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IU (Singer) - Korean Singer & Actress

Updated on October 29, 2015
 IU as Lee Soon Shin
IU as Lee Soon Shin | Source

All about IU [Lee Ji Eun] - Talented Korean Singer

Let me introduce you to one of Korea's amazing musician, IU. The talented 22 years old started off her musical career in 2008 by releasing mini album titled Lost and Found. She released her first full album Growing Up one year later.

I personally love IU because of her clear and unique voice, many experts believe she can reach 3 high notes. And with only 5 years under her belt (career) so far, I believe she can reach the highest ground as she will be one of the amazing singer who will last longer than many other idols.

This year she made another accomplishment by producing her mini-album Chat Shire in which she wrote the lyrics herself. Her Twenty Three Music Video is her clever answer to her antis who pretended to be a sly fox to bash her and her dilemma as a 23 yo young lady. This song topped the music charts as soon as it's released on 23rd October 2015 and achieved Perfect All Kill on instinz chart.

Because 2015 is a busy year for her, she won't promote her newest album but will focus on her concerts preparation instead.

IU
IU

IU Biography

Real Name: Lee Ji Eun

Stage Name: IU

Debut Year: 2008 - Mini Album Lost and Found

Date of Birth: May 16, 1993

Height / Weight: 165 cm / 47 kg

Education: Dongduk Girls High School

Agency: LOEN Entertainment

Official Website: IU Official Site (in Korean)

Official Japan Website: IU - Japan Official Site (in Japanese)

Official Youtube Channel: IU Official Youtube Channel

Official Facebook Page: IU Official Facebook Page

Official FanCafe / FanClub: IU Official FanCafe / FanClub

CF (Commercial Film): List of IU CF Advertisement Videos

The info above were taken from IU Official Website & WeheartIU

IU Newest PV - Beautiful Dancer

One of my favorite IU Japanese Song Promotional Video - Beautiful Dancer, a song part of IU Japanese Album Can You Hear Me which was released on March 20, 2013.

IU Anti Fans?

Personally, I always love artists who work hard and always strive to give their best to their fans. And I will never hate any artists due to personal reasons, even if I don't like their music style, dress style and personality traits.

But after following and becoming fans of few Korean artists, I understand the main reason why IU got so many anti fans. People once say that the bigger and the more popular an artist is, more people and / or media will try to dig more personal news about them (in which many news are simply untrue) which makes people put hatred towards this particular artist. And it also doesn't help if the artist makes appearance almost everyday in tv screen. People get jealous seeing the same artist in so many different tv shows in a week. So I clapped my hands when her management, LOEN Entertainment, decided to cut down IU's variety shows appearance. It's the wisest decision for IU's sake!

Sometimes I'm annoyed reading anti-fans comment regarding IU's live performances. I admit that on her early career, sometimes she didn't sing in perfect pitch, however, it's the proof that she sang live! Honestly, I don't like singers who lip-sync. I saw many performances of singers who are well-known for lip-sync-ing their performances, sang live in many award shows. And their pitch were out of the moon (I'm trying to put it politely). But I won't become their anti-fans because I know they have great musical talents and can sing better than me. =) Artists even though they've been performing in so many different shows eventually get nervous once in a while, so don't bash any artists because of this.

My Favorite IU Performances

I am a big fan of singers who sound better live than their recorded voice.

It shows how beautiful their voices are when they sing live in front of the audience. And I love seeing their emotions and feel the emotions from the song they sing.

IU is one of the singer who sounds better live! Her raw emotions when singing any songs makes me believe everything she sings. Even though she's lovely when singing a cheerful song, however, I actually prefer her singing an acoustic ballad song as her soothing voice complement it perfectly. Especially when she plays guitar and sing a ballad song, everyone will definitely melt listening to her!

IU Discography

IU-Last Fantasy
IU-Last Fantasy

IU Full Album

1st Album - Growing Up

Release Date: April 16, 2009

Tracklist:

1. To Look At

2. Boo (Boo video is below)

3. Poor Thing

4. The Dreamer

5. Every Sweet Day

6. Missing Child

7. Not me but four

8. You see

9. The day of graduate

10. Feel so Good

11. Ugly Duckling

12. To Look At

13. Missing Child (acoustic)

14. You see (rock)

15. Boo (instrumental)

16. Poor thing (instrumental)

2nd Album - Last Fantasy

Release Date: November 29, 2011

Tracklist:

1. Secret

2. Sleeping Prince of the Woods (Feat. Yoon Sang)

3. Child Searching for a Star (Feat. Kim Kwang Jin)

4. You and I

5. Wallpaper Design

6. Uncle (Feat. Lee Juck)

7. Wisdom Tooth

8. Everything's Alright (Feat. Kim Hyun Cheol)

9. Last Fantasy

10. Teacher (Feat. Ra.D)

11. A Lost Puppy

12. 4PM

13. The Lover (L' amant)

1st Japan Album - I U

Release Date: December 14, 2011

Tracklist:

1. Good Day

2. Nagging (featuring 2AM Seulong)

3. Raindrop

4. Lost Child

5. The Story Only I Didn't Know

6. Last Fantasy (Bonus Track)

IU - Final Fantasy Music Video

IU Mini Albums

  1. Lost and Found
  2. IU... IM
  3. Real IU
  4. Real+ IU

IU - Lost and Found
IU - Lost and Found

Lost and Found

1st Mini Album - Lost and Found

Release Date: September 23, 2008

Tracklist:

1. Ugly Duckling

2. Missing Child

3. You See (featuring Mario)

4. Feel so Good

5. Every Sweet Day

6. Missing Child (instrumental)

IU - IM
IU - IM

Iu...im

2nd Mini Album - IU...IM

Release Date: November 12, 2009 | Buy this Mini Album on YesAsia

Tracklist:

1. Love Attack

2. Train Ride

3. Marshmallow

4. Morning Tears

5. Thump Thump Date

6. Train Ride (Instrumental)

7. Morning Tears (Instrumental)

IU "Marshmallow" Music Video

Real IU
Real IU

Real IU

3rd Mini Album - Real IU

Release Date: December 15, 2010

IU third mini album is by far my favorite album! I love every single song from this mini-album and have been replaying them over & over in the past few months. IU's Good Day song has also been hailed as one of the best & most influential song for the first half of 2011.

Read more about IU's Good Day and the interview with the producer of this song on allkpop.

1. This is not what I thought

2. The things I do slowly

3. Good Day

4. The First Breakup The First Night

5. Alone in the Room

6. Merry Christmas in advanced (featuring MBLAQ)

7. Good Day (Instrumental)

IU "Good Day" Music Video

MakeUp Tutorial to get IU "Good Day" Look

Jen from fromheadtotoe has created a simple step-by-step makeup tutorial video for anyone who wants to get IU "Good Day" Look

Follow her advice and now you can dazzle like IU too :-) Don't forget to sing Good Day to brighten up your day or night!

Real+ IU

3rd Repackage Mini Album - Real+ IU

Release Date: February 17, 2011

1. The Story I didn't know

2. Cruel Fairy Tale

3. The Story I didn't know (featuring pianist Kim Gwang Min)

IU Digital Single

  1. It's My First Love
  2. Telecinema Project 6
  3. Amazon
  4. Believe in Love
  5. It's You
  6. Ice Flower
  7. Spring of a Twenty Year Old

IU It's My Firsr Love
IU It's My Firsr Love

It's My First Love

IU and Na Yoon Kwon - It's My First Love

Release Date: January 12, 2010

Na Yoon Kwon is probably one of the most underrated singer in Korea, he has a soothing beautiful voice and I really love his duet of It's My First Love with IU. Their voices complement each other perfectly.

"Don't be afraid,

like an exciting dream,

this is our first love.

Carefully, day by day

step by step, we will always love"

1. It's My First Love

2. It's My First Love (Instrumental)

Telecinema Project 6

IU - Telecinema Project 6

Release Date: February 22, 2010

"And that moment when i was gazing you

and you grabbed my hand softly...

I love you, i need you

this is the beginning of our love

and we swear to love each other with this pinky promise"

1. Fifth Finger

2. Fifth Finger (Instrumental)

IU Nagging
IU Nagging

Amazon

IU - Amazon

Release Date: March 6, 2010 | Buy this Digital Single on Melon

I first heard IU's song "Nagging" on 1n2d episode 202. 1N2D Members and the Production Team had a sleeping bokbulbok game. The Production Team (Kim Dae Ju (Writer) and Park Min Jung (PD)) practiced IU & Seulong's song. It's a cute song and my husband always sings this song every time I nag on him =)

"This nagging is said from my heart not just randomly

I can't help but keep nagging even if you hate it

Even if you glare at me and try to scare me

your face is just so cute to me

Are you going to keep nagging? I can't keep it anymore"

1. Nagging (featuring 2AM Seulong)

2. Rain Drop

IU - Believe in Love
IU - Believe in Love

Believe in Love

IU & Yu Seung Ho - Believe in Love

Release Date: March 6, 2010 | Buy this Digital Single on Melon

"The miracle of our love, will create the most important truth for us

With your straight eyes, look at no one but me

Don't look away

and with your gaze, my heart will go on... "

1. Believe in Love (featuring Yu Seung Ho)

IU - You Are
IU - You Are

It's You

IU & Sung Si Kyung - It's You

Release Date: September 28, 2010

"Even in my dreams I was looking for you

I didn't want to hear

the things you left to say

Avoiding my eyes

Can you see my heart?

But I can't read what your eyes say"

1. It's You (featuring Sung Si Kyung)

2. It's You (Instrumental)

IU - Ice Flower
IU - Ice Flower

Ice Flower

IU & Kim Yuna - Ice Flower

Release Date: June 21, 2011

Ice Flower is the theme song for Kim Yuna's Ice Skating Variety Show, Kiss and Cry. IU is the contestant on Kiss and Cry. She did receive lots of criticism at the beginning of the show but through her hard work, she was able to overcome all criticism and performed amazing & difficult routine.

"I have a dream like this one

where I am beautiful without having to shine

Dream, even if I cry, I'm not sad

all my hurt feelings just melt away

Look at me, not with your eyes, but with your heart

for within that place, i will bloom once more"

1. Ice Flower (featuring Kim Yuna)

2. Ice Flower (Instrumental)

IU - Every End of the Day Official Music Video

Spring of a Twenty Year Old

IU - Spring of a Twenty Year Old

Release Date: May 4, 2012

1. Peach

IU - Spring of a Twenty Year Old

Release Date: May 11, 2012

1. Peach

2.End of the Day

3.Really Hate You

IU Good Day - Japanese Single

IU Japanese Single released on March 19, 2012

CD

1. Good Day (Japanese Version)

2. Rain Drop (Japanese Version)

DVD

1. Lost Child

2. Rain Drop

3. Good Day (Japanese Version)

4. Last Fantasy

- Documentary movies

- IU Japan Premium Special Live Recording (recorded January 24, 2012)


IU Japanese Single - You and I

IU Japanese Single You and I released on July 18, 2012

CD

1. You & I

2. Shounen Jidai (Inoue Yousui cover)

3. You & I (Remix)

DVD

1. "IU Friendship Showcase -Spring 2012- Documentary

2. You & I -Making of Music Video-


IU - Can You Hear Me

IU Japanese Album "Can You Hear Me" was released on March 20, 2013 and now is available on YesAsia:

- Can You Hear Me? (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)

CD

1. Beautiful Dancer

2. Truth

3. Fairytale

4. Voice -mail

5. New World

6. The Age Of The Cathedrals

DVD

A Documentary Film of IU 2012 - 2013

IU - OST Digital Single / Album

1. Queen Seon Deok OST

Release Date: September 14, 2009

IU sang Araro which was played in one of the best korean drama in 2009, Queen Seon Deok. Her song portrayed Seon Doek's journey.

Read more about IU's first Sageuk OST on allkpop.

2. Paradise OST

Release Date: December 3, 2009

IU sang Paradise's Drama OST Song titled Danny Boy

3. Road No 1 OST

Release Date: July 14, 2010

IU sang the OST for this drama titled Because I am a Woman

More about IU Road No 1 OST on allkpop.

4. Dream High OST

Release Date: January 3, 2011

IU sang the OST for this drama titled Someday

5. Best Love / The Greatest Love OST

Release Date: May 25, 2011

IU sang the OST for this drama titled Take My Hand

IU Songs Piano Tutorials

If you love IU's songs and want to play it on your piano, watch the piano tutorials below. Wangmeiyee has posted amazing tutorials for all IU lovers!

Video Credit: wangmeiyeee

IU Drama / Variety Shows

Korean Drama:

2011

- Dream High on KBS2 - Kim Pil Suk

- Welcome to the Show on SBS - IU

Variety Shows:

2011

- Kiss and Cry on SBS (Ice Skating Competition) - Contestant

- Inkigayo on SBS (Music Show) - MC

- Immortal Song 2 on KBS2 (Music Competition) - Contestant

- 1 vs 100 on KBS2 (Variety Show) - Guest

- Guerrilla date Entertainment Broadcast on KBS - Guest

- You Hee Yel Sketchbook on KBS2 - Guest

- MBC Radio Star - Guest

- E!TV Special on SBS - MC with Kim Tae Woo

- Running Man on SBS - Guest

- Strong Heart on SBS (Variety Talk Show) - Guest

2010

- Heroes on SBS - Guest

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    They are all favorites. So glad Amazon has her albums as I live in USA and wasn't sure where to buy them. UI is like a breath of fresh air. I recently signed up for DramaFever as I love Korean Entertainment. Thank you IU, you've given me more than you'll ever know.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Woah! Everything that's amazing about IU condensed in one webpage, awesome. I'm also a member at her international fanclub website so that's why i said condensed. We share the same sentiment when it comes to IU. It's hard for me to choose a favorite song. Practically everything on her Real Fantasy album plus songs here and there from her earlier works. I never stop anticipating greater things from IU because she never cease to amaze me with her capabilities and determination.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    i like you iu because you beautyfull

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    i love yout website im a new fan of hers because of dream high

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    saranghe