Blackpink is currently one of the most popular girl and KPop groups in the world. The group consisting of Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa debuted on August 8, 2016 with the single Square One which was extremely well received by South Korean music fans.

Since debut, the girls may not have released as many physical albums as we hoped, but we can be quite happy with the Blackpink merchandise that YG Entertainment has managed to deliver.

Everything you need to know about K-Pop group BLACKPINK

The word K-pop has, in recent times, become almost synonymous with the letters B, T and S. But there is another K-pop group breaking records as their music captures the attention of a global audience. . The four women of Blackpink, who debuted as a group in 2016, are a multilingual performance powerhouse that connects with fans across borders. Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa may have only just started touring the world, but a strong fan base extending far beyond South Korea is already fueling their rapid rise.

Blackpink's song "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" is currently the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on Youtube, with 730 million views. (Individual artist Psy's 2012 single "Gangnam Style" remains the most watched music video by a Korean music group, with over 3 billion views). The group's audience on social networks is also breaking records. Lisa, the lead dancer and youngest member of the group, is the most followed female K-pop artist on Instagram with over 16 million followers.

Blackpink's schedule is filled with international opportunities to connect with its fans, Blackpink's fandom is called "BLINK" , a portmanteau of "black" and "pink". Later this month, they will become the first K-pop girl group to perform at the Coachella music festival, before continuing on the North American, European and Australian legs of their first world tour.

This week, the band is releasing a new 5-track EP, "Kill This Love", which is already trending on social media and is expected to top the charts. Here's everything you need to know about Blackpink, the girl group that's driving K-pop global popularity.

Origins of the name Blackpink

The group's name was designed to contrast with the perception of femininity commonly associated with the color pink . When Blackpink debuted, their label YG Entertainment said the name was meant 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 that message.

What makes Blackpink different from other bands?

Blackpink's discography is limited - prior to " Kill This Love ", the group had released less than 20 tracks since their 2016 debut, including Japanese versions of their Korean songs. Nonetheless, a handful of their singles have not only charted on the Billboard charts, but have gone viral online, with their signature choreography regularly performed by K-pop idols and global fans in dance covers.

Much of the group's appeal lies in their ferocity, created through a mix of bold rapping, powerful vocals and classy style. While dark and edgy concepts aren't new to K-pop girl groups, Blackpink showcases them through their music video imagery, like the jeweled tank in "Ddu-Du Ddu- Of".

Blackpink Members

Jisoo (full name: Kim Jisoo), 24 years old

The oldest member of the group , Jisoo is a vocalist , often considered Blackpink's mood maker. She has a quirky sense of humor and a propensity for creating songs on the go about anything - from the weather to craving chicken kebabs. Jisoo starred in a number of music videos and commercials in his pre-Blackpink years. Although she is the only member who is not fluent in English, the singer is nevertheless trilingual, able to speak Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

Jennie (full name: Kim Jennie), 23 years old

Blackpink's lead rapper , who also sings, Jennie was a "trainee" for just under six years – the longest of the members. (As part of South Korea's internship system, budding pop idols audition with entertainment agencies to become interns in hopes of one day making their debut as artists.) Jennie lived in New Zealand for a while before moving back to South Korea in 2010, and is fluent in English in addition to Korean and Japanese. She was the first member of Blackpink to release an individual track, titled "SOLO". The clip showcased her versatility as a rapper and singer, while cementing her as a fashion icon thanks to the more than 20 outfits worn in the three-minute clip.

Rosé (full name: Park Chaeyoung), 22 years old

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia - where she participated in YG Entertainment's auditions and placed first - Rosé is also fluent in English. She is the lead singer of the band , and her distinct voice is easy to recognize . Rosé plays guitar and piano and frequently covers English and Korean songs. She recently shared a cover of Halsey's song 'Eyes Closed' on her birthday as a gift for her fans, writing, "It's such a deep song and I remember back when I recorded, I needed the healing that this song gives me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did singing it."

Lisa (full name: Lalisa/Pranpriya Manoban), 22 years old

Lisa, the youngest member, known as " maknae " is Blackpink's main dancer . Born and raised in Thailand, Lisa was part of a dance crew at a young age before auditioning to become a K-pop idol trainee. Besides Thai, Lisa speaks Korean - which she started learning after moving to South Korea in 2011 - English, Japanese and some basic Chinese. Although she raps and sings, it's the "focused camera" recordings of Lisa's dance, a combination of flowing body rolls, sharp strokes and captivating facial expressions, that often become the subject of Blackpink's viral videos. .

How did Blackpink's popularity grow?

Blackpink officially debuted in 2016 with the single album Square One , consisting of two songs – "Whistle" and "Boombayah". The debut was highly anticipated on the K-pop scene, as Blackpink was the first girl group to come out of YG Entertainment, the big company home to powerhouse groups like BIGBANG and 2NE1 , in seven years. "Boombayah" made the band the fastest musical act, at the time, to reach No. 1 on Billboard's Digital Songs World Chart, and their success continued with further releases the following year. .

In 2018, Blackpink received a new level of international attention when they became Billboard's highest-charting K-pop girl group with the single "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" and EP Square Up. "Ddu-Du Ddu Du" reached No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 - surpassing the English version of the Wonder Girls song "Nobody", which reached No. 76 in 2009 - while Square Up reached No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard 200. A few months later, the group collaborated with Dua Lipa on the track "Kiss and Make Up", reaching a new audience with a bilingual song that currently has more than 200 million streams on Spotify.

The potential for a more global footprint became apparent when Blackpink signed with Interscope Records and Universal Music Group last October. YG Entertainment has teamed up with the label in an effort to promote the group internationally. Soon after, Blackpink made her American television debut performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and later on Good Morning America.

Where to start with their music?

To experience Blackpink, start with "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", the record-breaking anthem , with hard-hitting rap verses and dynamic trap beats. The song takes its name from the sound of gunshots, and the most recognizable choreography includes finger tugging and swaying. In the clip, singer Jisoo walks through a crowd filming her with phones in outstretched hands. She trips and falls, and the orientation of the phones rotates to simulate guns pointed at her. This scene seems to illustrate how quickly attitudes towards celebrities can shift from admiration to aggression.

Besides "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", singles like "As If It's Your Last" and "Playing With Fire" have energetic melodies with lyrics expressing love and passion. The track "Stay", on the other hand, is a rare ballad from the group, which showcases the softer rapping of Jennie and Lisa, as well as the vocals of Jisoo and Rosé over acoustic melodies.

How did Blackpink become so popular on social media?

With each new release, Blackpink's followers on social media have increased. Not only is Lisa the most followed K-pop female idol on Instagram, but Blackpink has the most followed K-pop group account on the platform with 16.4 million followers, as of April 2019. Kill This Love,” the teaser photos of the individual members sporting new hair colors and serving up sinister looks each received over two million likes on the official account. On Twitter, the signature line of the band's debut song, "Boombayah" - "Blackpink in your area" - is trending regularly, with Blackpink announcing new plans to, quite literally, enter international fan areas.

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