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CL talks U.S. debut, solo promotions, + possibility of 2NE1's reunion

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CL opened up about her solo career, U.S. debut, 2NE1, and more in an interview with Ilgan Sports


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Some of the questions and answers from her recent interview are as follows: 


You're no longer in a group and you promote solo. Aren't you lonely?

"It's been 2 years since I've been preparing for my U.S. solo album. Honestly, it was hard because there was a lot that I had to run into alone in the states."


How did you spend the past 2 years? 

"Yang [Hyun Suk] sajangnim helped me a lot and I went through countless processes with many teams. When I first joined YG, I spent 2 years as a trainee. I was able to find my own color and learned about the album system of Korea. And now, I've spent anoter 2 years for my U.S. debut. I see these recent 2 years as a trainee period. I'm a rookie in the U.S. I learned how to make an album, and how to communicate with the American public."


Why did you decide to debut in the U.S.?

"It was my dream. When I was auditioning for YG, I gave a demo tape to Yang sajangnim. I still remember saying, 'I really want to become a pop star in the U.S.' I was 15 back then. Honestly, it's not the U.S. that's' important, but I grew up listening to pop music due to my father's influences. Pop is the music that influenced my musical life the most. I built up my dream listening to pop and I wanted to sing that song in the U.S."


Your first official U.S. single, "Lifted", gained good feedback. It even entered Billboard's hot 100. 

"It's not an official [debut] track but I'm grateful for the love. I released a song when my status is actually a trainee. I really received a lot of help from Yang sajangnim."


What kind of person is Yang Hyun Suk sajangnim to you?

"He's like a dad. But I don't get to see him often. There are a lot of guys in YG. So I didn't really have an opportunity to get close with sajangnim. But he listens to and trusts in me when I share ideas or things I sincerely want to do like [2NE1's final track] "Goodbye"."


Yang sajangnim mentioned in an interview that 2NE1 might reunite like S.E.S.

"I also believe that it can happen. Of course, the 4 of us will have to be on the same note and the environment has to allow it. I think it'll be welcoming whenever that day comes."


Will we be able to see 2NE1's performance in 20 years?

"First, I have to stay in shape in order to sing "Fire" in 20 years. As you know, our songs are difficult to sing. The dance is also powerful. I'm maintaining myself for it."

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    federick Sunday, January 22, 2017

    CL is Fire

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    soundxcrash Sunday, January 22, 2017

    SUPPORT her Career its so dang hard to break in the U.S so many cool artists and fest that have some dang good bands, rappers, edm, etc. Yet when u see the award shows its always the same BASIC  Celebs. that so rarely bother to bring in new artist as of late they have started but its so slow. so CL u have a huge obstacle but im gonna support cus u one of my girls. and i see u putting effort just like dara is in her country just u are less known since its the state it will def. be hard. but we just gonna stick to her and if bom decided to break the field to im there for her too. I am glad she is seeing her music that she is throwing out as her test runs to see what the U.S fans like more. VERY Smart of her to have a test run mvs.

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    Exo_Leia Saturday, January 21, 2017

    I hope they do come back as 4 one day for a reunion

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    jokerfish Saturday, January 21, 2017

    She's claiming she hasn't made her US debut?  You've dropped 3 songs, 3 mvs, held like 8 concert dates and appeared on a US TV show. You've made your goddamn US debut. You haven't made US money but you made your damn debut.

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    ygdomination jokerfish Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Dude, go learn about the US entertainment industry before claiming she has debuted. CL knows how the system works, but clearly you've no clue how the US entertainment industry works. FYI, she has made US money. Making it into the top 100 songs on iTunes because of predominantaly U.S sales, if that's not earning US money idk what is.

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    jokerfish ygdomination Sunday, January 22, 2017

    I know how the US industry works. You slog it out. You release tracks. you feature on other people songs. you work, and work and work building a fan base until you finally get that one track that blows up and gets you started. There's no "debuting" because you have to put years of hard work in before you get any notable success. but CL is a kpop artists, and kpops artist aim to blow up at debut. So CL's going constantly claim everything she does in the US is "pre-debut" until she blows up because shes working as a korean artist rather then an american one. And until she starts working as an american artist and just starts shamelessly working she's going remain in "pre-debut" forever

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    2ne1dara4 Saturday, January 21, 2017

    2NE1 is LOVE and LIFE!!! .... I need 2ne1 comeback, TT_TT

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    2fat Saturday, January 21, 2017

    My son won't listen to Korean music. He claims he likes the lyrics too much and it bothers him not to understand them. He will listen sometimes. especially if it's heavy with English phrases and I tell him the music is lit. The only thing he'll listen to more than once is CL's Lifted. He calls her "the baby doll". I'd never tell someone as driven and talented as CL that she didn't stand a chance of being successful in the US. Anything is possible, especially if she keeps working with Americans, people like Method Man. That's a stamp of approval for a lot of people and not an excuse to deride her. Nobody can take away Method Man's credibility as a pioneer in American rap music. Just work with good people and do what you love and your best. That's all anyone can do anyway.

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    k_kid 2fat Saturday, January 21, 2017

    If it bothers him that much, why doesn't he just learn some Korean? It's not like he's learning conversational Korean and be fluent, so it shouldn't be THAT difficult to learn.

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    2fat k_kid Saturday, January 21, 2017

    I can't understand the lyrics of songs either and I know some korean from watching dramas, movies and listening to music for 5 years. I even used a couple of language tapes to learn some fundamentals. It's almost impossible to learn completely different language fluently unless you get the opportunity to use it frequently. I've got a couple of Korean friends but I've never asked them to practice with me. He doesn't really have any. He doesn't need to learn Korean there would be little opportunity to use it.

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    k_kid 2fat Saturday, January 21, 2017

    I guess you and your son isn't the language type of people like some of the people I know. But my Mexican friend learned A LOT of Korean just by watching variety shows, dramas, and listening to Kpop in about a year. She isn't fluent of course, but can understand at least 85% of what's said aside from the more difficult words. I even self-taught myself how to speak conversational French and I'm also fluent in Spanish just by reading books and listening to pronunciations online and it took about a year and a half for me. Although Spanish is useful here in LA, I learned it only because I wanted to learn it. I have no use for French honestly, but I just wanted to learn it.

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    2fat k_kid Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Spanish is easier for an American to learn I think. I can understand quite a bit of it myself. I can read it better than understand it. Because it's a very large part of our culture. We hear it more often here in the US than any other language and we have hundreds of latin based loan words. It does seem that some people are better at learning languages. Also it seems to me that people who grow up speaking more than one language do better at picking up others. I personally think we should be teaching our kids a second language from a young age which makes it even easier to master a 2nd language.

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    k_kid 2fat Sunday, January 22, 2017

    True, Spanish is easier for an English speaker. And yeah, kids should be taught a second language. When I have children, I'm going to teach my kids to speak at least 3 languages since Korean and English is already a given for me.

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    2fat k_kid Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Good for you, art and music will also help their brains develop. Don't force them to constantly work on reading, writing, and math. One reason I believe our students do so poorly at "core" subjects now is because we have all but eliminated "the arts" from our curriculum. Now parents put their children in sports, dance and other physical activities because those are available and mostly affordable, and celebrity sports culture and entertainment is so lucrative and pervasive. Art, music, learning a 2nd language all use different parts of the brain than rote learning. It creates a more expansive mind, broader interests, and more creative thinking.

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    k_kid 2fat Monday, January 23, 2017

    Yeah, there's a lot of talk about the removal of arts causing students to dumb down.

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    9001reasons Saturday, January 21, 2017

    yfw Dara would still look the same at 50.

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    Muziklover18 Saturday, January 21, 2017

    Still here for you CL <3

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    kiko_san Saturday, January 21, 2017

    <3 CL is LOVE! <3

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    ourcheers2u Saturday, January 21, 2017

    OMG THERE IS SO MUCH FUCKING SALT IN THE COMMENTS SECTION LIKE WOWWWW

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