Lee Tzsche

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Lee Tzsche
Hangul 이상은
Hanja 李尙恩
Revised Romanization I Sang-eun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Sangŭn
Stage name
Hangul 리채
Revised Romanization Richae
McCune–Reischauer Rich'ae

Lee-Tzsche (born March 12, 1970; also known as Lee Sang-eun) is a South Korean female singer-songwriter[1] and artist.[2] She is currently under Breeze Music.


She debuted at the MBC College Music Festival in 1988, singing another composer's song. At the time, she maintained a unisex look and she became popular, but she grew disenchanted with the entertainment business and, taking a sabbatical,[3] went to Japan and the USA to study art.

Her second career as a musician began with 'Slow day' (1991), a short but impressive album with adolescent girl's feel to it. 'Begin' (1992) was a transitional album - it had an R&B or house sound with the producer Kim Hong-soon, but few fans appreciated the change.

The 5th and self-titled album 'Lee Sang-eun' (1993) showed more musical maturity. Soon she went to Japan and worked with Japanese musicians, most notably Takeda Hajimu (竹田元). Her 6th album 'GongMuDoHaGa(公無渡河歌)' (1995) has been called 'an introspective reflection.'[3] It has been suggested that she did 'far better' in Japan than her native country,[4] and she received wide name recognition and was regarded as an artist rather than a pop idol. The rich and overlapped sound production showed her ambition as a music director. She returned to simple sounds in the 7th album 'OiRobGo UtGin GaGe' (1997). With her back-band, the Penguins (with Takeda Hajimu) she became a troubadour with a serene mood.

From the 8th and self-titled 'Lee Tszche' (1997), she released albums aimed at the worldwide market with Toshiba EMI. She recorded in America with American session musicians.[5] Half of the tracks were English versions of her older songs, and the other half were new tracks in English. It led to a second English album 'Asian Prescription' (1999). In 2001 she featured on a song on CB Mass's album Massmatics, titled 흔적.


The Idol Era

  • (1989) Happy Birthday
  • (1989) SaRangHalGgeoYa

As Lee Sang-eun

  • (1991) Slowdays
  • (1992) Begin
  • (1993) Lee Sang-eun
  • (1995) GongMuDoHaGa
  • (1997) OiRopGo UtGinGaGe

As Lee Tzsche

  • (1997) Lee-Tzsche
    • English version compilation
  • (1998) Give it All OST
  • (1999) Asian Prescription
    • English version compilation
  • (2000) She Wanted OST
  • (2001) Endless Lay
  • (2003) SinBiCheHeom
  • (2005) Roman Topia
  • (2008) The Third Place
  • (2010) LeeSangEun 14th 'We Are Made of Stardust'
  • (2014) 15th 'LuLu'

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "K-pop's Girls' Generation and 2NE1 lead comeback month - News - The Star Online". 
  2. ^ Korea Newsreview. Korea Herald, Incorporated. 1996. p. 30. 
  3. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (16 March 1996). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 67–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ Mark James Russell (2008). Pop Goes Korea: Behind the Revolution in Movies, Music, and Internet Culture. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-68-6. 
  5. ^ Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies. British Association for Korean Studies. 2003. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-872588-13-1. 

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