All About BLACKPINK: The Girl Group Astounds The World With Its Music And Performances
Feat after feat, BLACKPINK is taking the world by storm!
The rise of BLACKPINK to the top was exceptional , yet it no longer holds an element of surprise. The girl group, in the first place, is made up of Jisoo, Lisa, Rose, and Jennie — the four girls who created buzz in K-Pop prior to their debut for their vocals, visuals, performances, and even acting.
Let us look back on the chart-topping debut of Jisoo, Lisa, Rose, and Jennie, and their rise as one of the most successful girl groups in K-Pop history.
Before 2016: The Pre-debut Era of Jisoo, Lisa, Rose, and Jennie
The preparation for the debut of BLACKPINK did not come overnight. As early as 2011, Yang Hyun Suk had relayed his intention to debut a new girl group.
- Born on January 16, 1996
- Used to live in New Zealand
- Can speak Korean, English, and Japanese
- Her positions in the girl group are rapper and vocalist
In 2012, Jennie Kim was introduced to the public through the entertainment company’s official blog, yg-life.com.
A practice video of her covering B.o.B and Lil Wayne’s “Strange Clouds” was released on August 29 of that year, which seemingly confirmed her as a member of the then-upcoming girl group.
Days after, she was revealed as the female protagonist on G-Dragon’s “That XX”. She welcomed 2013 with a cover of “Lotus Flower Bomb”, which was originally performed by Wale and Miguel.
Jennie was also featured on Lee Hi’s “Special” track from her debut album First Love. She also made an appearance on Seungri’s “GG BE” and G-Dragon’s “Black”, where she had the opportunity to perform on music shows along with the BIGBANG leader.
- Born March 27, 1997
- Born in Thailand
- Can speak Thai, Korean, English, and Japanese
- Was part of a dance crew in her homeland called Wee Zaa Cool, along with GOT7’s BamBam
- Her positions in the girl group are main dancer and rapper
Lisa was introduced as a trainee of YG Entertainment in 2012 through a performance video of Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music”.
She appeared on Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” music video in 2013 with the future members of WINNER and iKON. In 2014, she joined iKON’s B.I. and Bobby as models for YG’s clothing line NONA9ON.
- Born January 3, 1995
- Can speak Korean, English, and Japanese
- Her position in BLACKPINK is vocalist
In 2012, a black-and-white photo of Jisoo was released. However, it was only in 2013 when YG Entertainment confirmed the identity of the “mystery girl” as Kim Jisoo, the second official member of the then-upcoming girl group.
The following year, Jisoo starred in Epik High’s “Spoiler” music video and HISUHYUN’s “I’m Different” music video alongside iKON’s Bobby. The year 2015 witnessed the rise of Jisoo as a CF model for various brands and products including Samsonite, Nikon, Smart Uniform, and AngelStone.
She also made a cameo appearance on the KBS2 drama The Producers together with WINNER’s Kang Seung Yoon and 2NE1’s Sandara Park. Prior to her official debut in BLACKPINK in 2016, she scored another endorsement deal with LG Mobile.
Park Chaeyoung (Roseanne Park)
- Born February 11, 1997
- Born in New Zealand and was raised in Australia
- Can speak Korean, English, and Japanese
- Her position in the girl group is main vocalist
- She became a trainee under YG Entertainment after her father sent an audition video of his daughter to the entertainment company.
Rose was the final member of the girl group to be revealed to the public. Prior to her introduction as part of the lineup, she was a featured artist on G-Dragon’s “Without You” which was unveiled in 2012.
2016: The Start of BLACKPINK’s Phenomenal Success
The year 2016 witnessed the birth of BLACKPINK, the first girl group of YG Entertainment after six years since 2NE1.
In June of that year, the entertainment agency, which created top K-Pop acts Se7en, BIGBANG, 2NE1, AKMU, Lee Hi, WINNER, iKON, among others, introduced Jisoo, Lisa, Rose, and Jennie as the final members of the girl group.
On August 8, 2016, BLACKPINK released its debut single Square One, featuring the hit tracks “Boombayah” and “Whistle”.
“Boombayah” peaked at the seventh spot of Gaon’s weekly singles chart, while “Whistle” clinched the top spot on the same chart. The two tracks also entered Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart, with “Boombayah” placing first and “Whistle” placing second.
“Boombayah” also gave the girl group its first music show win via SBS’ Inkigayo. The girls broke the record of being the fastest girl group to win on a music program by securing first place 13 days after their debut.
BLACKPINK continued its chart-topping success with the release of the single album Square Two, led by “Playing with Fire” and “Stay”.
“Playing with Fire” secured the girls their second number one on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. The song also peaked at the third spot of Gaon’s weekly singles chart. Meanwhile, “Stay” placed fourth on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart and tenth on Gaon’s weekly singles chart.
With their exceptional debut year, Jisoo, Lisa, Rose, and Jennie dominated the rookie awards on major music award shows in South Korea including Asia Artist Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Gaon Chart Music Awards, Melon Music Awards, and Seoul Music Awards.
“Whistle” and “Playing with Fire” were also named Song of the Year for the months of August and November, respectively, at the Gaon Chart Music Awards.
2017: Continued Success and Expansion to Japan with BLINKs
BLACKPINK started 2017 on January 17 with the announcement of its fandom name, BLINK. In June of that year, the girls returned with the digital single “As If It’s Your Last”, which debuted on the top spot of Billboard’s World Digital Song chart and peaked at the third spot of Gaon’s weekly singles chart. It also received the Digital Bonsang award at the Golden Disc Awards.
The girl group then brought its live performances at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo with a sold-out showcase — even before making an official Japanese debut.
In August, the girls debuted in Japan with a self-titled extended play. The EP placed number one on Oricon and Billboard Japan charts.
2018: The Year BLACKPINK Broke More Records And Topped More Charts
The year 2018 was indeed BLACKPINK’s biggest year so far. The girl group came out with its first EP Square Up led by the phenomenal hit “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”, which became the first song by a female K-Pop group to enter the Official Trending Chart in the United Kingdom.
“Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” was also the highest charting single by an all-female K-Pop act on Billboard’s Hot 100 when it debuted at number 55 on the chart. “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” also took the number one spot on Gaon’s digital, download, streaming, and mobile chart.
BLACKPINK also broke 2NE1’s record on Billboard 200 when Square Up placed at the 40th spot, beating 2NE1’s Crush which peaked at number 61. Square Up topped Billboard’s World Albums chart and Gaon’s Albums Chart.
The music video of “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” recorded the second most number of views within 24 hours for a Korean act with 36.2 million views. It also holds the record of being the most viewed music video on YouTube by a K-Pop group, dethroning BTS’ reign with “DNA”.
At time of writing, the music video of “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” has more than 627 million views.
In October 2018, the girls teamed up with Dua Lipa for “Kiss and Make Up”. The following month, Jennie kicked off the girls’ solo projects with her debut single “Solo”. The song went on to top domestic and international charts. She took home her first music program win on SBS’ Inkigayo.
BLACKPINK also held its first domestic concert in Seoul, titled BLACKPINK 2018 Tour “In Your Area” Seoul x BC Card, at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena on November 10 and 11.
2019: BLACKPINK is Coming in Your Area, Asia!
Jisoo, Lisa, Rose, and Jennie started the first month of 2019, with another historical feat as they will become the first female K-Pop group to be part of the Coachella Festival lineup on April 12 and 19 in California.
They then started the Asia leg of 2019 World Tour BLACKPINK “In Your Area” with a three-day sold-out concert at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok on January 11, 12, and 13. The girls also treated their Indonesian fans to back-to-back concerts at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition.
BLACKPINK will continue touring Asia with stops in Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei. The girl group will also bring its concert tour to North America, Europe, and Australia.
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