May it be on TV, radio, social media, or a group of kids in your neighborhood dancing along to their songs, you’ve probably heard the LSS-inducing lyrics “BLACKPINK in your area.” And you may have wondered what the hype is all about. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the phenomenal four-member K-pop girl group that will soon invade your territory.
BLACKPINK debuted in 2016 under YG Entertainment, the same agency that manages K-pop legends like PSY, 2NE1, and BIGBANG to name a few. YG Ent. is known for its distinct branding, a.k.a groups that hold so much power just by one look, so expect BLACKPINK to have that aura that will pull you right in.
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BLACKPINK's name goes beyond the two colors black and pink, and further explores the idea that beauty isn’t everything—when paired with great talent, one can be unstoppable. This defines them as a multi-dimensional group who is big on visuals, and extra big on skills and talent. Take their chart-topping debut songs (yup, you read that right) “Whistle” and “Boombayah” as examples, which are totally fire.
As BLACKPINK continues to take the world by storm, more and more are drawn to their charismatic appeal. Their fans, who are called Blinks (a portmanteau of black and pink), have supported them from their early days until they reached the top, counting more than 29 million followers on Instagram. In 2019, the group’s first world tour In Your Area was hailed as the most successful Korean female group concert tour in history, and included a sold-out show in the Philippines.
BLACKPINK has shined like the stars and also entered the international scene. In 2019, they became the first female K-pop act to perform at Coachella. They've also collaborated with international celebrities like Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, and Selena Gomez, and reached a *lot* of milestones on YouTube. How do you like that? We definitely like that.
By now, we bet you’re more than hooked by this revolutionary K-pop girl group, so allow us to introduce to you the members that form BLACKPINK:
1. Jisoo - BLACKPINK Lead vocalist, visual
The resident mood-maker of the group, there is never a dull moment with the adorable Kim Ji Soo, who’s called by her stage name, Jisoo (and Chichoo as an endearment). Prior to BLACKPINK’s debut, the 25-year-old already showcased her acting chops and appeared in the music videos of fellow label mates Epik High and Hi Suhyun (Lee Hi and Lee Soo Hyun). If she’s not being her quirky self on stage and on interviews, you will see her munching on chocolates, which she loooves. During a talk show appearance, Jisoo mentioned that after eating a chocolate cake, she drinks chocolate milk, and eats a bar of chocolate to finish it off. We have to agree with her, though—chocolate does ~look so good, and look so sweet~.
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2. Jennie – BLACKPINK Main rapper, lead vocalist
24-year-old Kim Jennie is known for her iconic fashion—usually in the form of Chanel pieces beautifully put together. The “Solo” singer spent her childhood in New Zealand, which explains her firm grasp in the English language (aside from that, she can also speak in Korean and Japanese!). Be prepared once Jennie ~hits you with her duality~—one minute she’ll be confessing her love for her dogs, and the next thing you know, she’s spitting fire on stage.
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3. Rosé – BLACKPINK Main vocalist, lead dancer
Park Chae Young a.k.a Rosé has a smooth-like-honey voice that will make you want to listen to her all day. But when she starts nailing high notes with her powerful vocals, you will just be left amazed. Your ~love for her will be on fire~ once you discover that she also plays the guitar and piano, and is also good in drawing! The 23-year-old BLACKPINK member is born in Auckland, and can speak in English, Korean, and Japanese. And just like the rest of us, Rosé gets excited with the sight of food, too, lol.
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4. Lisa – BLACKPINK Main dancer, lead rapper
Born in Thailand, Lalisa Manoban or Lisa always performs on stage ~as if it’s her last~. Search on YouTube and you will find a bunch of videos that will explain why BLACKPINK’s 23-year-old maknae is dubbed as one of the best dancers of this generation. While she’s killing it on stage with her slick dance moves, Lisa is completely different behind-the-scenes. She's often playful and mischievous according to her fellow members, but not when she became a tough mentor on the show Youth With You (now we’ll always remember to smile, lol).
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