It is widely known that the word K-pop has become almost synonymous with the letters B, T and S.
But there’s another K-pop group that’s been breaking records as their music captures the attention of a global audience.
The four women of Blackpink, who debuted as a group in 2016, comprise a multilingual performance powerhouse connecting with fans across borders. Their fandom name is called “BLINKS”.
They are mainly known as, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa and they have begun touring globally, with a strong fanbase stretching far beyond South Korea that is already powering their rapid ascent.
Their full length studio album was recently released, but it’s very amazing to think that they’ve managed to release hit after hit with just singles and dominate the US music market with major record label Interscope gladly taking them under their wings.
In addition, they were also known as the very first K-Pop girl group to have performed at the Coachella music festival last year, and their performance was live streamed in New York City Times Square by YouTube.
But you may be wondering…
How did YG Entertainment manage to duplicate 2NE1's success and even take things to the next level?
JiSoo, always having an interest and hopes in becoming a singer, auditioned for YG Entertainment back in 2011. During the audition, YG Entertainment founder Yang HyunSuk asked her if she had a boyfriend. The reason was because JiSoo had a ring on her left ring finger. She passed the auditions and became a YG trainee in July 2011. And before her debut, she appeared in various CF’s and music videos for other artists.
SM Entertainment even approached her and suggested that she try auditioning for their agency, but she turned it down as she was already affiliated with YG Entertainment.
Before BLACKPINK even existed, JiSoo was the first confirmed member of the girl group that was still in the works during that period.
And then came along Jennie, often referred to as the ‘human CHANEL’ for always being seen wearing CHANEL clothing or accessories.
Jennie was studying at the ACG Parnell College in Auckland, New Zealand during the time when YG Entertainment was recruiting trainees for BLACKPINK.
While her initial life plans were to move to the US to continue her studies, Jennie told her mother that she wanted to try pursuing her dreams as a singer and performer, leading to her auditioning for YG Entertainment.
And it seems that Jennie and YG Entertainment were clearly meant to be together through fate, as the K-Pop idol has stated in the past that she had eyes on YG Entertainment only.
Jennie actually became a trainee in YG earlier than JiSoo, as Jennie became an official trainee in 2010, whereas JiSoo became a trainee in 2011. But YG Entertainment for some reason decided to announce JiSoo first as a member of BLACKPINK.
Lisa was always known to have a keen interest in dancing. Hailing from Thailand, she quickly signed up for the YG auditions that were taking place in her country and became the only applicant to pass.
In April 2011, Lisa became an official YG Entertainment trainee. Because she was from Thailand, she did initially have a language barrier problem but was able to learn the Korean language quickly through private classes, along with the help of the other members too of course.
And last but not the least, Rose actually might not have ended up in BLACKPINK if her dad had not booked a ticket to the city where YG auditions were being held in Australia.
Rose lived in the rural area of Australia, and her dad always knew that his daughter had dreams of becoming a singer, which explains why he was swift to get her a ticket to the city and have her try out for the auditions.
She ended up killing it in the auditions and coming out as first place in the YG auditions in Australia that year.
Why are they called Blackpink?
The group’s name was conceived to contrast with the perception of femininity commonly associated with the color pink.
When Blackpink debuted, their label YG Entertainment said the name intends to convey that the group embodies more than beauty. “I may look sweet, but I don’t act like it,” Jennie sings in the opening lines of “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” echoing this message.
What makes Blackpink different from other groups?
A large part of the group’s appeal is their ferocity, created through a blend of bold rapping, powerful singing and chic styling.
Although dark and edgy concepts are not a novelty in K-pop girl groups, Blackpink double down on these through the imagery in their music videos, such as the bejeweled tank in “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.”
So who’s your bias in BLACKPINK? Well if you ask me, I love all of them, but if I can only choose one, then I’d pick Jennie.
What about you? Who’s your favorite BLACKPINK member?
Let me know in the comments below.
And I hope you’ve gotten to know more about them through this article.
Don’t forget to check out their newly released album called, “The Album” featuring guest appearances from Cardi B and Selena Gomez.