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Born(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 31)
OriginKota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
GenresR&B, dancehall, hip hop, dance, reggae, reggaeton, reggae fusion
Years active2006–present
LabelsEMI, Capitol
Associated actsCham, Colby O'Donis, Lecca, Shaggy
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Born(1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 31)
OriginKota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
GenresR&B, dancehall, hip hop, dance, reggae, reggaeton, reggae fusion
Years active2006–present
LabelsEMI, Capitol
Associated actsCham, Colby O'Donis, Lecca, Shaggy

Cheryline Ernestine Lim[1] (born 10 March 1983), known by her stage name Che'Nelle (Japanese: シェネル), is a Malaysian Australian recording artist. In 2005 she was signed to Virgin Records America, an imprint of EMI. She is currently based in Japan.

1983-2005: Early life[edit]

Cheryline Lim was born 10 March 1983. She was born to a Bornean-born Chinese father, and a mother of a mixed of Indian and Dutch heritage. Born in Kota Kinabalu,Sabah,Borneo, Lim and her family moved to Perth, Australia when she was 10 years old.[2] As a child she gained the attention of her father after singing in his karaoke lounge, seeing her talent.[2] She later started writing and producing her own music in her home studio.[3] Sir Charles Dixon discovered her talents,[2] after she uploaded some of her music onto Myspace.[3] Dixon took her material to Virgin Records and Virgin flew Che'nelle to New York at the end of 2005 to meet with representatives from the label. The chairman of the label and longtime music business baron, Jason Flom, signed her immediately. Within two days, she had completed the deal and was marketed as a world-class artist. Che'nelle worked as a promotions assistant before moving to New York in January after signing a six-album deal with Virgin Records America.[4] In Australia, she is represented by EMI.

2006-08: Things Happen for a Reason[edit]

She performed as the opening act on Kanye West's Australian tour in March 2006.

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. The song was also produced in Bahasa Malaysia with the title of "DJ yang Ku Puja".

Also, she co-wrote Carmit Bachar's single "Fierce", Ricki-Lee's debut single "Hell No!" and Leona Lewis's song "Can't Breathe".

2009-present: Feel Good, Luv Songs and new album[edit]

Her second album was later confirmed and given the working title Feel Good, named after the first single from the album.

The first single "Feel Good" from this album is strongly influenced by Reggae and Dancehall music just like her first single "I Fell in Love with the DJ" from her debut album (Things Happen for a Reason) which features Jamaican Dancehall artist "Cham". The music video for "Feel Good"[5] premiered online on 11 January 2010.[6]

The album Feel Good was released on 10 February 2010 in Japan via EMI Japan.

The album has so far garnered the singles "Feel Good" and "Missing".

Her third album and first cover album, called Luv Songs was released on 20 July 2011 in Japan only, which featured covers of songs by American R&B singers such as Ne-Yo, Minnie Ripperton and Whitney Houston and also songs in Japanese.


Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumPeak positionSalesCertifications
2007Things Happen for a Reason
  • 1st International Album
  • Released: 22 August 2007
  • Label: EMI, Capitol
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 65,000+
2010Feel Good
  • 1st Japanese Album
  • Released: 10 February 2010
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 5,500+
2011Luv Songs (ラブ・ソングス)
  • 1st Cover Album
  • Released: 20 July 2011
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 355,000+
2012Believe (ビリーヴ)
  • 2nd Japanese Album
  • Released: 4 July 2012
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • JPN: 275,000+
  • RIAJ: Platinum[8]
2013Aishiteru (アイシテル; I Love You)
  • 3rd Japanese Album
  • Released: 7 August 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
  • JPN: 40,266+

Extended plays[edit]

YearAlbumPeak positionSalesCertifications
English / Japanese
2012Touch (Close to You)
  • 1st Japanese Digital EP
  • Released: 9 November 2012
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • Formats: digital download
  • JPN: TBA


As lead artist[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsSales and CertificationsAlbum
AUS[10]US PopFRA[11]HU
2007"I Fell in Love with the DJ"62983035331147Things Happen for a Reason
"Hurry Up"811983
2008"First Love" feat. Lecca51Feel Good
2010"Feel Good"2381
"Missing"Feel Good / Luv Songs
2011"SAKURA"84Luv Songs
"So Sick"
"Baby I Love U"32215
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Platinum[12]
    • Cellphone downloads: Platinum[13]
  • JPN: 13,000+
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Gold[14]
  • RIAJ Digital download
    • PC downloads: Platinum[14]
    • Cellphone downloads: Gold[15]
"Fall in Love (Single Version)"77Touch (Close To You) EP
"Touch (Close To You)"79Touch (Close To You) EP
/ Aishiteru
2013"I WILL"36[16]Aishiteru
2014"Zutto (English Version)"12[18]Digital Single

As featured artist[edit]

2005"Young Boy"MessiahbolicalThrowaway Rhymes Pt. II (Mixtape)
2007"Somebody’s Gotta"Various ArtistsPowerful Music, Vol. 2
"I'm Still Here"Powerful Music, Vol. 3
2009"Hold On Me"IsraelThe Legacy
"Wish You Were Here"MýaSugar & Spice
"Tight"Peter Ram
"III Woman"The III Ones
"Soul Life"
"Hands On"Casely feat. Vein
"Postcard"Lil' EddieCity of My Heart
2010"Ohh Yeah (Reggae)"Jaicko
"Streets"Akon feat. L.A.
2011"Here On Earth"ChrishanHeart of a Lion
"Sunadokei"SEEDAIn The Moment
"Girls"SEEDA feat. Hayashi Taka
2012"No Tears Left"Davion Farris
"The Last Word"Jimmy Burney
"Spend a Little Time"Knowledge BonesEyes on the Prize
"Till It's Done"Bizoh
2013"Thank You"Vein
"Titanium"David GuettaNothing But the Beat 2.0 (Japanese Edition)
"After the Storm"AIMoriagaro
"Be Right There"DandeeBuilding Bridges

Non-album tracks[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards received by Che'Nelle
YearAwardNominationNominated workResult
2008Japan Gold Disc AwardTop New ArtistChe'NelleWon
2012Concept Album of the YearLuv SongsWon
MTV Video Music Awards JapanBest Karaokee! SongBaby I Love UNominated
2013Japan Gold Disc AwardWestern Artist of the YearChe'NelleWon
Western Album of the YearBelieveWon
Song of the Year by DownloadBelieveWon
Best 3 Western AlbumsBelieveWon


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  2. ^ a b c Air Bourne (13 February 2010). "Malaysian-born singer Che’Nelle is back with her second disk, "Feel Good"". The Bajan Reporter. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Che'Nelle Music News & Info". Billboard. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Chandran, Sheela (25 July 2007). "Virgin deal for Malaysian-born singer Che'nelle". The Star Online (Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd). Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
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  6. ^ "Artist - Che'Nelle". EMI Music Japan. 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  7. ^ (Japanese)
  8. ^ (Japanese)
  9. ^ "Certification list" (in Japanese). August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  10. ^ ARIA Chart Top 100 Singles Issue #922 PDFAustralian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2 March 2010
  11. ^ a b c "Chenelle and Cham - I Fell In Love With The Dj global chart positions and trajectories". Retrieved 15 December 2007.
  12. ^ (English)
  13. ^ (English)
  14. ^ a b (English)
  15. ^ (English)
  16. ^ (Japanese)
  17. ^ (Japanese)
  18. ^ (Japanese)

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