Wednesday, January 18, 2012

K-Pop Artist Spotlight: Inspirational IU

Stage name: IU
Real name: Lee Ji-eun
Birth date: May 16, 1993
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Label: LOEN Entertainment
Albums: Growing up, Real, Last fantasy, Lost and Found, IU....IM

IU is a South Korean singer. She debuted on September 18, 2008 on the Korean music show M countdown.

Her first mini album "Lost and Found" had a famous track "Missing child".  However, the album itself was not widely successful. Her first full album "Growing up" was launched on April 16, 2009, with a promotional number "Boo." This song did very well on various music charts. In 2009 for the drama Queen Seon Duk, she sang the ending title song "Araro."

In late 2009, IU recorded MC Mong's song "Love Letter for You" which featured SHINee's Key as the rapper. For the T.V. show "We Got Married", IU recorded "Nagging" with 2AM's Seulong. She won her first award since her debut on SBS Inkigayo for her song "Nagging" on June 27, 2010. She won another award for Music Bank K-chart on July 2, 2010.

For the MBC drama Road No. 1 IU was chosen to sing the main OST song "Because I am a Woman." For her third mini-album REAL, released in December 2010, IU worked with some of the most famous South Korea's musicians. Her album REAL also had a winning song "Good Day", which she won three SBS Inkigayo Mutizen awards for. IU's recent song "You and I" had a similar concept to "Good Day" but had its own unique style and message.

IU is a very talented Korean singer. She is very cute and has a beautiful voice.  Her voice is high but also very soft at the same time. My favorite song from her is "Good Day". In that song, I find it amazing how she hits three high notes perfectly. She also holds the notes out for a long time which shows that she has lungs of a singer.

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