First ladies of K-Pop 2NE1 are back with their first single since will.i.am gave them the stadium treatment for his fittingly titled single, “Take on the World.” The girl gang are prepping a brand new album for YG Entertainment and will be sharing a single (plus video) each month until its October release. First up is “Falling in Love,” which debuted yesterday and has already racked up 3.5 million YouTube hits.
The foursome has received praise from Diplo in the past and it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the Major Lazer main brain had a hand in this track. The beat combines sunny No Doubt-style pop with dancehall riddims and trap-rap effects. It’s pretty great — a crossover-ready K-pop club hit if ever there was one (discounting that one) — but if you don’t like it, head diva CL has words for ya: “Yeah, the club is getting ugly I don’t care / Can’t nobody stop the fire let them haters sit and stare.” The ladies slide effortlessly between English and Korean, smooth despite the nasty wobble that pops up in the production.