YG Entertainment founder Yang Hyun Suk recently sat down for a candid interview with Korean news outlet Daily Sports at his newly opened restaurant in Hongdae. While many of the interview questions relate to BIGBANG as well as his private life and career, he also has the opportunity to talk about YG’s flagship female group 2NE1 as well as the company’s successful male group WINNER.
Daily Sports comments, “2NE1 have really been missed during the recent battle amongst girl groups.”
“As I watch the battle between so many girl groups lately, I think to myself that I want to hear a song by 2NE1,” Yang Hyun Suk says. “The reason is that there are not many groups who make music with the same amount of personality as 2NE1. CL‘s solo debut in America is coming up soon, and I think that if CL succeeds, it will have a good influence on 2NE1’s comeback as well.”
Daily Sports also says that fans of the group WINNER feel a bit mistreated. Yang Hyun Suk replies, “There’s a misunderstanding that our company only takes care of BIGBANG and iKon. But it’s really just that: a misunderstanding. BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKon are all male groups and so you could call them three brother groups. The feelings of duty and responsibility about taking care of all of them are exactly the same.”
He goes on to say, “Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet, WINNER is currently working hard on their next album. It looks like we’ll be able to share some good news about it soon.”
Are you looking forward to hearing more from 2NE1 and WINNER?