CL in 2013
February 26, 1991
Seoul, South Korea
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||I Chae-rin|
Lee Chae-rin (born on February 26, 1991), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent much of her early life in Japan and France. CL trained at JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment at the age of fifteen and debuted as a member of the girl group 2NE1 in 2009. Following her group took a break, CL embarked her solo career in the United States in 2015. In 2016, 2NE1 officially disbanded and CL decided remain her solo career under YG until November 2019.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Musical style and influences
- 3 Discography
- 4 Songwriting credits
- 5 Tours
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
1991–2008: Early life and career beginnings
Lee Chae-rin was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent most of her childhood living in Paris, Tsukuba, Japan, and Tokyo. When she was 13, she moved to Paris alone where she studied for two years. Lee got an audition with YG Entertainment when she was 15. Her first feature on a song recording was Big Bang's "Intro (Hot Issue)" in 2007. Later that year, Lee performed for the first time on stage at Seoul Broadcasting System's Gayo Daejeon alongside her label mates. Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung-hwa's "DJ," in which she rapped.
2009–2013: Debut with 2NE1 and solo career beginnings
Lee took on the stage name 'CL' and was placed as the leader and main rapper of 2NE1, alongside Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy. The group then collaborated with label-mates Big Bang for the song "Lollipop" before officially debuting on SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed "Fire". 2NE1 achieved significant success with the number-one single "I Don't Care" from their first extended play, 2NE1, which won them the "Song of the Year" award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards, making them the first rookie group to win a daesang in the same year of debut.
In August 2009, she collaborated with label-mates G-Dragon and Teddy Park of 1TYM for the single "The Leaders", featured on G-Dragon's first solo album, Heartbreaker. The same month, after the group finished with "I Don't Care" promotions, CL collaborated with fellow member Minzy for "Please Don't Go," which charted at number six on the Gaon Chart by the end of November. Her first solo single, "The Baddest Female", was released on 28 May 2013. 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 wrote the lyrics for her solo track "MTBD", as well as the track "Scream".
2014–2019: Stand-alone singles and featured appearances
In October 2014, it was announced that CL was planning to debut as a solo artist the following year in the United States, teaming up with Scooter Braun as her manager. In May 2015, she featured in Diplo's single "Doctor Pepper", alongside Riff Raff and OG Maco. In November 2015, CL released her first single "Hello Bitches", as a teaser for her upcoming EP Lifted. The lead single, "Lifted" was released on August 19, 2016. The song appeared in the Top 30 of iTunes’ Hip-Hop/Rap chart within three hours of being released, peaking at 21. Time noted her as the "future of Kpop in America". On October 29, 2016, CL kicked off her first North American tour, the Hello Bitches Tour, in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, and concluded in Toronto on November 14.
Alongside Shaiana, she featured on Lil Yachty's song "Surrender", an exclusive track off of the Target deluxe edition of his album Teenage Emotions, released on May 26, 2017. CL also recorded an original single titled "No Better Feelin'" for the My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack, released on September 22, 2017. On January 4, 2018, she was reported to make her Hollywood debut as an actress in Peter Berg's film Mile 22 that stars Mark Wahlberg. On February 25 2018, CL performed at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, performing parts from "The Baddest Female" and the 2NE1 global hit "I Am the Best". At the closing ceremony, she met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, First Lady Kim Jung-sook, EXO, and U.S. First Daughter Ivanka Trump.
2019–present: Departure from YG Entertainment and In the Name of Love
On November 8, 2019, YG Entertainment announced that CL did not renew her contract with the company. On December 4th, CL started partially releasing new music from her upcoming release In the Name of Love, beginning with the songs "+DONE161201+" and "+REWIND170205+". She is currently slated to drop two more songs from the record by the end of 2019. There is no set release date for the album.
Musical style and influences
As lead artist
|"Please Don't Go" (with Minzy)||2009||6||—||N/A||To Anyone|
|"The Baddest Female" (나쁜 기집애)||2013||4||—||Non-album single|
|"+REWIND170205+"||2019||—||—||To be announced||In the Name of Love|
|"Doctor Pepper" (with Diplo, Riff Raff & OG Maco)||2015||47||
|"₩1,000,000" (G-Dragon X CL X Okasian X BewhY)||2016||N/A||Unreleased|
As featured artist
|"Hot Issue" (Big Bang feat. CL)||2007||*||—||—||—||—||—||Hot Issue|
|"DJ" (Uhm Jung-hwa feat. CL)||2008||—||—||—||—||—||D.I.S.C.O|
|"What" (YMGA feat. YG Family & DJ Wreckx)||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"The Leaders" (G-Dragon feat. CL & Teddy)||2009||38||—||—||—||—||—||Heartbreaker|
|"Kiss" (Dara featuring CL)||5||—||—||—||—||—||To Anyone|
|"Daddy" (Psy featuring CL)||2015||1||40||20||25||6||97||Chiljip Psy-da|
|"Dirty Vibe" (Skrillex feat. Diplo, G-Dragon, & CL)||2014||—||—||—||—||15||—||Recess|
|"Surrender" (Lil Yachty feat. CL & Shaiana)||2017||—||—||—||—||—||—||Teenage Emotions|
|"Dopeness" (The Black Eyed Peas feat. CL)||2018||—||—||—||—||—||—||Masters of the Sun Vol. 1|
|"Cut It Up" (PKCZ feat. CL & Afrojack)||2019||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"—" denotes recordings which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
|"No Better Feelin'"||2017||My Little Pony: The Movie|
|2009||Heartbreaker||"The Leaders"||Yes||G-Dragon, Teddy Park||No||N/A|
|2013||Non-album single||"The Baddest Female"||Teddy Park|
|"If I Were You"||Dee.P|
|"MTBD" (멘붕)||Teddy Park||No||N/A|
|"Baby I Miss You"||Yes||Choice37, Dee.P|
|2015||Non-album single||"Doctor Pepper"||Thomas Wesley Pentz, Riff Raff, OG Maco, Brian Wollman, Jordan Safford||No||N/A|
|"Hello Bitches"||Teddy Park, Danny Chung, Jean-Baptiste|
|2016||"Lifted"||Teddy Park, Asher Roth, Robert Diggs, Clifford Smith|
|2016||"₩1,000,000"||G-Dragon, Okasian, BewhY|
- Hello Bitches Tour (2016)
Awards and nominations
|2013||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Style Award||N/A||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Dance Performance – Female Solo||"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||Nominated|
|2014||Seoul Music Awards||Bonsang Awards||"The Baddest Female"||Nominated|
|YinYueTai V-Chart Awards||Top Female Artist (Korean)||N/A||Won|
|Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||Nominated|
|2016||Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||Nominated|
|2019||45th People's Choice Awards||The Most Inspiring Asian Woman||Won|
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