L Lee began her career as part of South Korean pop girl group Fin. As the eldest member, she was the leader of the group. Lee was discovered while taking sticker pictures with her friends and was the last member to join Fin. L, just before their debut in January L debuted officially on May 22, with their first single "Blue Rain". The second release from their debut album, " To My Boyfriend ", became the first of their multiple number one hits.
L became one of the most popular and successful South Korean pop groups of all-time, rivaling fellow popular girl group S. Solo debut[ edit ] A year after Fin. L's fourth studio album Forever , her solo debut album was released in August , entitled Stylish. The lead single "10 Minutes" became one of her signature hits and the singer nearly swept the Daesangs, the most prestigious South Korean music award, winning more than seven of them, including three of the four most prestigious Daesangs.
In February , Lee released her follow-up album, Dark Angel. The first single, "Get Ya! An edited two-episode version of the drama also ran on SBS. During filming, part of a roof Lee was standing on collapsed. Only her foot fell through, but reportedly the fall might have been fatal if co-star Lee Dong-gun had not rescued her. In February , Lee announced her new digital single which would essentially be the soundtrack to If in Love She performed all three main tracks from the single on Inkigayo on February 25, The lead song was "Toc Toc Toc" Hangul: It was released on March 6, , and in addition to the three tracks found in the digital single, it included a reworked version of "Toc Toc Toc.
Like Them had several instances of overt product placement, in addition to using Lee's songs in the soundtrack. The Korean Broadcasting Committee ruled that the drama would never be aired in South Korea again, and that the network must apologize to its viewers.
TV hosting and It's Hyorish[ edit ] During breaks in her solo music career, Lee also hosted various television programs, including Time Machine and Happy Together , which she co-hosted with Yoo Jae-suk in She is also a former cast member of season one of the variety show Family Outing. Mnet also ran a episode show called Off the Record: Upon release, tickets to the concert sold out in five minutes. In November , her contract with Mnet Media was set to expire.
L's co-manager and had worked with the group since its debut. The singer worked also with E-Tribe , the team behind "U-Go-Girl", the lead single from her previous album. A music video was released for "Swing" Hangul: Geune , featuring Gary from Leessang , on March 31, The lead single "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and its music video were released soon after. The self-penned song, which features Ceejay from Freshboyz , was released the same day as her album.
Soon after the release of the album H-Logic, seven of its songs, composed by Bahnus , were accused of plagiarism among the allegedly plagiarized songs was "Bring It Back," performed by Canadian girl group Cookie Couture. On June 21, , Lee admitted that the plagiarism accusations against her album were true, saying she had been "deceived"; she temporarily stopped all her activities as a singer and suspended her TV appearances.
She wrote online columns for vernacular newspapers such as The Hankyoreh that mixed her thoughts on life and career with social commentary, and was well reviewed for her simple prose, humor and intelligence.
In , Lee released two charity songs for donation to animal shelters, "Please Stay Behind" Hangul: Nama Juseyo and "Remember" Hangul: Lee herself wrote and composed the sophisticated retro-jazz song it was arranged by her then-boyfriend, guitarist Lee Sang-soon , and the full-version music video released on the same day was a black-and-white video depicting Lee as a circa s-type glamorous Miss Korea pageant crown holder.
Due to low ratings, the show aired its final episode on November 18, Hiatus and Black[ edit ] In February , Lee's representatives announced that her contract with B2M Entertainment had expired in With the release of H-Logic, Lee began to experiment with her sound by incorporating hip-hop into her music.
Later releases have been influenced by country , blues , disco , folk and rock music. At the beginning of her solo career, Lee would sometimes write or co-write material for her albums alongside other songwriters. Later in her career, she began self-composing and producing much of her own material. Thematically, Lee's songs have ranged from love and heartbreak to empowerment to social commentary with a female perspective. Voice type[ edit ] Lee's vocal range can be classified in the mezzo-soprano range.
In spite of her sexy image, she has been recognized for her emotional delivery  in songs like "Swing" and "Amor Mio".
Lee has been criticized for her vocal ability, which she responded with "I think everyone thinks differently, so they can think so. Before, I felt like I was hiding behind the instruments.
It felt uncomfortable otherwise. But starting from a point, I started liking my voice. Since I like it, it didn't really matter what other people thought.