It’s taken them a whole year, but 2NE1 is finally back on the K-pop scene with their long-overdue new single, “Falling In Love.” The breezy summer jam sees the girls getting their Snoop Lion on by singing and rapping over a reggae hip-hop beat, making it the second time they’ve tackled the reggae genre (the first being their famous “I Don’t Care” remix).
Fans might recognize “Falling In Love” back from 2NE1′s “I Love You” promotions, where it was used as an intro for their Inkigayo comeback stage. If it had actually been released last year on time like it was supposed to be before the group’s album was pushed back, it would’ve sounded a lot fresher than it does now. While the song is still on trend, other group’s have already beat 2NE1 to the musical punch: Girls’ Generation did the Major Lazer dancehall sirens in “I Got a Boy,” and 2PM did the hip-hop dub wobbles thing in “A.D.T.O.Y.”
Blackjacks should love the official music video, which sees 2NE1 breaking away from their signature swagger and b-girl posturing to have some good old fashioned fun in the artificial sun. Seriously, they’re actually laughing and smiling — we can’t believe it! And they’re on a beach, and even though it’s a completely fake beach inside of a studio that looks like the set of a children’s TV show, it’s still nice to see 2NE1 out and pretending to get some fresh air.
Anyway, “Falling In Love” is already racing up the charts at alarming speed, so it looks like 2NE1′s little break hasn’t hurt their huge popularity in the slightest.
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