Mak­ing the list

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K-POP girl group 2NE1’s sec­ond full-length al­bum Crush was picked by Fuse TV, in the United States, as one of the 25 best al­bums of the year.

Fuse TV rounded up the strong­est records of 2014 so far, and 2NE1 was the only Asian group to make this year’s chart.

The Amer­i­can me­dia out­let chose the group’s three songs – Come Back Home, Baby I Miss You and Gotta Be You – as out­stand­ing tracks worth lis­ten­ing to.

The broad­caster de­scribed a slew of 2NE1’s songs on the al­bum as “for­ward-think­ing” and “wholly ac­ces­si­ble”, point­ing to the quar­tet’s knack for genre meld­ing, cov­er­ing In­dian tabla drums, switch- board-but­ton buzzing, reg­gae and trap-hy­brid.

The quar­tet’s lat­est al­bum, re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, broke the record for the big­gest first-week sales for a K-pop al­bum and the high­est-chart­ing K-pop re­lease in Amer­ica, ac­cord­ing to Bill­board.

Pop mu­sic leg­end Michael Jack­son and diva Mariah Carey, as well as var­i­ous mu­sic sen­sa­tions like Phar­rell Wil­liams, Cold­play and the Black Keys, also made the list. SM EN­TEr­TAIN­MENT, South Korea’s largest en­ter­tain­ment agency, which man­ages EXO and Girl’s Gen­er­a­tion, has con­firmed that EXO’s Baekhyun and Girls’ Gen­er­a­tion’s Taeyeon are an item.

“They have been close (as friends), but re­cently started to have feel­ings for each other. The re­la­tion­ship is in its early stage,” said an of­fi­cial from the agency.

Ear­lier in the day, the ru­mour sur­faced that Taeyeon and Baekhyun have been dat­ing for four months.

The news broke af­ter a Korean on­line en­ter­tain­ment news out­let un­veiled pho­tos of the two in a car, sup­pos­edly on a date, that were taken around dawn near EXO’s ac­com­mo­da­tions in Seoul.

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