CLC’s Transformation Throughout the Time: From a Cute Concept To a Mature Concept

2017

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On January 9, CLC held their first solo Japan fan meeting at Tower Records in Tokyo. Eight days later, the group released their fifth Korean EP, Crystyle. It marked a revamped image for the group, with a more charismatic, hip-hop concept. The EP contains six tracks including the EDM/trap lead single Hobgoblin (도깨비), which was co-written by Seo Jae-woo, Big Sancho, Son Yeong-jin, and HyunA.

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Crystyle debuted on Billboard’s World Albums chart at #6, while Hobgoblin peaked at #4 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. On May 27, the group held the first fan-meeting for their fan-club, Cheshire, 2017 Cheshire Entrance Ceremony. It took place in the Olympic Hall Muse Live in Seoul.

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Seven months later, CLC released their sixth EP, Free’sm, on August 3. The album title is a mashup of the words “prism” and “free”, which describes the group’s musical and conceptual direction for this EP. The album is inspired by the 1990s girl-groups Fin.K.L and S.E.S. It consists of six tracks, including the R&B ballad lead single Where Are You? (어디야?). This was another new image for the group, contrasting with the group’s previous concept in “Hobgoblin”.

 

2018

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CLC released the digital single To The Sky on February 1, 2018, as a pre-release track from their upcoming EP. The group appeared with a more mature, sophisticated look with the release of their seventh extended play, Black Dress, on February 22. After that, CLC held their third-anniversary concert, Black Dress on April 1. It was a donation-based, charity concert where attendees made donations to a Diabetes Association. They held their CLC Live Show In Hong Kong 2018 – Black Dress concert at Macpherson Stadium in Hong Kong on July 20.

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On 17 November, CLC was named the ambassador to the Korea Insulin Dependent Diabetes Association.

 

2019

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On January 30, 2019, CLC released their eighth EP, No.1, with the title track No. The song is co-produced and co-written by label-mate (G)I-DLE member Jeon So-yeon and co-written by member Ye-eun. No.1 debuted at #5 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart. On February 12, the group earned their first music show win on The Show, with the title track No.

In this comeback, CLC showcased their mature, girl-crush look with classy makeup.

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On May 29, the group released Me as a digital single. The song was co-written by member Ye-eun.