Everything about Blackpink - albums, achievements and more!

by Helen Bosch
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For years there were rumors of the debut of a new girl group from YG Entertainment, the agency that has produced stars like BigBang and 2n1. In 2014, however, the boy group Winner first made its debut, followed by iKON in 2015. Seven years after the formation of 2ne1, YG's last girl group until then, the time had come. In June 2016, Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo and Rosé were introduced one by one as members of Blackpink. The name means that the group has two sides; that they not only have beauty, but also tons of talent to offer.

The 4 girls may not have been completely unknown to fans at the time, as they were all introduced as trainees by YG Entertainment back in 2012 and appeared in music videos by artists from the same agency, for example, or even had a singing part in their songs.

Blackpink has made it clear very quickly with various records that they want to be at the top!

G-Dragon`s song "Black" was recorded together with Jennie, who even performed on stage with him in 2013. Jenni also appeared in his music video "That XX" and was part of the song "Special" on Lee Hi`s album "First Love" from 2013.

Lisa was the first foreign trainee in YG Entertainment; as the only one out of 4,000 applicants from Thailand, she passed the audition and moved to Korea. She was featured in the music video for "Ringa Linga" by Taeyang from BigBang in 2013, although only seen in the background, and was already promoting YG`s fashion brand Nona9on and cosmetics brand Moonshot before her debut.

Jisoo appeared in various commercials and music videos, such as "Im Different" by the unit "Hi Suhyun," consisting of AKMU`s Suhyun and Lee Hi, both artists under YG Entertainment.

She also made a guest appearance in the K-drama "The Producers" in 2015 with other YG Entertainment artists.

In 2012, "Without You" by G-Dragon feat "? Of YG New Girlgroup". ? later turned out to be Rosé.

Stage nameReal nameBirthdayPosition
LisaLalisa Manoban27.03.1997Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Maknae
JennieJennie Kim16.01.1996Main Rapper, Lead Vocal
JisooKim Jisoo03.01.1995Lead Vocal, Visual
RoséRosé11.02.1997Main Vocal, Lead Dancer


The group's debut, planned for years, finally became a reality in 2016. On August 8, Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo and Rosé announced for the first time that Blackpink is in our neighborhood in their debut single "Boombayah"!


The fans of Blackpink call themselves "BLINKs".


Blackpink in Your Area

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The iconic chant was heard in many more of the group's music videos, concerts and performances after Boombayah.

Blackpink has released 5 Korean albums in the five years of their career so far, which is relatively few compared to other idol groups, some of which make comebacks several times a year. Perhaps that's why fans are especially eager for any new song from the band to add to their playlist.



AlbumTitleYear
Square One
Boombayah2016
Square TwoPlaying With Fire & Stay2016
Square UpDDU-DU, DDU-DU2018
Kill This LoveKill this Love2019
How You Like That
How You Like That2020
The Album
How You Like That2020


Blackpink has made it clear very quickly with various records that they want to be at the top!

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"Boombayah" and "Whistle," the two songs from their debut album reached No. 1 and No. 2 on the "Billboard World Digital Song Charts"; no one before them has done it so quickly after their debut, moreover, they were only the third Korean artist to hold both top positions at the same time. They also broke the record for the shortest time a girl group could win a music show after their debut by winning the music show "Inkigayo" on August 21.

The music video for the digital single "As If It`s Your Last" is the most viewed video by a Korean girl group on Youtube and broke the record for most views in the first 24 hours for an MV by a K-pop group. The video for "DDU-DU, DDU-DU" even became the second most watched music video in the first 24 hours of all time when it was released.

In 2020, Blackpink became the first female K-pop act to win the "Song of the Summer" award at the "MTV Video Music Awards" with the single "How You Like That" and the latest album to date "The Album" set the record for the most albums sold by a girl group in the first week of release.

Blackpink has released five Japanese albums so far, in addition to the five Korean albums, which contain their songs in Japanese.
"Blackpink" in 2019, "Re: Blackpink" & "Blackpink In Your Area" in 2018, "Kill This Love (jap. Version)" in 2019 und "The Album (jap. Ver)" in 2021.

They have also released several live albums from concerts and tours since 2018.


Kollaborationen

Blackpink have also attracted attention internationally on several occasions, including collaborations with internationally renowned female singers.

In 2018, Dua Lipa`s album featured the song "Kiss and Make Up" which the singer recorded together with Blackpink.

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Two years later followed a collaboration with Lady Gaga for the single "Sour Candy", which reached thirty-third place on the " Billboard Top 100 "; the highest chart position to date for Blackpink in the United States. The girl group broke this personal record in the same year with "Ice Cream", a single created in collaboration with Selena Gomez, which reached thirteenth place in the "Billboard Top 100". "Ice Cream" was released as a single on August 28, 2020, but is also included on "The Album", which was published on October 2.




Fans who would love to spend an evening watching TV with Blackpink will also be served, as the girl group released the documentary "Blackpink: Light Up The Sky" on Netflix last year and their reality show "24/365 with Blackpink" on Youtube, among others. All four members formulated a potential title for the reality show and on Instagram fans could vote for their favorite. Lisa`s idea beat out "Behind The Pinks" (Rosé), "BLACKPINK Log" (Jisoo) and "BLACKPINK is?" (Jennie) prevailed. You can watch all 16 episodes of "24/365 with Blackpink" here:


Solo

At the current time, two members of Blackpink have already released a solo album!

"Solo" by Jennie with the title track of the same name was released on November 12, 2018 and showed quite clearly that the singer can do well on her own. "Solo" topped the digital, download and streaming charts simultaneously and was even featured in the New York Times Playlist.

On March 12, 2021, Rosé debuted with her first single album "-R-" and the title track "On The Ground," which reached #70 on the Billboard Top 100; at the time, the highest ranking by a Korean solo singer on the charts. With over 448,000 copies, Rosé's "-R-" also holds the record for the number of albums sold by a Korean solo singer in the first week of its release.


For those who couldn't get enough, a 240-page photo book for "-R-" was sold separately from the album.

This year, YG Entertainment announced that Lisa will also be releasing a solo album!

Of course, the members are not only in the music business, but also show their talent in various other areas.

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Lisa

Lisa has published photo books consisting of her own photographs in 2020 and 2021: "0327" and "0327 Vol.2". She is also the ambassador of various fashion brands such as French luxury brand "Celine", "Penshoppe" and Italian luxury brand "Bulgari". In addition, in 2020 and 2021, Lisa was a mentor for dance in the Chinese survival show "Youth With You" (Season 2 & 3) and impressed fans there with her hard-hitting criticism and strictness towards the trainees, especially because she also handed out praise and motivation at the right moments.

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Jennie

For her solo debut, Jennie was involved not only in the music but also the outfits, concept and choreography, putting together more than 20 outfits for her music video. Because of her fashion sense, she has already been invited to several fashion events and was appointed as an ambassador of "House of Channel". She was also the first Korean woman to model for "Bucheron Paris," a 160-year-old luxury jewelry brand.

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Rosé

Rosé was named the first global ambassador for "Yves Saint Laurent" in 59 years in 2020, and this year was named global ambassador for jewelry brand "Tiffany & Co". She is also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the first to top the Billboard Global Charts both solo and as part of a group.

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Jisoo

Like the others, Jisoo is also interested in fashion and was appointed as a local ambassador for "Dior" in 2019. As the only member of Blackpink so far, she is also currently building an acting career. After guest appearances in music videos and a brief appearance in the K-drama "Arthdal Chronicles," she has been confirmed as the lead for the series "Snowdrop," which has already been fully filmed and is scheduled to air this year.




Looking at Blackpink's achievements, both as a group and solo, fans can definitely look forward to new albums, accomplishments and more from Blackpink in the future and we can't wait for their future activities either!

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