IU (singer)

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IU performs at Lotte Card MOOV, a concert held in Incheon on October 17, 2014.
Background information
Birth name Lee Ji-eun (이지은)
Born (1993-05-16) May 16, 1993 (age 22)[1]
Origin South Korea
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Website loen-tree.com
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Jieun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chiŭn
Stage name
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 and actress.[2] Her stage name is derived from the phrase "I and You", symbolizing that people can become one through music.[3] Her fan club name is Uaena, where each syllable has a different meaning: "U" is "You" from English, "ae" is Sino-Korean for "love", and "na" is Korean for "me".[4]

Early life[edit]

IU decided to become a singer when she was 14 after singing at her school's sports competition, as she felt happy receiving the audiences' applause. She started to attend auditions, but failed all 20, and she was also scammed by fake entertainment companies.[5][6] When IU was in her seventh grade, her family started to have financial problems due to the failure of her father's project. IU had to live apart from her parents in a studio room with her grandmother, younger brother and cousin for a year and a half, in conditions of great poverty.[7]


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.[8] 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]

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", as well as the song "Wind flower" for the acclaimed MBC drama Queen Seon Duk. IU was recommended by the director, Sam Kim, citing her "clear tone and her lyrical sensibility".[9] IU was also featured in 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 Si-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.[10] Lee Min Soo and Kim Eana, the creators of IU's previous hit "Nagging", helped produce her award-winning song "좋은 날" ("Good Day").[11] 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, Dream High, 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".[12]

IU starred in KBS2's drama, Dream High as Kim Pil-sook from January 3 to February 28, 2011, with a special episode on March 1.

In January 2011, IU's song "Someday" from KBS' drama Dream High was released. Netizens immediately noticed a similarity to "To My Man", sung by Ash, and accused songwriter Park Jin-young of plagiarism.[13] Songwriter Kim Sin-il filed a lawsuit against Park for plagiarizing "To My Man", in which he eventually won.[14]

Soribada, an online music service provider, 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. "Someday" and the ballad "Only I Didn't Know", from her Real+ mini-album, placed 4th and 7th place, respectively – showing that IU took 3 of the top 10 digital spots for the first quarter. Her first original composition, "Dreaming" was used in the drama Dream High, but it was not released officially.

On June 18, 2011, IU held her first official fan meeting and mini-concert at AX-Korea. It also marked the 1004th day since she debuted.[15]

IU also sang a self-composed OST called "Hold my Hand" for drama series The Greatest Love.[16]

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 Korea's charts.[17][18] 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.[19] At the time of the showcase, it was noted that she was the youngest Korean singer ever to perform at the Hall.[20] On March 1, 2012, she released a promotional video for the Japanese version of "Good Day", the title track of her Japanese single album.[21] The album, which includes DVD footage from the showcase,[22] was later released on March 21, 2012.[23]

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.[24]

On May 11, 2012, IU released a single album, Spring of a Twenty Year Old.[25] The album contains three songs, one of which was self-composed by IU. This song, entitled "Peach", was digitally released before the album, on May 4, 2012.[26] 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 showcased her personal thoughts and experiences. This film contained footage of IU's visit to Venice, Italy.[27] 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,[28] though she returned upon the tour's completion.[citation needed]

You & I, IU's second Japanese single, was released on July 18.[29]

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.[30]

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 had served as the MC for Inkigayo".[31]

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 drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin from March 9 to August 25 on KBS2 Network, portraying a seemingly unlucky girl who remains courageous and bright.

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).[32]

It was 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.[33]

On September 16, 2013, LOEN Entertainment revealed two teaser images for her upcoming 3rd full album, Modern Times. The album included 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.

On October 15, 2013, it was announced that IU will be holding her 2nd solo concert, "Modern Times", at Kyunghee University's Peace Hall in Hoegidong, Seoul on November 23–24 and in Busan at KBS Hall on December 1.[34]

On October 21, 2013, IU was confirmed as a part of the cast of Pretty Man, IU would be taking on the role of Kim Bo Tong. The Wednesday-Thursday Drama aired from November 20, 2013, to January 9, 2014, on KBS2 Network.[35]

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.[36] Also, "Friday" reached number one on all three of Korea's major music programs without any live performance.[37]

2014: Hong Kong showcase, A Flower Bookmark, collaborations[edit]

Following her first appearance in Hong Kong on June 23, 2012, at Music Bank in Hong Kong with other K-pop idols, IU brought her Modern Times Showcase to Hong Kong on 23 March 2014.[38] She also collaborated with the new vocal group High4 for their debut song, "Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms", which was released on April 8.[39] Having reached No. 1 on May 10, 2014, in Billboard's K-pop chart with this song, IU became Billboard's official K-pop all time chart leader with 5 No. 1s since K-pop Hot 100 was introduced in September 2011. IU is also the holder for most weeks at No.1 (14) in the chart.[40]

On May 4, Kiscover, an Asian-based discovery platform added IU as one of their dedicated streaming channels.[41]

On May 16, she released A Flower Bookmark, a remake album of seven old Korean songs,[42] IU held a small concert, titled Just One Step... That Much More, at Sogang University Mary Hall from May 22 to June 1,[43] in which all the seven new songs were included in the live presentation. The track, "My Old Story", reached the perfect all-kill status 3 days after the album's release.[44]

On July 1, 2014, the digital single "Summer Love", sung by Ulala Session and IU, was released. Its release was postponed until now as the leader of Ulala Session died after the song was recorded in 2012.[45] IU was then featured in the song "Sing For Me" (translated) in the G.O.D.'s 8th album released on July 8, 2014.[46]

On August 9, 2014, IU performed for the first time in the U.S. at the KCON 2014 event held in Los Angeles, U.S.A. Excerpts of the concerts in the event, which included 9 other K-pop artists/groups, was later broadcast in Korea on August 14, 2014, by Mnet as a special program named M! Countdown 2 Nights in L.A..[47] She was also interviewed by Billboard.[48]

On October 2, 2014, IU released her version of the song "Sogyeokdong", as a part of a collaboration project with Seo Taiji.[49]

On October 27, 2014, it was announced that IU would collaborate with labelmate Yoon Hyun-sang for his debut song and music video, "When Would It Be".[50] This was later released on 31 October.[51]

2015: The Producers, Infinite Challenge Music Festival[edit]

IU after shooting The Producers on April 21, 2015

On March 9, it was confirmed that IU will be one of the leading female cast of KBS2's The Producers, where she will play a diva-like singer.[52]

On May 17, IU released her self-composed song "Heart" as a gift to her fans, which achieved an all-kill the next day. This song was first revealed in the drama The Producers. However, it was not included in the OST album.[53] This song was later included in the special edition of the album as a special track.[54]

On July 4, it was confirmed that IU is one of the participants in the Infinite Challenge Music Festival; she was later partnered up with Park Myeong-su.[55] The concept of their song is inspired by the film Léon: The Professional, [56] and is therefore named "Leon". Their song will be released after the music festival that is on August 13.[57]

On August 22, "Leon" was released along with the other songs from the Infinite Challenge 2015 Music Festival. By August 24, "Leon" achieved a perfect all-kill on the South Korean music charts.[58]

Endorsements and other activities[edit]


IU has secured a number of endorsement deals[59] like 2011 UNIONBAY clothing line (with Seo In-Guk),[60] MyChew candy, codes combine[61] 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.[62] 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".[63] In the same year, IU endorsed 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 endorsement deals for G by Guess[64] and cosmetics brand, The Saem[65] as well. On December 4, 2012, it was announced that IU would endorse NCsoft's Aion: The Tower of Eternity video game.[66]

In June 2014, IU secured her first endorsement from a Chinese company, Qdsuh, for their cosmetic products.[67] In September 2014, IU together with You Hee-yeol, secured the endorsement from Sony for their earphone/headphone products in Korea.[68] On November 21, IU secured an endorsement for Soju brand 'Chamisul'.[69] A few days later, together with Song Jae-rim, she endorsed Sbenu's sneakers.[70] On January 4, IU together with Lee Hyun-woo, secured the endorsement deal for UNIONBAY clothing line.[71] On February 1, IU was appointed as the new model of skincare brand, ISOI.[72]

Other activities[edit]

IU at KBS headquarters on July 25, 2014, going to participate in KBS' Volume Up

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.[73] For a time, IU became a fixed guest on Super Junior's Kiss the Radio, Maybee's Raise the Volume, 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.[74] IU was 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.[75] IU is also one of twelve original female cast members chosen for the SBS variety show Heroes.[76]

On February 6, 2011, it was announced that IU would be a guest performer at the first Korean concert of Corinne Bailey Rae, a British contemporary jazz and soul singer.[77] 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.[78]

Between May and July 2011, IU attended the filming of SBS' Kim Yu-na's Kiss & Cry, where celebrities show off their figure skating skills.[79] However, she was eliminated in Episode 8.[80] During this time, she also participated in KBS' Immortal Songs 2.[81] However, due to her overwhelming schedule of Kim Yu-na's Kiss & Cry and MC duties for Inkigayo, she withdrew from Immortal Songs 2 to focus on her upcoming album.[82]

IU performed at the 2011 GSL Blizzard Cup finals,[83] with the songs "Good Day" and "You and I".[84] This was not the first time that she was involved in the GSL, as she also did the voice-over for the player introductions and openers in previous seasons.[85]

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 applications and tools of the 'Wave 3'.[86]

On July 28, 2013, IU announced in the broadcast of Inkigayo that she will be leaving her MC position after 107 weeks of being in the show.[87] She will be replaced by Minah from Girl's Day.[88]

Since February 2013, IU has been an honorary member of the South Korean police force as ambassador for anti-bullying.[89]


Main article: IU discography


  • Real Fantasy (2012)[90]
  • Modern Times (2013)[91]
  • Just One Step... That Much More (2014)[92]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2011 Dream High KBS2 Kim Pil-suk Main cast
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)
2013 You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin KBS2 Lee Soon-shin Leading role
Pretty Man KBS2 Kim Bo-tong Leading role
2015 The Producers KBS2 Cindy Leading role


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Sammy's Great Escape 2 Ella Voice acting, Korean dubbed

Variety/music show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2008 Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter KBS2 Guest 24 October 2008
2009 Star Golden Bell KBS2 Guest Ep 262, 02 May 2009, 13 June 2009
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Guest 03 July 2009
2010 Heroes SBS Herself 40 episodes between July 18, 2010 & May 1, 2011
Kim Jung-eun's Chocolate Guest 27 February 2010, 10 October 2010
Scent of Female Singers TVN Herself Episodes 01-03
The Muzit Trend E Herself 31 July 2010
2011 Star Blind Date SBS Herself 02 February 2011 (SBS Lunar New Year special)
Kim Yu-na's Kiss & Cry Contestant until episode 8
Running Man[93][94][95][96] Guest Episodes 43, 77, 96, 97
The Music Trend Co-hostess March 20, 2011 – July 28, 2013
Home Sweet Home (Dalgona) Guest 10 June 2011
Night After Night Guest 04 April 2011
E!TV Special Host
Strong Heart Guest EP 109 (20 December 2011), 110 (27 December 2011)
2011 Idol Star Athletics-Swimming Championships MBC Pledge 23 January 2011
Infinite Challenge Panelist Guest Episode 230
Come to Play Guest Episode 329 and 333
Radio Star Guest 06 April 2011
Happy Together KBS Guest EP 191 (07 April 2011)
Hello Counselor Guest 26 December 2011
Star Date Guest 26 December 2011
Immortal Songs 2 KBS2 Contestant
1 vs. 100 (South Korea) Guest 18 January 2011
National Heroes / On Your Command, Sir! Guest EP 14 (02 April 2011)
Gag Concert Guest 04 December 2011
Win Win Guest 04 December 2011
Qualifications of Men Guest 25 December 2011
2012 MTV Music Island SBS Musical guest as premiere episode guest
Gayo Daejeon[31] Co-hostess December 29
Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyori's You and I Musical guest as premiere episode guest
Strong Heart Guest EP 131 (22 May 2012), 132 (29 May 2012)
GO Show Guest EP 29 (02 November 2012)
Happy Together KBS Guest Ep 228 (22 December 2011), Ep 265 (20 September 2012)
Gag Concert KBS2 Guest 16 September 2012
The Crown Princess Project – Restoring The Royal Family[97] Herself Lunar New Year special
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Guest 25 May 2012
Ultimate Quiz Show Q[98] MBC Co-hostess 20 episodes between August 19, 2012, and December 28, 2012
Come to Play Guest 16 January 2012
God of Victory (Sunday Night) Guest 18 November 2012
Star Audition - The Great Birth (위대한 탄생) Guest 06 January 2012
The Muzit Trend E Herself 28 November 2012
2013 Picnic Live Soundscape – IU's Secret Vacation MBC Music Host 11 November 2013
Happy Together KBS Guest Ep 297 (02 May 2013), Ep 323 (31 October 2013)
Entertainment Weekly - Guerrilla Date with IU Herself 12 October 2013
Hello Counselor Guest 28 October 2013
Hidden Singer JTBC Original Singer Season 2, Episode 7 (23 November 2013)
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Guest 11 October 2013
Running Man[99] SBS Guest Episode 168
Hwasin – Controller of the Heart Guest EP 22(23 July 2013)
2014 Get It Beauty[100] OnStyle Guest 05 March 2014
Music Travel Yesterday[101][102] MBC Musical guest March 2, 2014, and March 9, 2014
Healing Camp SBS Guest 07 July 2014
Tray Relay Song Competition (translated) KBS2 Co-hostess September 8, 2014 with Shin Dong Yub
I Am a Man[103] Guest Episode 1
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook[104][105] Guest 11 May 2014, 03 October 2014 (Jeju Acoustic Festival)
2015 Entertainment Weekly KBS Herself 03 January 2015
Infinite Challenge[106] MBC Music Festival Participant Episode 435-440, 442
Stars from Korea (韩来之星)[107] Herself 07 August 2015

Awards and nominations[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

In December 2011, LOEN Entertainment together with dooub, Inc. released an iOS game IU SHAKE.[108]


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