12:37 pm - 02/15/2013



On these shores, Korean pop music—more popularly known as K-Pop—is perhaps most identified with the club-ready electronic beats and slickly tuxedoed look of global phenomenon (and newly crowned “King of YouTube”) PSY. So why is K-Pop duo 2YOON heel-toeing in a barnyard in their new video? Why are they wearing overalls? Why is there a saloon in the background? And more important: what’s with their new K-Pop-goes-country sound?

Country music and K-Pop may seem like strange bedfellows right now, but musicians and producers are betting that this unlikely union could yield the next chart-busting hit. Meaning: we could start hearing American-music influences in one of the world’s most popular and dynamic pop genres.

In a recent interview with TIME, 2YOON’s Gayoon (who, seemingly inspired by Dr. Seuss, shares the stage with a partner named Jiyoon) explains that the duo listened to country music before recording their first album, Harvest Moon, released in January. Artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, they thought, seemed to have something that was missing from the music they made as members of the girl group 4minute (from which 2YOON splintered). “Country music is very easy listening and very relaxed,” she says, through a translator, noting that K-pop music and dance are much more regimented.

More than that, both found something fresh in contemporary country music. The sound “was unfamiliar to the Korean audience,” says Gayoon. “We were the first to mix country and K-pop. It was a brand-new genre.” A genre they—as the newly formed 2YOON—hoped would differentiate themselves in an already crowded market. “It was time for us to show a different side,” says Jiyoon.

4minute members Jeon Jiyoon and Heo Gayoon who used to perform with boldness and grandeur have returned sweet-looking and pure.

2YOON’s first mini album ‘Harvest Moon’ and country pop title track ‘24/7’ have opened a new path in Korea’s music industry. Their addictive choreography is also overwhelmingly energetic. Jiyoon’s tomboyish look and Gayoon’s feminine image have transformed them into country girls of West USA.

This double charisma has captivated fans of many age groups but what does 2YOON like to wear when they are not on stage? A reporter was able to find out from 2YOON during an interview in a cafe.

Gentle Girl Jeon Jiyoon:

I like to cook nowadays, always doing this and that at home. We were lucky to win an oven from ‘1000 Songs Challenge’ so I have been wanting to make dishes with it every day. Hahaha.

My second concern is English? I’m watching a lot of popular American dramas these days and making an effort to learn English. I also like hotel design and management. I’m the type that would try if I don’t know whether something is good. The book I read recently called ‘What Is Management’ has taught me a lot of things.

Brave Girl Heo Gayoon:

I am madly in love with motorbikes recently. I wonder how it’d be like if I get to the practice room from our dorm on a motorbike, but I’m scared of the attention from people.

I love fashion. I’ve planned for 2YOON’s style this time and I always adjust my own style after looking at our photos. I’m close with Go Junhee unnie and she gets serious when she is teaching me about fashion. We have the same interests so we chat a lot.

I hope to get a snake the most. I really really like snakes. This is the snake year and I was also born in the year of snake, so I pleaded them to get a snake for our cover shoot. But since snakes don’t belong to the country style, we could only use chicks. Hahaha!

and before my post gets flooded with surgery accusations, heo gayoon has always been this slim, svelte and stunning.

flumes 15th-Feb-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
gayoon is beautiful but she did lose weight and probably changed something. that doesn't mean that it's wrong because it's not and it's really none of our business but don't deny it.

also 24/7 still sucks.

that jihyun/sohyun shoot is soooo pretty god ilit.

anyway this whole post is cute everyone is perf in it
girlsday 15th-Feb-2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
she probably just gets botox like everyone else

also nope it rocks SO MUCH

also thanks. ;]
flumes 15th-Feb-2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
the song? it does not.

also i didnt mean u but i did mean the rest
stephantasm 15th-Feb-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
misoras 15th-Feb-2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
smh let people take the unintended compliment
girlsday 15th-Feb-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
don't front now
babydollnana 15th-Feb-2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
I love these girls so much, bless you OP for this super post

Sohyun and Jihyun look gorgeous in those pictures, as does Gayoon in that Nylontv video, she's even working those green eyebrows. I love that black and white outfit she was wearing at whatever even that was, damn.

Also lol any opportunity to get a snake involved!
asnindie 15th-Feb-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
I heard Pominit are making a comeback after the 24/7 promo is over. Can't wait for them to comeback, hopefully it's something as good as Volume Up.
girlsday 15th-Feb-2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
ya they're preparing rn. they're finally in talks of doing multiple comebacks in a year to 'solidify their base' bc lord knows they need to.
babydollnana 15th-Feb-2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
mte that was a tune
lysblack 15th-Feb-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
i'll never understand how alone was more successful than volume up, and i always prefer sistar than 4minute (as a group), but volume up was awesome.
asnindie 15th-Feb-2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Hyorin has alot of pull, Sistar 19 is a success due to her aswell, though it helped that Alone was a pretty decent song. The new one is kinda bland.
lysblack 15th-Feb-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
i liked alone, but volume up was by far way superior than it, sistar is slowly becoming the same of everything when it comes to their releases, brave brothers just keep giving them the same type of songs, their choreos also seem the same (they always got to have some butt rubbing), and 85% of the lines go to hyorin, which is kind of sad imo, because while the group is doing well right now, they have the potential to be better. and ia their new song is pretty bland.
asnindie 15th-Feb-2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
They're incredibly safe music wise, infact alittle boring but Korea is eating them up at the moment so they're gonna carry on this road unfortunately with the all the mopey songs. I agree about the choreo, So cool had the worst choreo of all time.
lysblack 15th-Feb-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
yeah, it is so frustrating, they rely on hyorin way too much, which brings the group down as a unit. yes she is a great vocalist and a good dancer, but if their love boner for her was so big, why not debut her as a solo artist? people often joke that it's hyuna ft 4minute, and now they also joke it is suzy ft miss a, because these two are the most popular members of the group and the ones the media and the public cares about the most, but miss a and 4minute are cohesive as groups, the songs aren't with themonly, especially miss a, which has one of the most fair lines distributions and know how to play the members strengths, as well try out new things (like allowing suzy and min to rap etc), but sistar to me is always "okay, can hyorin do this? give it to her". lol to think that i almost was a sistar stan!
hellodee16 15th-Feb-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
maybe brave brothers have a boner for hyorin.
or perhaps something's going on between those two? hmm...

ngl when i saw this article i immediately thought about hyorin lol:
lysblack 16th-Feb-2013 12:37 am (UTC)
ew i hope not, she could do so much better, and i don't really care about her.
jasmineakaiumi 16th-Feb-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
oh my god please
reii_chan 15th-Feb-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Jiyoon is very pretty and I love her style, i don't know why she's not very popular
flumes 15th-Feb-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
she is suuuch a cutie and so funny and cool. they all are tho. for me she's the strongest in the group everything wise because she's multitalented (i dont really have a bias bc theyre like the only group i love equally)

Edited at 2013-02-15 08:47 pm (UTC)
aleexnews 15th-Feb-2013 08:34 pm (UTC)

this bs right here, smh. Slay19 would beg to differ
girlsday 15th-Feb-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
you stay spelling sistard wrong =[
aleexnews 15th-Feb-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
o wow look at how witty and offensive u can be at once!
stay pressed girl
girlsday 16th-Feb-2013 12:44 am (UTC)
i'm pressed? but you came into my post seeking a reaction with your negativity.

you're such a fucking troll.
aleexnews 16th-Feb-2013 01:51 am (UTC)
yes u. and i came to correct the title in case u cant fucking read girl

ahaha gud one

Edited at 2013-02-16 01:52 am (UTC)
the_erotomanic 15th-Feb-2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
a 4minute post without hyuna.

I pleaded them to get a snake for our cover shoot. But since snakes don’t belong to the country style, we could only use chicks.

krobwell 15th-Feb-2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
i need all these clothes in my life asap
sandra_hall 15th-Feb-2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
i still feel like the 2yoon sub-unit was squandered, and they probably won't get a second shot.
hellodee16 15th-Feb-2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I am legit surprised to see no Hyuna at all.
toshi830 15th-Feb-2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
2YOON’s Gayoon (who, seemingly inspired by Dr. Seuss, shares the stage with a partner named Jiyoon)

century_fox 15th-Feb-2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
mte like....wtf?
dalpaengee 16th-Feb-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
after thinking about this for a bit, i think they mean to compare it to thing 1 and thing 2, like yoon 1 and yoon 2? lol idk
charlotterhys 15th-Feb-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
By the way I just got my physical copy of Harvest Moon and it is SO PRETTY. There are BUNCHES of loose photos of the two of them and the production quality is ++. My only complaint was how the little foldout box closes there's this sticker...? and trying to get that to work I accidentally ripped up some of the box due to sticker failure.

But so pretty. ;-; Now I have a trading card of 2YOON in my wallet. XD
century_fox 15th-Feb-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
i love them so much!!! ♥ such lovely photos :D
lysblack 15th-Feb-2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
i adore jihyun's face.
peanim 16th-Feb-2013 09:04 am (UTC)
Gayoon just lost weight. I don't think she had anything done to her face. She looks so tiny in their live perfs. It wasn't just her face that got thinner.
She's pretty either way though. Gayoon seems like an underrated beauty.* Woman is stunning.

*I only get my K-pop fix from Omona so I wouldn't really know.
cairistiona 16th-Feb-2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
Gayoon's so pretty now.

The 2Hyun photoshoot is goooorgeous! They look stunning, especially Sohyun.

ETA: Also this pic is THE CUTEST: http://i.minus.com/iov9a1Auyms4c.jpg

Edited at 2013-02-16 01:16 pm (UTC)
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