2NE1 (2011 EP)

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2NE1 / Nolza
EP by 2NE1
Released July 28, 2011 (2011-07-28)
(see release history)
Recorded 2011
Length 21:41
Label YG Entertainment
Producer Teddy Park, Kush, Lydia Paek
2NE1 chronology
To Anyone
2NE1 1st Live Concert (Nolza!)
Singles from 2NE1
  1. "Lonely"
    Released: May 12, 2011
  2. "I Am the Best"
    Released: June 24, 2011
  3. "Hate You"
    Released: July 21, 2011
  4. "Ugly"
    Released: July 27, 2011
Singles from Nolza
  1. "I Am the Best[2]"
    Released: July 21, 2011
  2. "Hate You[3]"
    Released: August 10, 2011
  3. "Ugly[4]"
    Released: August 31, 2011

2NE1 is the second extended play of South Korean girl group 2NE1 was released on July 28, 2011, by YG Entertainment in distribution by KMP Holdings in South Korea. It contains six songs composed and produced by Korean producers Teddy Park and Kush.[5] The Japanese version of the EP titled Nolza (stylized as NOLZA) was released in Japan on September 21, 2011 in three editions: CD Only, CD+DVD (Type A) and CD+DVD (Type B).[6] Five of the six tracks were released as official digital singles. "Don't Stop the Music" was initially released as commercial feature single "Don't Stop the Music (Yamaha "Fiore" CF Theme Song)".

This album was declared as the Best Album of 2011 in the 3rd MelOn Music Awards.

Development and background[edit]

On April 18, 2011, 2NE1 announced they would postpone their debut to Japan due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and would resume Korean release plans, pushing their extended play's promotions forward, from April to July.[7]

Plans for the album's promotions were later released on YG Life's blog on April 27, 2011, where the group stated that they we will be releasing a new single every three weeks leading up to the album's release. The group stated that the reason behind this plan was because they were more than satisfied with the level of quality in the album's tracklist and intended to use them all as title tracks for this promotion .[8] The promotions of the album ended in August 21, on SBS's "Inkigayo".

The group then announced that they will also release the album in Japan and will be titled as 'Nolza'. They made their debut on Music Station on September 2, 2011. The group performed 'I Am The Best'.[citation needed]

The mini album was released in Taiwan on August 28, 2011 under Warner Music Taiwan and it debuted atop G-Music Combo charts on its first week of release, making it the first #1 release of the group in the country.[9]

Furthermore, the album is also ranked 6th on Spin magazine's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2011.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Korean EP: 2NE1 2nd Mini Album[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Am The Best (내가 제일 잘 나가)"   3:30
2. "Ugly"   4:08
3. "Lonely"   3:29
4. "Hate You"   3:33
5. "Don't Cry (Bom solo)"   3:12
6. "Don't Stop the Music" (New version - with alternative lyrics) 3:50
Total length:

Japanese EP: Nolza[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Am The Best" (Japanese) 3:31
2. "Ugly" (Japanese) 4:11
3. "Lonely" (Japanese) 3:30
4. "Hate You" (Japanese) 3:33
5. "Don't Stop the Music" (Japanese) 3:50
Total length:


Album chart[edit]

Korean version[edit]

Chart Peak
South Korea Gaon Weekly album chart[11] 1
South Korea Gaon Monthly album chart[11] 1
U.S. Billboard World albums[12] 4

Japanese version (Nolza)[edit]

Oricon Chart[edit]
Released Oricon Chart Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
September 21, 2011 Daily Albums Chart 1 25,792 48,218 4 weeks
Weekly Albums Chart[13] 1
Monthly Albums Chart 11

Single chart[edit]

Song Peak chart position
Gaon Chart[11] K-Pop Billboard[14] RIAJ Chart[15]
"Don't Stop the Music" 3
"Don't Cry" 1
"Lonely" 1
"I Am The Best" 1 21 37
"Hate You" 3[16] 14
"Ugly" 1[17] 3 50

Other songs charted[edit]

Song Peak position
Gaon Chart[11]
"Don't Stop the Music (Yamaha "Fiore" CF Version)" 23

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales[18] 115,819 (2013)

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Title
South Korea July 28, 2011 CD, Digital download KMP Holdings 2NE1 2nd Mini Album
Worldwide Digital download YG Entertainment
Taiwan August 26, 2011 CD, Digital download Warner Music Taiwan Zuixin Guanjun Mini 2 Ji Taiwan Duzhan Haohua Xianding Pan
Japan September 21, 2011 (Japanese version) CD, Digital download Avex Group, YG Entertainment Nolza
Philippines May 26, 2012 CD Universal Records, YG Entertainment 2NE1 2nd Mini Album
Thailand[19] October 7, 2011 CD GMM Grammy 2NE1 2nd Mini Album


  1. ^ "20 Best Pop Albums of 2011". Spin. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2NE1(トゥエニィワン)遂に日本デビュー決定、驚きの企画も (2NE1 (To~uenyiwan) finally Japan debut decision, also surprise of planning)" (in Japanese). Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ ""BIGBANGの妹分"2NE1、配信シングル第2弾先行配信スタート "BIGBANG of little sister" 2NE1, delivery single 2nd preceding delivery start" (in Japanese). Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "〈2NE1〉COUNTDOWN DIGITAL SINGLE第3弾" (in Japanese). Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2NE1 2nd Mini Album (EP) at Soribada". Soribada. July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY / 2NE1(トゥエニィワン) Japan official website" (in Japanese). Avex. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gil, Hye-seong (March 16, 2011). "양현석 "2NE1, 日안정되면 언제든 활동OK..韓활동먼저"" [Yang Hyun Suk: "2NE1, waiting until Japanese situation is stable"]. Nate News (in Korean). SK Communications. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2NE1 announces Bom’s solo, new mini-album, and first concert info". April 17, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "G-MUSIC COMBO CHARTS Year 2011 Week 35" (in Chinese). September 1, 2011. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2011 December 22, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012
  11. ^ a b c d "Gaon search - 2NE1" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "2NE1 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "【オリコン】2NE1、初登場首位デビュー…韓国女性グループ最速6日". Oricon (in Japanese). September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. 2011-08-25. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  15. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2011年09月07日~2011年09月13日 (RIAJ's Weekly chart for September 13)" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  16. ^ http://gaonchart.co.kr/digital_chart/index.php?nationGbn=T&current_week=32&current_year=2011&chart_Time=week
  17. ^ http://gaonchart.co.kr/digital_chart/index.php?nationGbn=T&current_week=33&current_year=2011&chart_Time=week
  18. ^ "Gaon album chart". Gaon (in Korean). Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ "2NE1: The 2nd Mini Album (Thailand Edition)". BoomerangShop.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 

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