IU was born on 16th May 1993 and her real name is Lee Ji Eun. Her stage name is derived from the phrase “I and You”, symbolizing that we can become one through music. She is not only a singer, but also a songwriter, actress, guitarist, dancer and television presenter. Her fan club name is U-ana (Uaena).

 

She debuted in 2008 with her first mini album “Lost and Found”. One year later in April she released her first album “Growing up” and she finally found success! Her labels are LOEN Entertainment in Korea, Universal Music/EMI R in Japan and Gold Typhoon in Taiwan.

IU often covers other pop artists songs with her guitar and features her friend Thunder from MBLAQ. Her most notable renditions are SHINee’s “Juliette”, Big Bang’s “Lies”, Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry” and Girls’ Generation’s “Gee”.

 

In 2010, IU recorded the song “잔소리” (Nagging / Scolded) with 2AM’s Seulong for the TV show We Got Married.

As of now, IU released four albums. “Growing Up” in 2009, “Last Fantasy” in 2011, “Modern Times” in 2013 and “Flower Bookmark” in 2014.

As for mini albums, she has released three. “Lost and Found” was the first in 2008, “IU… IM” in 2009 and the last one is “Real” in 2010. For her third mini-album, “Real”, IU worked with some of South Korea’s most famous musicians and producers.

 

IU has also made songs in  Japan. These are “Good Day” (2012), “You & I” (2012) and “New World” (2013).

Her most notable drama is Dream High, where she playes Kim Pil Suk.

With nearly fifteen rewards, she is one of the best singer sand actress! Don’t you think that she is really cute? And despite her young age, she has a beautiful voice and a great talent that needs to be noticed by all. Don’t forget to support her!

 

Elif U – May 2014

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