Who is BlackPink? A look into the most popular kPOP girl group
Blackpink is a Korean girl group by YG entertainment, consisting of 4 members: Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé. They had their debut on August 8, 2016, with their single album “Square One”. Their most recent song and the music video, “Ddu-du Ddu-du” is also the first K-Pop girl group music video that has reached over 6 billion views on YouTube.
Name: Jisoo (Kim Ji-soo)DOB: 01.03.1995
Position: Lead vocal, Visual
From: South Korea
How: Auditioned for YG in 2011, trained for 5 years.
Fun facts : When she went to see the YG family concert as a trainee, SM staff tried to scout her.
Name: Jennie (Kim Jennie)DOB: 01.16.1996
Position: Main rapper, Sub-vocal
From: South Korea (studied abroad in New Zealand for 5 years)
How: Auditioned for YG in 2010, trained for 5 years 11 months.Did solo debut with the song name “Solo” in October 2018.
Name: Rosé (Roseanne Park/Park Chae-young)DOB: 02.11.1997
Position: Main vocal, Lead dancer
From: South Korea , New Zealand (Born in New Zealand, moved to Australia when 8 years old)
How: Won 1st place in YG audition (competition rate was 700:1) in Australia in 2012, trained for 4 years 2 months. Rosé’s dad saw the news about YG audition, bought a plane ticket right away. Was featured in G-Dragon’s ‘Without You’ 4 months after audition.
Name: Lisa (ลลิษา มโนบาล, Lalisa Manobal)
Position: Main dancer, Lead rapper, Sub vocal
How: First non-Korean female artist from YG. Auditioned for YG in Thailand in 2010, joined YG in 2011. Trained for 5 years 3 months. When she was younger, she was part of a dance crew called WZC(WE ZAA COOL).
1. What does “Blackpink” mean?
Their group name is more meaningful than just the combination of color. They used the color ‘pink’ to represent their beauty but also used ‘black’ to deny that that’s all there is. Therefore, the name “Blackpink” delivers the messages of “We are not just those pretty girls. We have more to show.”
2. How did they become popular?
Just like their group name represents, they are the complete package of singing and dancing talents, along with the visuals. As soon as they debuted, a lot of companies showed interests in hiring them for the commercials and photo shoots, etc. because of Blackpink’s trendy stylings, dark concepts, and amazing visuals.They were made of something that a lot of Korean fans have been waiting for: a powerful girl-power type of personality. Most of the time, Korean girl groups debut with cute, happy and upbeat feel of the performances and the songs. However, Blackpink inherited 2NE1‘s girl-power vibe and improved it by adding more sophisticated styling to their stage presence. Without a doubt, the record they made soon after their debut was truly remarkable with such strong and catchy songs, “Boombayah” and “Whistle”.
3. How are they different from other YG artists?
First of all, YG artists are known for including self-produced songs in their the albums. However, Blackpink hasn’t yet produced their own songs.Also, Blackpink is the first YG artist that has no assigned leader within the group. The purpose is to give equal responsibilities and voices to all four members, so they stay close and discuss decisions together.
Another fun fact! In the movie ‘Justice League’, Blackpink’s ‘As if it’s your last’ music video was playing in the background in the scene where Batman met Flash for the first time!
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