Pop Singer

IU is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actress. She has been active in the music industry since 2008, releasing chart-topping singles such as "Good Day," "You & I" and "Bbibbi." With her unique and captivating vocals, IU has become one of the most successful solo female artists in South Korea.

Full Name
Ji-eun Lee
May 16, 1993
5' 3"
Net Worth


IU, born Lee Ji-eun, is a South Korean pop singer-songwriter and actress. She was born on May 16, 1993, in Songjeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea. Her zodiac sign is Taurus and her ethnicity is Korean. IU began her career as a child actress when she was only fifteen and made her musical debut with the song “Lost Child” in 2008. She then released several singles and albums including “Real” and “Last Fantasy” which both topped the Gaon Album Chart.

In 2011, she released her first full-length album “Real+” which debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart. In 2012, IU became the host of MBC's Music Core and also released her second full-length album “Modern Times” which sold over one million copies in South Korea alone. In 2013, IU released two studio albums titled “Chat-Shire” and “A Flower Bookmark” which topped music charts worldwide.

IU has won numerous awards during her career such as the Golden Disc Award for Best Female Artist (2012) and Best Digital Single (2015). She has also been recognized by TIME magazine as one of their "Next Generation Leaders" in 2019 for her contribution to music and activism. Despite her success as a musician, IU is also an active advocate for social causes such as animal rights, gender equality and mental health awareness.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lee Ji Eun is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 16, 1993, Lee Ji Eun was born in South Korea. She later changes her stage name to IU.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class "timeline-title">Debut Album - Lost and Found</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">IU releases her debut album Lost and Found at the age of fourteen.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Hit Song - Good Day</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The single Good Day from her album Real becomes her most successful hit with 6 million digital downloads.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Japan Tour</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">IU embarks on her first Japanese tour performing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Korean Music Awards</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">IU wins the Daesang award (Grand Prize) at the Korean Music Awards for her album Modern Times.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Nomination</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">IU receives a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with BTS on their song Eight.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2021</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Album Release - LILAC</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">IU releases her sixth studio album LILAC which debuts at number one on Billboard's World Albums chart.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's Talented</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">IU is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter. Her music has a unique style that blends elements of pop, rock, and traditional Korean music, making her sound stand out among other singers.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's Charismatic</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">IU is incredibly charismatic, with a bright personality and sense of humor that shines through in her music and performances. Her positive attitude makes her an inspiring role model for fans all over the world.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Versatile</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">IU is incredibly versatile, having released numerous albums in different genres since her debut in 2008. From upbeat dance tracks to melancholic ballads, IU is able to tackle any style of music with ease.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Won Singer of the Year at the Melon Music Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">IU won the Singer of the Year award at the Melon Music Awards in 2012, becoming the youngest artist ever to win the award.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Attended Seoul Institute of the Arts</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">IU attended Seoul Institute of the Arts and majored in traditional Korean music. She graduated with a degree in Traditional Korean Music in 2014.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Debuted at Age 15</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">IU made her debut as a singer in 2008 at the age of 15, signing with LOEN Entertainment. Her first single was "Lost Child".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Highest Selling Female Solo Artist</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">IU is the highest selling female solo artist in South Korea, having sold over 40 million digital downloads and 12 million albums worldwide.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Has Hosted Several TV Shows</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">IU has hosted several South Korean TV shows, including MBC’s You Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook, SBS’s Inkigayo, and KBS2’s Music Bank.</p></div>


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