Lee Chae-rin (born February 26, 1991), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean recording artist. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and spent much of her early life in Japan and France. She trained in JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment, and became a member of the girl group 2NE1.
CL was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent most of her childhood living in Paris, Tsukuba Science City and Tokyo. She attended international schools. When she was 13, she moved back to Paris alone where she studied for two years. She got an audition with YG Entertainment when she was 15.
CL’s first feature on a song recording was Big Bang’s “Intro (Hot Issue)” in 2007. Later that year, she had her first stage debut at Seoul Broadcasting System’s Music Awards alongside her label mates at YG Entertainment. Her first credited appearance in a song was in 2008, with Uhm Jung-hwa’s “DJ,” in which she rapped.
2NE1 debuted in SBS’s The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed “Fire. 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”.
In August 2009, CL collaborated with label-mates G-Dragon and Teddy Park of 1TYM for “The Leaders”, on G-Dragon’s first solo album, Heartbreaker.
In August, after finishing “I Don’t Care” promotions, 2NE1 members released their own solo singles. CL collaborated with fellow member Minzy for “Please Don’t Go,” which charted at number six by the end of November. CL’s first solo single, “The Baddest Female”, was released on 28 May 2013.
Musical style and influences
CL is the leader, vocalist and rapper in her group. She cites 1TYM leader Teddy Park who produces much of 2NE1’s music as influences and inspirations, as well as Madonna, Queen and Lauryn Hill.
For CL’s works with 2NE1, see 2NE1 discography.
Year Song Peak position Digital Sales Album
2009 “Please Don’t Go” (with Minzy) 6 To Anyone
2013 “The Baddest Female” 4 518,856 —
2014 “MTBD (Mental Breakdown)” 11 647,690 Crush
2007 “Hot Issue” (G-Dragon feat. CL) — Hot Issue
2008 “DJ” (Uhm Jung-hwa feat. CL) — D.I.S.C.O
“A Good Man” (BIGBANG) — Stand Up
“What” (YMGA feat. YG Family & DJ Wreckx) — —
2009 “The Leaders” (G-Dragon feat. CL & Teddy) 38 Heartbreaker
“Kiss” (Dara feat. CL) 5 To Anyone
2012 “She’s So (Outta Control)” (M-Flo feat. 2NE1) – Square One (album)
2013 “Gettin’ Dumb” (Will.i.am feat. 2NE1) and Apl.de.ap – Willpower (will.i.am album)
2014 “Dirty Vibe” (Skrillex feat. Diplo, G-Dragon, and CL) — Recess
2015 “Dr. Pepper” (Diplo feat. Riff Raff, OG Maco, and CL) —
Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
Mnet 20’s Choice Awards
20’s Style Award N/A Won
15th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Dance Performance – Female Solo The Baddest Female Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Hottest Female Star of 2013 N/A Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best
Best Female Solo N/A Nominated
23rd Seoul Music Awards
Bonsang Awards The Baddest Female Nominated
Popularity Awards Nominated
2nd YinYueTai V-Chart Awards
Top Female Artist (Korean) N/A Won
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated