Park Bom at the Samsung Passion Talk in September 2013
March 24, 1984
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Bak Bom|
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. "You and I" was also awarded "Best Digital Single" at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Early life and career
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.
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.
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. In 2006, she featured on two of Big Bang's earliest singles, "We Belong Together" and "Forever With You". 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 starred as the lead actress in label mate Kim Ji Eun's music video for "Tell Me Once More".
YG Entertainment stated in early 2009 that they would be debuting a new four-member group that had been training 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", with "NE" being an abbreviation of "New Evolution". Park Bom was placed in 2NE1 as the main vocalist, alongside CL, Minzy and Sandara Park.
2NE1's first release was "Lollipop", a collaboration with Big Bang in promotion for LG phones. The group made their official debut with the digital single "Fire", produced by Teddy Park of 1TYM. Their first live performance was on SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009. Shortly afterwards, 2NE1's self-titled first EP was released, for which the group promoted the title track "I Don’t Care". The EP sold approximately 100,000 copies and was the third best-selling album of the year on the Hanteo chart.
In 2010, the group returned with the single "Follow Me", which was number one on the Gaon Music Chart for the week of February 13. 2NE1's first full-length album To Anyone was released on September 9, 2010. They promoted the album with the three title tracks "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody". On October 31, a single called "It Hurts" was released for Halloween. The album was a success, and 2NE1 took eleven music show wins during their promotions. To Anyone went on to sell over 150,000 copies.
In 2011, following the success of their full-length album, 2NE1 released their second self-titled EP. This contained six tracks including Park Bom's solo song, "Don't Cry".
The group returned after three years with the 2014 full-length album Crush, which received great acclaim in the US as well as in South Korea, charting at #61 on the Billboard 200 and appearing on lists of the best albums of 2014 by Billboard and Fuse.
The same year, Park Bom withdrew from a reality television show she was participating in, SBS's Roommate, as the result of a drug scandal that had surfaced. Following a hiatus, her next appearance was in December 2015, performing with 2NE1 at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
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.
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, with CL, Dara and Park Bom releasing solo singles. Bom's single "You and I" took the number one spot on the Gaon Chart for the month of November and 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.
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.
On April 21, 2011, Bom released a second solo digital single, "Don't Cry". The same year, Bom featured on the song "Having an Affair", performed by G-Dragon of Big Bang and comedian Park Myeong-su in a duo project called GG.
In 2010, Bom was under investigation for drug smuggling (80 amphetamine containing tablets) through international mail. A package, sent by family members residing in the US to Park Bom residing in South Korea, was stopped at Incheon International Airport customs. Park Bom was never charged and prosecuted, yielding speculation the case was not properly handled because of her celebrity status.
In a statement issued by YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun-suk he spoke against the allegations of preferential treatment. He explained the drug in questions was in fact illegal in South Korea for its amphetamine component but legal in the United States; and what had occurred was an honest mistake of one being ignorant of medication formulation and laws related to illegal components. He further explained Park Bom sought out medical care from South Korean physicians and was prescribed therapy which had not been as effective as when she was in the United States. As she was unable to travel to the US during that time due to her busy schedule as a 2NE1 member, she contacted her US physician to address her concerns and had previous treatment therapy refilled. In 2010, at the time of investigation, she had provided to the prosecutor her medical records from her US hospital confirming her diagnoses as well as ongoing mental health treatment plan, supposedly for PTSD, depression and ADD.
Segye Ilbo broke the story on the first of July 2014 and created a scandal for the singer. Park choose to leave her reality TV show Roommate. She suspended domestic activities after August 15th (AIA REAL LIFE : NOW FESTIVAL 2014, YG Family Concert) and for the remainder of 2014, only fulfilled her international contractual obligations for remaining dates of ALL OR NOTHING tour and YG FAMILY POWER tour. She continues to be inactive and on reflection for the 2010 incident which resulted in the 2014 drug scandal.
|2006||"Anystar" (with G-Dragon & Gummy)||—||Non-album single|
|2009||"You and I"||1||
|2011||"Don't Cry"||1||KOR: 2,935,930||2NE1|
|2011||"Having an Affair" (with G-Dragon & Park Myeong-su)||1||KOR: 3,625,939||Infinite Challenge|
|2013||"All I Want For Christmas Is You" (with Lee Hi)||5||KOR: 125,655|
|"—" 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 & 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.|
- 2006: "We Belong Together"
- 2007: "Tell Me Once More"
Awards and nominations
||Most Iconic Kpop Song Ever||You and I||Won|
||Best Digital Single||Won|
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- Cumulative sales for To Anyone:
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