In January, Dazed listed CL among its list of “Twenty Albums to Look Forward to in 2015” and discussed the 2NE1 leader’s “Baddest Female” image and her breakthrough into the Western Music scene.
Dazed affirmed CL’s superstar status in Korea writing, “As the leader of K-pop girl group 2NE1, CL is the self-declared ‘baddest female’ of the country’s music scene, and this year she’ll make a play for the Western music market. And she’s not playing around, having enlisted mega-manager Scooter Braun to help launch her solo debut. ‘I want to have something personal for me,’ she told Billboard. ‘With 2NE1… it’s about all the members. But I have so many things I want to say. I have this other side of me.’ With her fierce stage presence and eye-popping visuals, expect an electrifying debut.”
This is not the first time that critics have expressed their expectations for CL’s American debut; FuseTV recently declared CL one of 2015’s top breakout artists. In addition, fans have been speculating that a music video will be released soon following CL’s cryptic Instagram posts.
Other artists who were featured in the 20 albums included Marilyn Manson, Frank Ocean, and A$AP Rocky.