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IU (Hangul: 아이유)
Background information
Birth name Yi Ji-eun (이지은)
Born May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16) (age 18)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupations Singer, Actress.
Years active 2008–present
Labels LOEN Entertainment (Korea)
EMI Music Japan (Japan)[1]
Website IU
IU (아이유)
Hangul 이지은
Revised Romanization I Ji-eun
McCune–Reischauer Yi Chiŭn

IU (born May 16, 1993) is a South Korean singer and actress.[2]



[edit] Career

[edit] Music career

IU debuted on a Korean music program called M! Countdown in September 18, 2008. She released her first mini-album, Lost and Found, in which the most famous song was the title track, “Missing Child.”[3] in September 23, 2008 However, the album was not commercially successful. It wasn’t until her follow-up album that she succeeded in breaking into the mainstream. On April 16, 2009, IU launched her first full album, titled Growing Up, with the lead promotional number, “Boo.” Within three weeks, “Boo” went up to the #1 contenders for SBS Inkigayo, and her name also went up twice on Take 7 together with other notable artists like SG Wannabe and Younha. The song also did well on KBS Music Bank K-Chart, on Mnet M!Countdown chart, and on various online music charts.[citation needed]

In 2009, IU sang the ending title song, “Araro” for the acclaimed MBC drama, Queen Seon Duk, where she was recommended by the music director of the drama, citing her “clear tone and her lyrical sensibility.”[4] She was also featured on Mighty Mouth‘s album Love Class in the song “희망사항.” In late 2009, IU recorded MC Mong‘s song “Love Letter For You (Neoyege Sseuneun Pyeonji),” featuring SHINee‘s Key as a rapper in the song.

IU recorded the song “잔소리” (Nagging / Scolded) with 2AM‘s Seulong for the TV show We Got Married. On June 27, 2010, IU won her first award since her debut on SBS Inkigayo for “Nagging.” On July 2, 2010, she won another award for that song on KBS Music Bank K-Chart. Soon after, IU was chosen to sing the main OST song for the MBC drama Road No.1 titled “여자라서” (Because I’m A Woman). IU’s other collaborations include duets with Yoo Seung Ho (“사랑을 믿어요” (Believe in Love)), Sung Shi Kyung (“그대네요” (It’s You)), and Big Bang‘s Seungri (“I Know”).[citation needed]

IU worked with some of South Korea’s most famous musicians and producers for her third mini-album, “REAL,“ released in December 2010.[5] Lee Min Soo and Kim Lee Na, the creators of IU’s previous hit, ‘Nagging‘, helped produce her award-winning song “좋은 날” (‘Good Day‘), together with Shin Sa Dong Tiger and lyricist Choi Gab Won.[citation needed] IU received three SBS Inkigayo Mutizen awards for her performances of the song (on December 18 and December 26, 2010, and January 2, 2011), three awards from KBS Music Bank K-Chart (on December 24 and December 31, 2010, and January 7, 2011), and one award from Mnet M!Countdown on December 23, 2010.[citation needed]

IU often covers other pop artists’ songs with her guitar and features her friend Thunder from MBLAQ, most notably renditions of SHINee “Juliette,” Big Bang “Lies,” Super JuniorSorry, Sorry” and Girls’ GenerationGee.”[6]

Soribada, an online music service, combined the music downloads and streams from January 1 to March 30, 2011, to name IU’s song, “Good Day” as the number one song of the first quarter. Her song “Someday” from KBS’s “Dream High” OST and her ballad “The Story Only I Didn’t Know” placed 4th and 7th place, respectively – showing that IU got 3 of the top 10 digital spots for the first quarter.

IU also recently also sang a self composed OST called “Hold my Hand” for drama series The Greatest Love.[citation needed]

IU’s album, Last Fantasy, was released on 29th November 2011.”[7] The track list was revealed on 22nd November 2011

IU achieved an ‘all-kill’ with her new album, ‘Last Fantasy’, all 13 songs immediately swept most of all the charts.[8]

[edit] Other activities

In August 2009, IU became a host for the new program Gom Music Chart on GomTV, a weekly show, where South Korean netizens vote for their favorite songs on the charts.[citation needed] For a time, IU became a fixed guest on Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio, Maybee’s Raise the Volume, and MBC’s Starry Night (hosted by Park Kyung-lim and Shin Young) and Chin Chin Radio (hosted by Taeyeon). Upon Taeyeon’s departure, she was chosen as a temporary DJ for two weeks together with B2ST member Doojoon.[citation needed] IU is currently the VJ for MBC Game’s Star for You, as well as for GomTV’s Starcraft 2 Global StarLeague, on which she introduces competing players.[9] IU is also one of twelve original female cast members chosen for the SBS variety show Heroes.[10]

IU has secured a number of endorsement deals,[11] including the 2011 UNIONBAY clothing line (with Seo In-Kook),[12] MyChew candy, and the action-riding game “The Story of My Horse and I, Alicia.” In 2011, IU became the next pop star spokesmodel for Mexicana Chicken.[13] Samsung selected IU to represent their Anycall brand, previously endorsed by such stars as Lee Hyori, BoA, and Junki, stating “we believe that [IU] has the potential to create a big bang within the industry.”[14]

Most recently, IU had taken up a role as ‘Kim Pil Suk’ in the KBS 2TV teen drama series Dream High.[15]

On February 6, 2011, it was announced that IU would be a guest performer for British contemporary jazz & soul singer, Corinne Bailey Rae, during her 1st Korean concert.[16] She has also recently been featured in K-Will’s music video for his song “My Heart is Beating” along with MBLAQ’s Lee Joon.

Earlier on, IU had been filming for SBS’s “Kiss & Cry,” where singers show off their figure skating skills. However, she was eliminated on episode 8.[citation needed]

[edit] Discography

[edit] Studio albums

Year Album information Tracklisting
2009 Growing Up

  • Released: April 16, 2009

  1. 바라보기 (To Look At)
  2. Boo
  3. 가여워 (Poor Thing)
  4. A Dreamer
  5. Every Sweet Day
  6. 미아 (Missing Child)
  7. 나 말고 넷 (Not me, but four)
  8. 있잖아 (You See…)
  9. 졸업하는 날 (Day of Graduate)
  10. Feel So Good
  11. 미운 오리 (Ugly Duckling)
  12. 마주보기 (바라보기 그 후) (To Look At (After Looking At))
  13. 미아 (Acoustic Version) (Missing Child (Acoustic Ver.))
  14. 있잖아 (Rock Ver.) (You See…(Rock Ver.))
  15. Boo (Inst.)
  16. 가여워 (Inst.) (Poor Thing (Inst.))
2011 Last Fantasy

  • Released: November 29, 2011
  • Current Sales: 44,360+[17] (Still Charting)

  1. 비밀 (Secret)
  2. 잠자는 숲 속의 왕자 (Sleeping Prince of the Woods)
  3. 별을 찾는 아이 (Child Searching for a Star)
  4. 너랑 나 (You & I)
  5. 벽지무늬 (Wallpaper Patterns)
  6. 삼촌 (Uncle)
  7. 사랑니 (Wisdom Tooth)
  8. Everything’s Alright
  9. Last Fantasy
  10. Teacher
  11. 길 잃은 강아지 (A Lost Puppy)
  12. 4AM
  13. 라망 (L’amant)

[edit] Extended Plays

Year Album information Tracklisting
2008 LOST and FOUND

  • Released: September 24, 2008

  1. 미운 오리 (Ugly Duckling)
  2. 미아 (Missing Child)
  3. 있잖아 (You See…)(ft. 마리오)
  4. Feel So Good
  5. Every Sweet Day
  6. 미아(Instrumental)
2009 IU…IM

  • Released: November 12, 2009

  1. Love attack
  2. 기차를 타고 (Riding the Train)
  3. 마쉬멜로우(Marshmallow)
  4. 아침 눈물 (Morning Tears)
  5. 두근 두근 데이트 (Thump Thump Date)
  6. 기차를 타고 (Inst.)
  7. 아침 눈물 (Inst.)
2010 REAL

  • Released: December 9, 2010
  • Sales: 72,378[18] (Still Charting)

  1. 이게 아닌데 (This is Not What I Thought)
  2. 느리게 하는 일 (The Thing I Do Slowly)
  3. 좋은 날 (Good Day)
  4. 첫 이별 그날 밤 (The First Breakup, That Night)
  5. 혼자 있는 방 (Alone in the Room)
  6. 미리 메리 크리스마스 (Merry Christmas in Advance) (feat. 천둥 of MBLAQ)
  7. 좋은 날 (Good Day Inst.)
2011 REAL +

  • Released: February 17, 2011
  • Sales: 21,361[19]

  1. 나만 몰랐던 이야기 (The Story Only I Didn’t Know)
  2. 잔혹동화 (Cruel Fairy Tale)
  3. 나만 몰랐던 이야기(With Pianist 김광민)

[edit] Singles

Year Information Tracklisting
2010 It’s My First Love

  • Released: January 12, 2010

  1. 첫사랑이죠
  2. 첫사랑이죠 (Inst.)
Telecinema Project Vol. 6

  • Released: February 24, 2010

  1. 다섯째 손가락
  2. 다섯째 손가락 (Inst.)

  • Released: June 3, 2010

  1. 잔소리 (With Im Seulong of 2AM)
  2. Rain Drop
Road No. 1 OST Part.3

  • Released: July 13, 2010

  1. 여자라서
  2. 여자라서 (Piano Ver.)
2011 Dream High OST Part.1

  • Released: January 3, 2011

  1. Someday
The story of My Horse and I, Alicia OST (Composed by ESTi)

  • Released: February 1, 2011
  • Free for use in Alicia Online mainsite
  • Used in open beta test game client version

  1. Alicia
  2. Alicia (Instrument)
Samsung Galaxy S hoppin CF

  • Released: February 23, 2011

  1. I Hoppin U
The Greatest Love OST Part.4

  • Released: May 25, 2011

  1. Hold My Hand

[edit] Television

[edit] Drama

[edit] Variety

  • 2010 SBS Heroes – (Herself)
  • 2011 SBS Kiss and Cry – (as contestant)
  • 2011 SBS Inkigayo – (as MC)
  • 2011 KBS2 1 vs. 100 – (as guest)
  • 2011 KBS2 Immortal Song 2 – (as contestant)
  • 2011 KBS Entertainment Broadcast – (as guest for ‘guerilla date’)
  • 2011 KBS2 You Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook – (as guest)
  • 2011 (March 14) MBC Come to play – (as guest)
  • 2011 (March 30) MBC Radio Star – (as guest)
  • 2011 SBS E!TV Special – (as MC with Kim Tae Woo)
  • 2011 SBS Running Man – (as guest)
  • 2011 SBS Strong Heart – (as guest)
  • 2011 (July 15) Tooniverse Mak Irae Show – (as guest)

[edit] Awards

Years Awards

[edit] Music Programs

These are collection of IU wins on Korea’s televised music shows. Inkigayo is aired on SBS, M! Countdown on Korean cable channel and Music Bank on KBS.

[edit] Music Bank

Year Date Song
2010 July 2 Nagging
December 24 Good Day
December 31
2011 January 7
December 9 You & I

[edit] Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2010 June 27 Nagging
December 19 Good Day
December 26
2011 January 2

[edit] M! Countdown

Year Date Song
2010 December 23 Good Day

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