A Korean Pop Star Performed A Song For "Bad Girls" At The Olympics Closing Ceremony

by Ani Bundel
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The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games are finally drawing to a close this weekend, but not before the country of South Korea gets one more chance to knock our socks off with their amazing stage show for the closing ceremony. Like the opening ceremony back on Feb. 9, this is another chance for them to show off amazing lighting and video technology, along with holograms, LED festooned costumes, and a nice big hit of their home country's culture. Part of that came in the form of K-pop artist CL's "Bad Girls" song at the Olympics closing ceremony.

For those who aren't into the K-pop scene, CL (who was born Lee Chae-rin) is one of the country's most iconic female rappers, known both for her skills on the mic and for her fashion sense. She was originally part of the girl group 2NE1, which rocketed to K-pop fame in 2009, before attempting to break through into the American market in 2012. They were so popular, their song "I Am The Best" was used this year at the Olympics in a performance by Kim Kyueun and Alex Kang Chan Kam, the figuring skating pair representing South Korea.

Since quitting the group in 2016, CL has migrated to the American scene and now works with producers such as Skrillex and Diplo. She hasn't fully broken through on American radio, but fans assume that will come in time.

Her performance at the closing ceremony may be that moment to help push her over the edge. She, along with the other acts who were part of the extravaganza, put on a heck of a show. This song, which directly translates to "The Baddest Female," was her first solo number, released in 2013 ahead of leaving the group. It has become a signature anthem for the artist.

Her first solo album, Lifted, debuted in 2016 as an English language album. Though CL is South Korean, she was raised in Japan and France and speaks English fluently. The cultures of Japan and France also shaped who she is and can be seen in her solo singles. After this performance, it's likely that everyone will know her name.

So what exactly were the lyrics to the song she sang? Thanks to Genius, we have a translation:

I’m a bad girl, I’m a bad girl, I’m a bad girl
Where All My Bad Gals At?
Yeah, I’m strong, very fierce (yao)
Someone like you can’t ever handle me (uh em)
I don’t have an ounce of jealousy in me
Even fortune tellers can’t figure out my heart (aha)
I’m a queen bee, I’m the heroine
I’m like a rugby ball, don’t know where I’ll bounce to next
On my neck is a gold chain swingin’ left right
I’m not lonely, every night I get right
Confident principles, valuable dignity (uh huh)
My eye smile is a given, my tears are my weapon (that’s right)
My smile is fire, it’ll burn you up (burn)
You want it, come and get it now, if you don’t wanna, that’s too bad
I’m a bad girl, I’m a bad girl, I’m a bad girl
Guys call me honey
Girls call me unni
My cool words have a good effect
Round round, this strange melody turns and turns yeah
I’m the best, ha?
I’m busy every day, so busy, why, are you offended? ha
I'm flyer than a G5, G5
All my b-boys and b-girls, now follow me
I am the proudest, I never say sorry (nope)
Being fake is a given, I’m really smart (yes)
My smile is killa because it makes everyone die (oops)
You want it, come and get it now, if you don’t wanna, that’s too bad
This is for all my bad girls around the world
Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good, you know
Let’s light it up and let it burn like we don’t care
Let em know how it feels damn good to be bad
G I Z to the I B E
I’m a bad girl, can’t you see?

If this song is stuck in your head the rest of the day, don't blame me.