Who Is Lee Ji Eun?
Lee Ji-Eun, commonly known by her stage name IU, was born in South Korea on May 16, 1993. She is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and actress. She joined LOEN Entertainment (now Kakao Entertainment) in 2007 as a trainee, and at the age of fifteen, she released her first little album, Lost and Found, marking her singing debut (2008).
Even though her follow-up albums Growing Up and IU…IM was commercially successful, it wasn’t until “Good Day,” the first single from her 2010 album Real, was released that she became a household name in the United States.
“Good Day” continued to hold the top spot on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart for 5 weeks in a row, and in 2019, it was named the best K-pop song of the decade by Billboard.
With the popularity of her songs Real+ and Last Fantasy in 2011, IU solidified her girl next door reputation as Korea’s “little sister” and positioned herself as a strong force on the nation’s music charts.
Her debut as a songwriter occurred in 2011 with the release of “Hold My Hand,” a song created for the tv show The Greatest Love. Modern Times (2013), IU’s 3rd full-length album, deviated from her prior girlish image by showcasing a more mature manner. Several tracks from the album reached the top 10 on the Gaon Digital Chart.
On Billboard’s list of the “25 Greatest K-Pop Albums of the 2010s,” the album came in at number two. Later, IU exercised more artistic control over her songs; Chat-Shire was the first album for which she was exclusively listed as the composer and songwriter.
While experimenting with and fusing diverse musical genres in her successive extended plays and full-length albums, IU consistently maintained her domination on the music charts in her home country.
The career of Lee Ji Eun
Debut with Lost Child
After completing a 10-month training period, IU began her career with the song Lost Child (Hangul:). She received a Rookie Of The Month award after the track was released.
After releasing her 3rd Mini song Real with the title track Good Day, IU’s popularity increased. When the promotions began, IU topped the M! Countdown and Inkigayo charts. She received a lot of appreciation for her ability to sing a variety of high notes throughout the song.
IU made her acting debut after the release of Real when she joined the cast of Heroes, whose final episode aired on May 1, 2011.
With the release of her EP, IU, which featured her hit songs Good Day and her debut single Lost Child, IU made her Japanese premiere. Following the release of her Japanese singles, she flew on a five-city IU Friendship Showcase tour in Japan, visiting Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka.
Soon after, IU embarked on her first solo tour, called Real Fantasy (Tour). She performed in six different South Korean cities, where 71% of her audience was male.
She appeared in the Netflix series Persona on April 11, 2019, playing multiple roles in various sequences. The movie was the most popular Korean drama on Netflix. IU played Jang Man Wol in the K-Drama Hotel Del Luna during the summer. The drama also topped the charts.
She released her most latest track, “Eight,” on May 6, 2020. Suga from BTS produced the song. It comes after her most recent albums, Love Poem and BBIBBI.
Lee Ji Eun Awards and achievements
Since making her debut in 2008, IU has been nominated more than 200 times, with over 100 of those nominations going to her. 18 Melon Music Awards, 16 Gaon Chart Music Awards, 5 Korean Music Awards, 11 Mnet Asian Music Awards, 7 Seoul Music Awards, and 8 Golden Disc Awards have been given to her.
The actress, who also works as a singer, has earned various awards for her works, including “Best New Actress” at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards for her role in You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin.
Ten Daesang awards commonly referred to as grand prize awards have been given to IU by different award events. This includes three Golden Disk Awards and five Daesang Awards from the Melon Music Awards. The most important honors granted in the Korean music industry are called the Daesang awards.
The Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list named IU as one of the most influential individuals in South Korea in 2012. Since then, he has been included five times. Additionally, IU received recognition for her influence and achievement in the music industry at the 2015 Pop Culture & Arts Awards, which were presented by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Lee Ji Eun Net Worth
She is the richest female Korean idol singer, according to a South China Morning Post estimate of her net worth, which is between US$31 and US$45 million.