At an early age, IU became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry and began attending acting classes. Career beginnings[ edit ] IU performing "Boo" on October 29, She performed the song live for the first time on the music program, M! Countdown , on September 18, , making it her debut performance as a professional singer. During an interview in , IU said, "My first album failed, but I'm grateful for that. If I had become successful as soon as I made my debut, I wouldn't appreciate my staff members and the popularity that I'm enjoying now.
Towards the end of , IU released her second extended play, IU She began promoting its lead single, "Marshmallow" Korean: The song was described as "saccharine" with a style that was a hybrid of the rock-and-roll of the s and "French pop". The single debuted at twelve on the Gaon Digital Chart and shot up to number-one position the following week, where it remained for three weeks. The song peaked at number six on the Gaon Digital Chart.
IU was noted for the "wide range" of her voice, while the song's popularity was ascribed to its lyrics and high-pitched climax. The uptempo song, as explained by Kim Eana, is about "a shy girl who is nervous about expressing her feelings to the boy she likes.
Countdown, Music Bank, and Inkigayo. Filming ran from December to February , during which time she remained committed to Heroes and her existing promotions for "Good Day". Admitting that she was doubtful about her readiness to take on acting, IU remarked that she gained confidence in learning that the part would require singing and would later describe the experience as a tremendously enjoyable one.
Yoon Sang wrote the song for IU after spotting her momentary sad expression on a television broadcast. IU took on various side-projects after the end of Dream High. Singing the Legend but eventually withdrew after recording one episode due to her overwhelming schedule. The total number of download sales made from the album's tracks exceeded 10 million within the first two weeks. As promotions for Last Fantasy and its main single "You and I" continued into in South Korea, IU began preparations for her debut in Japan by playing two shows at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo to an audience of about 4, people on January 24, According to Japan's Oricon Singles Chart , the single album of Good Day sold 21, physical copies on the first week of release with the single debuting on the chart at number six.
She played shows in six different cities across South Korea, starting with two shows in Seoul. D , Lim Seul-ong and Lee Seung-gi. The album, named to celebrate IU turning the Korean age of 20, contains three songs with the lead single being "Peach" Korean: Nearing the end of her "Real Fantasy" tour and promotions in Japan, IU resumed her hosting duties on Inkigayo after taking a three-month leave due to concert commitments.
She was selected by the program's producer for her MC skills that she demonstrated on Inkigayo. First starring roles and Modern Times[ edit ] IU started by taking on her first leading role in a television series, playing the title role in You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin Korean: Her character was described as a "loser" who is seemingly average in every way except for her daring and bright personality, which helps her to overcome hardships.
For the drama, she released a recording with her co-star Jo Jung-suk of her self-composed duet, "Beautiful Song" Korean: Two tracks from the album were released as singles; "Beautiful Dancer" and "New World" peaked at number 66 and 76 respectively on the Billboard Japan Hot , ranking significantly lower than her Japanese-translated versions of "Good Day" and "You and I", which were top 10 releases. It was described to be "a big shift from the young singer's K-pop roots" that showcased a "more mature and sophisticated sound and image" than her previous work.
Modern Times has a distinct carefree feel that is reminiscent of jazz during the Roaring Twenties. Her self-composed track, "Friday", was originally intended to be included in Modern Times but was later released as the lead single of Modern Times - Epilogue. The album contains seven renditions of tracks that hailed from the s and s with a mixture of genres that included ballad, dance, folk and rock. I think I need to study English for the next visit to the U.
It's suffocating not being able to communicate with fans Analysing her character's perceived icy demeanor, IU commented that she could relate to her character's "biting attitude" and how similar her character was to herself. While she wrote the lyrics for both songs, she also composed the music for "Heart", which was released as a digital single on 18 May. The preparation process and festival event were aired over the course of seven episodes.
The live performance event on August 13, attracted an estimated crowd of 40, at Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium as shown in the final episode, which achieved a IU asserted greater creative control on the album, writing the lyrics for all seven tracks as well as the physical album's two bonus tracks and composing the music for five tracks either individually or collaboratively.
She was also credited as the album's producer. The program's producers said of their host selection, "IU has been deeply acknowledged for her musical talents, moving beyond the image of 'Korea's cute younger sister'.