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Lee Chae-rin | Biography

Lee Chae Rin is one of the lead singer of popular South Korean all girl band 2NE1. She is known by her stage name CL. Like a majority of South Korean music artists, she is an all rounded pop star. She is a singer-songwriter, rap artist, dancer and actress. Since her debut in 2009, she has been gaining a lot of attention in the Korean Pop fan base as a member of 2NE1 as well as a solo artist. She was born on February 26, 1991.

Chae Rin was born in the capital city of South Korea to a family with an academic background. She was raised in Korea, Paris and spent a portion of her childhood in Tokyo. As a child, she studied in various international schools. With an inborn music talent and ambition, she had been approaching her current agency YG Entertainment even when she was in elementary school. When she became a teenager, she went to live in Paris and studied there for a couple of years. She is presently single.

When Chae Rin was fifteen, she personally met YG CEO Yang Hyun Suk and was able to obtain an audition. She joined YG Entertainment as a trainee and started practicing with fellow YG trainee. In 2007, she was featured in a Big Bang single. That year, she debuted on stage during the SBS Music Awards. She was scheduled to debut as a solo artist however she later joined 2NE1. In 2008, she appeared as the rapper for two songs. Her group, 2NE1, made their television debut in 2009 on The Music Trend on SBS. They consequently released their EP, 2NE1, and started promoting their songs. In 2009, Chae Rin appeared alongside Big Bang’s G-Dragon for his solo album.  That year, she appeared in a cameo role in Girlfriends. In 2010, the band released their To Anyone studio album which obtained more than 150000 sales. She received critical acclaims as a part of 2NE1 and also for her solo music. She frequently appeared in television on various music shows and commercials. In 2012, she collaborated with Kim Jin Pyo for an Adidas Original campaign. In 2013, she received much attention for her solo single called The Baddest Female which went on to become one of her popular nicknames. The single and the music video were released in May. She won the Best Dance Performance Award at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2013 for the song.  She was also nominated for Bobsang Award at the 23rd Seoul Music Awards in 2014. She also gained international popularity when she and fellow artist G-Dragon featured on a Skrillex song in 2014. She released another solo single called MTBD with the release of Crush, 2NE1’s latest album. Over the years, she has appeared in a number of reality shows on South Korean television such as Project Runway Korea, Strong Heart, Running Man, The Bachelor, SBS Roommate etc.

Chae Rin or CL is an art fanatic. She and her younger sister were much indulged in arts because of their parents’ encouragement and involvement. She revealed in an interview that she would have chosen an artistic path if she hadn’t become so involved in singing and performing.

South Korean pop star, Lee Chae Rin who is famously known as CL, is one of the most popular female artists of Korean pop genre. She belongs to the world renowned music group, 2NE1, and is a successful solo artist too. She has definitely worked hard to reach where she is today. Like most of her fellow artists, she has been a persistent and disciplined performer throughout her career to become the world famous singer she is today.