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BLACKPINK (블랙핑크; stylized as BLΛƆKPIИK) is a four-member girl group formed by YG Entertainment. They debuted on August 8, 2016 with their digital single album "Square One".

Career

2016: Debut with "Square One" and "Square Two"

On May 31, YG Entertainment began releasing individual teaser photos of the members for the agency's then-unnamed, upcoming girl group on Instagram, starting with Jennie the same day.[1][2] This was followed by Lisa on June 7, Jisoo on June 14, and lastly Rosé on June 21.[3][4][5]

On June 29, YGE released photos of the group's members together and revealed their name to be BLACKPINK.[6]

BLACKPINK at the Melon Music Awards 2016 red carpet on November 19, 2016

On July 6, YGE published a dance practice video on the group's YouTube channel as an introduction.[7]

On July 29, it was revealed that the group will debut on August 8. The tracks "Boombayah" and "Whistle" from their debut single album "Square One", were revealed on August 5 and 6, respectively.[8][9]

On August 21, BLACKPINK won their first music show award on Inkigayo, only 13 days after their debut.[10] This makes them one of the fastest artists to win.

2017: "As If It's Your Last", Japanese debut

The group performing at SBS Gayodaejun on December 25, 2017

On June 22, 2017, the group released the digital single titled "As If It's Your Last".

On July 20, 2017, BLACKPINK held a showcase at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The group made their Japanese debut on August 30, 2017, with the release of their self-titled Japanese mini album.

2018: Re: BLACKPINK, Square Up, BLACKPINK In Your Area

In January 2018, it was announced that the group would released a repackage of their debut Japanese mini album titled Re: BLACKPINK on March 28.

On June 15, 2018, the group released their first Korean mini album titled Square Up with "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" as the title track.

The group performing at their In Your Area tour in Seoul

The group embarked on their first tour, BLACKPINK Arena Tour 2018, in Osaka, Japan on July 24–25. On September 12, it was announced that the group would hold their first concert in Seoul titled BLACKPINK 2018 Tour (In Your Area) Seoul x BC Card at Olympic Gymnastics Arena.

In September 2018, English singer Dua Lipa collaborated with BLACKPINK with the song "Kiss and Make Up", as part of the complete edition of her self-titled debut album, which released on October 19, 2018.

On November 23, the group released their first Japanese studio album BLACKPINK In Your Area.

2019: First world tour, U.S TV debut, Kill This Love

BLACKPINK performing at Coachella on April 9, 2019

On March 25, YGE released a teaser photo of Lisa, confirming the comeback of the group, with the mini album titled Kill This Love, to April 5.[11] The photos of the remaining members, Jennie, Jisoo, and Rosé, and the photo of the group were released, respectively, from March 26 to 28.

The group became the first-ever female K-pop group to perform at Coachella, an annual music festival held in the United States, in April 2019.[12]

On November 11, their song "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" became the first music video by a K-pop group to reach 1 billion views on YouTube.[13]

2020: "Sour Candy", pre-release singles and first full album

On April 22, it was confirmed the group would be featured in Lady Gaga's sixth studio album Chromatica, on the track titled "Sour Candy." On May 6, Gaga revealed on her Twitter account that "Sour Candy" would be released on May 29, the same day as the Chromatica album release.[14] Following its release, the song became their highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100, UK Official Singles Chart, and ARIA Chart, at number 33, 17, and 8, respectively.[15][16]

BLACKPINK at a press conference for "How You Like That" on June 26, 2020

On May 4, Star News reported that BLACKPINK was scheduled to release a new album "from early-June to mid-June", with an exact date still to be confirmed. It was also stated that recording of the music had been completed, and while the filming schedule for the music video was "being adjusted", the group was set to film the music video in May. Later that day, YGE later confirmed the news.[17] The release will come a year-and-two-months after the previous release, Kill This Love. On May 17, it was revealed that the members had already completed recording over 10 new songs for their first full album, set to be released in September. Prior to this, a pre-release single, "How You Like That", was released on June 26, 2020.[18]

On July 23, YGE released a teaser poster for BLACKPINK's second pre-release single, "Ice Cream", a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Selena Gomez which was released on August 28.[19] On July 28, a teaser poster was released for their first full album titled The Album, which was released on October 2, 2020.[20]

On September 8, Netflix and Blackpink announced that BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky will premiere on October 14 as an all-access documentary, covering the four years since Blackpink's 'explosive' debut in 2016 with video footage from their days training, the members' home lives, behind-the-scenes stories and honest interviews with the members.[21]

On November 20, American lifestyle magazine Variety announced that the group would be named "Group of The Year" in their 2020 Hitmakers issue.[22] On December 2, the group announced their first online concert, entitled BLACKPINK: The Show, would be held on December 27 (later postponed to January 31, 2021[23]) exclusively on YouTube.[24]

Members

Name Position(s) Years active
Jisoo (지수) Lead Vocalist, Visual 2016–present
Jennie (제니) Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Center 2016–present
Rosé (로제) Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer 2016–present
Lisa (리사) Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae 2016–present
Pre-debut
Eunbi (은비) N/A N/A
Euna (유나) N/A N/A
Miyeon (미연) N/A N/A
Hanna (한나) N/A N/A
Jinny (지니) N/A N/A

Discography

Korean

Studio albums

Live albums

Mini albums

Single albums

Digital singles

Collaborations

Other releases

Japanese

Studio albums

Live albums

Mini albums

Singles

Other releases


Concerts

Solo concerts

  • BLACKPINK 2018 Tour [In Your Area] Seoul x BC Card (2018)

Online concerts

Japan tours

World tours

Awards and nominations

Main article: Awards and nominations received by BLACKPINK

Endorsements

  • Moonshot (2016)
  • Classic (2016)
  • St. Scott LONDON (2016–17)
  • LG G6 (2017)
  • TREVI Stylish Sparkling Water (2017)
  • Shibuya 109 (2017)
  • Dior Cosmetics (2017)
  • Popteen Japan (2017)
  • Zipper Japan (2017)
  • S Cawaii! (2017)
  • Numéro Japan (2017)
  • PUMA Suede Bow Japan (2018)
  • Sprite (2018)
  • Tokyo Girls Collection x CECIL McBEE (2018)
  • Louis Vuitton (2018)
  • Olens Korea (2018)
  • Adidas Korea (2018)
  • CRUUM Japan (2018)
  • GUESS Korea (2018)
  • Shopee Indonesia (2018)
  • Vinyl Makeup (2018)
  • KitKat Japan (2018)
  • Mise en scene (2018)
  • Wooribank (2019)
  • Paradise City (2019)
  • Samsung (2019)
  • Pepsi (2020)
  • PUBG Mobile (2020)
  • GLOBE (2021)
  • Tokopedia (2021)


Trivia

  • There is no group leader because all of the members are close friends who have their own leadership attributes.[25]
  • Leading up to their debut, the members had been training for 4–6 years.[26]
  • They are the first girl group to debut under YG Entertainment in seven years - the last group being 2NE1.
  • The fandom name "BLINK" means that we start with BLACKPINK and end with BLACKPINK.[27]
  • As of June 2020, they are the only K-pop girl group to have multiple entries on Billboard Hot 100 at 4 songs.[15]
  • Before their official debut, the group was intended to be a nine-member lineup. Many trainees tried out to be in the band, including Miyeon (of (G)I-DLE), Jinny (of SECRET NUMBER), Euna Kim and Moon Sua (of MYSTIC Rookies).[28]
  • Multiple other names were considered for the group, such as "Pink Punk", "Baby Monster", and "Magnum".

Gallery

Main article: BLACKPINK/Gallery

References

  1. Yang Hyun Suk's official Instagram account (@fromyg) (May 31, 2016 post)
  2. Soompi: YG Reveals Teasers For New Girl Group Member Jennie Kim
  3. Soompi: YG Reveals Second New Girl Group Member Lisa
  4. Soompi: YG Reveals Teasers For New Girl Group Member Jisoo
  5. Soompi: YG Reveals Teasers For New Girl Group Member Rosé
  6. Soompi: YG Reveals New Girl Group Name And Group Photos
  7. Soompi: YG Teases First BLACKPINK Dance Practice Video
  8. Soompi: BLACKPINK Reveals Debut Track Title Teaser
  9. Soompi: BLACKPINK Reveals Second Debut Single Teaser
  10. Soompi: 5 Girl Groups Who Won Their 1st Music Show Trophy In Record Time
  11. Korea Herald: BLACKPINK to drop new album, "Kill This Love," next month
  12. Mashable: Blackpink made K-pop history performing at Coachella
  13. Soompi: "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" becomes the first Kpop group MV to reach 1 billion views on YouTube
  14. Twitter: The journey continues. You can officially join me on #Chromatica on May 29. ⚔️💓
  15. 15.0 15.1 Kpopstarz: BLACKPINK Sets New Record in History: The First K-pop Girl Group to Enter the Top 40 in "Billboard Hot 100"
  16. Soompi: BLACKPINK Makes History In Australia As Their Lady Gaga Collab Becomes Highest-Charting Song By K-Pop Group On ARIA Chart
  17. YG Life: BLACKPINK Confirmed to Make Comeback on June… Finished Recording and Will Schedule MV Shooting
  18. Allkpop: YG Entertainment Makes Announcement About BLACKPINK's June Comeback
  19. Soompi: BLACKPINK Reveals Release Date For Upcoming Single In New Teaser
  20. YG Family on Twitter: BLACKPINK THE ALBUM TEASER POSTER (July 28, 2020 tweet)
  21. Forbes: BLACKPINK’s Netflix Documentary Marks Streaming Service Diving Into K-Pop Originals
  22. Soompi: BLACKPINK To Be Awarded Variety's 2020 Group Of The Year
  23. Allkpop: BLACKPINK announce postponement of online concert, “The Show” to follow current COVID-19 prevention guidelines
  24. Soompi: BLACKPINK Announces Plans To Hold 1st-Ever Online Concert In December
  25. Allkpop: Blackpink share why they don't have a leader
  26. (KR) OSEN: BLACKPINK's trainee years
  27. MTV News: EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT K-POP GROUP BLACKPINK (BEFORE THEY'RE IN YOUR AREA)
  28. StyleCaster: The Real Story Behind BLACKPINK's Original Members Is Fascinating

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