2NE1 [YG Entertainment]

Girl group 2NE1 will release a new album on February 24, according to their agency on Thursday.

YG Entertainment’s chief Yang Hyun-suk made the announcement through YG’s blog (www.yg-life.com), adding that the upcoming release will be the girls’ second studio album, their first full-length record in four years.

He also stated that the album will be named “CRUSH” and contain a total of ten songs, with all of them entirely new tunes except for one that will be the Korean version of a song they released in Japan before.

Also, three of the songs in the album will be written and composed by 2NE1’s leader CL, making it the first time she will show her talent as a singer-songwriter, Yang said.

He then added, “It’s up to you to evaluate her music once it’s out but if I had to describe what I felt upon hearing her music for the first time in one word, it would be ‘surprising.’ And it’s because I never expected CL, who has been with YG for eight years, to make songs, and also because they were so good that it was hard to believe it was her first time making songs.”

The tunes to “CRUSH” will be revealed online on the midnight of February 24 and go on sale in stores the following week.

The music video to the title track, set to cost the most in 2NE1’s music career, will see its teaser video unveiled on February 24 as well and the completed version four days later.

The girls will give their first performances for songs from the new album at the first leg of their forthcoming world tour, named “AON (ALL OR NOTHING),” in Seoul, Korea on March 1 and 2.

The girls will then hold a total of 17 shows in 13 cities across nine countries including Japan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Reporter. Jessica Kim

Courtesy of YG Entertainment