While still in middle school, IU auditioned for various talent agencies with ambitions of becoming a singer.
IU's third full-length album release, Modern Times (2013), showcased a more mature style that was a departure from her established girlish image, with several tracks reaching the top 10 positions on Gaon Digital Chart.
IU has released three studio albums and nine extended plays, scoring two number-one albums and fourteen number-one singles on the Gaon Music Charts.
"Lost Child" is the lead single from her debut extended play Lost and Found, which was released on September 24, 2008.
For the album, IU was awarded the "Rookie of the Month" by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in November 2008. During an interview in 2011, IU said, "My first album failed, but I'm grateful for that.
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The uptempo song, as explained by Kim Eana, is about "a shy girl who is nervous about expressing her feelings to the boy she likes." In her first acting role, IU played Kim Pil-sook, a shy and overweight school girl who dreams of becoming a professional singer.
Admitting that she was doubtful about her readiness to take on acting, IU remarked that she gained confidence in learning that the part would require singing and would later describe the experience as a tremendously enjoyable one.
If I had become successful as soon as I made my debut, I wouldn't appreciate my staff members and the popularity that I'm enjoying now.") was also featured in Growing Up; a new rock-style arrangement of the song was released as the follow-up single to "Boo".
Towards the end of 2009, IU released her second extended play, IU... She began promoting its lead single, "Marshmallow" (Korean: ), on music programs across the three major television networks from November 13, 2009.
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