|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
CLC (Hangul: 씨엘씨, acronym for "CrystaL Clear") is a South Korean girl group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2015. The group consists of seven members: Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Sorn, Yeeun, Elkie, and Eunbin. Their debut mini album First Love was released on March 19, 2015. CLC originally had five members, with two members added to the group in February 2016.
CLC made their official debut on March 19, 2015, with the mini album, First Love, along with the title track "Pepe". In April 2016, CLC released their first Japanese-language single, "High Heels". The group has won awards at shows such as the 23rd Korean Culture Entertainment Award, 2nd KMC Radio Awards and 7th Thailand Daradaily Awards. To date CLC has released seven Korean mini-albums and two Japanese mini-albums.
The members of CLC have also made television appearances: Seunghee on the reality show Girl Spirit, Yujin as a supporting character in Naver's web drama Nightmare Teacher, Seungyeon as a host of CLC's reality shows, Sorn on the first season of reality show K-Pop Star Hunt, Yeeun as a host of The Show, Elkie as a supporting character in the drama The Rich Son and M Countdown in Taipei, and Eunbin on the first season of reality show Produce 101 and as a supporting character in the drama Bad Papa.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Concerts
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The five original members of CLC (Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Sorn and Yeeun) made their first appearance as back-up dancers for G.NA in 2014. They also modeled for the uniform brand Smart, featuring in a promotional music video with the boy groups Got7 and B1A4. Before their official debut, the group began to gain publicity through street performances that raised money for children with disabilities. These featured on their online reality show CLC's Love Chemistry.
2015: Debut with First Love and Question
CLC debuted in 2015 with a five-member lineup of Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Sorn, and Yeeun. They released their first EP First Love, including the lead single "Pepe", on March 19. Their debut showcase was held the day before at the Acts Hotel in Seoul, where they performed their debut song for the first time. They made their debut music show performance on M Countdown. "Pepe" is a retro dance number written by Duble Sidekick and Yang Geng. Part of the song's choreography was choreographed by Rain.
On April 16, CLC released a digital single titled "Eighteen", described as a song about teenage love influenced by 1960s/70s motown and 1980s synthpop. They began promotions for the single the following day on Music Bank. Their second EP Question was released on May 28. Its lead single "Curious (Like)" was first performed on M Countdown. On October 10–11, CLC held their first overseas promotional tour in Malaysia entitled "First Love Promo Tour in Malaysia". For the tour, Universal Music Malaysia released an "Asia Special Edition" version of Question. The special version included tracks from First Love and Question, as well as the digital single "Eighteen".
2016: New members, Refresh, Japanese debut, NU.CLEAR and Chamisma
CLC's third EP Refresh and its lead single "High Heels" were released on February 29, 2016. This marked the addition of two new members: Elkie Chong and Kwon Eunbin, a Cube Entertainment trainee who was also participating in Mnet's girl group survival show Produce 101 at the time. Cube Entertainment stated that Eunbin had been part of the group's original lineup, but was dropped following delays in production of the group's debut album. Due to Produce 101 contractual restrictions, Eunbin was not able to promote the single "High Heels" on music shows or other broadcasts, nor appear in the single's music video. The agency planned for Eunbin to join promotions in the event that she was eliminated from the show, or else to postpone her activities as part of the group until after Produce 101 promotions if she was a winner. On February 29, a short version of the "High Heels" music video that included Elkie but omitted Eunbin was released. The full version of the music video, including Eunbin, was released on March 21.
CLC made their Japanese debut on April 13 with the release of their first Japanese EP, High Heels. The album includes the Japanese version of "Pepe", "First Love", "Like", "High Heels", and a cover of Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky".
On May 12, CLC launched their official Naver V App channel, followed by a broadcast of Eunbin's first live appearance with the group. The group released their fourth Korean EP Nu.Clear on May 30, with the title track "No Oh Oh" written by Shinsadong Tiger. CLC carried out album promotions as a seven-member group in June. On July 27, CLC released their second Japanese EP, Chamisma. The EP peaked at #9 on the Oricon Daily Albums Chart, making it their first release to enter the Top 10 of the Oricon chart.
2017: Crystyle and Free'sm
On January 9, CLC held their first solo Japan fanmeeting at Tower Records in Tokyo. On January 17, 2017, CLC released their fifth Korean EP, Crystyle. It marked a revamped image for the group, with a more charismatic, hip-hop concept. The EP contains six tracks including the EDM/trap lead single "Hobgoblin" (도깨비), which was co-written by Seo Jae-woo, Big Sancho, Son Yeong-jin, and HyunA. Crystyle debuted on Billboard's World Albums chart at #6, while "Hobgoblin" peaked at #4 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. On May 27, the group held the first fan-meeting for their fan-club, Cheshire, "2017 Cheshire Entrance Ceremony". It took place in the Olympic Hall Muse Live in Seoul.
CLC released their sixth EP, Free'sm on August 3. The album title is portmanteau upon the words "prism" and "free", which describes the group's musical and conceptual direction for this EP. The album is inspired by 1990s girl groups Fin.K.L and S.E.S.. It consists of six tracks including the R&B ballad lead single "Where Are You?" (어디야?). This was another new image for the group, contrasting with the group's previous concept with "Hobgoblin".
2018: Black Dress
The group released the digital single "To The Sky" on February 1, 2018, as a pre-release track of their upcoming EP. The group released their seventh extended play, Black Dress, on February 22. CLC held their third anniversary concert "Black Dress" on April 1. It was a donation-based, charity concert where attendees made donations to a Diabetes Association.
- Seunghee (승희) – Main Vocal
- Yujin (유진) – Lead Dancer, Sub Vocal
- Seungyeon (승연) – Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocal
- Sorn (손) – Sub Vocal
- Yeeun (예은) – Main Rapper, Sub Vocal
- Elkie (엘키) – Lead Vocal
- Eunbin (은빈) – Sub Rapper, Sub Vocal
- CLC 3rd Anniversary Concert - "Black Dress" (April 1, 2018)
- United Cube - One - alongside fellow United Cube artists (16 June 2018)
- CLC Live Show in Hong Kong 2018 - Black Dress (20 July 2018) 
- CLC's Love Chemistry (2015)
- CLC's Queen's Game (2015)
- CLC's Beautiful Mission (2015)
- CLC Is (2016–2017)
- PRODUSORN (2017–present)
- CLC's Cheat Key (2017–present)
- Doom-CLC, Doodoom-CLC (2018)
Awards and nominations
|5th||2016||New Artist of the Year||CLC||Nominated|
|30th||2016||New Artist of the Year||CLC||Nominated|
|Global Popularity Award||Nominated|
Korean Culture Entertainment Award
|7th||2015||Best New Artist (Female)||CLC||Nominated|
|17th||2015||Best New Female Artist||CLC||Nominated|
|Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|New Artist Award||Nominated|
|Hallyu Special Award||Nominated|
KMC Radio Awards
|2nd||2015||Rookie of the Year||CLC||Won|
Thailand Daradaily Awards
|7th||2018||The Next Rising Star of Asia Award||CLC||Won|
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