Congratulations, everyone! It appears as if we've survived the K-Pop-pocalypse. You know, how two of South Korea's girl-group titans, 2NE1 and Girls' Generation, both planned to release new music and videos in late-February/early-March? C'mon, do you even read the news??
Well, now that 2NE1 have seen GG's "Mr.Mr." wager and raised them two new videos for the Crush tracks "Come Back Home" and "Happy," it appears as if the dust has settled for the time being, and we can finally breathe. Oh wait, except we can't, because the clips have snatched our lungs, hearts, kidneys, and every other organ we need to function.
"Happy," meanwhile, goes straight for your pleasure centers, pairing 2NE1 with some adorably emotive animation. As the video progresses, the hand-drawn bells and whistles increase until you begin to question whether 2NE1 doesn't actually live in a half-animated paradise 24/7. (They don't, FYI. Actually, we'll get back to you.)
These two offerings kind of encapsulate everything that 2NE1 does best: playing with hard and soft and fusing polished K-Pop production with unexpected genres from across the globe. Needless to say, we're (still) crushing hard.
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