BLACKPINK is a new girl group making waves in the K-pop world. The group comprises four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. They made their debut in 2016 with the single album “Square One,” Since then, they have released several more successful singles and albums. BLACKPINK is known for its catchy music, powerful dance moves, and trendsetting fashion.
The group’s name was inspired by the color black, which represents their strong and charismatic image, and pink, which embodies their feminine side. Their music is a mix of genres, including hip-hop, R&B, and pop. BLACKPINK is the first female K-pop group to have a music video that reaches over 1 billion views on YouTube. They are also the first and only K-pop group to be featured on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list.
On June 29, 2016, YG Entertainment announced the official name of the new female group—Blackpink—and clarified that it would consist of four members rather than the initial anticipated nine. Jisoo later revealed in a press conference that other group names under consideration included Pink Punk, Baby Monster, and Magnum. Blackpink released its first dance practice video on July 6, which attracted much public attention. According to a label representative, the group’s name meant “pretty isn’t everything” and symbolized that “they are a team that encompasses not only beauty but also great talent.” YG Entertainment announced on July 29 that Blackpink would make her debut on August 8, 2016.
Members of Blackpink
Jennie was the first group member to be made public on June 1, 2016. After returning to South Korea from New Zealand in 2010, she began working as a trainee for YG Entertainment. She made her debut in 2012 in a picture titled “Who’s that girl?” posted on the YG Entertainment website on April 10. Through numerous collaborations, Jennie was able to further her promotion as a part of the new girl group. She appeared in G-2012 Dragon’s music video for “That XX” from his One of a Kind EP, as well as in the songs “Black” from his 2013 album Coup d’etat and “Special” from Lee Hi’s album First Love (2013).
Lisa is the second group member and was introduced in a video titled “WHO’S THAT GIRL???” uploaded to YG Entertainment’s YouTube channel in May 2012. She also appeared in the music video for Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” in 2013. Lisa was the only one out of 4,000 applicants to pass the 2010 YG Entertainment audition in her home country of Thailand. She later became the label’s first foreign trainee in 2011. In 2015, she was named a spokeswoman for the streetwear company Nona9on, and in 2016, for the cosmetics company Moonshot.
On June 15, 2016, Jisoo was introduced as the third member of the new group. In the years leading up to her debut, she worked as a trainee for YG Entertainment. She made appearances in several commercials, and music videos, including “Spoiler + Happy Ending” (2014) from Epik High’s studio album Shoebox and Hi Suhyun’s “I’m Different” music video (2014). She additionally had a small role in the 2015 drama The Producers.
On June 22, 2016, Rosé was the final participant to be revealed. She won the top spot out of 700 candidates at the YG Entertainment audition in Australia in 2012, following which she moved to Seoul to start training. She made an appearance in G-song Dragon’s “Without You” (2012) from YG New Girl Group” until her official public debut.
Blackpink debuted in 2016 with its single “Square One.” Since then, they’ve released several more singles and two EPs. Their music has been well-received both in South Korea and internationally. In 2018, Blackpink became the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella. They also made history that same year by becoming the first K-pop group to perform at a stadium in the United States.
2020-2021: Album and Show
During the pandemic, Blackpink released its long-awaited debut album, “The Album,” in October 2020. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, making them the highest-charting female K-pop group on the chart. They also became the first and only K-pop girl group to have two number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their singles “Kill This Love” and “Sour Candy.”
In February 2021, Blackpink debuted on the popular American television show Saturday Night Live. They performed two of their hit singles, “How You Like That” and “Crazy Over You.” The group is set to embark on a world tour in May 2021.
2022–Present: Born Pink
In February of 2022, Blackpink announced that they would release their second studio album, “Born Pink.” The album is set to be released in April and will feature twelve new tracks. This will be the group’s first release since signing with Interscope Records in October 2020. The lead single from the album, “How You Like That,” was released on March 28, 2021.
On July 31, it was revealed that the group’s second album, Born Pink, would be released in September. It would be preceded by a pre-release single titled “Pink Venom” on August 19 and be accompanied by a world tour beginning in October. On August 15, it was revealed that the group would perform at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, making them the first female K-pop group to do so. They also won the Best Metaverse Performance prize for The Virtual. The latter incorporates hip-hop beats while sampling “La Campanella,” a composition by Niccol Paganini from the 19th century.
Awards and Recognitions
Blackpink has won numerous awards since its debut in 2016. They’ve been nominated for Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and World Music Awards. In 2018, they became the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella. They also made history that same year by becoming the first K-pop group to perform at a stadium in the United States.
BLACKPINK is breaking barriers not just in the K-pop world, but in the music industry as a whole. They are proof that talent and hard work can help you achieve success no matter where you come from or what your background is. With their fresh sound and unique style, BLACKPINK is sure to take the world by storm!