CL (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Chae-Rin.jpg
CL in 2011
Background information
Native name 이채린
Birth name Lee Chae-rin
Born (1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2007–present
Labels YG Entertainment, School Boy
Associated acts
Korean name
Hanja 李彩麟
Revised Romanization I Chae-rin
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'ae-rin

Lee Chae-rin (born February 26, 1991[1]), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean recording artist.[2] She was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent much of her early life in Japan and France.[3] She trained in JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment, and became a member of the girl group 2NE1.[4]


Early career[edit]

CL was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent most of her childhood living in Paris, Tsukuba Science City and Tokyo. She attended international schools. When she was 13, she moved back to Paris alone where she studied for two years.[5] She got an audition with YG Entertainment when she was 15.[3][5][3][5]

CL's first feature on a song recording was Big Bang's "Intro (Hot Issue)" in 2007. Later that year, she had her first stage debut at Seoul Broadcasting System's Music Awards alongside her label mates at YG Entertainment.[citation needed] Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung-hwa's "DJ," in which she rapped.[6]


Main article: 2NE1

2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed "Fire. For 2NE1’s second album Crush, CL wrote the lyrics and co-composed the music for the tracks "Crush", "If I Were You", and "Baby I Miss You". She also did the lyrics for her solo track "MTBD", as well as the track "Scream".[citation needed]

Solo activities[edit]

In August 2009, CL collaborated with label-mates G-Dragon and Teddy Park of 1TYM for "The Leaders", on G-Dragon's first solo album, Heartbreaker.

In August, after finishing "I Don't Care" promotions, 2NE1 members released their own solo singles. CL collaborated with fellow member Minzy for "Please Don't Go," which charted at number six by the end of November.[7] CL's first solo single, "The Baddest Female", was released on 28 May 2013.[8]

Musical style and influences[edit]

CL is the leader, vocalist and rapper in her group.[9] She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park who produces much of 2NE1's music as influences and inspirations, as well as Madonna,[3] Queen and Lauryn Hill.[10]

=Personal life[edit]

Lee is also practicing Roman Catholic.[11]


For CL's works with 2NE1, see 2NE1 discography.


Year Song Peak position Digital Sales Album
2009 "Please Don't Go" (with Minzy) 6 To Anyone
2013 "The Baddest Female" 4 518,856
2014 "MTBD (Mental Breakdown)" 11 647,690 Crush
Featured singles
2007 "Hot Issue" (G-Dragon feat. CL) Hot Issue
2008 "DJ" (Uhm Jung-hwa feat. CL) D.I.S.C.O
"A Good Man" (BIGBANG) Stand Up
"What" (YMGA feat. YG Family & DJ Wreckx)
2009 "The Leaders" (G-Dragon feat. CL & Teddy) 38 Heartbreaker
"Kiss" (Dara feat. CL) 5 To Anyone
2012 "She's So (Outta Control)" (M-Flo feat. 2NE1) - Square One (album)
2013 "Gettin' Dumb" ( feat. 2NE1) and - Willpower ( album)
2014 "Dirty Vibe" (Skrillex feat. Diplo, G-Dragon, and CL)[12] Recess
2015 "Dr. Pepper" (Diplo feat. Riff Raff, OG Maco, and CL)[13]  

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Style Award N/A Won
15th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo[14] The Baddest Female Won
Song of the Year Nominated
MYX Philippines
Hottest Female Star of 2013 N/A Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best
Best Female Solo N/A Nominated
23rd Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Awards The Baddest Female Nominated
Popularity Awards Nominated
2nd YinYueTai V-Chart Awards
Top Female Artist (Korean)[15] N/A Won
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "CL at Naver Music". Naver Music (in Korean). NHN Corp. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Park, Mi-ae (May 22, 2009). "CL, "데모 테이프 들고 무작정 YG 문 노크"" [CL, "knocked on the YG Entertainment door to hand in my demo tape"]. eDaily SPN (in Korean). eDaily. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Female Big Bang to be Unveiled". KBS Global. March 25, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "[CL] 1부. 새해 첫 날, 눈물 젖은 자장면 드셔보셨나요?". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Uhm Jung Hwa 2008 Mini Album – D.I.S.C.O". Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search: CL". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Baddest Female CL releases her solo debut MV". allkpop. 2013-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Member Profile: CL". 2NE1 Japanese Website (in Japanese). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ Park Yeong-ung (October 13, 2010). ""박봄은 비욘세?"..2NE1이 밝힌 롤모델은?" ["Park Bom and Beyoncé?" Who are 2NE1's role models?]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "They Have a Pope, Who's Catholic in K-Pop?". KpopStarz. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
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  14. ^ "2013 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
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