After host James Corden introduced her as "one of the hottest pop stars on the planet," K-pop singer CL hit The Late Late Show stage for the live U.S. debut of her single "Lifted." The performance earned a rousing response from both fans and Corden, who couldn't find enough nice things to say about the the 25-year-old 2NE1 rapper.
K-Pop Star CL Reaches New Heights on Debut Single 'Lifted'
For about three minutes, CL dominated The Late Late Show as she performed "Lifted" accompanied by Corden's band and a bevy of backup dancers as fans cheered her on. Corden -- never shy about singing on his show's Carpool Karaoke segments -- even joined in a little bit and sang alongside K-pop's baddest female.
Aside from CL's name, Lee Chaelin, appearing in neon lights in Korean throughout the performance, the singer's appearance downplayed the fact that she was transitioning over from the South Korean music market to the English-language world. During his introduction, Corden emphasized CL's international popularity but didn't offer any reference to Korea or K-pop, while CL spoke only English throughout the appearance and wore an American flag scarf as part of her outfit.
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Since debuting on the K-pop scene in 2009 as one of the members of the widely popular girl group 2NE1 -- which has mostly been on hiatus since 2014 -- the singer/rapper has garnered a huge following for her musical flare and domineering personal style. After releasing her first solo single in 2013, she signed with Scooter Braun to pursue an active career stateside in 2014. "Lifted" is her first official US song following the release of several less formal singles in 2014 and 2015. Following its release, "Lifted" led to CL's first appearance on the Social 50 chart.
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While CL previously appeared on America's Next Top Model alongside her 2NE1 group members, The Late Late Show performance was the singer's first stateside solo television appearance. The first Korean solo artist to perform on a late night show, CL became the second K-pop act to perform on American late night television, following Girls' Generation's 2012 performance of "The Boys" on Late Night with David Letterman. Girls' Generation also were on American television this month, when several members appeared in last week's episode of the NBC variety show Better Late Than Never.