Artist Information for IU

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Name: IU

Followers: 8,571,691

Monthly Listeners: 6,167,992

Top Cities:

  • Jakarta, ID (296,533 listeners)
  • Singapore, SG (151,608 listeners)
  • Taipei, TW (150,044 listeners)
  • Kuala Lumpur, MY (148,476 listeners)
  • Bangkok, TH (139,796 listeners)

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Biography:
South Korean singer, songwriter, and actress Lee Ji-eun performs on the sweeter side of the K-pop spectrum, often focused on ballads and light pop. Choosing the stage name IU -- derived from "I" and "you" to symbolize unity -- Lee debuted in the late 2000s with early efforts Lost & Found and IU...IM, but had her breakthrough in 2010 with the chart-topping "Good Day" from her third EP, Real. She remained a fixture at the top of the Korean charts into the 2020s with hits such as 2011's Last Fantasy, 2019's Love Poem, and 2021's platinum-certified Lilac. In addition to her success in Korea, she also branched out into the Japanese market and, in 2020, scored her first number one in the U.S. with "Eight." Born in Seoul, she began her journey in the entertainment industry at a very young age, enrolling in acting classes while still in elementary school. By middle school, she'd developed a love for singing and trained with Good Entertainment (Shinhwa) before signing with LOEN Entertainment in 2007. With a girl-next-door image, Lee made her 2008 debut with the Lost & Found EP, which featured the single "Lost Child." The following year, Lee issued her first full-length, Growing Up, which featured the dance-oriented single "Boo." Months later, the EP IU...IM arrived, including the effervescent singles "Love Attack" and "Marshmallow." It wasn't until the end of 2010 and her third EP, Real, that the singer experienced her commercial breakthrough. Her highest-charting effort to date, Real debuted a more mature sound for the singer. Featuring the "Good Day" single, it was quickly followed by the three-song expansion single Real+. Her sophomore set, Last Fantasy, was issued in 2011. Her highest-selling album, it was also her first chart-topper in Korea, and the track "You and I" spent five weeks atop the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100. Eventually, Last Fantasy would win Record of the Year at the Seoul Music Awards and become the 15th best-selling Korean album of the year. Following the success of Fantasy, Lee inked a deal with EMI Music Japan, which broke her into the Japanese market in 2013 with the Can You Hear Me? EP, which was her first Japanese-language effort. Recorded in Japan, Korea, China, and the United States, the five-song collection also featured production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. That same year, Lee released her third LP, Modern Times, which continued her sonic maturity with hints of jazz and bossa nova. In 2014, her sixth EP, A Flower Bookmark, was released. The collection comprised covers of popular Korean pop songs from the '80s and '90s, like Kim Wan-sun's 1990 song "Pierrot Smiles at Us" and Jo Deok-bae's 1985 "My Old Story." That summer, Lee made her first American concert appearance at KCON in Los Angeles. By 2015, she'd made her debut as sole lyricist and producer on her seventh EP, Chat-Shire, which peaked at number four on the Billboard World Albums chart. As her acting roles continued to maintain her visibility throughout East Asia, Lee issued her fourth LP, the critically acclaimed Palette, in 2017. Debuting atop the Korean Gaon chart and the Billboard World Albums chart, Palette featured Big Bang's G-Dragon on the title track. A sequel EP, A Flower Bookmark 2, landed later that year. IU spent 2018 playing a prominent role on the television show My Mister. She also celebrated the tenth anniversary of her debut by issuing the single "Bbibbi." She continued acting into 2019 with Persona and Hotel del Luna while also releasing her ninth EP, the chart-topping Love Poem, that November. 2020 saw the arrival of the Suga-produced single "Eight," which became her first U.S. number one. In March 2021, she returned with her fifth full-length album, Lilac. Buoyed by the single "Celebrity," the album topped the South Korean charts and was certified platinum. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi


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Top 10 Albums

IU 5th Album 'LILAC' Album Image IU 5th Album 'LILAC'
Label: EDAM Entertainment
Release Date: 2021-03-25
Track Count: 10
Total Play Count: 0
Telecinema Project Vol.6 - Five Finger Album Image Telecinema Project Vol.6 - Five Finger
Label: JS MUSIC
Release Date: 2010-02-24
Track Count: 2
Total Play Count: 0
The Winning Album Image The Winning
Label: EDAM Entertainment
Release Date: 2024-02-20
Track Count: 5
Total Play Count: 0
Summer Love Album Image Summer Love
Label: N.A.P. Entertainment
Release Date: 2014-06-30
Track Count: 2
Total Play Count: 0
愛してる (Live @ 東京国際フォーラム 2012.09.17) Album Image 愛してる (Live @ 東京国際フォーラム 2012.09.17)
Label: EMI Records Japan
Release Date: 2012-11-16
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Last Fantasy Album Image Last Fantasy
Label: Kakao Entertainment
Release Date: 2011-11-29
Track Count: 13
Total Play Count: 0
Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms Album Image Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms
Label: N.A.P. Entertainment
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Track Count: 2
Total Play Count: 0
Good Day (Japanese Version) Album Image Good Day (Japanese Version)
Label: EMI MUSIC JAPAN INC.
Release Date: 2012-03-16
Track Count: 4
Total Play Count: 0
SOGYEOKDONG Album Image SOGYEOKDONG
Label: SEOTAIJI COMPANY
Release Date: 2014-10-02
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
People Pt.2 (feat. IU) Album Image People Pt.2 (feat. IU)
Label: BIGHIT MUSIC
Release Date: 2023-04-07
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0

Top 10 Tracks

eight(Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS) Track Image eight(Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS)
Playcount: 300,935,473
Duration: 02:47
LILAC Track Image LILAC
Playcount: 188,015,018
Duration: 03:34
BBIBBI Track Image BBIBBI
Playcount: 186,440,284
Duration: 03:14
People Pt.2 (feat. IU) Track Image People Pt.2 (feat. IU)
Playcount: 178,838,775
Duration: 03:33
People Pt.2 (feat. IU) Track Image People Pt.2 (feat. IU)
Playcount: 178,838,775
Duration: 03:33
Celebrity Track Image Celebrity
Playcount: 164,998,387
Duration: 03:15
Celebrity Track Image Celebrity
Playcount: 164,998,387
Duration: 03:15
Blueming Track Image Blueming
Playcount: 141,927,105
Duration: 03:37
Palette (feat. G-DRAGON) Track Image Palette (feat. G-DRAGON)
Playcount: 124,530,277
Duration: 03:37
Through the Night Track Image Through the Night
Playcount: 110,347,377
Duration: 04:13

Top 10 Collaborating Artists (Tracks)

Musicen Artist Image Musicen
Collaborations: 6
Sung Si Kyung Artist Image Sung Si Kyung
Collaborations: 3
Na Yun Gwon Artist Image Na Yun Gwon
Collaborations: 2
Bizniz Artist Image Bizniz
Collaborations: 2
SWEET SORROW Artist Image SWEET SORROW
Collaborations: 2
MARIO Artist Image MARIO
Collaborations: 2
Choi Baek-ho
Collaborations: 2
Ulala Session Artist Image Ulala Session
Collaborations: 2
HIGH4 Artist Image HIGH4
Collaborations: 2
Kim Dong Ryul Artist Image Kim Dong Ryul
Collaborations: 2