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.

Earlier this month confirmed that the Black Eyed Peas would be back with new music later this year to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary.

A few weeks later, Fergie confirmed that she wouldn't be part of it, choosing instead to focus on her new solo album.

"I was just in the studio last week and I saw Taboo there, and I heard something Will was doing and it was great," Fergie told Digital Spy. "But maybe the guys are doing something? I haven't been in the group for 20 years, so it's more their anniversary of being together for 20 years. So maybe they're putting out an album themselves."

Fergie may not be on board for the new BEP music, but it looks like the band's found a suitable replacement: K-pop star CL. tweeted the 2NE1 superstar a week ago asking her to collaborate with him on BEP's new music, to which she enthusiastically replied "Yay! Let’s go!"

The Black Eyed Peas frontman has collaborated with CL and 2NE1 multiple times over the years (most noticeably on #willpower's EDM banger Gettin' Dumb), so having CL temporarily fill in for Fergie sounds like the perfect plan.

We wouldn't be surprised if Will had a string of other collaborations ready to go for BEP's comeback either. (Fingers crossed for Britney!)

CL's currently working on her first English-language album with Scooter Braun, the manager behind Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, so it looks like the 23-year-old is going to be pretty busy this year!

K-pop's coolest star CL is still hard at work on her upcoming English-language debut.

This week, the 2NE1 leader hit the studio with urban-pop producer Sean Garrett to record some new tunes for what we're pretty sure is going to be the most slay-worthy English album from a K-pop star ever made.

"Wow this young superstar here is so amazing!!!!!" Garret exclaimed on Instagram. "CL you know what we bout to do!"

Garrett's previously produced hits like Destiny's Child's Lose My Breath and The Pussycat Dolls' Buttons, although most K-pop fans will know him from his work on BoA's 2009 English-language album--namely the singles Energetic and I Did It For Love, both of which reached the top twenty of Billboard's dance/club chart.

A lot of Asian pop stars eyeing crossover success in the West make the fatal mistake of working with mainstream American producers who haven't had a real hit in years (spoiler: it never ends well). However, CL's already been in the studio with a string of cutting-edge producers too (including Diplo and Blood Diamonds), so we don't need to worry about her becoming the next Wonder Girls or anything.

Plus, Energetic was a next-level bop that deserved to smash the charts harder than Gangnam Style. You know it's true.

K-pop superstar CL has opened up about her upcoming U.S. debut in the latest issue of Wild magazine.

The 2NE1 frontwoman recently inked a management deal with Scooter Braun (the brains behind Bieber, PSY, and Ariana Grande), and is set to hit the States in early 2015.

"We have been talking about this for a long time, so for me it feels more like, 'Finally! We’re doing it'. And it’s about time. Everything just fell into place. I grew up listening to English bands and American pop, so it always felt natural for me to sing in English. Now that I have been an artist in Asia for 8 years, I feel like challenging a new crowd."

The 23-year-old is well-aware that many other female K-pop stars before her have failed to break the States (Wonder Girls and BoA immediately come to mind), but despite this fact, she doesn't seem too worried about the huge task ahead.

"I don’t feel pressured, and I don’t want to be. The thing is I have no example. There’s no one in front of me who has done this before. Maybe there were people who have tried, but I can’t really name anyone who was successful enough to be my mentor as an Asian woman. I definitely have a long way to go, but I’m just trying to do what I do and not make it too complicated. And I feel like I have the right people around me, a good team. YG has known me for a long time and they know my color, while Scooter Braun has very good taste."

One thing that sets CL apart from other Asian acts that have tried to crossover into the West is that she isn't trying to emulate current top forty trends. Instead, she's coming up with her own sound with the help of cutting-edge producers like Diplo and Blood Diamonds.

"To be honest, I am doing sessions right now and working on my album, and I try not to listen to other people’s music because I don’t want to copy anyone’s style. I can listen and be inspired by other artists, but not while I am doing sessions. I want to write my own story. I was in 2NE1 before, but going solo, it’s going to be a new sound."

It looks like CL's learned from the mistakes that others made before her and is ready to hit the American market with full force. After seeing so many talented Asian artists fail in the States, it'll be great to see somebody actually make it for once.

[Via Wild]