Working extremely hard towards her upcoming US debut, K-Pop idol girl group 2NE1’s leader CL is currently in the US. Yes, she may seem like she’s currently on a break after having wrapped up promotions for 2NE1’s “Crush” and the group’s “All Or Nothing” world tour, but believe us when we say that in actual fact, she’s working harder than ever.

Solo, no less.

CL 2015

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On 22nd January, a YG Entertainment rep told Newsen:

CL recently began working on her debut album in the US, and she left for the US again on January 13 to continue working. We′ve set up camp in the US with talented producers and musicians, putting our all into working. She′ll return sometime in early February.

Proving the statement, American singer-songwriter and record producer Sean Garrett recently posted a picture with CL on his Instagram account with a caption that read, “Wow, this young superstar here is so amazing!! @chaelincl, u know what we bout to do!!”

In case you didn’t know, Sean Garrett has produced 18 #1 singles in only 7 years of producing music. That number puts him in fifth place on the Billboard list of producers with the most #1 hits. He is also the only active hip hop producer that is mentioned on the Billboard list of producers with the most #1 hits.

Sean Garrett CL
Source: Sean Garrett’s Instagram

It’s common knowledge by now that CL recently signed a contract with SB PROJECTS by Scooter Braun, who helped Psy successfully transition into the US. She is preparing to debut in spring (towards mid year) this year. News of her US debut has made such huge waves that Blackjacks aren’t the only ones excited about it.

On 7th January, VH1 posted an article titled, “15 Female Rappers to Watch in 2015“. We quote:

Now there’s a tough new breed of female rappers ready to take on the traditionally male world of hip hop in 2015. It’s a hard genre for women to break into, as a quick scan of the Top 40 will prove.

CL is the leader of K-pop girl group 2NE1, and might not be immediately recognisable as a rap star. But her breakout is a major play at the Western rap market. Having enlisted hot-shot manager Scooter Braun (who’s responsible for the likes of Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsenand Psy), CL is ready to bring a truly unique perspective to rap, and we hope it’s every bit as crazy and electrifying as what we’ve come to expect from her so far.

And that’s not all.

Chaerin MTBD

Fuse TV has an article titled, “10 Breakout Artists for 2015” in which they mentioned CL and said:

As leader of K-pop group 2NE1, CL is already an established star earning praises from Diplo, M.I.A, Snoop Dogg and more. But this spring, she’ll look to expand her solo star power through a full-fledged U.S. solo career with the help of Justin Bieber/Ariana Grande manager Scooter Braun. How will the music sound? Based off the strength of “MTBD,” a solo track which she co-wrote and Rolling Stone called the “centerpiece” of 2NE1’s Crush album, chances are it’ll be bangin’.

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Other platforms, such as Rolling Stones, Billboard, MTV Iggy, Dazed & Confused and more, have also shown their interest in CL. So many people can’t be wrong 😉

We’ll leave you now with CL’s first solo single, “The Baddest Female”. Enjoy:

Sources: YG United, VH1, Fuse TV.

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