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Crystal clear! Hello, we are CLC!

—CLC

CLC (씨엘씨; short for CrystaL Clear) was a girl group under Cube Entertainment. Originally as five, they debuted on March 19, 2015 with their first mini album First Love. In February 2016, the group added two new members: Elkie and Eunbin.

On May 20, 2022, Cube announced that CLC's official activities have concluded and that their U CUBE fansite would be terminated on June 6.[1]

In a now deleted comment, Seungyeon mentioned that they had not disbanded in a reply to a fan which left the fate of the group's status unknown.[2]

History

Pre-debut

Prior to CLC's debut, Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Sorn and Yeeun made their first public appearances working as backup dancers for G.NA during her promotions of "G.NA's Secret".[3] Additionally, the group began to gain publicity through street performances that helped raise money for children with disabilities.[4]

In December 2014, Cube Entertainment confirmed their plans to debut a new, multinational girl group in the first half of 2015. Additionally, the company revealed Sorn as the group's first confirmed member.[4]

2015: Debut with First Love, "Eighteen", Question

On March 8, 2015, an image posted on CLC's official Facebook page revealed their debut date to be March 19.[5] On this day, the group officially debuted with their first mini album First Love and its title track "Pepe".

Concept photo for Question

On April 16, the group released their first digital single, titled "Eighteen". Promotions for the single began the following day on KBS' Music Bank.[6]

The group made their second comeback on May 28 with their second mini album Question and its title track "Like".

2016: Addition of Elkie and Eunbin, Refresh, Japanese debut, Nu.Clear, fandom name

On February 23, 2016, Cube Entertainment announced the addition of two new members to the group: Elkie and Eunbin. Additionally, it was revealed the group would be making a comeback on February 29.[7] On this day, the group's third mini album, Refresh, was released along with its title track "High Heels". As Eunbin was competing as a contestant on the survival show Produce 101 at the time, she was not present for the album's promotions and does not appear in the original music video for the title track.[8] A version of the music video including Eunbin was released on March 21.[9]

On March 7, it was revealed through the group's appearance on Kiss The Radio that the leadership position, originally held by Seunghee, was passed onto Seungyeon.[10]

The group made their Japanese debut on April 13 with the mini album High Heels.

Concept photo for Nu.Clear

On May 18, Cube Entertainment announced CLC would be making a comeback later in the month.[11] The group's fourth Korean mini album, Nu.Clear, was released on May 30. Eunbin was temporarily taken out of the album's promotions due to health issues, but resumed activities on June 22.[12][13]

On June 21, the group's official fandom name was revealed to be Cheshire. The name was inspired by the group's original logo which featured a cat's face.[14]

On July 27, CLC released their second Japanese mini album Chamisma.

On December 27, it was announced the group would making a comeback in January with a brand new concept.[15]

2017: Crystyle, Free'sm

Concept photo for Crystyle

CLC released their fifth Korean mini album, Crystyle, on January 17, 2017. The mini album marked a revamped image for the group, featuring a more charismatic, hip-hop concept.

On May 27, the group held their first ever fan-meeting, "2017 Cheshire Entrance Ceremony", at Olympic Hall Muse Live in Seoul.

On July 10, CLC announced their plans for a "suprise" comeback sometime later that month.[16] On August 1, the group's sixth Korean mini album Free'sm, along with its title track "Where Are You?" was released.

2018: Black Dress

Concept photo for Black Dress

On January 28, 2018, CLC revealed their plans to release a new digital single ahead of an official comeback.[17] The group's second digital single, "To the Sky", was released on February 1.

CLC's seventh Korean mini album Black Dress, along with its title track of the same name, was released on February 22.

The group held a special third-anniversary concert, titled "Black Dress" on April 1. The concert was donation-based; tickets were free of charge and attendees had the option of making donations to the Korea Insulin Diabetes Association, which CLC was an honorary ambassador for.[18]

2019: No.1, "Me", "Devil"

Concept photo for No.1

On January 8, 2019, Cube Entertainment confirmed CLC would be making a comeback later that month.[19] On January 30, the group released their eighth Korean mini album, No.1, along with its title track "No."

On May 14, the group was confirmed to be in the final stages of preparing for a spring comeback later in the month.[20] On May 29, CLC released their third digital single "Me".

The group's fourth digital single, "Devil", was released on September 6.

2020: "Helicopter" and Elkie's contract issues

On August 13, 2020, it was announced that CLC would be making their first comeback in nearly a year.[21] The group's first single album, "Helicopter", was released on September 2.

On December 25, it was reported that member Elkie had submitted a request to terminate her contract with Cube Entertainment, citing lack of payment and support for the group's development, implying the company has no plans for Elkie's future. Her legal team has mentioned that after Cube Entertainment receives the request, they would have 15 days to respond with her income statement before taking further action.[22]

2021-2022: Elkie's departure, Yujin's participation in Girls Planet 999, further departures, and disbandment

On February 3, 2021, it was announced that Elkie has officially left CLC and Cube Entertainment as her contract with the agency was terminated in a mutual agreement between both parties.[23]

In June 2021, SpoTV News confirmed that member Yujin would be an upcoming contestant in the competitive reality show, Girls Planet 999. During Episode 2, Yujin revealed that Cube Entertainment had dismissed CLC and its members, leading viewers into speculating that the group had disbanded, with no official confirmation yet from Cube.[24][25] Additionally, on August 18, member Sorn returned to being an active YouTuber, albeit all her previous videos were deleted (which belonged to Cube) which Sorn ambiguously referred to as "letting go" but assures fans that she will create more new and fun memories from now on on her new journey.[26]

On November 16, 2021, it was announced that Sorn has officially left CLC and Cube Entertainment as her contract with the agency was terminated in a mutual agreement between both parties.[27]

On March 18, 2022, Cube announced that Seungyeon and Yeeun's contracts had expired and that they had officially left the agency while Yujin was still with Kep1er.[28]

On May 20, 2022, Cube posted a notice stating that the operation of the CLC U CUBE would be terminated on June 6 as the group's official activities have concluded.[1]

Sometime around June member Seungyeon replied to a fan comment on the social media platform TikTok saying "CLC weren't disbanded".[2]

Members

Name Position(s) Fruit[29] Years active
Seunghee (승희) Main Vocalist Green Apple 2015–2022
Yujin (유진) Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Visual, Center Strawberry 2015–2022
Seungyeon (승연) Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Rapper Orange 2015–2022
Sorn (손) Lead Vocalist Watermelon 2015–2021
Yeeun (예은) Main Rapper, Vocalist Tomato 2015–2022
Elkie (엘키) Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual Cherry 2016–2021
Eunbin (은빈) Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group, Maknae Lemon 2016–2022

Discography

Korean

Mini albums

Single album

Digital singles

Collaborations

OSTs

  • "Choco Bank OST Part.1" ("Pounding Love") (2016)
  • "Be My BoyFriend OST" ("Another Level") (2021)

Japanese

Mini albums


Gallery

Main article: CLC/Gallery

Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Soompi: Cube Entertainment Announces CLC’s Disbandment
  2. 2.0 2.1 @csyfiles on Twitter (May 28, 2022)
  3. Mwave: Cube to Debut New Girl Group CLC in Mid-March
  4. 4.0 4.1 Soompi: Cube Entertainment to Debut Multinational Girl Group Next Year, First Member Revealed
  5. Soompi: Cube Entertainment's Upcoming Girl Group CLC Releases Teaser Image
  6. Naver: 걸그룹 씨엘씨, 16일 신곡 '에이틴' 공개 스페셜 활동 돌입
  7. Soompi: CLC Announces Comeback With Two New Members
  8. Soompi: Cube Entertainment Clarifies Plans for Eunbin's Debut in CLC and Participation in "Produce 101"
  9. Soompi: CLC Reveals "High Heels" MV That Includes Kwon Eunbin From "Produce 101"
  10. @CLC_Intl on Twitter (March 6, 2016)
  11. Soompi: CLC To Make Comeback In June With Shinsadong Tiger Song
  12. Soompi: CLC's Eunbin Temporarily Halts Group Promotions Due To Health Issues
  13. Soompi: CLC's Eunbin Recovers And Rejoins Group Promotions
  14. Soompi: CLC Reveals Official Fan Club Name
  15. Soompi: CLC To Comeback In January With New Concept
  16. Soompi: CLC Confirmed To Make Surprise Comeback This Month
  17. Soompi: CLC Announces Upcoming Release Of New Single
  18. Soompi: CLC To Hold 3rd Debut Anniversary Charity Concert For Fans
  19. Soompi: CLC Confirms Plans For Upcoming Comeback
  20. Soompi: CLC Confirmed To Make Spring Comeback
  21. Soompi: CLC To Make Comeback In September
  22. Koreaboo: CLC’s Elkie Has Submitted A Request To Terminate Her Contract With Cube Entertainment Due To Poor Treatment And Neglect
  23. Soompi: Elkie Officially Leaves CLC And Cube Entertainment
  24. Kpopstarz: CLC Disbanded? Member Yujin Reveals What CUBE Entertainment Said about the Girl Group's Status
  25. Girls Planet 999: Episode 2
  26. KpopStarz: CLC Sorn States She ‘Had To’ Delete the Videos from Her YouTube Channel
  27. @CUBECLC on Twitter (November 16, 2021)
  28. @CUBECLC on Twitter (March 18, 2022)
  29. @CLCSTORY on Twitter (May 12, 2016)

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