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CL Singer
CL at YG family 2014 world tour.jpg
CL at YG Family 2014 World Tour
Native name
Born Lee Chae-rin
(1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 26)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

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 trained at 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.


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, Japan, 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] She also lived in Hong Kong for university, as she got a scholarship to double major in Economics and Accounting at the University of Hong Kong.[6]

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.[] Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung-hwa's "DJ," in which she rapped.[7]

2009-2014: Debut with 2NE1 and solo songs

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.[8]

CL's first solo single, "The Baddest Female", was released on 28 May 2013.[9] 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".[10]

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.[11]

In May 2015, CL featured in Diplo's single "Doctor Pepper", alongside Riff Raff and OG Maco.[12] In November 2015, CL released her first single "Hello Bitches", as a teaser for her upcoming EP Lifted.[13][14]

The lead single, "Lifted" was released on August 19, 2016.[15] The song appeared in the Top 30 of iTunes' Hip-Hop/Rap chart within three hours of being released, peaking at 21.[16]Time noted CL as the "future of Kpop in America".[17] On October 29, 2016, she kicked off her first North American tour, the Hello Bitches Tour, in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, and concluded in Toronto on November 14.[18]

Alongside Shaiana, CL featured on Lil Yachty's song "Surrender", an exclusive track off of the Target deluxe edition of his album Teenage Emotions, released on May 26, 2017.[19] CL also recorded an original single titled "No Better Feelin'" for the My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack, released on September 22, 2017.[20]

Musical style and influences

CL was the leader, rapper, and vocalist of the group 2NE1.[21] 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][22]



As lead artist

Title Year Peak
Sales Album
"Please Don't Go"
(with Minzy)
2009 6 -- -- To Anyone
"The Baddest Female" 2013 4 -- 549,324[24] Non-album single
"MTBD (Mental Breakdown)" 2014 15 -- 647,690[25] Crush
"Doctor Pepper"
(with Diplo, Riff Raff and OG Maco)[26]
2015 -- -- -- Non-album single
"Hello Bitches" -- -- 170,448[27]
"Lifted" 2016 -- 94 --
(G-Dragon X CL X Okasian X BewhY)
-- -- --

As featured artist

Title Year Peak
"Hot Issue"
(Big Bang 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
"Body" (?; Areumdawo) 2014 -- -- -- -- -- -- Rise
"Dirty Vibe"
(Skrillex featuring Diplo, G-Dragon, and CL)
-- -- -- -- 15 -- Recess
(Psy featuring CL)
2015 1 40 20 25 6 97 Chiljip Psy-da
(Lil Yachty featuring CL and Shaiana)
2017 -- -- -- -- -- -- Teenage Emotions
"--" denotes recordings which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Soundtrack appearances

Title Year Album
"No Better Feelin'" 2017 My Little Pony: The Movie
     The song was recorded in Korean.
     The song was recorded in English.

Songwriting credits

Year Album Song Lyrics Music Notes
Credited With Credited With
2009 Heartbreaker "The Leaders" Yes G-Dragon, Teddy Park No - -
2013 Non-album single "The Baddest Female" Yes Teddy Park No - -
2014 Crush "Crush" Yes - Yes Choice37 -
"If I Were You" Yes - Yes Dee.P -
"MTBD (Mental Breakdown)" Yes Teddy Park No - -
"Scream" Yes - No - -
"Baby I Miss You" Yes - Yes Choice37, Dee.P -
2015 Non-album single "Doctor Pepper" Yes Thomas Wesley Pentz, Riff Raff, OG Maco, Brian Wollman, Jordan Safford No - -
"Hello Bitches" Yes Teddy Park, Danny Chung, Jean-Baptiste No - -
2016 "Lifted" Yes Teddy Park, Asher Roth, Robert Diggs, Clifford Smith No - -
2016 "?1,000,000" Yes G-Dragon, Okasian, BewhY No - -
2017 "Goodbye" Yes Oh Hyuk No - -


Awards and nominations

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[29] "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[30] Nominated
2014 Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Awards "The Baddest Female" Nominated
Popularity Awards Nominated
YinYueTai V-Chart Awards Top Female Artist (Korean)[31] 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 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Park, Mi-ae (May 22, 2009). "CL, " YG ? "" [CL, "knocked on the YG Entertainment door to hand in my demo tape"]. eDaily SPN (in Korean). eDaily. Retrieved 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Female Big Bang to be Unveiled". KBS Global. March 25, 2009. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "[CL] 1?. ? ?, ?". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ "[CL] 1?. ? ?, ?" (in Korean). Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Uhm Jung Hwa 2008 Mini Album - D.I.S.C.O". Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search: CL". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Baddest Female CL releases her solo debut MV". allkpop. 2013-05-28. 
  10. ^ "K-Pop Superstar CL to Enter America With Scooter Braun", Billboard, 16 October 2014. Accessed 13 October 2015.
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  13. ^ "CL Preps Debut English EP 'Lifted' for Fall". Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Diplo Talks K-Pop & New Songs Recorded With CL in 'Time' Interview". Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "CL gets 'Lifted' in her newest solo MV! |". Retrieved . 
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  17. ^ "K-POP's Next Act". Retrieved . 
  18. ^ Retrieved 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  20. ^ Herman, Tamar (2017-09-15). "K-Pop Star CL Bringing 'No Better Feelin to 'My Little Pony' Movie Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Member Profile: CL". 2NE1 Japanese Website (in Japanese). YG Entertainment. Retrieved 2010. 
  22. ^ Park Yeong-ung (October 13, 2010). "" ?"..2NE1? " ["Park Bom and Beyoncé?" Who are 2NE1's role models?]. Star News (in Korean). MoneyToday. Retrieved 2010. "CL style inspiration for Lil' Kim". The Fashion Law. Retrieved 2016. 
  23. ^ "Lifted". Gaon Music Chart. Billboard. 
  24. ^ "GAON STREAMING CHART [see 170]". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2017. 
  25. ^ *"2014? Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2017. 
  26. ^ INTERVIEW: Five Things You NEED To Look Out For From Diplo In 2015
  27. ^ Cumulative sales by week for Hello Bitches:
  28. ^ Gaon Digital Chart
  29. ^ Apache Tomcat/7.0.23 Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ "2013 SBS MTV Best of the Best". MTV Korea. Retrieved 2017. 
  31. ^ CL Won "Top Female Artist (Korean)" Award At The 2014 2nd YinYueTai V-Chart Awards In Beijing (April 15, 2014)

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