The Baddest Female: CL claims her title on her way to the top

18 July 2018

No one struts like Asia's Baddest Female.

Case in point: CL's entrance during the closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where in a stadium full of 35,000 people from 92 different countries, all eyes were fixed solely on her marching down the runway, owning the stage with every attitude-filled step she took.

For hundreds of thousands of people across the world, this was their explosive introduction to The Gospel Of K-Pop According To CL.

For hundreds of thousands more K-pop fans, CL's performance at the Winter Olympics was the return of their queen.

As the leader of chart-dominating girl group 2NE1, CL won a slew of awards with members Dara, Minzy, and Bom. Pairing her spunky raps with the group's sassy dance moves and impeccable vocals, she built a reputation for being a touch of spice in an industry then mostly filled with "nice".

She marched to her own beat, and fans ate it all up. 2NE1 started racking up award after award, both at home and abroad.

Along the way, CL earned recognition not just for her singing, dancing, and rapping, but also for her songwriting skills. She penned half the songs from the group's second full album, Crush, including 'If I Were You', 'Scream', and 'Baby I Miss You'.

Her talents always showed the potential for a stellar solo career, and her 2013 single, 'The Baddest Female', was a major step in that direction. The video for the song, which featured G-Dragon, Taeyang, Lydia Paek, and Teddy Park, hit over 1 million views on YouTube in a single day (and it has over 40 million views as of writing).

CL headed overseas to the US, working closely with Scooter Braun — the manager behind artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, PSY, and Martin Garrix — to bring K-pop to a wider audience.

She released a collab with Diplo, RiFF RAFF, and OG Maco titled 'Doctor Pepper', proving that her signature style translated perfectly to English.

These days, CL is hard at work developing her English-language debut album and getting ready to take the world by storm.

While working on the album, she released a couple of new tracks: the swaggering hip hop song 'Lifted' and the pop-dance earworm 'No Better Feelin'', the latter of which appeared on the soundtrack for My Little Pony: The Movie.

Even as fans wait with baited breath for the album, CL assures that it's all part of the process, especially in a country far away from her home.

"I'm doing my best to create something that seems like me, as I continue to work together with producers and record executives," she tells Korean web portal Naver (English translation by Soompi). 

The wait isn't exclusive to die-hard fans, with US music publication The Fader declaring that "to describe the wait for CL's new music as excruciating might be a dramatic understatement." A testament to CL's magnetic ability to draw fans from all over the world.

While we're waiting for that album to drop, CL will be making a stop at Hyperplay, the first-ever ASEAN eSports and music festival, happening on August 4 and 5 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

If her fiery performance at the Winter Olympics is any indication, she's used her ten years in the music industry to grow even more as an artist, with all her attitude backed up by undeniable talent.

— Marco Sumayao


CL will be performing alongside The Sam Willows on MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay Day 1.

Get your free passes to Hyperplay before they're all gone — visit APACTix for more details.

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