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Native name이채린
BornLee Chae-rin
(1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesCL
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
Musical career
  • K-pop
  • Hip-hop
Years active2007–present
  • YG
  • School Boy
Associated acts
  • 2NE1
  • YG Family
  • G Dragon
  • Skrillex
  • Diplo
  • PSY
  • Method Man
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Chae-rin
McCune–ReischauerI Ch'ae-rin

Lee Chae-rin (born February 26, 1991[1]), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper.[2] Born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent much of her early life in Japan and France.[3] She was trained in JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment, and became a member of the girl group 2NE1.[4] She is currently working on an English-language album.


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 1990–2007: Early life and career beginnings
    • 1.2 2009–2014: Debut with 2NE1 and solo songs
    • 1.3 2015–Present: Upcoming English-language debut album
  • 2 Musical style and influences
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Singles
      • 3.1.1 As lead artist
      • 3.1.2 As featured artist
  • 4 Songwriting credits
  • 5 Tours
  • 6 Awards and nominations
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

1990–2007: Early life and career beginnings

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

Lee's first feature on a song recording was Big Bang's "Intro (Hot Issue)" in 2007. Later that year, she performed for the first time on stage at Seoul Broadcasting System's Gayo Daejeon alongside her label mates.[citation needed] Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung-hwa's "DJ," in which she rapped.[6]

2009–2014: Debut with 2NE1 and solo songs

Main article: 2NE1

Lee Chaerin took on the stage name 'CL' and was placed as the leader and lead 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". The group 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, CL 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 2NE1 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.[7]

CL's first solo single, "The Baddest Female", was released on 28 May 2013.[8] 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".[9]

2015–Present: Upcoming English-language debut album

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.[10]

In May 2015, CL featured in Diplo's single "Doctor Pepper", alongside Riff Raff and OG Maco.[11] In November 2015, CL released her first single "Hello Bitches", as a teaser for her upcoming EP Lifted.[12][13]

The lead single, "Lifted" was released on August 19, 2016.[14] The song appeared in the Top 30 of iTunes’ Hip-Hop/Rap chart within three hours of being released, peaking at 21.[15] Time noted CL as the "future of Kpop in America".[16] On October 29, 2016, she kicked off her first North American tour, the Hello Bi+ches Tour 2016, in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, and concluded in Toronto on November 14.[17]

Musical style and influences

CL was the leader, rapper, and vocalist of the group 2NE1.[18] She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park, who produced much of 2NE1's music, as an influence and inspiration, as well as Madonna, Queen, and Lauryn Hill.[3][19]


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

As featured artist

     The song was recorded in Korean.
     The song was recorded in English.


  • Hello Bitches Tour 2016 (2016)


  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. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search: CL". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Baddest Female CL releases her solo debut MV". allkpop. 2013-05-28. 
  9. ^ "K-Pop Superstar CL to Enter America With Scooter Braun", Billboard, 16 October 2014. Accessed 13 October 2015.
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  12. ^ "CL Preps Debut English EP 'Lifted' for Fall". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Diplo Talks K-Pop & New Songs Recorded With CL in 'Time' Interview". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  14. ^ "CL gets 'Lifted' in her newest solo MV! |". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "K-POP's Next Act". Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  17. ^ Retrieved November 3, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Member Profile: CL". 2NE1 Japanese Website (in Japanese). YG Entertainment. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  19. ^ 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. "CL style inspiration for Lil' Kim". The Fashion Law. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Lifted". Gaon Music Chart. Billboard. 
  21. ^ Gaon Digital Chart
    • "Doctor Pepper - 2015년 24주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. 
  22. ^ INTERVIEW: Five Things You NEED To Look Out For From Diplo In 2015
  23. ^ Apache Tomcat/7.0.23
  24. ^ CL Won “Top Female Artist (Korean)” Award At The 2014 2nd YinYueTai V-Chart Awards In Beijing (April 15, 2014)

External links

  • CL on YG Family
  • CL on Facebook
  • CL on Instagram
  • CL on Sina Weibo
  • CL on SoundCloud
  • CL on Twitter
  • CL's channel on YouTube

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