|Single by 2NE1|
|from the album 2NE1|
|Released||May 12, 2011|
|2NE1 singles chronology|
"Lonely" is a song by South Korean girl group 2NE1, serving as one of the lead singles from the their 2011 self-titled second EP. The single was written and produced by Teddy Park and was released via digital download and streaming on May 12, 2011 by YG Entertainment. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart in addition to topping all of the South Korean real-time digital charts following its release, achieving a perfect all-kill.
A Japanese version of the song was released digitally on September 14, 2011 through YGEX, and was included in the Japanese edition of the extended play, titled Nolza.
The song was written and produced by the group's long-time collaborator and in-house YG Entertainment producer Teddy Park. Musically, the song is composed in the key of E major with a moderate tempo of 95 beats per minute, and has a runtime of 3:29. The instrumentals incorporates only stringed instruments, which include the guitar, cello, and violin and emphasizes the group's vocals. According to the CEO of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk, "2NE1’s new song counter feeds the people with an analogue sound unlike the majority who used strong electronics and house music and maybe that is why Will.i.am have [sic] found it interesting".
The Korean music video for "Lonely" was filmed on April 27, 2011 and was directed by Han Sa-min, who had previously directed the music video for Big Bang's fourth mini-special album's title song, "Love Song". The first teaser for "Lonely" was released on May 10 and featured CL and Minzy, and was followed by teasers featuring and Dara and Bom on May 11. The music video was uploaded to their official YouTube channel the next day. As of February 2021 the music video has over 86 million views on YouTube. A new Japanese edition of the music video was released on September 21 by YGEX along with the release of Nolza.
The song was not extensively promoted on music programs; but on May 29, 2NE1 made a surprise two-part performance on SBS's Inkigayo with "Lonely" and Bom's solo single "Don't Cry". The appearance was made due to the overwhelming popularity of the two songs and was done as a gift to their fans. They later won a mutizen award for "Lonely".
The single was a commercial success, immediately topping all of South Korean real-time digital charts following its release and achieved a perfect all-kill, making it the first song to achieve a perfect all-kill by a K-pop girl group since the concept's inception in 2010. During its debut week on the Gaon Digital Chart, the single placed at number two and sold 432,701 digital units. The following week, the song took the number one position, becoming the group's third number one single and sold an additional 465,735 units. "Lonely" was subsequently ranked number one of both the Gaon digital and download charts for the month of May, having accumulated an estimated 1,477,729 units in digital sales.
By the end of the year, "Lonely" became one of the best performing song's in the country, selling more than 2.9 million digital units and garnering over 23.3 million streams, and ranked at number four on the year-end Gaon Digital Chart for 2011.
|2011||Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Song of the Month (May)||Won|
|Gaon Chart Music Awards||Won|||
|Melon Music Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Vocal Performance – Group||Won|||
|2012||Myx Music Awards||Favorite K-pop Video Award||Nominated|||
|SBS's Inkigayo||May 29, 2011|||
|South Korea (Gaon)||1|
|South Korea (Gaon Digital)||4|
|South Korea (Gaon Download)||14|
|South Korea (Gaon Streaming)||9|
|South Korea (digital)||3,320,000|
|Various||May 12, 2011||