BLACKPINK is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, one of the biggest entertainment companies in South Korea. Their official debut took place on August 8, 2016, and the group quickly gained international fame due to its captivating music and performances. The four talented members of the group are Jisoo, Jennie, Rose, and Lisa.
The name “BLACKPINK” symbolizes the dual nature of the group: the fierce and powerful side represented by “BLACK,” and the fun, feminine side represented by “PINK.” This duality is skillfully demonstrated through their music, which expertly blends catchy tunes, memorable lyrics, and energetic performances that appeal to a wide audience.
In this article, we will delve into a comprehensive guide to BLACKPINK, exploring their rise to global stardom from their formation to present day achievements. We will touch upon notable milestones that encompass their discography, collaborations, live performances, and various forays into television and fashion.
Formation and Pre-Debut Activities
YG Entertainment began forming BLACKPINK in 2011, with years of rigorous training and development to groom the girls for stardom. Each member had come from a different background and country, exemplifying the group’s diverse origin. Jisoo, who hails from South Korea, was scouted by YG Entertainment during a concert; Jennie, also Korean but raised in New Zealand, flew to Korea to audition; Australian-born Rose participated in an Australian open audition and landed first place; Thai native Lisa caught the company’s attention through her dance capabilities.
Prior to debuting as BLACKPINK, each member was individually involved in various pre-debut activities. These allowed them to gain experience and build up for their official entrance into the industry. One example can be Jisoo’s cameo in a popular Korean drama, while the other three members were featured in music videos or as collaborators with other YG Entertainment artists.
They also appeared in several dance and vocal training videos to showcase their skills before starting their journey together officially as BLACKPINK:
Before joining YG, Rose participated in various singing competitions in Australia
Jennie made an appearance on G-Dragon’s “That XX” music video
Lisa featured in Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” music video
Jisoo starred in EPIK HIGH’s “Spoiler” & “Happen Ending” music videos
Jennie collaborated with Lee Hi on the song “Special”
BLACKPINK was first introduced through the YouTube reality show, “BLACKPINK HOUSE,” where fans could catch a glimpse of their daily lives and training sessions.
Discography and Music Style
BLACKPINK has a unique and captivating style that combines multiple genres such as K-pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM. Their music and lyrics express a range of emotions and themes, from empowerment and heartbreak to love and party anthems. The group initially debuted with two singles, “BOOMBAYAH” and “Whistle,” which helped establish their strong and powerful image.
Over the years, BLACKPINK’s discography has expanded to include numerous albums, singles, and collaborations. Their versatility has enabled them to capture audiences worldwide, charting incredible success on both South Korean and international music platforms. Each release showcases the group’s ongoing growth and development as artists.
Here’s a brief look at some of their major releases:
Square One (2016): Debut single album featuring “BOOMBAYAH” and “Whistle”
Square Two (2016): Second single album with the hits “Playing With Fire” and “Stay”
As If It’s Your Last (2017): A standalone single that showcased a more playful side of the group
SQUARE UP (2018): First Korean mini-album, including their smash hit “DDU-DU DDU-DU”
Kill This Love (2019): Second mini-album featuring the fierce title track, “Kill This Love,” alongside other tracks like “Don’t Know What To Do” and “Kick It”
THE ALBUM (2020): BLACKPINK’s first full-length studio album, which includes popular tracks like “How You Like That,” “Ice Cream” (feat. Selena Gomez), and “Lovesick Girls”
Collaborations with Other Artists
One aspect that sets BLACKPINK apart is their willingness to collaborate with renowned artists from various music genres. These collaborations have led to incredibly successful singles, bridging the gap between K-pop and other international music styles. By working with different artists, BLACKPINK has gained exposure to new audiences and enriched their musical discography.
Their collaborations extend beyond the realm of music to include ventures into fashion, film, and television. BLACKPINK members have collaborated with global luxury brands, participated in campaigns for top fashion houses, and even appeared in prominent films or TV Series.
Below are noteworthy collaborations involving the group or individual members:
Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK – “Kiss and Make Up”: A collaboration with British singer, Dua Lipa on her deluxe album, providing a perfect blend of both artists’ styles
Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK – “Sour Candy”: Featured on Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album, “Chromatica,” showcasing a fusion of electronic, pop, and house music elements
Selena Gomez & BLACKPINK – “Ice Cream”: A sweet and playful track from BLACKPINK’s first full-length album, “THE ALBUM”
Jennie x Chanel: Jennie has been named a global ambassador for Chanel, participating in various campaigns and events for the luxury brand
Jisoo x Dior: Jisoo was selected as the global ambassador for Dior Beauty, Clothing, and Accessories
Rose x Yves Saint Laurent: Rose became the global ambassador for YSL, representing their women’s wear and beauty lines
Live Performances and World Tours
BLACKPINK is known for their electrifying live performances, which showcase their incredible stage presence, strong vocals, and precise choreography. Fans eagerly await each of their appearances due to the energy they bring to the stage — whether it be at an awards show, music festival, or their own solo concert.
In addition to their powerful stage presence, BLACKPINK is also known for setting the bar high when it comes to costumes, stage design, and production. No detail is spared for their concerts, ensuring a memorable experience for fans who attend their shows. Aside from performing their hit songs, live shows often include special stages, solo performances that highlight each member’s unique talents, as well as intimate moments where they interact with their fans.
Some of their notable live performances and tours include:
2018: BLACKPINK Arena Tour in Japan
2019: BLACKPINK World Tour “In Your Area” – This tour marked their first-ever world tour, visiting Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia
2020: Online concert “THE SHOW,” streamed through YouTube due to the global pandemic
Coachella Performance (2019): BLACKPINK became the first female K-pop act to perform at this prestigious music festival in California
Various collaborations on stage with Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez during concerts or award shows
Memorable stages at major Korean and international music award ceremonies (MAMA, Melon, and so on)
Television Appearances and Film
While BLACKPINK is primarily known for their music, they have also made various television and film appearances, allowing fans to connect with them on a more personal level. From reality shows to variety programs, BLACKPINK’s presence in media showcases their charming personalities, sense of humor, and a glimpse into their daily lives.
Fans not only get to learn about the members’ off-stage antics but also witness a more genuine side of the artists. The various activities they engage in when not performing often divulge their individual passions, such as fashion, acting, cooking, and representing important causes.
Here are some noteworthy TV appearances and films featuring BLACKPINK:
BLACKPINK HOUSE (2018): A reality web series that followed the everyday lives of the group members, showcasing their adventures and chemistry
BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky (2020): A Netflix documentary that chronicles BLACKPINK’s rise to global fame, as well as their journey of self-discovery both individually and as a group
Jisoo’s Acting Debut in “Arthdal Chronicles” (2019) and her lead role in the upcoming drama series “Snowdrop”
Jennie’s appearance on variety show “Running Man” and her YouTube channel, “Jennierubyjane Official,” featuring fashion and personal vlogging content
Lisa’s role as a dance mentor on Chinese survival show “Youth With You Season 2” and her popular “Lilifilm” YouTube channel
Rose’s appearances on popular Korean variety shows like “King of Masked Singer” and “Fantastic Duo”
Global Impact and Accolades
There is no denying that BLACKPINK has made an indelible impact on the global music scene. With each milestone achieved, from breaking numerous records to amassing a loyal and passionate fanbase known as BLINKs, they have become a force to be reckoned with. They have been recognized by major international award bodies and publications for their accomplishments, solidifying their status not only as K-pop icons but also as global artists.
Despite facing challenges along the way, BLACKPINK continues to prove that their talent and determination are key factors in their ongoing success. They have paved the way for future K-pop acts to break into international markets while staying true to their unique blend of musical styles and stunning visuals.
A few notable achievements and accolades include:
First K-pop girl group to achieve over 2 billion YouTube views for their music video “DDU-DU DDU-DU”
First female K-pop act to hit over 60 million subscribers on their official YouTube channel
Top-charting albums and singles on Billboard, UK Official Charts, iTunes, and Spotify
Numerous award wins at major Korean and international award events (Mnet Asian Music Awards, Melon Music Awards, MTV VMAs, & more)
Forbes Korea power rankings and TIME’s list of most influential people on the internet
Pioneering work in fashion, beauty, and sustainability campaigns with global luxury brands
Jisoo, Jennie, Rose, Lisa
August 8, 2016
K-pop, hip-hop, R&B, EDM
Square One, Square Two, SQUARE UP, Kill This Love, THE ALBUM
Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, fashion and beauty brands
Live Performances and Tours
BLACKPINK Arena Tour in Japan, BLACKPINK World Tour “In Your Area,” Online concert “THE SHOW,” Coachella, various music award ceremonies
TV Appearances and Film
BLACKPINK HOUSE, BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky, Acting – Jisoo, Reality shows & YouTube channels – Jennie, Lisa, Rose
Achievements and Accolades
Billboard, YouTube, Award Wins, Forbes Korea, TIME’s list of most influential people on the internet
In conclusion, BLACKPINK has proven to be a powerhouse in the international music scene, breaking barriers and establishing themselves as global icons. Their infectious music, captivating visuals, powerful stage presence, and delightful personalities have won over millions of fans worldwide. As we continue to watch their journey and witness their growth as artists, we can only expect more exceptional contributions from BLACKPINK in the world of music, fashion, and entertainment+