Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely heard about the K-pop sensation called Blackpink. The all-female group of rappers has just made it in the US mainstream, breaking major records along the way.
K-pop bands are rarely popular outside of Asia. It’s a feat that only a few Korean artists have managed to achieve, most notably Psy with his global hit Gangnam Style. However, that was a one-off hit that brought the singer recognition for a time. On the other hand, Blackpink is already well into the US mainstream after their amazing Coachella performance in 2019 c.w. park usc lawsuit.
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What is Blackpink?
While we doubt any Koreans don’t know about Blackpink, let’s go over the group’s history. Like many other K-pop starz including Psy, CL, Lee Hi, and, Blackpink was formed by YG entertainment. The South Korean entertainment company is one of the most successful when it comes to launching the careers of starts. In 2016, a new girl group was formed, consisting of members Lisa, Rose, Jisoo, and Jennie.
Blackpink debuted in August 2016 with the single album Square One. It marked the group’s rise to stardom thanks to hits such as “Boombayah” and “Whistle”. The single album was followed by a few more and the group’s first LP called Blackpink In Your Area in 2018.
Their videos have attracted millions of viewers online and have broken several Guinness World Records. One of the latest Blackpink videos, set a record for most-viewed Youtube video in the first 24 hours after its release with 86.3 million views.
Blackpink has just released its first Korean studio album titled “The Album” in October 2020.
The Stars Are Aligned
One could say that K-pop bands have it easy. These supergroups are designed to succeed, yet many of them fail. While most K-pop stars take it easy and try to slide into the US mainstream, Blackpink went another way. Like the, they rolled the on the US market straight from the beginning and it paid off big time. It was a high-risk, high-reward kind of move and it brought them international recognition.
In just 4 short years, Blackpink have done more than any other K-pop star in the West. They are the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100 when their single “Ice Cream” debuted at number 13. Their most recent album simply titled The Album, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200. This comes in addition to being the first K-pop girl group to win an MTV Music Video Award and several records on the biggest streaming platform in the world – Youtube.
While some artists are struggling to become famous for decades, Blackpink’s meteoric rise occurred in only 4 years. The group debuted in 2016, and in 2020, their popularity will grow even further thanks to the release of the Netflix movie that documents their amazing career so far rusticotv.
Blackpink: Light Up the Sky
This October, Blackpink’s meteoric rise will be documented on Netflix. Called Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, it shows Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rose in a new light. The all-access documentary covers the band’s career since their beginning and includes never-before-seen video footage of the early years.
It also covers some personal stuff such as an inside look into the lives of all four members. They give honest interviews about their career and personal lives and views while being treated like celebrities all along.
The Netflix documentary is another major proof of how far Blackpink has gone. The superb K-pop project broke out in the USA last year with their Coachella performance that drew the attention of major pop starts. Their new album features Cardy B on a track and that’s a true testament to the group’s meteoric rise.
And it goes beyond just music. Blackpink is an official brand ambassador of Samsung, and a special October 2020 promotion saw the band appear in the. Players had the chance to listen to the band’s new single “How You Like That” ahead of the upcoming album release Maslaaseen.
The truth is that Blackpink’s meteoric rise isn’t over yet – this is just the beginning. With new major concerts planned for next year, we have no doubt that the girls will aim even higher in the years ahead.