2en1 CL (Korean: 이채린; Lee Chae-lin; born February 26, 1991) is a South Korean idol singer, rapper, dancer and song-writer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and spent much of her early life in Japan and France where she learned English, French, and Japanese. In 2009, she debuted along with YG Entertainment label mates Sandara Park, Minzy, and Park Bom as 2NE1.
CL has worked with Big Bang, Uhm Jung Hwa, YMGA, and Teddy Park. With 2NE1, she has released two extended plays, 2NE1 and 2NE1 2nd Mini Album, and one full length album, To Anyone, along with their Japanese releases. Her duet song with fellow member Minzy, “Please Don’t Go,” peaked at number 6 on the monthly Gaon Chart on November 2009.
Stage Name : CL
Birth Name : Lee Chae Rin (이채린)
Chinese Name : Zhai Lin (債潾)Nick Name(s) : Baddest Female in Seoul City
Date of birth : February 26, 1991
Place of birth : Seoul
Height : 162 cm
Blood Type : A
Position : Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist
Occupations : Rapper, Singer, Dancer
Associated acts : 2NE1
CL, also known as Lee Chaelin or Faith Lee [English name] was born in Seoul, South Korea. Due to her father’s occupation as a physics professor, she moved around as a child. She has lived in France and Japan. There, she learned English, French and Japanese. CL was once a trainee under JYP Entertainment, where she befriended Wonder Girls’ Sohee and Yeeun, 2pm’s Jun. K and solo artist Jay Park, Secret’s Zinger and Miss A’s Min. When CL was a teenager, her family took permanent residence again in South Korea.
2007–2008: Career beginnings
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. CL also appeared on YMGA’s track “What” as part of the YG Family.
YG Entertainment announced that the new group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009. The company stated that the group had trained for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM’s leader, Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group’s name was initially announced as “21”; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed “2NE1”, which “NE” is the abbreviation of “New Evolution”. CL was placed in 2NE1 as the leader, alongside Bom, Minzy and Sandara Park. The group collaborated with label-mate senior Big Bang for the song “Lollipop”. The song gained immediate success, but questions were still raised as to whether the group could survive on its own.