This year has been terrible for K-pop, with many of the top groups losing members or just plain splitting up. It didn't look like it could get any worse after shock exits from EXO and Girls' Generation, but somehow it has, with one of the genre's most popular acts, 2NE1, now on the chopping block.

Following news that the group's breakout star, CL, is going to debut in America next year under Scooter Braun's management, member Minzy has amended her social media accounts to remove all mentions of 2NE1. She took the group's name out of her Twitter bio, and then changed her Instagram username from 'MINZY21MZ' to '_minzy_mz'.

This comes just a few days after she uploaded a cryptic photo to Instagram that read, "Things Change, People Change, Places Change, Friends Change, Careers Change, Economies Change… But God Never Changes."

A possible 2NE1 split isn't actually a huge shock considering that the group has been in trouble since June when member Park Bom was found to have illegally smuggled prescription drugs into Korea. The scandal destroyed her reputation and caused her to be kicked off the reality series Roommate, with many Korean netizens labelling the 30-something-year-old a "criminal" and calling for her exile from the entertainment industry.

To add weight to the rumours of 2NE1's disbandment, the group's record label, YG Entertainment, is apparently set to launch a brand new girl group next month -- their first since 2NE1 debuted in 2009.

However, nothing has been officially confirmed yet, so it's still too soon to know if the group is really going to call it quits or not. There's a lot of evidence leaning towards a split, but it could all just be a series of misunderstandings and coincidences.

This year has seen a number of K-pop groups lose members, including EXO, f(x) Girls' Generation, Hello Venus, MBLAQ, and FIESTAR, while indie band Busker Busker and rookie group Kiss&Cry disbanded altogether.

On a more positive note, veteran girl group KARA lost two members but were still able to make a successful comeback with a new member. Perhaps 2NE1 will be able to survive by doing the same?

Update: Minzy has now added the "2NE1" tag back to her Twitter profile. Minzy, girl...

Despite being on tour with 2NE1, Park Bom has basically been in hiding ever since her drugs scandal in late June. The 30-something-year-old has kept her public life to a minimum outside of scheduled concert dates and appearances, but paparazzi managed to snap some rare photos of the K-pop star at Incheon Airport today -- and she definitely didn't look like the same woman we've seen before.

Although Bom already has a well-documented history of plastic surgery, her lips have almost doubled in size since she was last photographed at a Samsung store opening in Shanghai late last month.

Either Bom puffed up her pout, or she's just really good with lip liner like Kylie Jenner.

[Photos via TV Report / Dispatch]

News surfaced today that Park Bom of K-pop group 2NE1 was found smuggling illegal prescription drugs into Korea back in 2010.

According to reports, the 30-year-old K-pop star was caught in October of 2010 trying to use Fedex to smuggle 82 pills of narcotic amphetamines from the United States, but was busted by customs at Incheon Airport. The drug, which has yet to be publicly named, is illegal in Korea, but Bom has a legal prescription for it back in America.

Bom's case was quietly reported to Incheon District Prosecutors at that time, but after 42 days of investigation, prosecutors decided to suspend the case, saving Bom from being booked as a criminal suspect. Considering South Korea's notoriously strict drug laws (last December Korean comedian Song In Hwa was sentenced to 6 months jail and a 2 year suspended sentence just for smoking marijuana twice), it's raised some questions about how Bom was able to escape charges and keep the indiscretion buried for four years. There's speculation that prosecutors suspended the case because she had a prescription for the pills in America, but others suspect that the power of Bom's label, YG Entertainment --currently the biggest entertainment agency in South Korea-- used their clout to bury the scandal.

This isn't the first time that one of YG's stars has been caught with illegal drugs either. PSY spent 21 days in jail back in early 2001 for smoking and possessing marijuana, and in 2011, BIGBANG's G-Dragon tested positive for marijuana, but was able to escape charges after claiming that he smoked a joint by accident after mistaking it for a regular cigarette. There were also rumours back in 2011 that Bom herself had been using marijuana after Korean rapper E-Sens was arrested for smoking, but no hard evidence surfaced and YG denied the rumours.

With Bom having already escaped prosecution for her drug smuggling, the only real challenge she faces moving forward is saving her career. She's already received criticism in the past for her extensive plastic surgery, but drugs are a whole different ball game. YG's already released a statement (or "personal letter," as they called it) to defend Bom, claiming that she didn't know the drugs were prohibited in Korea and that she needed them for a trauma she suffered as a teenager. So far netizens aren't buying it, but if anyone can cover up a K-pop scandal it's YG Entertainment, so I wouldn't start mourning the end of Park Bom and 2NE1 just yet.

Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one of the biggest Christmas songs of all time, and a handful of new cover versions always pop up every time the holidays roll around. The latest stars to take a stab at Mimi's classic are Korean teen queen, Lee Hi, and 2NE1's Park Bom, who have covered the track for a special Samsung promotion.

Unfortunately, the pair have completely butchered it.

Now, we don't expect cover versions to top or even come close to the originals, but we should be guaranteed at least some level of quality from singers taking on classics. While Lee Hi actually sounds quite lovely on the track, Bom is beyond bad. She sounds drunk, like she's slurring her words or just suffered a stroke. Not to mention that her grating voice just sounds plain unpleasant to listen to. Lee Hi's perfect pronunciation is surprising considering that Bom's supposed to be the one well-versed in the English-language: She attended high school in the States, and received extra English lessons as part of 2NE1's failed plans to take over the American market.

Besides Bom's bad singing, the song's arrangement has gone from the festive pop of the original to an overwrought karaoke ballad, which just doesn't work at all. Some songs just aren't meant to be slowed down, and this is one of them. The cheap electric guitars that enter into the final act certainly don't help matters, either.

Ultimately, this was a pretty big fail on almost every level, but who cares? It's not like it's an official single or anything -- it's just a random cover song used to promote Samsung's music service over the holiday season. Now let's all go listen to "Rose" and "Missing You" and pretend like this never even happened.

2NE1 left K-pop fans hanging after delaying the release of their "Do You Love Me" follow-up single, which was quietly pushed back from its original release date of late August without any word from the group or their agency. Thankfully, YG Entertainment's finally got its act together for the time being, announcing last night that 2NE1's new single, "Miss You," will officially drop at midnight on November 21. (About time!)

2NE1 revealed that they cried while recording the new tune, so we're guessing it's some kind of melancholy ballad or midtempo like "Lonely" and "I Love You," and not another electro-pop club banger like "Do You Love Me." A music video teaser for the song shows 2NE1 looking forlorn next to a black car as snow falls down around them, so it looks like they're getting in on the K-pop trend of releasing seasonal singles by going for a Winter concept this time around.

Additionally, 2NE1 also confirmed that member Minzy has recorded a solo song, while Bom hinted that she may also make a solo comeback soon. On top of that, the group's launching a new tour in March, but so far have only confirmed dates in Asia.

Unfortunately, there's still no word on an actual sophomore album or new EP yet, which is a little worrying. The group was supposed to drop a new album last year, but have consistently pushed it back along with other scheduled releases, too. Now they've announced all these fresh plans for tours, solos, and a new single, but shouldn't YG Entertainment be focused on putting out an actual album for the girls like promised, instead of sidetracking them with other activities? It's no wonder that 2NE1's popularity has drastically slipped over the past year considering that they only make sporadic comebacks with digital singles these days.

Why is it that YG Entertainment doesn't seem to treat 2NE1 with the same respect that they give their other flagship group, BIGBANG?

[Via YG Ladies]

2NE1's Park Bom is currently K-pop's unofficial face of plastic surgery, but now another member of the popular girl group is rumoured to have followed in Bom's footsteps by getting a few nips and tucks of her own.

During a recent performance at the KBS Open Concert this week, Korean netizens speculated that 2NE1's Minzy may have gotten her nose done. Some of Minzy's new look can definitely be attributed to factors like a weight change, ageing, hair, and make up, but there's no doubt that her nose looks a lot thinner now than it did in the past.

Netizens' comments on the matter included, "Seems like she got work done on her nose but she looks way better now," and, "Just don't follow Bom unni, okay? Keep it minimal!"

Check out some before and after photos of Minzy below!

[Via Netizen Buzz]