KPop Saturdays Halloween Special: 2NE1’s “It Hurts”

With Halloween coming up I thought this would be a great song because of the slight gothic theme:

The story of the song, according to 2NE1 TV, is that Dara plays a poor girl who has lost the man she loves to CL who plays a rich girl. Bom (blue hair) plays a witch who’s watching all this unfold, and Minzy dressed as a pirate. Why? Just because.

If you learn any Korean from this song, it’s good to know the word 아프다 (apeuda) which means “to hurt” or “it hurts”. In plain, informal speech, this becomes 아파 (apa). Also the song often says neomu apa (너무 아파) which means “it really hurts”.

This is a great song, I listen to it regularly both in Korean and Japanese.1 All four girls are really great in this song, but I especially Bom’s singing the most. This is one of her finest songs, I think, out of many. But it should also be noted that all four of them sing really great, and they balance each other well in my opinion. Since there is no auto-tune in this song either, you can really see their individual signing styles too.2

If you’re curious, you can also seeing the making of this video in an episode of 2NE1 TV, about half-way through. In the video, you can really see Dara’s efforts to really cry during certain scenes. If Bom deserves credit for her singing, Dara deserves credit for her acting. 🙂

Anyhow, enjoy and Happy Halloween!

P.S. While I’m on the subject, you might enjoy this video of 2NE1 with Forbes Magazine. Nice to see them getting some recognition. 🙂

1 Normally, I prefer to listen to a song in its original language because it fits the music and flow better. This song of course is originally in Korean, but for example some Girls’ Generation songs seem to come out in Japanese first (e.g. Mr Taxi), and Wonder Girls make songs in English (e.g. Like Money).

However, I got the Japanese import version of this single because I liked the cover and the funky style. Plus I liked both songs. :p Singles are cheap anyway and you know you’ll get good music. Anything larger than an EP is a bit of a gamble, even with groups you like.

2 Some people get really annoyed by musicians who use auto-tune, but I figure that if the singer already has singing talent, auto-tune doesn’t hurt. IF they lack talent, it will be obvious soon enough.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

2 thoughts on “KPop Saturdays Halloween Special: 2NE1’s “It Hurts””

  1. Hi Doug,

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful blog covering Japanese and Koeran culture. I am from India.

    I am not able to see much technical articles these days. I like to read your non-technical articles, but please include some technical posts also (Linux/Windows/Networks).

    Chennai MCSE


    1. Hello Chennai MCSE and welcome. I don’t write about technical article much because I have nothing really interesting to say. It’s not a hobby of mine, so I don’t have anything useful to share. But thanks for asking.


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