North America, get ready for CL! The singer/songwriter/rapper hails from South Korea where she is known as the huge megastar Chae-Lin, being a member of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time there, 2NE1. The quartet-turned-trio has sold over 27 million digital downloads since their meteoric rise after debuting in 2009.
The blonde beauty released catchy solo single Lifted this summer which samples Wu-Tang Clan‘s Method Man, charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, a major breakthrough for a foreign artist. Method Man himself even appears in the Video!
Beginning her Hello B***ches Tour in New York late October, she concluded it in Toronto at Rebel (formerly known as Sound Academy). While many would expect her fanbase to be Asian primarily, there was a mixture of faces, a testament to the high production values and wide appeal of K-Pop. The entire crowd sang along to Lifted in a tightly-tuned, high-energy set which was heavy on her 2NE1 material, saving her English material late including the tour’s titular track and Trap-inspired Doctor Pepper, produced by Diplo.
I had the pleasure meeting CL before her show as one of the lucky individuals who was able to nab a VIP pass. Bunched in groups of five, several ecstatic fans teared-up meeting their idol, who best is described as possessing the style and confidence of Beyoncé, with a splash of Rihanna. Each Fan got a hug and a group photo from CL, who had plenty energy left for her high-energy show, clocking a bit over an hour. She even had time to visit Niagara Falls before her show!