CL's Live Performances: 5 Times She Dominated the Stage

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CL performs during the Mad Decent Block Party at The Greek Theatre on Sept. 11, 2015 in Berkeley, Calif.

Ahead of her Hello Bitches Tour, look back on 5 times CL owned the stage.

After breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 with her single “Lifted,” CL is on the rise. She first emerged on the K-pop scene in 2009 as the leader of 2NE1, and released her first solo effort, the single “The Baddest Female,” in 2013. The following year, CL revealed she was being managed by Scooter Braun, and two years after that, the rapper-turned-soloist is kicking off her first North American concert series next week. While 2NE1 held concerts in NY and LA in 2012 and CL has been at some music festivals over the past few years, the Hello Bitches Tour 2016 is going to be the first time her American & Canadian fans will have a chance to see the baddest female in all her glory.

Even though her long awaited English-language album has yet to surface, the concerts are sure to be filled with the elaborate performances that K-pop aficionados are used to. Over the years, CL’s dominated stage after stage with her charismatic presence and the Hello Bitches Tour is set to bring that force to fans throughout North America.

5. Being a bad girl (or a true “nasty woman,” as some presidential candidates might put it) means never saying you’re sorry for showing your true colors, and CL proved it during her debut performance of “The Baddest Female” when she riled up the crowd with her domineering ode to “bad girls around the world.” The subversive message paired with CL’s aura ensured that this would become one of the most legendary K-pop performances of the year.

4. Even locked away in a cage, CL was formidable when she appeared as a featured artist alongside labelmate G-Dragon on Korean television in 2013. Months after showing off her flare with the aggressive “The Baddest Female,” CL’s sultry vocals during the live performance of “R.O.D” proved that she was more than just a one-note hype woman.

3. CL’s solo track from 2NE1’s 2014 Crush album remains one of her strongest singles to date and this performance from the album showcase has CL reigning the stage like the queen she is. Flanked by flags and a legion of dancers, CL caused the whole audience to scream themselves silly during this performance of “MTBD.”

2. 2015 was a big year for CL —it saw the release of the tour’s titular “Hello Bitches.” CL brought her performance of the song to the 2015 Mnet Asia Music Awards with Paris Goebel’s dance crew accompanying the anthem’s performance. It may have been the Mnet Award, but CL’s live debut of the song may as well have made it the CL show. “Hello Bitches” also led into a surprise performance of 2NE1, the group’s final performance together before Minzy departed from the group earlier this year. (Despite going solo, CL is still a member of the trio with Park Bom and Dara.) 

1. Shortly after releasing “Lifted,” CL made her formal American debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a Carpool Karaoke segment but that didn’t matter when CL strutted through that studio and had the whole audience dancing in their seats. Corden, who introduced her not as a K-pop singer but “one of the hottest stars in the world,” even got into the mood and sung along while CL partied it up with her dance crew.

 

Along with CL’s sense of K-pop spectacle, the Hello Bitches tour is expected to give audiences an intense experience thanks to her collaboration with a creative team that’s worked on performances and tours of some of the biggest artists, including Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. The concert tour begins in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 29 followed by stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, and Toronto.