IU is considered one of the multimedia superstars in South Korea. The 28-year-old artist is not only known for being a singer as she is also a dynamic singer-songwriter and actress.
Hence, it comes as no surprise that she is also named as one of the richest K-pop and K-drama stars of her generation. However, things did not come easy for IU as she has also gone through months of training to reach her status.
So, how rich is IU? What is her net worth? Keep on reading to know more details.
IU's Net Worth In 2021 Revealed
According to South China Morning Post, IU has an estimated net worth of $31 to $45 million. It comes as no surprise that the "Celebrity" singer emerged as one of the wealthiest South Korean stars today, especially since she is known for being multi-talented with a knack for composing and producing songs.
IU has, reportedly, written over 50 tracks for her own albums, including "Blueming," "eight," "BBIBBI," "Hold my hand," "My sea," Into the I-LAND," "Good Day," "Twenty-three," "Through the Night" and "Dear Name" among many others. It was in 2007 when the K-pop idol signed with Kakao Entertainment as a trainee and debuted as a singer at 15 with her first mini-album called "Lost and Found" in 2008.
Though her follow-up EPs "IU…IM" and "Growing Up" helped her rise to stardom, it was "Good Day," the lead single of her 2010 album titled "Real," that made her one of the most successful South Korean singers at the time. The said track dominated the Gaon Digital Chart for five consecutive weeks.
As if that is not enough, "Good Day" also became the No. 1 song on Billboard's "100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s" list. IU's star power intensified after the success of her albums "Real+," "Last Fantasy," "Modern Times," "A Flower Bookmark," "Chat Shire," Palette," and "Lilac."
IU, all in all, has released a total of nine extended plays and five studio albums in her entire career, so far. The singer-songwriter even scored give No. 1 albums and 27 No. 1 singles on the Gaon Music Charts.
In 2014, IU was named the all-time leader of Billboard's Korea K-pop Hot 100 chart after having the most No. 1 songs and the artist who had held the No. 1 position for the most weeks. The South Korean multimedia star also became Gallup Korea's Singer of the Year in 2014 and in 2017.
IU has also been dominating the K-drama industry with a myriad of successful shows under her belt. The songstress debuted her acting career thru the teen drama series called Dream High. She later appeared in other television shows like Hotel de Luna, Persona, My Mister, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Pretty Man, Lee Soon Shin and You're the Best.
As of this writing, IU is the fourth richest K-drama actress. Lee Young Ae ($52 million), Song Hye Kyo ($37 million), Go Hyung Jung ($34 million) are richer than the South Korean multimedia star.
Other female K-drama stars who made it to the Richest South Korean Actresses list include Suzy Bae ($30 million), Jun Ji Hyun ($28 million), Cho Ji Woo ($27.5 million), Kim Tae Hee ($25 million), Han Ji Min ($21 million) and Kim Yoo Jung ($16 million). IU is also richer than Kim So Yeon ($10 million), Shin Min Ah ($1 million), Han So Hee ($1 million), and Jeon Mi Do ($43,200).
IU Writes Heartfelt Message For Fans Ahead Of ‘Strawberry Moon' Release
Meanwhile, IU penned a letter to her fan to remind them not to worry about the song being released at midnight. Most, if not all, fans are aware that the songstress is about to make her much-awaited comeback with "Strawberry Moon" on Oct. 19, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. KST.
The said track will be IU's first comeback since the release of her fifth album titled "LILAC" in March 2021. In the moving message, she wrote:
"Really miss you guys. I prepared for this song really excitedly this time! It's been a while since I worked on a project like this without any pressure. I was hoping to convey such things to Uaenas. Many Uaenas seem to be worried about the song being released at midnight because of the scores (charts). But to be honest, I hope our Uaenas won't be too stressed because of the charts. I just hope you'll enjoy listening to the song if you like it. I hope that you'll go to bed in a good mood after listening to the song. That's really all I ask of Uaenas this time."
IU, unlike her previous releases, decided to drop the "Strawberry Moon" track at midnight, which means sacrificing music charts results. The singer-actress explained:
"Sometimes, I feel that it's a pity that even though they are my scores (charts), Uaenas seem to be more concerned and more stressed than me. For me, at this point, it might be difficult to do even better on the charts in the future. I think of it as something only natural because I've honestly already enjoyed it a lot."
The Dream High star also mentioned her recent interview and her answer after she was asked about the possibility of people stop listening to her songs. IU wrote:
"I'm honestly fine if some day, I become a singer that is not as popular, as long as Uaenas listen to my songs! I might have even more freedom than I do now, to be able to do more different genres of music. It's just you guys so you don't need to feel sad from worrying about me! In case you're not just worried about my feelings, I'll work harder to make songs that people will like, to the best of my abilities, so don't worry about that either! This time, don't worry about anything and just enjoy the song."
On Sunday, IU dropped the official music video teaser for "Strawberry Moon." The video showed the songstress exuding a pink and enigmatic aura that lifted her from the ground.
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