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IU

Korean: 아이유

Hometown:

Seoul

Country:

South Korea

Full name:
Lee Ji-eun
Native name:
이지은
Birthday:
Age:
31 years old
Blood type:
A
Height:
5'4" (162 cm)
Weight:
103.6 lbs (47 kg)

Introduction

Lee Jieun (이지은), popularly known as IU, is a highly acclaimed South Korean singer, songwriter, philanthropist, and actress under EDAM Entertainment. She is also known in South Korea as "The Nation's Little Sister." Besides her talent in singing and songwriting, IU is also loved by fans worldwide for her performance as an actress in dramas such as "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo," "Hotel Del Luna," and "My Mister."

Like any other artist, IU had humble beginnings. Her love for music and natural talent made her dream of becoming a singer. For years, she attended singing and acting lessons in different places, honing her skills and abilities. She also auditioned for more than 20 companies, failing most of them. However, her hard work eventually led to her debut on September 18, 2008, when she performed the digital single 'Lost Child' on M Countdown.

IU's popularity rose over the years. Following the release of her mini album 'Real' in 2010, IU solidified her career in South Korea and was nicknamed 'The Nation's Little Sister." She released more chart-topping hits and received awards left and right. Eventually, IU became one of the most sought-after artists, not just in South Korea, but all over the world.

On April 27, 2021, IU became a talk show host on her YouTube show IU's Palette.

Jan 6, 2020-present
Feb 1, 2014-present
Dec 1, 2015-present
Dec 1, 2015-present
Jun 1, 2018-Jan 1, 2020
Dec 31, 2012-Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2013-Feb 1, 2014
Nov 1, 2011-Apr 1, 2013
Jun 1, 2007-Jun 1, 2012
Jan 1, 2006-Jun 1, 2007
Debut:
Sep 18, 2008
Debut to 1st win:
677 days
Current state:
active 
Active years:
2008-present
Zodiac-sign:
Language(s):
Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese
Training period:
2007 - 2008
In relationship:
Education:
Dongduk Women’s High School
MBTI:
INFJ
kpopping rank:
9th
Fandom:
Uaena
Fandom color(s):
Lime-Green
signature
signature
lightstick
lightstick
100 wins
21.3K pics
1.4K videos
32 albums
380.5K views
2.3K adds

Fun facts

1
IU failed an audition at JYP but got into Leon Entertainment. Later, JYP said that he was going to fire whoever let IU go.
2
IU’s real name is ‘이지은 (Lee Ji Eun)’. ‘Eun’ can mean ‘silver’ as well and she mentioned during the Palette Epilogue film screening that her friends used to call her ‘이지금은통 (Lee Ji Gold Silver Bronze)’ when she was young, so that’s how she came up with the name ‘이지금 (Lee Ji Gold)’ for her Instagram. ‘이지금’ also has a double meaning of ‘right now', so it was used as the song title for one of her tracks on the Palette album.
3
Her company gave her name, IU which has the meaning ‘You’ and ‘I’ will become one through music.
4
IU is best friends with Suzy, Jiyeon, and actress Yoon In Na.
5
In 2015 and later in 2018 IU has made two separate donations of ₩100,000,000 (roughly $90,000 USD) to the Green Umbrella Children's Fund.
6
In 2018 IU provided ₩20,000,000 ($18,000 USD) in financial aid to five college students, helping cover their room and board.
7
IU is an ambassador for South Korea's National Police Agency in its anti-bullying campaigns. She was made an honorary member of the police force in 2013.
8
Starcraft 2's Void ray is nicknamed the IU ray because during its charge up is in sync with IU's 3 high notes in "Good Day."
9
IU established a scholarship at her high school alma-mater in 2016 and regularly donates there. The scholarship is dubbed the "IU Scholarship" designed to help graduates from underdeveloped families.
10
IU said that in the past, she struggled with Bulimia.

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