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South Korea (2008 – present)

IU (KR: 아이유) (b. 이지은 / Lee Ji Eun, May 16, 1993) is an award-winning South Korean singer-songwriter and actress signed to LOEN Entertainment. She debuted in 2008 to much acclaim for her vocal ability but did not find mainstream success until 2010 with 잔소리 (“Nagging”) which became her first number one hit. She is now best known for her number one singles 좋은 날 (“Good Day”), 너랑 나 (“You and I”), Someday, 나만 몰랐던 이야기 (“The Story Only I Didn’t Know”), 그대네요 (“It’s You”), 복숭아 (“Peach”), 하루 끝 (“Every End of the Day”) and 분홍신 (“The Red Shoes”).

2008: Debut
IU debuted on a Korean music program called M! Countdown in September 18, 2008. On September 23, 2008, she released her first mini-album, Lost and Found, in which the most famous song was the title track, “Missing Child.” However, the album was not commercially successful. It wasn’t until her follow-up album that she succeeded in breaking into the mainstream.

2009
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.

In 2009, IU sang the ending title song, “Araro”, for the acclaimed MBC drama Queen Seon Duk, where she was recommended by the director, Sam Kim, citing her “clear tone and her lyrical sensibility.” She was also featured on Mighty Mouth’s album Love Class in the song “희망사항.

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