Cover INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: 2NE1 performs with 88rising onstage at the Coachella Stage during the 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 16, 2022 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)

A more familiar 'naega jeil jal naga' echoed on the Coachella stage over the weekend. 2NE1's beloved Park Bom, Dara, Minzy, and CL are back after their last performance at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2015

Somewhere between 2009 and 2015, the number of K-Pop fans around the world were relatively fewer than the ones we see today. The chart-topping and most followed third generation bands such as BTS, EXO, TWICE, BLACKPINK, and more have yet to exist and the love for Korean music is more of a niche interest than a worldwide phenomenon. 

In these years, the majority of the people you talk to on a daily basis may not have heard of the jargons 'bias,' 'idols,' 'fanchants,' and whatnot but play 2NE1's Fire or I Don't Care and everyone suddenly turns into the biggest K-Pop fan.

2NE1's Park Bom, Dara, Minzy, and CL have become modern classic figures, ones who can manufacture world hit songs overnight and whenever they please. 

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The influence of 2NE1 can never be measured by their awards and the number of their fans alone; the group was a pop sensation, something that allowed future generations of girl bands to move away from the traditional girl-next-door appeal.

When the girl group disbanded in 2016, their ever-devoted Blackjacks (as 2NE1’s fans are lovingly called) were disheartened—various petitions were posted online and the hashtag #ThankYou2NE1 trended on Twitter for days.

This is why when they returned on stage for Coachella 2022, the internet had nothing else to talk about.

For the first time in six years, 2NE1 reunited and performed their 2011 hit track I Am The Best on stage. Speculations about this much-awaited stage show arose shortly after the now-edited Weibo post of 88rising that mentioned and tagged 2NE1 and CL as part of the Head in the Clouds Forever lineup.

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There are many things that fans noticed while watching the short yet nostalgic show: some of them include the girls' unparalleled stage presence, Dara's iconic hair and shoe, and more.

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The final 2NE1 performance happened at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2015, where CL, the group's former leader, brought out the group as part of her solo set, similar to what happened at the 2022 Coachella stage. 

CL performed two of her solo singles Spicy from her album Alpha and her 2015 trap hip hop Hello Bitches.


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