CL at Press Conference in Singapore for New Evolution World Tour in November 2012
|Birth name||Lee Chae-rin|
February 26, 1991 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, hip hop, R&B, pop|
|Occupations||Singer, rapper, dancer, songwriter|
|Revised Romanization||I Chae-rin|
CL (Korean: 이채린; Lee Chae-rin; born February 26, 1991) is a South Korean idol singer, rapper, dancer and songwriter. 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. In 2009, she debuted along with YG Entertainment label mates Sandara Park, Minzy, and Park Bom as 2NE1.
CL has worked with Big Bang, Uhm Jung Hwa, YMGA, and Teddy Park. With 2NE1, she has released two studio albums and two extended plays. Her duet song with fellow member Minzy, "Please Don't Go," peaked at No.6 on the monthly Gaon Chart on November 2009.
Early life and career
CL, also known as Lee Chae-rin or Faith Lee, was born in Seoul, South Korea. Due to her father's occupation as a physics professor, she moved around as a child. She has lived in France and Japan. There, she learned English, French and Japanese.
When CL was a teenager, her family took permanent residence again in South Korea.
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. Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung Hwa's "DJ," in which she rapped. CL also appeared on YMGA's track "What" as part of the YG Family.
YG Entertainment announced that the new group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009. The company stated that the group had trained for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader, Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", which "NE" is the abbreviation of "New Evolution". CL was placed in 2NE1 as the leader, alongside Bom, Minzy and Sandara Park.
The group collaborated with label-mate senior Big Bang for the song "Lollipop". The song gained immediate success, but questions were still raised as to whether the group could survive on its own.
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 of the same year, 2NE1 returned with their first full-length studio album To Anyone, 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)"  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. The album went on to sell over 150,000 copies.
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. CL then collaborated with fellow member Minzy for "Please Don't Go," the lowest performing of the three singles. However, it still charted at number six by the end of November.
On January 27, 2011, it was reported that CL's vacation to Paris may have been to discuss her solo career. A YG Entertainment contact is said to have stated that she is to launch her solo career alongside 2NE1's comeback.
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. 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. It was released on 28 May 2013 as well as the official music video that debuts on the same day.
Musical style and influences
CL is the rapper in her group. She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park, who produces much of 2NE1's music, and former collaborator Uhm Jung Hwa as influences and inspirations, as well as Lauryn Hill (influenced by her father) and rapper Drake. She has also said she finds inspiration in American singers Madonna, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. 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; she likens it to Beyonce and Sasha Fierce.
|2009||"Please Don't Go" (with Minzy)||6||To Anyone|
|2013||"The Baddest Female"||4||—|
|2007||"Hot Issue" (G-Dragon feat. CL)||—||Hot Issue|
|2008||"What" (YMGA feat. YG Family & DJ Wreckx)||—||—|
|2008||"DJ" (Uhm Jung Hwa feat. CL)||—||D.I.S.C.O|
|2009||"The Leaders" (G-Dragon feat. CL & Teddy)||38||Heartbreaker|
|2009||"Kiss" (Dara feat. CL)||5||To Anyone|
- 2009: Girlfriends (Korean: 걸프렌즈) (cameo)
- 2009: 2NE1 TV (Mnet)
- 2009: Style (Korean: 스타일, SBS) (cameo)
- 2010: 2NE1 TV Season 2 (Mnet)
- 2011: 2NE1 TV Season 3 (Mnet)
- 2011: Project Runway Korea (Onstyle) (guest judge)
- 2012: Cass Light
- 2012: Strong Heart Episode 123 "YG Family Special"
- 2013: Running Man Episode 156
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- Adidas Originals release rap campaign videos featuring 2NE1′s CL & Kim Jin Pyo
- ""Who’s Next?"- CL is, with her first solo single!". allkpop. 2013-05-15.
- "2NE1's CL officially changes title of solo debut song to "The Baddest Female"". allkpop. 2013-05-23.
- "The Baddest Female" CL releases her solo debut MV". allkpop. 2013-05-28.
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- 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.
- Yi, David (2013-03-21). "Meet Jeremy Scott's Muse: K-Pop Star CL". Elle. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
- Kim, Sunny (March 13, 2011). "2NE1's CL Guest Judges For Project Runway Korea 3!". MTV K. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved March 14, 2011.