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:54
8. "Please Don't Go" (CL and Minzy) Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:18
9. "Kiss" (Dara solo ft. CL) Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:33
10. "Try to Follow Me" ("날 따라 해봐요", "Follow Me"[a]) Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:09
11. "I Don't Care" (Reggae Remix) Teddy, e.knock Teddy, e.knock Sunwoo Jungah 3:52
12. "Can't Nobody" (English Version) Teddy Teddy Teddy 3:28
Total length:
43:50

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Album Chart[29] 1
Japan Oricon Weekly Album Chart 27
US Billboard World Albums[30] 7

Monthly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Album Chart 1

Yearly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
South Korea Gaon Album Chart 7

Chart precession[edit]

Preceded by
RealSlow is Back by Wheesung
South Korea Album Chart number one album
September 11, 2010
Succeeded by
Sungkyunkwan Scandal OST by Various Artists
Preceded by
Hurricane Venus by BoA
South Korea Album Chart monthly number one album
September, 2010
Succeeded by
Hoot by Girls' Generation

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
South Korea September 9, 2010 YG Entertainment, CJ E&M CD
Worldwide Digital download
Thailand October 28, 2010 GMM Grammy CD and DVD
Philippines January 15, 2011 Universal Records

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Result
2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards Album of the Year[31] Won

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