International superstar and K-pop phenomenon, CL has released a new music video for new track “Let It,” off her recently released debut album “ALPHA.” CL continues to ride the momentous wave initiated by the first release of ALPHA’s lead single “SPICY” last month, and her follow-up “Lover Like Me;” culminating in last week’s explosive release of “ALPHA.”
Layering punchy verses and a powerful chorus atop a piano-driven melody, “Let It” reveals an unexpected dimension to CL’s artistry and character— a revealing dichotomy to the always-in-control alpha CL. With a masterful blend of both English and Korean in its lyrics, the track is danceable yet delicate in its sound. “I don’t care what they say,” she sings confidently— unapologetic in her musical expression, a signature tenet of her artist persona.
Multi-faceted global superstar, fashion icon and pride of South Korea, Lee Chae-rin (“CL”), exploded onto the k-pop scene at 17, frontwoman to the biggest k-pop girl group in the world, 2NE1. As writer and co-producer of the group’s 2014 hit album “Crush,” CL quickly distinguished herself as a promising versatile crossover artist, as the album went on to become the highest-charting and best-selling Korean album in US Billboard 200 history. Several sold out world tours later, CL (reverently called the “Queen of K-Pop”) embarked on a long-speculated solo career in 2016, marked by the release of her first smash single, “Lifted,” off her debut solo album: the single garnered over 33 million YouTube views and landed CL her US TV debut The Late Late Show with James Corden.
After a three-year recording hiatus and show-stopping performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, CL returned to the spotlight in 2019 with a gift for her eager fans: six new tracks under the title “In the Name of Love,” chronicling her more private years following the release of “Lifted.” The 2019 People’s Choice Award winner for “The Most Inspiring Asian Woman,” CL is also a two-time nominee for TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and tied Hilary Clinton in votes in 2016. A genre-bending artist, she has collaborated with the American chart mainstays, the Black Eyed Peas and Lil Yachty, and performed with the likes of Skrillex and Diplo— electrifying their sets at Ultra Music Festival and Hard Summer.
A creative mastermind and reinventor by nature, a new CL returned to the American music scene with a powerful performance back where it all began: The Late Late Show with James Corden, ahead of the releases of two brand new singles “HWA” and “5 STAR,” which have amassed over 36 million combined worldwide streams to date.
This Fall, CL embarked on a brand new era with the release of wildly successful lead singles “SPICY” and “Lover Like Me” in anticipation of her full-length project. Now fresh out of the studio with a new vision ahead, CL’s long-awaited solo debut, ALPHA, is available everywhere you get your music. The album debuted at #3 on the U.S. iTunes charts and #1 on both the Pop and K-Pop charts—in addition to nabbing the #1 spot on iTunes overall Album Charts in 9 different countries. Proudly wearing the trailblazer label, she continues to pave the way for Asian women in music, utilizing her platform (12M combined) to empower them to push past cultural and industry barriers. CL can also be seen in Season 2 of the popular FX series, DAVE, which premiered this June 2021.