CL from Korean girl group 2NE1 scored a feature in the latest issue of Complex magazine to promote her impending advancement into the American music market.

Besides plugging her upcoming English-language album and announcing that Korean makeup is the best in all of Asia, the 23-year-old also put the rumours to rest that 2NE1 are breaking up due to her burgeoning solo career.

"That’s not true!" she said when asked if 2NE1 were headed for splitsville. "We just finished our tour and everybody gets to take a break now. It’s just I don’t get a break. [Laughs.]"

Thank god!

As for her American debut, CL says that we can expect two things: good music, and the same cool style that we all love from her K-pop career.

"I feel like it’s all about good music at the end of the day. It’s not like I’m a rookie—I have been doing this for a long time in Asia. It’s just a new market. I have to have good music, so I’m just focusing on that."

"Well, you know my image when I was in 2NE1. And I’m not going to change that," she said when asked if she was planning to sex things up for the States. "I’m not against being beautiful or sexy or anything, but it’s just I have this—I don’t know how to say it—but I have this “cool” image that I want to keep."

CL has reportedly almost wrapped up her solo album and is currently preparing to start filming her music video, so it shouldn't be too long now until we get to hear the first single.


2NE1's CL continues to surprise us with the artists she's been collaborating with for her upcoming English-language album.

After hitting the studio with Florence + the Machine, CL has now hooked up with Swedish pop star Erik Hassle and indie artist Jake Troth.

Hassle is best known for his European hits Hurtful and Don't Bring Flowers, while Troth has been making his mark as a pop producer since last year, having produced Jennifer Lopez's Worry No More and Kelly Rowland's Pepsi promotional single The Game.

The K-pop superstar has worked with a tonne of different producers for her solo album, including Diplo, Blood Diamonds, hip-hop songwriter Bobby Brackins, and Sean Garrett.

She's also participating in the new Black Eyed Peas album with after Fergie chose to focus on her solo career instead.

With super manager Scooter Braun behind her, it looks like CL has huge chance of seriously slaying her U.S. debut!

2NE1's CL has been hard at work on her first English-language album for the past six months under the watchful eye of superstar manager Scooter Braun. She's already been in the studio with a wide range of producers, from Diplo to Sean Garrett, but her next collaborator is easily her biggest yet: Florence + the Machine!

Hip-hop songwriter Bobby Brackins, who wrote Tinashe's 2 On and Chris Brown's Loyal, revealed in a new interview that the K-pop star recently called him to hit the studio with her and Florence to work on some new music.

"I'm friends with this girl CL now, she's like the biggest artist in Korea," he told Noisey. "She hit me up to go work on some songs with Florence and the Machine! I couldn't do it because it was the night before we were flying out to New York but that would have been crazy to work with Florence..."

He added, "I've worked with CL before! She's dope. but I love Florence ... we're so different though, I never thought me and her could be able to merge. Random collaborations are happening."

Considering that CL is a rapper, Florence is an indie singer, and Brackins is a songwriter known for penning trendy urban hits, I'd guess that they were probably planning to follow the Iggy Azalea Fancy formula for their collaboration, just less mainstream.

This news will probably come as a relief to longtime CL fans who might have been worried that the 2NE1 superstar wouldn't receive enough for support for her U.S. debut. Judging by the list of collaborators we've heard about so far, it's pretty clear that Scooter Braun is backing CL 100% to make this crossover a huge success.