IU (singer)

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IU in Hong Kong on 12 September 2015
Born Lee Ji-eun (이지은)
(1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 22)[1]
Website loen-tree.com
Musical career
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Jieun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chiŭn
Stage name
Revised Romanization Aiyu
McCune–Reischauer Aiyu

Lee Ji-eun (Korean: 이지은; born 16 May 1993), better known by her stage name IU (Korean: 아이유), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. Upon discovering a passion for singing at school, she auditioned for various talent agencies before signing with LOEN Entertainment in 2007 and began her career as a singer at the age of 15 with her debut album, Lost and Found.[2] Her follow-up albums, Growing Up and IU...IM brought her mainstream success but it was through "Good Day" (Korean: 좋은 날), the lead single from her 2010 album Real, that she achieved national stardom.[3] "Good Day" spent five consecutive weeks at the top position of South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and holds the record for spending the most number of weeks at number 1 along with Psy's "Gangnam Style".[4]

With the success of her 2011 albums, Real+ and Last Fantasy, IU established herself as a formidable force on the music charts of her native country and further cemented her girl next door image as Korea's "little sister".[5][6] 2011 also saw her first foray into song-writing with "Hold My Hand", which was written for the television series The Greatest Love. IU's third full-length album release, Modern Times, in 2013 showcased a more mature style that was a departure from her established girlish image, with several tracks reaching the top 10 positions on music charts.[7][8] While her subsequent releases including albums A Flower Bookmark and Chat-Shire continued to deviate from the mainstream K-pop style, IU retained her dominance on music charts.[9][10][11] Chat-Shire marked the first time she is credited as the sole lyricist and producer of her own album.[12][13]

IU has released three studio albums and nine extended plays, scoring two number-one albums and 14 number-one singles on the Gaon Music Charts. Aside from her music career, IU has also ventured into hosting radio and television shows, as well as acting, with leading roles in You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin, Pretty Man and The Producers.

Early life[edit]

IU was born Lee Ji-eun on 16 May 1993 in South Korea. At an early age, IU became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry and began attending acting classes.[14] Soon after her elementary school years, her family's financial situation deteriorated and they eventually moved to Uijeongbu.[15] She and her younger brother lived apart from their parents in a studio room with her grandmother and cousins for over a year in conditions of great poverty.[16][17][18] IU had little contact with her parents over this period of time but felt reassured under her grandmother's care.[18]

During her middle school years, IU found her passion for singing and decided to become a singer after feeling delight in performing at her school's sports competition and for the audience's applause.[19] She started to attend auditions but failed all 20, and was also scammed by fake entertainment companies.[20] Before joining LOEN Entertainment in 2007, IU trained at Good Entertainment with G.NA, Uee, Yubin, Heo Ga-yoon and Jun Hyoseong.[21][22] After signing with LOEN, IU moved to Bangbae, Seoul.[23] Despite thinking that she might eventually be put into a girl group after three to four years of training, she received ten months of training before her solo debut in 2008.[24] Due to her living conditions at the time, IU stated that she "loved being at the studio," where she could eat as much as she wanted and had a place to sleep.[18] Prior to her debut, LOEN coined her stage name "IU", deriving from the phrase "I and You" to symbolize the unifying force of music between people.[24]

Her burgeoning career led to her decreased attendance at school and declining grades, with the exception of Korean literature.[25] After graduating from Dongduk Girls’ High School in 2011, IU decided not to pursue tertiary education in tandem with her singing career.[26]


2008–09: Career beginnings[edit]

After spending 10 months as a trainee, IU released "Lost Child" (Korean: 미아) as her first single. She performed the song live for the first time on the music program, M! Countdown, on 18 September 2008, making it her debut performance as a professional singer.[27] Regarding the performance, IU recalled the crowd had hurled insults at her and though she felt discouraged by it, she now considers it a beneficial experience.[28] "Lost Child" is the lead single from her debut album Lost and Found, which was released on 24 September 2008. Produced by Choi Gap-won and Lee Jong-hoon, the extended-play album and her vocal performances received generally positive reviews.[29][30] For the album, IU was awarded the "Rookie of the Month" by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in November 2008.[31] However, the album did not do well commercially. During an interview in 2011, IU said, "My first album failed, but I'm grateful for that. If I had become successful as soon as I made my debut, I wouldn't appreciate my staff members and the popularity that I'm enjoying now."[25]

On 16 April 2009, IU launched her first studio album, Growing Up, with the lead promotional number, "Boo". She began her album promotion the next day, performing "Boo" on KBS2's Music Bank.[32] The song was noted for its stark contrast in musical style to "Lost Child", which was described as a "heavy" and "dark" ballad compared to the 80's "retro sound" of "Boo".[33][34] Deemed as a "strategic" transformation, the dance choreography, stage costume and hairstyle shown in live performances were used to emphasize her youthfulness and project a "cute" image.[33][35] Although it drew a favorable response from the public, IU, who was fifteen years old at the time, admitted that the image made her feel awkward.[35] The song was nominated as a number-one contender on the popular music program, Inkigayo. Along with several songs from Lost and Found, "You Know" (Korean: 있잖 아) was also featured in Growing Up; a new rock-style arrangement of the song was released as the follow-up single to "Boo".

Towards the end of 2009, IU released her second extended-play album, IU...IM. She began promoting its lead single, "Marshmallow" (Korean: 마쉬멜로우), on music programs across the three major television networks from 13 November 2009. The song was described as "saccharine" with a style that was "a hybrid of the 60's rock and roll and french pop".[3][36] Recalling the performances, IU stated on a 2013 episode of Happy Together that she disliked having to wear the girlish costumes and hairstyle fashioned for the song promotions.[37] The performances were well-received and were once again labelled "cute", reminiscent of reviews for "Boo".[38]

IU made her first soundtrack appearance via two MBC television dramas, Strike Love (Korean: 2009 외인구단) and Queen Seondeok (Korean: 선덕여왕). She sang "You are Always Like That" (Korean: 그러는 그대는) for Strike Love and two songs for Queen Seondeok: "Wind Flower" (Korean: 바람꽃) and the end title theme, "Araro" (Korean: 아라로). In addition, IU began to make her first collaborations with other artists in 2009 with songs such as "I Hope" (Korean: 희망사항) (with Mighty Mouth) and "247" (with The Three Views). As her popularity began to grow, IU began to make more frequent appearances on variety shows, performing on Star Golden Bell, Kim Jung-eun's Chocolate and You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. Her acoustic covers of other artists' songs such as Girls' Generation's "Gee", Super Junior's "Sorry, Sorry" and Big Bang's "Lies" (Korean: 거짓말) featured in these live performances gained tremendous interest online.[39]

2010–12: Rising popularity and acting debut[edit]

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

On 3 June 2010, IU released "Nagging" (Korean: 잔소리), a duet which she recorded with 2AM's Lim Seul-ong. The single debuted at number 12 on the Gaon Digital Chart and shot up to the number one position the following week, where it remained for three weeks.[40] Written by Kim Eana and composed by Lee Min-soo, the pop ballad duet was used as one of the theme songs for the second season of the variety show, We Got Married.[41] The song was popular on music programs, where it won the Mutizen award on Inkigayo and was placed first on Music Bank.[42] Soon after, IU released "Because I'm a Woman" (Korean: 여자라서), one of the theme songs of MBC's historical period drama, Road No. 1 (Korean: 로드 넘버원). The song peaked at number six on the Gaon Digital Chart.[43] IU's collaboration with Sung Si-kyung on "It's You" (Korean: 그대네요) for his album, The First, debuted at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart.[44]

IU's third extended play album, Real, was released on 9 December 2010. Produced by Jo Yeong-cheol and Choi Gap-won, Real debuted at number four on the Gaon Album Chart.[45] The lead single, "Good Day" (Korean: 좋은 날), reunited IU with lyricist Kim Eana and composer Lee Min-soo, who she had worked with on "Nagging". The uptempo song, as explained by Kim Eana, is about "a shy girl who is nervous about expressing her feelings to the boy she likes."[46] After debuting at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, "Good Day" proceeded to break the record for the longest-running number one song in the chart's history by remaining at the position for five consecutive weeks.[4] This record was later matched by Psy's "Gangnam Style" in 2012.[47] During the album's promotional period, IU also topped the charts on the music programs M! Countdown, Music Bank and Inkigayo.[48][49][50] Both Kim Eana and Lee Min-soon considered the main factors of the song's success to be the use of the word "oppa" (Korean: 오빠) in the chorus, as well as the three high-pitched notes that IU sings in semitone increments during the climax of the song.[51] In addition to receiving praise for her vocal abilities for her performance in the song, IU's fan base also expanded to a more varied demographic as compared to other K-pop groups.[52][53]

Following the official cast announcement on 3 November 2010, IU began filming teen drama Dream High (Korean: 드림하이) in December 2010.[54] During this time, she remained committed to Heroes as a regular cast member and her existing promotions for "Good Day".[55] In her first acting role, IU played Kim Pil-sook, a shy and overweight school girl who dreams of becoming a professional singer. Admitting that she was doubtful about her readiness to take on acting, IU remarked that she gained confidence in learning that the part would require singing and would later describe the experience as a tremendously enjoyable one.[24][53] For the series' soundtrack, she released the single, "Someday", which achieved the number one position on the Gaon Digital Chart on the week of 30 January - 5 February 2011.[56][57] By the end of 2011, the single had sold 2,209,924 digital copies and is one of IU's best-selling single for a soundtrack.[58] However, the song was embroiled in controversy after the song's writer and composer, Park Jin-young, was accused of plagiarizing the song, "To My Man".[59] Songwriter Kim Shin-il won his plagiarism lawsuit against Park Jin-young in 2013, however, an appeal to the Supreme Court of South Korea led to an eventual High Court retrial in 2015.[60][61]

On 10 March 2011, IU performed as the opening act for British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae's first solo concert in Seoul with two songs, before joining Bailey Rae during her performance of "Put Your Records On".[62] Bailey Rae, whom IU described as her role model, said of IU, "It’s incredible that her voice is so soulful even though she’s young."[63]

IU's first self-composed song, "Hold My Hand" (Korean: 내 손을 잡아), was featured in the romantic-comedy television series The Greatest Love (Korean: 최고의 사랑) and was released as part of its soundtrack in May 2011.[64] Since it was the first time IU had written a song not for herself but at the behest of the drama's producers, she found the experience difficult as she had to match the drama's cheerful tone.[65] The song peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart and sold 2,031,787 digital copies in 2011.[66][58]

On 29 November 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.[67][68]

Also in 2011, IU starred alongside Lee Joon and No Min-woo in the music videos for two of the released singles from K.Will's extended play album, My Heart Beating.[69][70]

On 24 January 2012, IU held a live showcase at Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall.[71] At the time of the showcase, it was noted that she was the youngest Korean singer ever to perform at the Hall.[72] On 1 March 2012, she released a promotional video for the Japanese version of "Good Day", the title track of her Japanese single album.[73] The album, which includes DVD footage from the showcase,[74] was later released on March 21, 2012.[75]

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.[76]

On 11 May 2012, IU released a single album, Spring of a Twenty Year Old.[77] The album contains three songs, one of which was self-composed by IU. This song, entitled "Peach", was digitally released before the album, on 4 May 2012.[78] 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.[79] 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,[80] though she returned upon the tour's completion.[citation needed] You & I, IU's second Japanese single, was released on July 18.[81]

2010–2012 marked a busy period for IU in variety entertainment. To maintain public visibility, IU joined the cast of the variety show, Heroes, which aired from 18 July 2010 to 1 May 2011.[21] Speaking fondly of the show, IU recalled the camaraderie she built with the other regular cast members despite the hectic weekly 2-day shooting schedule which only allowed them 2–3 hours of sleep.[82] From March 2011 through July 2013, IU served as the host of Inkigayo with various television personalities. Between May and July 2011, IU took part in the reality ice-skating competition series, Kim Yu-na's Kiss & Cry, as a celebrity contestant until she was eliminated in the eighth episode.[83][84] During this time, she also participated in Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend but eventually withdrew after recording one episode due to her overwhelming schedule.[85][86] On December 29, IU hosted the 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon, an annual music program, alongside Bae Suzy and actor Jung Gyu-woon. She was selected by the program's producer for her MC skills, which she demonstrated on Inkigayo.[87] On her wide-ranging activities in entertainment, IU remarked that while singing, acting and variety are all difficult, she finds variety to be the most tiring.[65]

2013–14: Modern Times and A Flower Bookmark[edit]

IU performing in 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. 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.[88]

IU's third studio album, Modern Times. was released on 7 October 2013. The album presented a mature theme in opposition to the "Nation's Little Sister" image that IU showed in her previous work.[89] It included tracks of various genres ranging from jazz, Bossa Nova, to swing and Latin pop. The album quickly topped several Korean music charts as well as Korea's major music programs.

On 15 October 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.[90] On the 21st, 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 20 November 2013 to 9 January 2014 on KBS2 Network.[91]

A repackaged version of Modern Times, with two additional tracks ("Friday" and "Crayon"), was released on 20 December 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.[92] Also, "Friday" reached number one on all three of Korea's major music programs without any live performance.[93]

IU at Melon Music Awards, 13 November 2014

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.[94] 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.[95] Having reached No. 1 on 10 May 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.[96]

On May 16, she released A Flower Bookmark, a remake album of seven old Korean songs,[97] IU held a small concert, titled Just One Step... That Much More, at Sogang University Mary Hall from May 22 to June 1,[98] 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.[99] On 1 July 2014, the digital single "Summer Love", sung by Ulala Session and IU, was released. Its release was postponed as the leader of Ulala Session died after the song was recorded in 2012.[100] IU was then featured in the song "Sing For Me" (translated) in the G.O.D.'s 8th album released on 8 July 2014.[101]

On 9 August 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 14 August 2014, by Mnet as a special program named M! Countdown 2 Nights in L.A..[102] She was also interviewed by Billboard.[103] On 2 October 2014, IU released her version of the song "Sogyeokdong", as a part of a collaboration project with Seo Taiji.[104] On 27 October 2014, it was announced that IU would collaborate with labelmate Yoon Hyun-sang for his debut song and music video, "When Would It Be".This was later released on 31 October.[105]

2015-present: The Producers, Infinite Challenge and Chat-Shire[edit]

IU after shooting The Producers on 21 April 2015

In 2015, IU appeared in The Producers alongside Kim Soo-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun and Gong Hyo-jin in the role of Cindy, a diva-like singer who decides to participate in a variety show in order to improve her public image. Soon after the series' premiere, IU released "Heart", a song which she wrote as a gift to her fans.[106] The song was featured in the series and topped the charts upon its digital release on 18 May 2015; it was later included in the special edition of the series' soundtrack.[107][108] "Heart" was among a slew of K-pop songs used by South Korea's Defense Ministry in their propaganda broadcasts to North Korea during the two countries' tense standoff in August 2015, with the aim of advertising the "South Korean youth culture."[109][110] In addition to "Heart", IU also wrote the lyrics for "Twenty Three", which was used as her character's chart-topping song in The Producers. The song remained unreleased until it was included as a bonus track on her 2015 album, Chat-Shire.

After the completion of The Producers, IU participated in the biennial music festival event hosted by the variety show, Infinite Challenge, in which each participating singer-songwriter is partnered with one of the six hosts to create a song for the festival. IU was partnered with Park Myeong-su; the process of creating, recording and performing their song was shown over the course of seven episodes. The concept of their song was inspired by the film Léon: The Professional, and was therefore named "Leon". The live performance event on 13 August 2015 attracted an estimated crowd of 40,000 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium while the final episode for the festival achieved a 21.1% viewer's rating on its 22 August 2015 airdate.[111] Subsequent to the final episode's broadcast, "Leon" was released along with the other songs from the festival as a digital track and on the official festival album. "Leon" reached number one on all of South Korea's music charts upon release.[112] As of September 16, the six songs from the festival generated KRW 2 billion (US$1.7 million) in revenue, which the show's broadcasting network had stated they would donate after covering commission and copyright fees.[112]

IU's seventh Korean extended play and ninth overall, Chat-Shire, was released digitally on 23 October 2015 prior to its physical release on 27 October 2015. IU wrote the lyrics for all seven tracks, as well as the physical album's two bonus tracks, and composed the music for five tracks either individually or collaboratively. She was also credited as the album's producer.[113] The lead single, "Twenty-Three" (Korean: 스물셋), topped the charts upon release with several of the album's tracks also ranking in the top ten.[10]

Despite its success in the charts, the album drew controversy for the alleged use of Britney Spears' voice samples without permission in the bonus song "Twenty Three."[114] Although she did not compose the music for the song, IU issued an apology for not checking the samples' sources for its arrangement as the album's producer.[115] Furthermore, the lyrics for "Zezé" and its illustration on the album cover were criticized by the Korean publisher of the novel My Sweet Orange Tree for their reinterpretation of its five-year-old protagonist, Zezé.[116] Amidst growing debate in the music community, the publisher later apologized for its failure to acknowledge "diversity of interpretation."[117] The controversy surrounding "Zezé" attracted international attention with AbeBooks reporting My Sweet Orange Tree as the most searched for book on its site on November 5–6, despite the book being out of print in English for years.[118][119] Meanwhile, South Korea's largest book store chain, Kyobo Book Centre, reported that sales of the book has increased 5.7 times over the period of November 5–8 when compared to sales over the November 1–4 period.[117]

Endorsements and other activities[edit]


IU has secured a number of endorsement deals[120] like 2011 UNIONBAY clothing line (with Seo In-Guk),[121] MyChew candy, codes combine[122] 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.[123] 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".[124] 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[125] and cosmetics brand, The Saem[126] as well. On 4 December 2012, it was announced that IU would endorse NCsoft's Aion: The Tower of Eternity video game.[127]

In June 2014, IU secured her first endorsement from a Chinese company, Qdsuh, for their cosmetic products.[128] In September 2014, IU together with You Hee-yeol, secured the endorsement from Sony for their earphone/headphone products in Korea.[129] On November 21, IU secured an endorsement for Soju brand 'Chamisul'.[130] A few days later, together with Song Jae-rim, she endorsed Sbenu's sneakers.[131] On January 4, IU together with Lee Hyun-woo, secured the endorsement deal for UNIONBAY clothing line.[132] On February 1, IU was appointed as the new model of skincare brand, ISOI.[133]

Other activities[edit]

IU at KBS headquarters on 25 July 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.[134] 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.[135] 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.[136]

On 18 June 2011, IU held her first official fan meeting and mini-concert at AX-Korea, marking the 1004th day since she debuted.[137] As of 2015, IU has one of the biggest official fan clubs for a female musical act in Korea.[138] Her fan club's 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".[139]

IU performed at the 2011 GSL Blizzard Cup finals,[140] with the songs "Good Day" and "You and I".[141] 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.[142]

On 22 March 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'.[143]

On 28 July 2013, IU announced in the broadcast of Inkigayo that she will be leaving her MC position after 107 weeks of being in the show.[144] She will be replaced by Minah from Girl's Day.[145]

Since February 2013, IU has been an honorary member of the South Korean police force as ambassador for anti-bullying.[146]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2015, IU and South Korean singer-songwriter Chang Kiha were confirmed to have been dating since 2013. The two met two years ago on a radio show.[147]


Main article: IU discography
Studio albums


  • Real Fantasy (2012)[148]
  • Modern Times (2013)[149]
  • Just One Step... That Much More (2014)[150]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise Ella (voice) Korean dub

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Dream High Kim Pil-suk Main cast:
2011 Welcome to the Show Herself Episode 1
2012 Dream High 2 Kim Pil-suk Episode 1 (cameo)
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Pickpocket Jieun Episode 6 (cameo)
2013 You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin Lee Soon-shin Lead role:
  • Won - KBS Drama Awards for Best New Actress
  • Nominated - KBS Drama Awards for Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama
2013 Pretty Man Kim Bo-tong Lead role:
2015 The Producers Cindy Lead role:

Television variety[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter Performer 1 episode (24 October 2008)
2009 Star Golden Bell Contestant 2 episodes (240, 249)
2009 Kim Jung-eun's Chocolate Performer 1 episode (81)
2009 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (3 July 2009)
2010 Heroes Main cast
2010 Star Golden Bell Contestant 2 episodes (262, 302)
2010 Kim Jung-eun's Chocolate Performer 3 episodes (91, 105, 126)
2010 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (1 January 2010)
2010 Hello Counselor Guest 1 episode (3)
2011 The Music Trend (Inkigayo) Host Co-host:
2011 Kim Yu-na's Kiss & Cry Contestant 8 episodes (1-8)
2011 Come to Play Guest 2 episodes (14 March 2011, 11 April 2011)
2011 Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend Performer 1 episode (4 June 2011)
2011 Gag Concert Performer 1 episode (4 December 2011)
2011 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (26 December 2011)
2011 Hello Counselor Guest 1 episode (55)
2011 Strong Heart Guest 2 episodes (109, 110)
2011 Happy Together Guest 2 episodes (191, 228)
2011 Running Man Competitor 1 episode (43)
2011 Infinite Challenge Guest 1 episode (230)
2012 The Music Trend (Inkigayo) Host Co-host:
2012 Quiz Show Q Host Co-host with Park Myeong-su and Sun Bom Soo
2012 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon Host Co-host with Bae Suzy and Jung Gyu-woon
2012 Star Audition Guest 1 episode (6 January 2012)
2012 Come to Play Guest 1 episode (16 January 2012)
2012 The Crown Princess Project - Restoring The Royal Family Cast Special (23 January 2012)
2012 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (25 May 2012)
2012 Gag Concert Performer 1 episode (16 September 2012)
2012 Jung Jae-hyung & Lee Hyori's You and I Performer 1 episode (1)
2012 Go Show Guest 1 episode (29)
2012 God of Victory (Sunday Night) Guest 1 episode (14)
2012 Strong Heart Guest 2 episodes (131, 132)
2012 Happy Together Guest 1 episode (265)
2012 Running Man Competitor 3 episodes (77, 96, 97)
2013 The Music Trend (Inkigayo) Host Co-host with Hwang Kwanghee and Lee Hyun-woo (6 January - 28 July)
2013 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (11 October 2013)
2013 Picnic Live Soundscape - IU's Secret Vacation Host Special (11 November 2013)
2013 Hidden Singer Performer (Original singer) Season 2 Episode 7
2013 Hello Counselor Guest 1 episode (145)
2013 Happy Together Guest 2 episodes (297, 323)
2013 Running Man Competitor 1 episode (168)
2014 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Performer 1 episode (13 September 2014)
2014 Music Travel Yesterday Performer 2 episodes (2 March 2014, 9 March 2014)
2014 Healing Camp Performer 2 episodes (144, 145)
2014 Tray Relay Song Host Special (8 September 2014) - co-host with Shin Dong-yup
2015 Infinite Challenge Songwriter and Performer 7 episodes (435-440, 442)

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist
2011 "My Heart Beating" K.Will
"Can't Open Up My Lips"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

In December 2011, LOEN Entertainment, together with dooub, Inc. released an iOS game IU SHAKE.[151]


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