Park Bom (born March 24, 1984) is a South Korean singer.
She was born in Seoul, South Korea and later moved to
the United States where she learned English.
She is a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1, which is under YG Entertainment.
Starting in 2006, Park recorded with labelmates Big Bang, Lexy, Masta Wu and starred
with Lee Hyori in her CF, "Anystar" as a co-actress. Later in 2008, she starred as the
lead actress in Kim Ji Eun's music video, "Tell Me Once More". In 2009, she debuted with
2NE1 as the main vocalist.
Park has released two solo singles, namely "You and I" and "Don't Cry". Both singles
reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, the national music chart of South Korea
. "You and I" also won "Best Digital Single" at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2010. Park
Bom's single "You and I" is the most downloaded single in YG Entertainment history for
a solo female artist, with 4,483,364 Gaon digital sales.
Early life and career
Park Bom's sister is Park Go Eun who is a cellist. In 6th grade, she left Korea by herself
to study abroad in the United States. She graduated from high school through Gould
Academy in Bethel, ME and enrolled into Lesley University with a major in psychology.As a high school student, she acquired admiration for music through Mariah Carey.
"I would listen to Mariah Carey's songs during lunch and even forget to eat" she stated
on a talk show. She wanted to pursue it as a career however, her parents didn't allow
her to do so. With encouragement from her aunt, she secretly transferred to Berklee
College of Music to pursue her music career.
Park Bom auditioned to become a singer at YG Entertainment, but was rejected multiple
times. After three years, she was finally accepted and immediately became a trainee.
She starred in two of Big Bang's three earliest singles in the songs "We Belong Together"
and "Forever With You". Bom also collaborated with Lexy and Red Roc with "Baby Boy"
and "Along My Way", respectively. She also starred in a Samsung Anycall Music Video
Commercial alongside famous Korean pop singer Lee Hyori, recording her own version
of the Anycall "Anystar" song featuring fellow label mates, G-Dragon and Gummy.
 Later in 2008, she starred as the lead actress in Kim Ji Eun's music
video, "Tell Me Once More".
In August, after finishing "I Don't Care" promotions, 2NE1 took a temporary hiatus with
each member releasing their own solo singles. Bom's single, entitled "You and I" was the
best performing of the three and took the number one spot on the Gaon Chart for the
month of November. The single eventually won the Best Digital Single at
the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards. By the end of 2011 it was reported that the single was
downloaded 4,483,364 times, becoming one of the best-selling singles
in Korean music history.
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