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Background information
Birth name Cheryline Ernestine Lim
Origin Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts

Cheryline Ernestine Lim (born 10 March 1983), better known by her stage name Che'Nelle, is a Malaysian Australian recording artist signed to Universal Music Japan. Her debut single "I Fell in Love with the DJ" was released in 2007 and reached the top twenty in France.

Beginning, early career with the Dear Summer albums and Things Happen for a Reason

Lim moved to Perth, Western Australia at age 10. Before breaking out on the music scene in 2007, Che'Nelle was featured on English hip hop and R&B music producer S4DK's "Dear Summer" albums including the first installment in 2005 with a R&B ballad called "Slow Down" which sampled fellow R&B singer Bobby V's song of the same name, two years later she appeared on the second and final installment called "Dear Summer Volume Two" with the R&B ballad "Hooked Up".

Her debut album Things Happen for a Reason was released on 25 September 2007 in Japan and 29 October 2007 in Australia. The first single from this album was "I Fell in Love with the DJ" featuring reggae artist Cham.

2008 - 2010: Songwriting, Feel Good

Che'Nelle has written songs for herself and also co-wrote Carmit Bachar's single "Fierce", Ricki-Lee's debut single "Hell No!" and Leona Lewis's song "Can't Breathe".

Her second album was later confirmed as Feel Good, which it was named after the first single from the album, the song and album was strongly influenced by R&B and reggae much like Things Happen for a Reason, however Feel Good and (to date) all her other albums wre only released in Japan.

2011: Luv Songs

In 2011, Che'Nelle released her third album Luv Songs which saw a departure from Che'Nelle's reggae sound for an R&B, soul sound. The album consisted of mainly R&B cover ballads from American singers like Ne-Yo, Whitney Houston and Minnie Riperton as well as cover of many Japanese known songs.

2012: Believe

In 2012, Che'Nelle released her forth album Believe; much like 2011's Luv Songs it was heavily rooted in an R&B and Japanese music sound.

2013: Aishiteru (I Love You)

In 2013, Che'Nelle released her fifth album Aishiteru which is Japanese for the phrase "I Love You", the album was her first album to be mainly recorded in Japanese with a few English songs.

2014: Luv Songs 2

In 2014, Che'Nelle released her sixth album Luv Songs 2; it was her second installment in the Luv Songs series and like 2011's Luv Songs, it features a mixture of traditional Japanese love songs with several covers of R&B songs including "We Found Love" by Barbadian R&B singer Rihanna.

2015: @chenelleworld

In 2015, Che'Nelle released her seventh album @chenelleworld, it is her most recent album.


Studio albums

Year Album Peak position Sales Certifications
2007 Things Happen for a Reason
  • 1st International Album
  • Released: 22 August 2007
  • Label: EMI, Capitol, USM Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 65,000+
2010 Feel Good
  • 1st Japanese Album
  • Released: 10 February 2010
  • Label: EMI Japan, USM Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 5,500+
2011 Luv Songs
  • 1st Cover Album
  • Released: 20 July 2011
    • Re-Released: 13 November 2013
  • Label: EMI Japan, USM Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download


  • JPN: 360,000+
  • JPN: 400+
2012 Believe (ビリーヴ)
  • 2nd Japanese Album
  • Released: 4 July 2012
  • Label: Universal International
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 280,000+
  • RIAJ: Platinum
2013 Aishiteru (I Love You)
  • 3rd Japanese Album
  • Released: 7 August 2013
  • Label: Universal International
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
  • JPN: 65,000+
  • RIAJ: Gold
Best Songs
  • 1st Japanese Best Album
  • Released: 4 December 2013
  • Label: Universal International
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 78,000+
  • RIAJ: Gold
2014 Luv Songs 2
  • 2nd Cover Album
  • Released: 4 June 2014
  • Label: Delicious Deli Records, Virgin Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
  • JPN: 32,000+
2015 @chenelleworld
  • 4th Japanese Album
  • Released: 11 February 2015
  • Label: Delicious Deli Records
  • Formats: 2 CDs, CD, digital download
  • JPN: 50,000+

Extended plays

Year Album Peak position Sales Certifications
2012 Touch (Close to You)
  • 1st Japanese Digital EP
  • Released: 9 November 2012
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • Formats: digital download
  • JPN: —


As lead artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales and Certifications Album
2007 "I Fell in Love with the DJ" 62 98 30 35 33 11 47 Things Happen for a Reason
"Hurry Up" 81 19 83
2008 "First Love" feat. Lecca 51 Feel Good
2010 "Feel Good" 23 81
"Missing" Feel Good / Luv Songs
2011 "SAKURA" 84 Luv Songs
"So Sick"
"Baby I Love U" 32 21 5
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Double Platinum
    • Cellphone downloads: Double Platinum
2012 "Story" 15 30 7
  • JPN: 13,000+
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Gold
"Believe" 5 1
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Double Platinum
    • Cellphone downloads: Gold
"Fall in Love (Single Version)" 77 Touch (Close To You) EP
"Touch (Close To You)" 79 Touch (Close To You) EP
/ Aishiteru
2013 "I WILL" 36 Aishiteru
"Aishiteru" 13
2014 "Zutto (English Version)" 12 Luv Songs 2
"Happiness" 25 2
  • JPN: 23,000+
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Double Platinum
"Always Love U" 87
2015 "Fierce"
  • * RIAJ Digital Track Chart was established in April 2009 and cancelled in July 2012.

As featured artist

Year Title Artist Album
2005 "Young Boy" Messiahbolical Throwaway Rhymes Pt. II (Mixtape)
2007 "Somebody’s Gotta" Various Artists Powerful Music, Vol. 2
"I'm Still Here" Powerful Music, Vol. 3
2008 "Sugar" Hydro Crucial
2009 "Hold On Me" Israel The Legacy
"Wish You Were Here" Mýa Sugar & Spice
"Tight" Peter Ram
"III Woman" The III Ones
"Soul Life"
"Hands On" Casely feat. Vein
"Postcard" Lil' Eddie City of My Heart
2010 "Ohh Yeah (Reggae)" Jaicko
"Streets" Akon feat. L.A.
2011 "Here On Earth" Chrishan Heart of a Lion
"Sunadokei" SEEDA In The Moment
"Girls" SEEDA feat. Hayashi Taka
2012 "No Tears Left" Davion Farris
"The Last Word" Jimmy Burney
"Spend a Little Time" Knowledge Bones Eyes on the Prize
"Till It's Done" Bizoh
2013 "Thank You" Vein
"Titanium" David Guetta Nothing But the Beat 2.0 (Japanese Edition)
"After the Storm" AI Moriagaro
"Be Right There" Dandee Building Bridges
"Fun Fun Christmas" TEE feat. LEO Francfranc presents Fun Fun Christmas / Best Songs
2014 "Happy Tears" SPICY CHOCOLATE feat. MACO Shibuya Shunai Monogatari

Non-album tracks

Year Title Album
2007 "Hooked Up" Dear Summer, Vol. 2
2011 "Somethin' 'Bout A Saturday" Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale Soundtrack

Awards and nominations

List of awards received by Che'Nelle
Year Award Nomination Nominated work Result
2008 Japan Gold Disc Award Top New Artist Che'Nelle Won
2012 Concept Album of the Year Luv Songs Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Karaokee! Song Baby I Love U Nominated
2013 Japan Gold Disc Award Western Artist of the Year Che'Nelle Won
Western Album of the Year Believe Won
Song of the Year by Download Believe Won
Best 3 Western Albums Believe Won
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