IU (singer)

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IU
IU at the Life Style Awards 2011 (2).jpg
IU at the Style Icon Awards 2011
Background information
Birth name Lee Ji-eun (이지은)
Born (1993-05-16) May 16, 1993 (age 20)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, Actress, Composer, Songwriter, MC, Model
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels LOEN Entertainment (Korea)
Universal Music/EMI R (Japan)
Gold Typhoon (Taiwan)
Associated acts LOEN Tree
Website IU.iloen.com/
ILoveIU.jp/
Birth name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Jieun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chiŭn
Stage name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Aiyu
McCune–Reischauer Aiyu

Lee Ji-eun (Korean: 이지은; born May 16, 1993), better known by her stage name IU (Korean: 아이유) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actress, guitarist, dancer and television presenter.[1] Her stage name is derived from the phrase "I and You", symbolizing that we can become one through music.[2] Her fan club name is U-ana (Uaena), where each syllable has a different meaning: "you" is from English, "ae" is Sino-Korean for "love", and "na" is Korean for "me".[3] In 2012, IU ranked No.19 on "The 23rd Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces".[4]

Career[edit]

2008: Debut[edit]

IU debuted on Mnet M! Countdown on September 18, 2008 with her debut single "Lost Child". It was later released as the title track for her debut mini-album Lost and Found on September 24, 2008.[5] However, she did not gain mainstream popularity until her follow-up and debut studio album Growing Up.

2009: First studio album, mainstream success, and other activities[edit]

IU performing in 2009

On April 16, 2009, IU launched her first full album, titled Growing Up, with the lead promotional number "Boo". Within three weeks, "Boo" went up to the No.1 contenders for SBS Inkigayo, and her name also went up twice on Take 7 together with other notable artists like SG Wannabe and Younha. The song also did well on KBS Music Bank K-Chart, on Mnet M! Countdown chart, and on various online music charts.[citation needed]]

In 2009, IU sang the ending title song, "Araro", for the acclaimed MBC drama Queen Seon Duk, where she was recommended by the director, Sam Kim, citing her "clear tone and her lyrical sensibility".[6] She was also featured on Mighty Mouth's album Love Class in the song "희망사항". In late 2009, IU recorded MC Mong's song "Love Letter to You" featuring SHINee's Key as the rapper.

2010: Nagging for We Got Married and third mini album[edit]

IU recorded the song "잔소리" (Nagging / Scolded) with 2AM's Seulong for the TV show We Got Married. On June 27, 2010, IU won her first award since her debut on SBS Inkigayo for "Nagging". On July 2, 2010, she won another award for that song on KBS Music Bank K-Chart. Soon after, IU was chosen to sing the main OST song for the MBC drama Road No. 1 titled "여자라서" (Because I'm A Woman). IU's other collaborations include duets with Yoo Seung Ho ("사랑을 믿어요" (Believe in Love)), Sung Shi Kyung ("그대네요" (It's You)), and Big Bang's Seungri ("I Know").[citation needed]

IU worked with some of South Korea's most famous musicians and producers for her third mini-album, Real, released in December 2010.[7] Lee Min Soo and Kim Eana, the creators of IU's previous hit "Nagging", helped produce her award-winning song "좋은 날" ("Good Day").[8] IU received three SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Song awards for her performances of the song (on December 18 and December 26, 2010, and January 2, 2011), three awards from KBS Music Bank K-Chart (on December 24 and December 31, 2010, and January 7, 2011), and one award from Mnet M! Countdown on December 23, 2010.[citation needed]

2011: Rising popularity, Real+, and Last Fantasy[edit]

IU at Disney Channel and Disney Junior launching event in South Korea, on June 29, 2011

IU often covers other pop artists' songs with her guitar and features her friend Thunder from MBLAQ, most notably renditions of SHINee's "Juliette", Big Bang's "Lies", Super Junior's "Sorry, Sorry" and Girls' Generation's "Gee".[9]

Soribada, an online music service, combined the music downloads and streams from January 1 to March 30, 2011, to name IU's song, "Good Day" as the number one song of the first quarter. Her song "Someday" from the KBS drama Dream High OST and her ballad "The Story Only I Didn't Know", from her Real+ mini-album, placed 4th and 7th place, respectively – showing that IU got 3 of the top 10 digital spots for the first quarter. Her first original composition, "Dreaming" was used in the drama Dream High, but not released officially.

On June 18, 2011, IU held her first official fanmeeting and mini-concert at AX-Korea. It also marked the 1004th day since she debuted.[10]

IU also sang a self-composed OST called "Hold my Hand" for drama series The Greatest Love.[11]

On November 29, 2011, IU's second full length album Last Fantasy was released and achieved an ‘all-kill’ as all 13 songs immediately swept most of all the charts.[12][13] The track list was revealed on November 22, 2011.

2012: Japanese Debut and Spring of a Twenty Year Old[edit]

On January 24, 2012, IU held a live showcase at Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall.[14] At the time of the showcase, it was noted that she was the youngest Korean singer ever to perform at the Hall.[15] On March 1, 2012, she released a promotional video for the Japanese version of "Good Day", the title track of her Japanese single album.[16] The album, which includes DVD footage from the showcase,[17] was later released on March 21, 2012.[18]

In early April, 2012, it was announced that IU will be holding her first solo tour, "Real Fantasy", starting in June. The tour features performances in six different cities across South Korea, including Seoul and Busan.[19]

IU released the single album, Spring of a Twenty Year Old, on May 11, 2012.[20] The album contains three songs, one of which is self-composed by IU. This song, entitled "Peach", was digitally released before the album, on May 4, 2012.[21] A 26-minute-long documentary-style music video film was released alongside the album, featuring the album track, "Every End of the Day", and several interviews with IU that showcase her personal thoughts and experiences. This film contains footage of IU as she visits Venice, Italy.[22] Due to her commitments towards preparing for her first solo tour, she was unable to make broadcast promotions for the single. Additionally, while touring, she had to leave her hosting job at SBS' Inkigayo,[23] though she returned upon the tour's completion.[citation needed]

You & I, IU's second Japanese single, was released on July 18.[24]

In December, IU's entertainment company, LOEN Entertainment, announced that IU will be having a comeback in 2013. The album, which is expected to have a mature theme in opposition to the "Nation's Little Sister" image that IU has presented on her previous work.[25]

On December 29, IU hosted the 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon, an annual music program, alongside Miss A's Suzy and actor Jung Gyu-woon. She was selected for her "stable emceeing skills as she served as the MC for Inkigayo".[26]

2013: You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin, Modern Times and Pretty Man[edit]

IU performing "The Red Shoes", on October 16, 2013

IU starred in the Weekend Korean Drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin from 9 March to 25 August on KBS2 Network.

On April 1, 2013, EMI Music Japan was completely merged into Universal Music Japan as a sublabel by the name EMI Records Japan as a result of Universal Music's purchase of EMI in September 2012. All the artists from EMI Music Japan will continue releasing material at Universal Music Japan while still maintaining the catalogue code (TOCT).[27]

It is also announced that IU will be performing in Singapore for the first time in her career for the 2013 MBC Korean Music Wave concert in Singapore which also comprises SHINee, EXO, 2PM, 2AM, F.T. Island, B1A4, TeenTop, B.A.P, Kara, Sistar, Miss A and 4Minute, with "mystery superstars" set to be emcees for the night. However, the event was cancelled 10 days before it was due to be held.[28]

On September 16, 2013, LOEN Entertainment revealed two teaser images for her impending 3rd full album, Modern Times. It is said to "include tracks of various genres ranging from jazz, Bossa Nova, to swing and Latin pop". The full album was released on October 7, 2013 and quickly topped several Korean music charts as well as Korea's major music programs.

IU starred in the Wednesday-Thursday Drama Pretty Man from 20 November 2013 to 9 January 2014 on KBS2 Network. IU was confirmed as a part of the cast of Pretty Man on October 21, 2013. She took on the role of Kim Bo Tong.[29]

A repackaged version of Modern Times, with two additional tracks ("Friday", and "Crayon"), was released on December 20, 2013. Her self-composed title track, "Friday", achieved a perfect all-kill on the South Korean music charts. This was IU's second perfect all-kill of the year, following her success with 'The Red Shoes' in October.[30] Also, "Friday" reached number one on all three of Korea's major music programs without any live performance.[31]

Following the rise of "Friday" to No. 1 in Billboard's K-Pop chart, IU shares the honour for most No. 1s (four) on the chart with girl group SISTAR and indie pop-rock act Busker Busker.[32]

2014: Hong Kong Showcase[edit]

Following her first appearance in Hong Kong on 23 June 2012 in the Music Bank in Hong Kong performance with other K-pop idols, IU brought her Modern Times Showcase to Hong Kong on 23 March 2014.[33] She also collaborated for the debut song of the new vocal group HIGH4, which was released on April 8th.[34]

Endorsements and other activities[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

IU has secured a number of endorsement deals,[35] including the 2011 UNIONBAY clothing line (with Seo In-Guk),[36] MyChew candy, codes combine[37] and the action-riding game The Story of My Horse and I, Alicia. In 2011, IU became the next pop star spokesmodel for Mexicana Chicken.[38] Samsung selected IU to represent their Anycall brand, previously endorsed by such stars as Lee Hyori, BoA, and Junki, stating "we believe that [IU] has the potential to create a big bang within the industry".[39] In the same year, IU endorsed for SK Telecom, Namyang Dairy, S-Oil, Home Plus, Y'SB, Le Coq Sportif, Elite school uniforms, and was chosen to be the ambassador for Yeosu Expo Korea 2012. In 2012, IU secured the endorsement deals for G by Guess[40] and cosmetics brand, The Saem[41] as well. On December 4, 2012, it was announced that IU would endorse NCsoft's Aion: The Tower of Eternity video game.[42]

Other activities[edit]

In August 2009, IU became a host for the new program Gom Music Chart on GomTV, a weekly show where South Korean netizens vote for their favorite songs on the charts.[citation needed] For a time, IU became a fixed guest on Super Junior's Kiss the Radio, Maybee's Raise the Volume, and MBC's Starry Night (hosted by Park Kyung-lim and Shin Young) and Chin Chin Radio (hosted by Taeyeon). Upon Taeyeon's departure, she was chosen as a temporary DJ for two weeks together with Beast member Doojoon.[citation needed] IU is currently the VJ for MBC Game's Star for You.[citation needed] In October and November 2010, IU introduced the competing players in season 2 of GomTV's Global Starcraft II League.[43] IU is also one of twelve original female cast members chosen for the SBS variety show Heroes.[44] IU took up a role as Kim Pil Suk in the KBS 2TV teen drama series Dream High.[45]

On February 6, 2011, it was announced that IU would be a guest performer for British contemporary jazz & soul singer, Corinne Bailey Rae, during her 1st Korean concert.[46] She was also featured in K-Will's music video for his song "My Heart is Beating" along with MBLAQ's Lee Joon and Boyfriend's No Minwoo.

Between May and July in 2011, IU attended the filming for SBS's Kiss & Cry, where celebrities show off their figure skating skills.[47] However, she was eliminated in Episode 8.[48] Also during this time, she participated in KBS Immortal Song 2.[49] However due to her overwhelming schedule of "Kiss & Cry" and MC duties for “Inkigayo”, she withdrawn from Immortal Song to focus on her upcoming album.[50]

IU performed at the 2011 GSL Blizzard Cup finals,[51] with the songs "Good Day" and "You and I".[52] This is not the first time she would be involved in the GSL, as she also did the voice over for the player introductions and openers in previous seasons as well.[53]

On March 22, 2012, IU along with ZE:A member Yim Si-wan and Hwang Kwanghee starred in a Samsung CF for their latest smartphone, the 'Wave 3'. It is a three-part drama titled '20, the start of the Wave', which introduced various apps and tools of the 'Wave 3'.[54]

On January 24, 2013, IU was confirmed as one of the leading roles for new KBS2TV weekend drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin,[55] portraying a seemingly unlucky girl who remains courageous and bright. Filming for the drama began in February and premiered on March 9, 2013.

On July 28, 2013, IU announced in the broadcast of "Inkigayo" that she will be vacating her MC position after 107 weeks of being in the show.[56] She will be replaced by Minah from Girl's Day.[57]

Discography[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Solo Concert[edit]

  • Real Fantasy (2012)[58]
  • Modern Times (2013)[59]

Filmography[edit]

Drama
Year Title Networks Role Notes
2011 Dream High KBS2 Kim Pil-suk Supporting role
Welcome to the Show SBS Herself Episode 1
2012 Dream High 2 KBS2 Kim Pil-suk Episode 1 (cameo appearance)
Salamander Guru and The Shadows SBS Pickpocket Jieun Episode 6
Cameo appearance
2012 Sammy's Great Escape (Sammy's Adventures 2) Movie Ella Voice acting
2013 You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin KBS2 Lee Soon-shin Leading role
Pretty Man KBS2 Kim Bo-tong Female leading role
Television
Year Title Networks Role Notes
2010 Heroes SBS Herself
2011 Kim Yu-na's Kiss and Cry Contestant until episode 8
The Music Trend Co-hostess March 20, 2011 – July 28, 2013
1 vs. 100 KBS2 Guest
Immortal Song 2 Contestant
Entertainment Broadcast Guest as guest for "Guerilla Date"
You Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook Guest
Come to Play[60] MBC Guest March 14, 2011
Radio Star Musical guest March 30, 2011
E!TV Special SBS Host
Running Man Guest Episode 43
Strong Heart Guest December 20, 2011
Mak Irae Show Tooniverse Guest July 15, 2011
Night After Night SBS Guest
2012 Running Man Guest Episode 77, 96, 97
MTV Music Island Musical guest as premier episode guest
Strong Heart Guest May 22, 2012 & May 29, 2012
Gayo Daejeon[26] Co-hostess December 29
Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyori's You and I SBS Musical guest as premier episode guest
Quiz Show Q[61] MBC Co-hostess
2013 Running Man SBS Guest Episode 168
Happy Together KBS2 Guest Episode 323
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1 Guest November 6, 2013 & November 13, 2013
Picnic Live Soundscape - IU's Secret Vacation MBC Music Host November 11, 2013
Hidden Singer JTBC Original Singer Season 2, Episode 7
2014 Music Travel Yesterday[62] [63] MBC Musical Guest March 2, 2014 & March 9, 2014
Get It Beauty OnStyle Guest Episode 1
Show Champion 100th Episode Special MBC Performer March 19, 2014

Awards[edit]

IU at the 2010 Melon Music Awards, on December 15, 2010
Year Award Category Result
2008 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Power Rookie Award Won
2010 2nd Melon Music Awards 2010 TOP 10[64] Won
11th Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award Won
17th Republic of Korea Entertainment Arts Awards Ceremony New Generation Singer Award Won
25th Golden Disk Awards Digital Music Bonsang[65] Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song Of The Month (June) ("Nagging")[66] Won
Song Of The Month (December) ("Good Day")[67] Won
20th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award[68] Won
Best Digital Album (Real)[68] Won
SBS Entertainment Awards Variety New Star Award Won
2011 3rd Melon Music Awards 2011 Top 10[69] Won
Song of the Year (Digital Daesang)[69] Won
5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot CF Star[70] Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song Of The Month (December) ("You and I")[71] Won
Artist Of The Year Won
Best Top Seller Artist Won
21st Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award[72] Won
Best Album (Last Fantasy)[72] Won
Korea Advertising Association Awards Good Model Award Won
Allkpop Awards Best Female Solo Artist Won
TVCF Awards Model of the Year[73] Won
Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icon Won
2011 Soompi Gayo Awards Top Female Soloists of 2011 - Gold[74] Won
Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Singer[75] Won
2012 1st Gaon Chart Awards Song of the Year (February) Won
Song of the Year (December) Won
4th Melon Music Awards 2012 Album (Last Fantasy)[76] Nominated
2012 Artist[76] Nominated
2012 Netizen Popularity Award ("You & I")[76] Nominated
2012 Top 10[76] Won
2012 T-Store Best Song Award ("You & I")[76] Nominated
7th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Pop Singer Award Won
9th Korean Music Awards Female Musician of the Year Netizen Vote[77] Won
Song of the Year ("Good Day") Won
Best Korean Pop Song ("Good Day")[78] Won
24th Korean PD Awards Singer Award[citation needed] Won
Billboard 21 Under 21[79] 15 of 21
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song Of The Month (May) ("Peach")[80] Won
Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Singer[75] Won
2013 Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Awards In Japan Best Female Solo Singer Won
27th Japan Gold Disk Awards Best 3 New Artists (Asia)[81] Won
5th Melon Music Awards 2013 Top 10 Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Solo (female) Won
2013 Sona Awards Best Artist (female) Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Jang Geun-suk (Pretty Man) Nominated
Best Couple Award with Jo Jung-suk (You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin) Won
Best New Actress (You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin)[82] Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama
(You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin)
Nominated
2014 3rd Gaon Chart Awards Song of the Year (October) Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

The Mnet Asian Music Awards (abbreviated as a MAMA), formerly "M.net KM Music Festival" (MKMF) (1999 - 2008), is a major K-pop music award show that is held by Mnet Media annually in South Korea. Daesang Award (Grand Prize) is equivalent Artist of the Year.

Bout Year Nominated work Award Result
12th 2010 IU/Seulong – “Nagging”[83] Best Collaboration Nominated
Sung Shi Kyung/IU – “It’s You”[83] Best Collaboration Nominated
13th 2011 "Good Day" Best Female Singer - Solo[84] Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Solo[84] Won
“Someday” (Dream High O.S.T.) Best O.S.T.[84] Nominated
14th 2012 "You and I" Artist of the Year[85][86] Nominated
Song of the Year[85][86] Nominated
Best Female Artist[85][86] Won
Best Vocal Performance - Solo[85][86] Nominated
15th 2013 "The Red Shoes" Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Female Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
BC - UnionPay Song of the Year Nominated

Music Programs[edit]

These are a collection of IU's wins on Korea's televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel M.net, Music Bank on KBS, Show Champion, Show! Music Core on MBC Music and Music on Top on Korean cable channel jTBC.

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 June 25 Nagging
July 2
December 24[87] Good Day
December 31
2011 January 7[88]
December 9[89] You & I
December 16[90]
December 23[91]
December 30
2012 January 6[92]
January 13[93]
2013 October 18 The Red Shoes
2014 January 3 Friday

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 June 27 Nagging
December 19[94] Good Day
December 26[95]
2011 January 2
December 18[96] You & I
December 25[97]
2012 January 1[98]
2013 October 20 The Red Shoes
December 29 Friday
2014 January 5

M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2010 December 23[99] Good Day
2013 October 17[100] The Red Shoes
October 24[101]

Music On Top[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 January 12[102] You & I

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 October 16 The Red Shoes

Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2013 October 19 The Red Shoes
2014 January 4 Friday

Appearances in other media[edit]

In December 2011, LOEN Entertainment together with dooub, Inc. released an iOS game IU SHAKE.[103]

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