CL (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
CL HelloBitches Profile 200px.jpg
Native name 이채린
Born Lee Chae-rin
(1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Musical career
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hanja 李彩麟
Revised Romanization I Chae-rin
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'ae-rin

Chaelin Lee, or Lee Chae-rin (born February 26, 1991[1]), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean recording artist.[2] She was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent much of her early life in Japan and France.[3] She trained in JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment, and became a member of the girl group 2NE1.[4]


Early career[edit]

CL was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent most of her childhood living in Paris, Tsukuba Science City and Tokyo. She attended international schools. When she was 13, she moved back to Paris alone where she studied for two years.[5] She got an audition with YG Entertainment when she was 15.[3][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]


Main article: 2NE1

2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed "Fire". 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 did the lyrics for her solo track "MTBD", as well as the track "Scream".[7]

Solo activities[edit]

In August 2009, CL collaborated with label-mates G-Dragon and Teddy Park of 1TYM for "The Leaders", on G-Dragon's first solo album, Heartbreaker. In August, after finishing "I Don't Care" promotions, 2NE1 members released their own solo singles. CL collaborated with fellow member Minzy for "Please Don't Go," which charted at number six by the end of November.[8] CL's first solo single, "The Baddest Female", was released on 28 May 2013.[9] On October 15 of 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.[10]

On 21 November 2015, CL premiered her first single "Hello Bitches" via a music video launch on the Noisey website. It is a teaser for her upcoming first EP "Lifted" and the first solo song that's not part of a 2NE1 album. A few of the songs that have been announced for the upcoming EP are "Birthday", "Fallin", "Lifted" or "One" and possibly "Dr. Pepper (feat. Diplo, RiFF RAFF & OG Maco).[citation needed]

Musical style and influences[edit]

CL is the leader, a vocalist, and rapper of the group 2NE1.[11] She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park, who produces much of 2NE1's music, as an influence and inspiration, as well as Madonna, Queen and Lauryn Hill.[3][12]


For CL's works with 2NE1, see 2NE1 discography.


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak
"Please Don't Go"
(with Minzy)
2009 6 To Anyone
"The Baddest Female" 2013 4 Non-album single
"MTBD (Mental Breakdown)" 2014 11 Crush
"Hello Bitches" 2015 21 Lifted - EP
"—" denotes recordings which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak
"Hot Issue"
(G-Dragon featuring CL)
2007 Hot Issue
(Uhm Jung-hwa featuring CL)
2008 D.I.S.C.O
(YMGA featuring YG Family & DJ Wreckx)
Non-album single
"The Leaders"
(G-Dragon featuring CL & Teddy)
2009 38 Heartbreaker
(Dara featuring CL)
5 To Anyone
"Dirty Vibe"
(Skrillex featuring Diplo, G-Dragon, and CL)
2014 19 Recess
"Doctor Pepper"
(with Diplo, Riff Raff and OG Maco)[13]
2015 Non-album single
(Psy featuring CL)
1 40 20 25 6 97 Chiljip Psy-da
"—" denotes recordings which were not released in that country or failed to chart.
     The song was recorded in Korean.
     The song was recorded in English.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2013 MNET 20's Choice Awards 20's Style Award Herself Won
MNET Asian Music Awards Best Dance Performance – Female Solo[14] "The Baddest Female" Won
Song of the Year Nominated
MYX Philippines Hottest Female Star of 2013 Herself Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Female Solo Nominated
2014 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Awards "The Baddest Female" Nominated
Popularity Awards Nominated
YinYueTai V-Chart Awards Top Female Artist (Korean)[15] Herself Won
Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons Nominated


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "CL at Naver Music". Naver Music (in Korean). NHN Corp. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Female Big Bang to be Unveiled". KBS Global. March 25, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "[CL] 1부. 새해 첫 날, 눈물 젖은 자장면 드셔보셨나요?". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Uhm Jung Hwa 2008 Mini Album – D.I.S.C.O". Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "K-Pop Superstar CL to Enter America With Scooter Braun", Billboard, 16 October 2014. Accessed 13 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Gaon Chart Search: CL". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Baddest Female CL releases her solo debut MV". allkpop. 2013-05-28. 
  10. ^ "2NE1's CL confirmed to make her U.S. debut as a solo artist". allkpop. 2015-07-02.  On 21 November 2015 at 9PM (Korean time), CL will premiere her first single "Hello Bitches" via the released of the Music Video on the Noisey website. This is the first taste of her upcoming first EP "Lifted" and first solo song who's not part of a 2NE1 album. The EP will contain other songs like "Birthday", "Fallin", "Lifted" or "One" and maybe even "Dr. Pepper (feat. Diplo, RiFF RAFF & OG Maco)".
  11. ^ "Member Profile: CL". 2NE1 Japanese Website (in Japanese). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ INTERVIEW: Five Things You NEED To Look Out For From Diplo In 2015
  14. ^ Apache Tomcat/7.0.23
  15. ^ CL Won “Top Female Artist (Korean)” Award At The 2014 2nd YinYueTai V-Chart Awards In Beijing (April 15, 2014)

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