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IU

Korean: 아이유

Hometown:

Seoul

Country:

South Korea

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

Introduction

IU (아이유) is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress currently under EDAM Entertainment. She debuted on September 18, 2008 with a stage on M Countdown for the song "Lost Child".

Her stage name is derived from the phrase "I and You", symbolizing that people can become one through music.

IU decided to become a singer when she was 14 after singing at her school's sports competition, as she felt happy receiving the audiences' applause. She started to attend auditions, but failed all 20, and she was also scammed by fake entertainment companies. When IU was in her seventh grade, her family started to have financial problems due to the failure of her father's project. IU had to live apart from her parents in a studio room with her grandmother, younger brother and cousin for a year and a half, in conditions of great poverty.

IU debuted on Mnet M! Countdown on September 18, 2008 with her debut single "Lost Child". It was later released as the title track for her debut mini album Lost and Found on September 24, 2008. However, she did not gain mainstream popularity until her follow-up and debut studio album Growing Up.

On April 16, 2009, IU launched her first full album, titled Growing Up, with the lead promotional number "Boo". Within three weeks, "Boo" went up to the No.1 contenders for SBS Inkigayo, and her name also went up twice on Take 7 together with other notable artists like SG Wannabe and Younha. The song also did well on KBS Music Bank K-Chart, on Mnet M! Countdown chart, and on various online music charts.

In 2010, she earned the title of 'Nations Little Sister' (although she doesn't like to be called that) after she aquired immense fame for her song 'Good Day'. The next year, she debuted as an actress in the hit Korean drama 'Dream High'.  From this, she was nominated for many prestigious acting awards. She continued her acting and singing career, recieving over 200 award nominations, and winning over 100 of them. She is now one of the biggest stars in Korea right now.

Sep 18, 2008-Jan 1, 2020
Dec 31, 2012-Jan 1, 2018
Jan 6, 2020-present
Debut:
Sep 18, 2008
Debut to 1st win:
647 days
Current state:
active 
Active years:
2008-present
Zodiac-sign:
Language(s):
Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese
Training period:
2007 - 2008
Education:
Dongduk Women’s High School
MBTI:
INFJ
Kpopping rank:
4th
Fandom:
Uaena
Fandom color(s):
Lime-Green
signature
lightstick
93 awards
326 pics
1.4K videos
30 albums
67.7K viewed
1.9K added

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
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.
6
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.
7
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.
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
In 2018 IU provided ₩20,000,000 ($18,000 USD) in financial aid to five college students, helping cover their room and board.
10
IU said that in the past, she struggled with Bulimia.

Music show wins (93)

Social data

History

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May 16, 2022 1,275,870
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7,550,000
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May 15, 2022 1,274,811
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May 12, 2022 1,272,256
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7,540,000
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May 11, 2022 1,271,330
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7,540,000
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May 10, 2022 1,270,862
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7,540,000
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6,942,368
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May 9, 2022 1,270,287
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7,540,000
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6,937,885
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May 8, 2022 1,269,918
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7,540,000
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6,933,525
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7,540,000
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6,928,896
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7,530,000
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6,923,931
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7,530,000
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6,918,964
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7,530,000
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6,913,712
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7,530,000
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6,908,426
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7,530,000
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7,530,000
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Apr 30, 2022 1,264,256
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7,530,000
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Apr 29, 2022 1,263,385
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7,520,000
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Apr 28, 2022 1,262,341
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7,520,000
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6,879,873
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Apr 27, 2022 1,261,763
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7,520,000
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6,874,323
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Apr 26, 2022 1,260,870
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7,520,000
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6,868,369
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Apr 25, 2022 1,260,046
+1,057
7,520,000
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6,861,406
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Apr 24, 2022 1,258,989
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7,520,000
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6,856,104
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Apr 23, 2022 1,257,319
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7,510,000
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6,850,826
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Apr 22, 2022 1,255,668
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7,510,000
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6,845,585
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Apr 21, 2022 1,254,614
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7,510,000
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6,840,485
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Apr 20, 2022 1,253,773
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7,510,000
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6,835,179
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Apr 19, 2022 1,253,207
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7,510,000
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6,829,959
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Apr 18, 2022 1,252,700
+664
7,510,000
+10,000
6,824,067
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Apr 17, 2022 1,252,036
+623
7,500,000
+0
6,818,482
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Music video views

1st
132,531,690
IU
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2nd
81,298,206
IU
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3rd
141,337,270
IU
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4th
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IU
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5th
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IU
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6th
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IU
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7th
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IU
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8th
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IU
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9th
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IU
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10th
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11th
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IU
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12th
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IU
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13th
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IU
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14th
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IU
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15th
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IU
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16th
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IU
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17th
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18th
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IU
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19th
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