CL – 씨엘
- Birth name: Lee Chaerin (이채린)
- English name: Chae Lee, Faith Lee
- Position: Leader, Vocals, Lead Rapper, Dancer
- Date of Birth: February 26, 1991
- Star Sign: Pisces
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 162cm (5ft 3in)
- Weight: 45kg
- Specialties: Singing, Rapping, Dancing, Writing lyrics, Drawing
- Languages: Korean, English, Japanese, French
- Favorite Color: Black, White, Gold, and a bit of Sapphire Blue
- Favorite Flower: White Roses
- Pet: DdoChi (hedgehog )
- Favorite accessories: Sunglasses
Not much is known about CL’s early life. CL was born in Korea (YG offcial profile said she’s from Seoul). In her childhood, she traveled frequently with her family, because of her father’s occupation being a Physics Professor. She spent much of her youth in Japan,France and USA (this is ambiguous, there is a video floating around that claim CL auditioned for SM entertainment in California, but her identity can’t be confirmed). When she came back to Korea, she barely knew any Korean, but said in an interview shown on 2NE1 TV that she is now most comfortable speaking Korean. CL was raised as a Roman Catholic.
CL became a YG Trainee in late 2006. Before her very 1st feature Big Bang’s 2nd Mini Album, title song “Hot Issue”, in late 2007, she was only known as the “mysterious 16 year-old” YG trainee. One month later, CL made her official stage debut on SBS Music Award along side of all her fellow artist of YG Entertainment. However, before becoming a YG trainee, CL was a JYP Trainee (this is based on several rumors & evidences that CL is friends of a lot of JYP but no confirmation).
Original, there was plan for CL to debut as a solo artist. But now, CL is a part of one of the hottest female group in Korea 2NE1.
2NE1 was much anticipated by the fans of YG Entertainment. Before their debut, YG Entertainment had put up numerous videos of the members, Sandara Park, Park Bom, CL, and Gong Minji during practice, and they became well-known as the Female Big Bang.
On May 6, 2009, two versions of their debut song “Fire”‘s Music Video were released, igniting the fire that would spread throughout the Kpop world. 2NE1 performed their debut stage on May 17th on SBS Inkigayo. Their song “Fire” topped charts for weeks, and 2NE1 hit the top spot again with their song “I Don’t Care” from their first mini-album. The song was released on July 1, 2009 and hit number one on the charts the same day.
She is featured in Big Bang’s G-Dragon’s 1st solo album singing the song “The Leaders” which features the leaders of YG Entertainment – G Dragon from Big Bang, Teddy from 1TYM and CL from 2NE1. The song ranked top 10 in most of online and offline chart the moment it was release.
She is also featured in Dara’s Digital Single “Kiss.” The song was used for a Beer CF but became very popular despite of the lack of promotion.
On November 20th, 2009, CL and Minzy released their duet Digital Single “Please Don’t Go.” The song proven to be great success topping numerous charts, grabbing Mnet most popular song the last week of November 2009 even without the release of any Music video.
On February 8th, 2010, 2NE1 released a surprise digital single “Try to Follow me” as a track for their upcoming CF endorsement for Samsung Anycall Corby F. Due to the overwhelming response from the fans, they also release an explosive MV for the song on March 12. 2NE1 is currently hard at work on their 1st Full Album which expected to drop sometime in the summertime.