K-Pop 2NE1’s CL to Enter US with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Psy’s Manager; 2NE1 Disbanding?

Chae-rin Lee, popularly known as CL as the leader of the K-Pop band 2NE1, is set to enter the American music industry.

On Oct. 16, CL announced that she is preparing for her debut solo album to be released in the United States in 2015 with the help of Scooter Braun, the 33-year-old executive who also manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and "Gangnam Style" hit maker Psy, Hollywood Life reported.

Aside from her international gigs as a singer-rapper, including a collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, CL is also known for her appearances on Fashion Week events and modelling for designer Jeremy Scott.

In Feb. 2013, CL told Billboard in an interview in New York, "I was looking back and thinking, 'I want to have something personal for me. With 2NE1, it's not personal because it's not only about me; it's about all the members. We're more about influencing the world."

"But I have so many things I want to say. I have this other side of me that people didn't meet in 2NE1," she also said.

When it comes to her ambitions as a musician, the 23-year-old multilingual K-Pop star said she wants to represent Asian women, break the typical Asian female stereotype and "tell the world that there are some badass Asian female girls."

CL is still signed to the Korean record label YG Entertainment, which recently commented on the rumors that 2NE1 is disbanding since CL is entering the US music market.

YG entertainment released a statement saying, "We are aware that Minzy's SNS account has been receiving attention since yesterday. Minzy personally manages her own Instagram," SBS Pop Asia reported.

 "It is absurd that there are rumors that we are in talks concerning 2NE1's breakup due to what happened on her personal SNS account. The account has been changed back," the statement read.

 Currently, 2NE1's album titled "Crush" is still the highest-charting K-Pop album in the U.S.

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