Park Bom

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Bom
Park Bom at the Samsung Passion Talk on September 2013 01.jpg
Bom at the Samsung Passion Talk in September 2013
Native name 박봄
Born Park Bom
(1984-03-24) March 24, 1984 (age 32)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Jenny Park
Occupation Singer
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels YG Entertainment (2006–2016)
Associated acts

Park Bom (born March 24, 1984), better known mononymously as Bom, is a South Korean singer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and studied in the United States. She was a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1, formerly signed under YG Entertainment.[1] The group announced their disbandment on November 25, 2016.

Park Bom began her musical career in 2006, featuring on singles released by label-mates Big Bang, Lexy, and Masta Wu. In 2009, she made her debut as a member of 2NE1 as the main vocalist.

She has also released two solo singles, "You and I" and "Don't Cry". Both singles reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, the national music chart of South Korea.[2] "You and I" was also awarded "Best Digital Single" at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Park Bom was born in Seoul, South Korea, on March 24, 1984.[citation needed] Her elder sister, Park Go-eun, is a cellist.[3]

When she was in the sixth grade, Park Bom left Korea on her own to study in the United States. She graduated from Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, and enrolled at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, majoring in psychology.[citation needed]

As a high school student, she became interested in music through Mariah Carey, whom she describes as one of her biggest musical influences. Although she wanted to pursue a career in music, her parents would not allow her to. However, with encouragement from her aunt, she transferred to Berklee College of Music without their knowledge.[citation needed]

She returned to Korea to pursue a music career there and repeatedly auditioned to join YG Entertainment, where she was accepted into the company after three years of auditioning.[citation needed] In 2006, she featured on two of Big Bang's earliest singles, "We Belong Together"[4] and "Forever With You".[5] She also collaborated with Lexy (on "Baby Boy") and Red Roc (on "Along My Way"), and appeared in a series of promotional music videos for Samsung Anycall entitled "Anystar", alongside Lee Hyori, G-Dragon, and Gummy.

In 2008, she was featured in label-mate Kim Ji-eun's music video for "Tell Me Once More".

2009–2014: Debut with 2NE1 and Solo activities[edit]

Main article: 2NE1

Park Bom was placed as the main vocalist of 2NE1, alongside CL, Sandara Park and Minzy. The group then collaborated with label-mates Big Bang for the song "Lollipop" before officially debuting on SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed "Fire". The group achieved significant success with the number-one single "I Don't Care" from their first extended play, 2NE1, which won them the "Song of the Year" award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards, making them the first rookie group to win a daesang in the same year of debut.

In August 2009, after finishing promotions for their debut single "I Don't Care", the members of 2NE1 took a break to focus on individual activities. Bom released her first solo single "You and I", which took the number one spot on the Gaon Chart for the month of November.[citation needed] It eventually won 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.[citation needed]

In late 2010, Bom featured on GD & TOP's single "Oh Yeah", appearing on both the Korean and Japanese versions of the song as well as the Japanese music video. "Oh Yeah" peaked at number two on the Gaon Chart upon release.[6]

On April 21, 2011, Bom released a second solo digital single, "Don't Cry". The song was a success and achieved a "Perfect All-Kill" on Instiz, placing number one on seven local music charts.[7] The same year, Bom featured on the song "Having an Affair", performed by G-Dragon and comedian Park Myeong-su in a duo project called GG for the Infinite Challenge Music Festival. G-Dragon praised Bom, saying that ‘‘In every song that her voice goes, it’s a hit. Her voice is very good”.[8] "Having an Affair" was another hit and was the second most downloaded song of 2011.[9]

In 2013, Bom formed a sub-unit group with label-mate Lee Hi, known as "BOM&HI". The duo released a rendition of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" on December 17.[10] The same year, she also featured on the Japanese version of G-Dragon's single "Black".[11]

In 2014, Bom joined the cast of SBS's Roommate, a reality show which features eleven celebrities living together in a share house. She shortly withdrew from the show as the result of a drug scandal that had surfaced.[12]

2015–2016: Hiatus and Departure from YG Entertainment[edit]

After news of the scandal broke, Bom went into a hiatus from the entertainment industry. Her next appearance was in December 2015, performing with 2NE1 at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.[13][14]

On November 25, 2016, YG Entertainment announced the disbandment of the group. YG also revealed that former members CL & Sandara signed a solo contract, hinting at the departure of Park Bom from the company.[15]

2017: Last single with 2NE1[edit]

She did, however, take part in 2NE1's final song "Goodbye", released on January 21, 2017.

Scandal[edit]

In 2010, Park was under investigation for drug smuggling (80 amphetamine containing tablets) through international mail.[16][17] A package, sent by family members residing in the U.S. to Park residing in South Korea, was stopped at Incheon International Airport customs. Park was put under investigation but was never charged.[17]

In a statement issued by YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun-suk, he spoke against the allegations of preferential treatment. He explained that the drug was illegal in South Korea but legal in the United States. She was unable to travel to the U.S. during that time due to her busy schedule as a 2NE1 member. Park contacted her U.S. physician to refill her medication. He further explained that Park sought out medical care from South Korean physicians and had undergone therapy but proved to be not as effective as her treatment in the U.S. In 2010, at the time of investigation, she had provided the prosecutor her medical records from her U.S. hospital confirming her diagnoses as well as ongoing treatment plan.[18]

Segye Ilbo broke the story on the first of July 2014 and created a scandal for the singer,[citation needed] which led to her departure from the reality TV show Roommate.[19] She suspended domestic activities as of August 15 of 2014.. However, she fulfilled her international contractual obligations for remaining dates of the ALL OR NOTHING tour and YG FAMILY POWER tour.[citation needed] Park continued to be inactive from 2014 until 2016 because of the scandal.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

For Park Bom's works with 2NE1, see 2NE1 discography.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
[20]
2006 "Anystar" (with G-Dragon & Gummy) Non-album single
2009 "You and I" 1

KOR: 5,387,231+

To Anyone
2011 "Don't Cry" 1 KOR: 3,121,883+ 2NE1
2011 "Having an Affair" (with G-Dragon & Park Myeong-su) 1 KOR: 4,172,894+ Infinite Challenge
2013 "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (with Lee Hi) 5 KOR: 273,832+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
[20]
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 & TOP ft. Bom) 1 KOR: GD & TOP
2012 "Up" (Epik High ft. Park Bom) 1 KOR: 99
2013 "Black (Japanese Version)" (G-Dragon ft. Bom) One of a Kind + Heartbreaker
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Girlfriends Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Style Cameo SBS
2014 Roommate Original Cast SBS

MV Appearances[edit]

  • 2006: "We Belong Together"
  • 2007: "Tell Me Once More"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award[21] Category Nominated work Result
2009
4th Cyworld Digital Music Awards
Most Iconic Kpop Song Ever You and I Won
2010
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Digital Single[22] Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Park Bom number one on Gaon chart with Don't Cry". Goan Music Chart. Gaon. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Tse, Tiffany. "2NE1's Park Bom makes an appearance at her older sister's cello recital!". KMusic. officiallykmusic.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Big Bang – First Single". YG Entertainment (in Korean). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Big Bang – Third Single". YG Entertainment (in Korean). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2011년 01주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kim, Sunny (April 20, 2011). "Park Bom's "Don't Cry" Achieves An All-Kill!". MTVK. Viacom Inc. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ https://welovebom.com/2011/06/10/news-featuring-park-bom-gds-request-bom-has-a-good-singing-voice-g-dragon/
  9. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2012/03/gaon-reveals-top-100-digital-single-chart-for-2011
  10. ^ http://m.asiatoday.co.kr/en/view.php?key=910163
  11. ^ http://ygladies.com/news/131108-g-dragon-release-japanese-ver-black-featuring-park-bom-november-27th
  12. ^ "2NE1 Park Bom's Career Drowns with Drug Scandal; Cover-up by the Media to Divert Attention from Sewol Ferry Tragedy?". Venture Capital Post. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  13. ^ "2NE1's Surprise Reunion: K-Pop Group Reforms at Awards Show". Fuse. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  14. ^ "2NE1 Make Surprise Comeback Live at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards". PopCrush. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  15. ^ http://entertain.naver.com/music/now/read?oid=311&aid=0000676645
  16. ^ "[단독] 걸그룹 '2NE1' 박봄 마약 밀수 '봐주기'". NAVER. World Times. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Song, Myung - Hoon (1 July 2014). "박봄 '마약밀수 혐의' 입건유예…뒤늦게 논란". KBS. Korean Broadcasting System. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "양현석 해명 "박봄, 하루 아침에 마약 밀수자가…" [전문]". SBS CNBC. NBC Universal. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  19. ^ Ock, Hyun-ju (24 July 2014). "2NE1's Park Bom to step down from TV show 'Roommate'". Asia One. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd . Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search: Park Bom". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  21. ^ http://www.ygfamily.com/artist/About.asp?LANGDIV=E&ATYPE=2&ARTIDX=30
  22. ^ "2010 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived March 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-14.

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