Rolling Stone names 2NE1's Crush one of the top 20 albums of the year
Korean pop sensation 2NE1 made history when the Rolling Stone Magazine declared their hit album Crush one of the top 20 pop albums of 2014. Taking the No. 6 spot on the magazine's "20 Best Pop Albums of 2014" list, 2NE1 beat out big-name artists such as Shakira and Sam Smith, as well as Pharrell Williams and One Direction.
Released on February 27 of this year, Crush is only the K-pop group’s second full-length album. The album broke a number of records, including becoming K-pop’s biggest-selling album in the U.S. and opening at No. 61 on the Billboard 200 chart, the highest debut spot for a K-pop album.
Check out the title track off the record-breaking album:
Crush was the only album released by an Asian group to be included on the list. The No. 1 spot on the list went to Charli XCX for her hit album Sucker, followed closely by 1989 by Taylor Swift.
Watch Park Min Young and Ji Chang Wook team up in the thrilling action romance Healer:
Here's what Rolling Stone had to say about 2NE1:
"Almost two years after K-pop first giddily barged into America's imagination, the genre hasn't sustained a post-"Gangnam Style" wave, but the Seoul machine keeps humming. Female foursome 2NE1, buoyed by a cameo on The Bachelor, moved more units of their album in its first week of release than any previous Korean act. That was about it for sales records, but the album itself was no stiff; in fact, it's a canny downshift from the wigged-out "I Am the Best" maximalist mash-ups of the past. "Happy" is a sunny, strummy jaunt with no manic gimmicks and the ballad "Good to You" soars and sweet-talks likably. But Crush's centerpiece is "MTBD," which spotlights group member CL on a bratty squirt of EDM-hip-pop with a bubblegum trap groove."
Congratulations to 2NE1!