2NE1 (2009 EP)

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EP by 2NE1
Released July 8, 2009 (2009-07-08)
Recorded 2009
Length 25:30
Label YG Entertainment
2NE1 chronology
To Anyone
Singles from 2NE1
  1. "Lollipop"
    Released: March 27, 2009
  2. "Fire"
    Released: May 6, 2009
  3. "I Don't Care"
    Released: July 1, 2009
Alternative cover
Artwork for most of Asian releases
Artwork for most of Asian releases

2NE1, also known as 2NE1 1st Mini Album,[1] is the self-titled debut extended play of South Korean girl group 2NE1. It contains seven songs composed and produced by Korean producers Teddy Park and Kush. The album was released July 8, 2009.


2NE1's first song was "Lollipop", digitally released on March 27, 2009. The song was created for LG Cyon to promote their Lollipop phone, and it was a joint release with Big Bang; the commercial/music video debuted on March 28, 2009.[2] Although it was not a promoted single (as it was an advertisement song, there were problems with network chart eligibility),[3] "Lollipop" proved to be a strong chart hit, going to #1 on various online charts[3] and topping music television network M.Net's online chart for four weeks in a row.[4] It was also profiled in Perez Hilton's blog.[5] However, questions were raised about the group's future, as the song's success was attributed to the popularity of Big Bang.[6]

On April 30, Yang Hyun-suk revealed that 2NE1's debut song would be a hip hop/reggae song, and that it would be digitally released on May 6, 2009.[7] Titled "Fire", the song was fully written and produced by 1TYM's Teddy Park.[8] Teasers of the song were released on their official website at the beginning of May, with a 20-second clip released on May 1.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

On its first day, it recorded 50,000 sales in pre-orders. Their debut was a success on the Korean charts, and it headed straight to number 1 for its debut week, in which It sold 13,675 copies.

YG stated that the EP had already reached the 80,000 sales mark within 2 weeks, which is impressive since 2NE1 is only a rookie. [10] By the end of 2009 2NE1 sold approximately 100,000 copies.[11] It continued to show strong sales by charting on the 2010 year end chart for Gaon, selling an additional 40,949 copies. Total sales for the release are believed to be 140,949 copies.


  • "Lollipop", written and produced by Teddy Park, was digitally released on March 27, 2009. Despite not being promoted traditionally by both groups, the song nonetheless was a major success in South Korea; giving the girls a number #1 song before their debut.
  • "Fire" was the official single from the album. Released in May, the song became a hit on various on- and offline charts. It was released as planned on May 6, with two versions of the music video — a "space" version and a "street" version — released the same day.[12] The videos received over one million views in a day;[13] the viewcount then increased to two million.[14]
  • "I Don't Care" was the third single from 2NE1, co-produced by Teddy and YG's newly signed rising producer Kush. Soon after its release, the music video was also profiled in Perez Hilton's blog who declared them his "favorite" Korean girl-group.[15] The single proved to be their most successful endeavor and went on to win Song of the Year at the 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards, making them the first girl group and group in general to win the esteemed award the same year of debut, and the second rookie to win after Bigbang for "Lies" (2007).


The group's first performance of the song was on May 17, 2009, on SBS's Inkigayo.[14] beginning the group's activities. Their first performance was also included in Perez Hilton's blog once again, showing his interest towards the group.[16]

Both the song and the group have been very popular online, with the song topping M.Net's online chart and the group's name becoming a top search term.[17] The group was also rewarded with three Cyworld Digital Music Awards, with both "Lollipop" and "Fire" winning "Song of the Month" awards and the group winning "Rookie of the Month" for May 2009.[18] They received their first Mutizen award during their fourth stage performance in SBS Inkigayo (Popular Song) on June 14, 2009. They received their second Mutizen award on SBS Inkigayo (Popular Song) on June 21, 2009. For closed the promotion of the first mini album was released the song "In The Club" as first promotional single of the album.

Track listing[edit]

1."Fire"Teddy Park3:43
2."I Don't Care"Teddy Park, Kush3:59
3."In the Club"Teddy Park, Kush3:45
4."Let's Go Party"Teddy Park, Kush, Masta Wu3:48
5."Pretty Boy"Teddy Park, Kush3:25
6."Stay Together"Teddy Park, Kush3:44
7."Lollipop" (Bonus track with Big Bang)Teddy Park3:05


  • Mastering: Tom Coyne (Sterling Sound)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
South Korea July 8, 2009 YG Entertainment CD
Thailand July 6, 2010 GMM Grammy CD
Philippines January 15, 2011 Universal Records CD+DVD
Japan March 16, 2011 Rhythm Zone CD, CD+DVD

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-giving body Nominated Work Category Result Ref
2009 GQ Awards 2NE1 1st Mini Album This Year's Album (Album of the Year) Won
Rhythmer Awards 2NE1 1st Mini Album R&B Album of the Year Nominated
11th Mnet Asian Music Awards I Don't Care Song of the Year Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards I Don't Care Song of the Year Won [19]
GQ Awards I Don't Care Song of the Year Won
11th Mnet Asian Music Awards Fire Best Music Video Won [20]


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  2. ^ (in Korean) Lee, Duna. '여자빅뱅' CF통해 모습 공개한다 ("Female Big Bang" First Shown Through Commercial). uKopia. March 26, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  3. ^ a b (in Korean) Im, I-rang. 빅뱅-2NE1 '롤리팝', CM송 최초 가요프로 1위 될까? (Big Bang-2NE1 "Lollipop", First Commercial Song to Hit #1 on Network Music Shows?). MyDaily. April 17, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  4. ^ (in Korean) Kim, Hyeong-woo. 빅뱅-2NE1 ‘롤리팝’ 엠넷차트 4주연속 1위 기염 (Big Bang-2NE1 "Lollipop" M-Net 4-Week #1)[permanent dead link]. Joins.com/Newsen. April 28, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
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  6. ^ (in Korean) 빅뱅에 숟가락 얹은 ‘2NE1’ 성공할 수 있을까? (Big Bang's Helping Hand for 2NE1; Can They Succeed?). Kukinews. April 14, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  7. ^ (in Korean) 양현석 "2NE1 데뷔곡은 레게풍 힙합곡" (Yang Hyeon-seok "2NE1's Debut Song is Reggae/Hip-Hop Song"). SBS News. April 30, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  8. ^ (in Korean) 신예 여성그룹 2NE1, 첫 타이틀곡 `파이어` 발표 (New Female Group 2NE1, First Single "Fire" Released) Archived 2009-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.. Korea Economic Daily. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  9. ^ (in Korean) Yoon, Hyeon-jin. 2NE1, 음원공개 하루만에 20만접속 ‘폭주’ (2NE1, 200,000 Viewer "Explosion" Day After Teaser Release)[permanent dead link]. Joins.com. May 2, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
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  12. ^ (in Korean) 2NE1, 두 가지 버전의 `파이어` 뮤비 공개 (2NE1, 2 Version of "Fire" Video Released) Archived 2009-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.. Hankyung. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  13. ^ (in Korean) Park, Sae-yeon. 2NE1, 2009 최고신인 되나? ‘파이어’ M/V 1백만 클릭 ‘대박’ (2NE1, 2009 Best New Group? "Fire" Music Video Receives 1 Million Clicks, "Huge Success")[permanent dead link]. JoongAng Ilbo/Newsen. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  14. ^ a b (in Korean) Park, Yeong-woong. 2NE1, 뮤비 공개 하루만에 2백만 조회…17일 첫 무대 (2NE1, Music Video Debut Has 2 Million Views...17th is First Performance). MyDaily. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  15. ^ [2] Perez Hilton: New 2NE1!
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  Perez Hilton: 2NE1 – Fire (Live!)
  17. ^ (in Korean) Kim, Hui-jeong. 2NE1, 가요계에 돌풍 일으키나? (2NE1, a K-Pop Blast?) Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine.. Korea Economic Daily. June 1, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  18. ^ (in Korean) Lee, Hyae-rin. 2NE1, 디지털 뮤직어워드 3관왕 기염① (2NE1, 3-Time Digital Music Award Winners). Asia Economy. June 10, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
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  20. ^ "2009 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. 

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