2NE1’s Album Ranks 6th on Rolling Stone’s Top 20 Pop Albums of 2014 List


America has been a tough market for K-pop acts over the past decade, even with the success of “Gangnam Style” back in 2012. Leave it to the ladies of 2NE1 to “crush” that precedent.

Last week, Rolling Stone named 2NE1’s Crush, the quartet’s first full album since 2011, No. 6 on their list of Top 20 Pop Albums of 2014. Crush beat out some stiff competition, including Ed Sheeran’s X, Pharrell’s GIRL and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

2NE1 was the only Asian artist to be featured on the list after Crush quickly jumped up to No. 61 on the Billboard 200 list after its release and became the highest-selling K-pop album ever in the U.S.

“The album itself was no stiff,” Rolling Stone wrote. “In fact, it’s a canny downshift from the wigged-out ‘I Am the Best’ maximalist mash-ups of the past.”



In particular, Rolling Stone praised Crush for “Happy” and “Good to You” while singling out “MTBD,” CL’s solo track that sparked some controversy for its use of Quran quotes.

2NE1 has had a busy year in America. Since releasing the album back in February, they’ve made appearances on The Bachelor and America’s Next Top Model. 2NE1 and their fellow YG labelmate Big Bang have been consistently among the most recognized Korean artists by Western media for the last few years. G-dragon and CL, for example, recently collaborated with Skrillex and Diplo’s track “Dirty Vibe.”

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com

Sandy Vu of SISU = the New Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs?

I think I have a new female rock star crush – and she goes by Sandy Vu. While fans of Karen O might find some similarities between Vu and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer, I think Vu has something going on for herself. She’s still in your face like Karen O, but does it in a manner that gets under your skin in a more subtle way. Did I also mention she’s also incredibly gorgeous?

Formerly of the group The Dum Dum Girls, Vu branched off for a solo venture as SISU. Catch the artist’s first single “Harpoons” off her upcoming solo debut album, BloodTears (which will be released on September 17). You can watch the music video for “Harpoons” below!