In detail about the beginning of Lee’s career, during her school time, her family faced huge economic problems and moved to Uijeongbu. She grew up with younger brother, however, they have to live apart from their parents. Ji-Eun spent most of the time of her childhood with her grandmother and cousins due to the low financial condition of her parents.
Lee was passionate about singing and her dream was to be a singer. She used to perform at her school’s sports competition. Lee attended 20 auditions for singing, however, all of her effort went negative way.
Finally, LOEN Entertainment agreed to train her along with Yubin, Heo Ga-yoon, and Jun Hyoseong. After she was signed with LOEN, Lee moved to Bangbae, there she started her as 10 months trainee, after her training she released “Lost Child” as her first single. She then performed on a music program, M! Countdown which was released on September 18, 2008. Her performance became next step to her professional career.
On June 3, 2010, Lee released “Nagging”, a duet with 2AM’s singer Lim Seul-Ong and adopted the stage name IU. At first, she placed her song to number twelve and within a week it achieved number one position.
In 2012, Ji-eun promoted Last Fantasy and its main single “You and I”, then she began preparations for her debut in Japan. In Japan, she played at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Recently, Lee has published her fourth studio album, Palette as the main lyricist and producer. The album Palette featured G–Dragon from the group named Big Bang. Lee has currently estimated net worth of $15 million.