After a series of mysterious teaser graphics from major K-pop label YG Entertainment, it has been revealed that CL, the leader of K-pop girl group 2NE1, will making her solo debut on May 28.
After whittling down all the YG Entertainment artist roster down to just CL and her group 2NE1, it was announced that CL’s first solo single will be released May 28. There is no word if this will turn into a full album or just be a one-off single, possibly to lead in to the new 2NE1 album.
This is a change of plans from the original schedule CL shared with Billboard. In February, the K-pop leader told Billboard first that a new 2NE1 album (originally intended for late 2012) was set for April with her solo album coming afterwards. But now it looks like a full-group comeback is on the back burner. Fans may have guessed it would be CL returning sooner than 2NE1 with her Instagram account showing photos of just her in recording and dance studios (without members Minzy, Dara and Bom) including a snap with Will and Jaden Smith.
"I was looking back and thinking, 'I want to have something personal for me,'" CL said of the project. "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."
While Blackjacks may be sad to see a comeback without the full foursome, they should find comfort in seeing at least one member actively promoting who can, ideally, drum up further interest for the group.