2NE1, the female Korean pop quartet that has become an overseas sensation in their three years together, have plotted their first international tour — the New Evolution trek — that will include the group’s debut stops in the United States.
CL, Dara, Bom and Minzy will head to 10 cities in seven countries this summer, including Newark, NJ on Aug. 17 and Los Angeles on Aug. 24. A 49-second tour trailer released earlier this month demonstrates the glittery fashion and eye-popping theatrics of a 2NE1 concert.
“We feel very blessed for this opportunity to tour worldwide. We’ve been working with an awesome team and can’t wait to hit the road and rock out with our fans,” says CL in a statement. “We’re especially looking forward to coming back to the states for our first official US shows.”
2NE1 gained momentum last year when they were crowned “Best New Band In The World” in an international vote held by MTV Iggy. The group’s hits include the international smash “I Am The Best,” “Ugly” and “I Love You,” the latter of which received an official music video earlier this month that has already racked up 7.3 million YouTube views. The song is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s K-Pop Hot 100 chart.
Along with the two U.S. shows, 2NE1 will also perform in Korea and Japan on the tour; the full itinerary is below.
July 28: Seoul, Korea (Olympic Gymnastics Stadium)
July 29: Seoul, Korea (Olympic Gymnastics Stadium)
Aug. 17: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
Aug. 24: Los Angeles, Calif. (Nokia Theatre)
Sept. 1: Osaka, Japan
Sept. 2: Osaka, Japan
Sept. 7: Nagoya, Japan
Sept. 8: Nagoya, Japan
Sept. 11: Yokohama, Japan
Sept. 12: Yokohama, Ja