CL (singer)

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Native name 이채린
Birth name Lee Chae-rin
Born (1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, hip hop, R&B, pop
Occupations singer, rapper, dancer, lyricist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels YG Entertainment
Associated acts 2NE1, Skrillex, BIGBANG
Korean name
Hangul 이채린
Revised Romanization I Chae-rin
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'ae-rin

CL (Korean: 이채린; Lee Chae-rin; born February 26, 1991) is a South Korean singer, rapper, dancer, lyricist and songwriter.[1] She was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent much of her early life in Japan and France, where she learned English, French and Japanese.[2] In 2009, she debuted along with YG Entertainment label mates Sandara Park, Minzy and Park Bom as 2NE1.[3]


Early life and career[edit]

CL was born in Seoul, South Korea. She comes from a family of academics: her grandfather is a physicist; her uncle is an economist; her aunt is an art director, who also runs an art gallery; her father is a renowned physics professor, illustrator, robot builder and author of a series of children's books dedicated to his children. She has a younger sister, who is currently studying in Hong Kong.[4]

CL spent most of her childhood living in Paris, Tsukuba Science City and Tokyo. She attended international schools throughout her school-days. her father encouraged her to listen to different genres of music and she dreamed of becoming a singer when she was about 10. Influenced by Teddy Park, CL wanted to join YG Entertainment. She had tried to figure out ways to send in demo tapes since an elementary kid, yet she never got a reply. When she was 13, she moved back to Paris alone where she studied for two years.[5] At the age of 15, she went to YG building and waited for CEO Yang Hyun-suk a long time downstairs. She finally gave him her demo tape and then she landed a successful audition.[5][2] As a trainee, CL practised for more than 12 hours everyday after school.[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] CL also appeared on YMGA's track "What" as part of the YG Family.[4]


2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed their digital single Fire produced by Teddy Park of 1TYM. With the release of their self-titled extended play, the group started the promotions of their title track I Don’t Care. Their mini album hit the no. 3 spot at the Hanteo's "Best-selling Album of 2009" with over 100,000 copies sold.

In October 2010, 2NE1 returned with their first full-length studio album To Anyone,[7] which was released on September 9, 2010. Promotions started with the simultaneous showcase of the three title tracks of the album, "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody". Following those promotions, another song "It Hurts (Slow)" [8][9] was released on October 31 for Halloween. The album garnered huge success and 2NE1 won an overall 11 times on various music shows from their promotions.[10] The album went on to sell over 150,000 copies.

In 2NE1’s second album Crush, CL composed and wrote the lyrics of three songs, including track No.1 “CRUSH”, “IF I WERE YOU” and “BABY I MISS YOU”. She also wrote the lyrics of her solo track “MTBD” and “SCREAM”. As such, CL exerted her talent as a singer-songwriter, composing three songs and writing the lyrics of five songs among total 10 songs of the new album.

Solo activities[edit]

In August 2009, CL also collaborated with label-mates G-Dragon of Big Bang and Teddy Park of 1TYM for "The Leaders", which was featured on G-Dragon's first solo album Heartbreaker. It was revealed that CL wrote her own lyrics to the song.

In August, after finishing "I Don't Care" promotions, 2NE1 took a temporary hiatus with each member releasing their own solo singles. First, Dara released "Kiss" which featured CL. The song peaked at number five on the Gaon monthly charts.[11] CL then collaborated with fellow member Minzy for "Please Don't Go," which charted at number six by the end of November.[12]

In March 2012, CL was featured in a new rap campaign "all Originals Make Moves" by Adidas Originals. It was reported that CL personally penned the lyrics to the rap.[13]

In May 2013, YG Entertainment announced that CL will release her first solo single on the label in over five years at the end of the month with a promotions circuit to follow.[14] The single title was originally intended to be "Bad Girls", but was retitled "The Baddest Female" following the release of Lee Hyori's "Bad Girl" music video.[15] It was released on 28 May 2013 as well as the official music video that debuts on the same day.[16]

CL and G-Dragon both appeared on Skrillex's song "Dirty Vibe" from his 2014 album Recess.

Musical style and influences[edit]

CL is the leader,vocal and rapper in her group.[17] She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park who produces much of 2NE1's music as influences and inspirations, as well as Madonna,[2]Queen and Lauryn Hill (influenced by her father).[18] In an Elle magazine interview, she said that she has an alter-ego between CL and Chaerin, with the former as "the baddest female onstage" and the latter as her personality when she is with her family and friends.[19]



Year Song Peak position Album
2009 "Please Don't Go" (with Minzy) 6 To Anyone
2013 "The Baddest Female" 4
2014 "MTBD (Mental Breakdown)" 15 Crush
Featured singles
2007 "Hot Issue" (G-Dragon feat. CL) Hot Issue
2008 "What" (YMGA feat. YG Family & DJ Wreckx)
"DJ" (Uhm Jung Hwa feat. CL) D.I.S.C.O
2009 "The Leaders" (G-Dragon feat. CL & Teddy) 38 Heartbreaker
"Kiss" (Dara feat. CL) 5 To Anyone
2014 "Dirty Vibe" (Skrillex feat. Diplo, G-Dragon, and CL) Recess

Featured OSTs[edit]

Year Song Peak position Album
2009 "Hago Sip-eun Mal" (하고 싶은 말) Seutaui Yeonin OST (Full Version)


Year Album Peak position
2010 "Refloat"


  • 2013:"Mnet 20's Choice Awards"-"20's Style" Award
  • 2013:"Mnet Asia Music Awards(MAMA)"-Best Dance Performance Female Solo Award
  • 2013:"SBS The Music Trend"-Mutizen Song("The Baddest Female")



  • 2009: Girlfriends (Korean: 걸프렌즈) (cameo)

Variety Show[edit]


  1. ^ "CL at Naver Music". Naver Music (in Korean). NHN Corp. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. 
  3. ^ "Female Big Bang to be Unveiled". KBS Global. Korea Broadcasting System. March 25, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "CL&Minzy". YG Entertainment. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "[CL] 1부. 새해 첫 날, 눈물 젖은 자장면 드셔보셨나요?". OSEN. Retrieved June 13 ,2013. 
  6. ^ "Uhm Jung Hwa 2008 Mini Album – D.I.S.C.O". Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2NE1 9월9일 ‘트리플타이틀’로 출격" (in Korean). Newsen. August 17, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ (Korean) Park, Mi Yae (October 23, 2010). "양현석 "2NE1 후속곡..할로윈 공개" 호기심" [Yang Hyun Suk: "2NE1 follow up song on Halloween," sparks public curiosity]. SPN (in Korean). eDaily. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2NE1 후속곡 아파" [2NE1 Follow Up Song It Hurts]. YG Life (in Korean). YG Entertainment. October 30, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ Gil, Hye-seong (October 17, 2010). "2NE1, '인기가요' 초유 4주연속 1위" [2NE1, 4 unprecedented first place titles on Inkigayo]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Gaon Chart Search: 다라" [Gaon Chart Search: Dara]. Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Gaon Chart Search: CL". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ Adidas Originals release rap campaign videos featuring 2NE1′s CL & Kim Jin Pyo
  14. ^ ""Who’s Next?"- CL is, with her first solo single!". allkpop. 2013-05-15. 
  15. ^ "2NE1's CL officially changes title of solo debut song to "The Baddest Female"". allkpop. 2013-05-23. 
  16. ^ "The Baddest Female" CL releases her solo debut MV". allkpop. 2013-05-28. 
  17. ^ "Member Profile: CL". 2NE1 Japanese Website (in Japanese). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Yi, David (2013-03-21). "Meet Jeremy Scott's Muse: K-Pop Star CL". Elle. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  20. ^ "Gaon Chart Search: CL". Gaon Chart (in Coreano). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  21. ^ Kim, Sunny (March 13, 2011). "2NE1's CL Guest Judges For Project Runway Korea 3!". MTV K. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 

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