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Blackpink – Wikipedia

This article is about the group. For their eponymous EP, see Blackpink (EP).

Blackpink (Korean: 블랙핑크; commonly stylized as BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK) is a South Korean girl class formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. The group debuted in August 2016 with their single album Square One, which featured “Whistle” and “Boombayah”, their first number-one entries on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart and the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, respectively.

Blackpink is the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13 with “Ice Cream” (2020), and on the Billboard 200, peaking at number two with The Album (2020), which is also the first-ever album by a Korean girl group to sell more than one million copies.[1] They were the first Korean girl group to enter and top Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and to puncak the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart three times.[dua] Blackpink was also the first female Korean act to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with their hit single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” (2018), whose music film is currently the most-viewed by a Korean group on YouTube.[tiga] Their 2018 song “Kiss and Make Up”, a collaboration with Dua Lipa, was the first by a Korean group to receive a certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)[4] and a platinum certification from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[5]
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Blackpink has broken numerous online records throughout their career. Their music videos for “Kill This Love” (2019) and “How You Like That” (2020) each set records for the most-viewed music film within the first 24 hours of release, with the latter breaking three and setting two Guinness World Records.[6] They are the first music group and Korean act to have four music videos accumulate one billion views each on YouTube;[7] the most-subscribed music act on the platform; and the most-followed girl class on Spotify, with over 20 million followers as of March 2021.[8] Their other accolades include the New Artist of the Year Award at the 31st Golden Disc Awards and the 26th Seoul Music Awards, the Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Female Group in 2020, the first MTV Music Video Award won by a Korean girl group,[9] and recognition as the first female Korean group on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia.[10] They have been recognized by Forbes Korea as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea, placing first in 2019, third in 2020, and second in 2021.[11]In January 2021, Blackpink was credited by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for spreading K-pop content across the globe and acknowledged them as a global K-pop phenomenon.[12]Career2010–2016: Formation and pre-debut activities

Blackpink began forming when YG Entertainment held tryouts worldwide for preteen or teenage recruits to create a new girl class after launching its first major girl class, 2NE1, in 2009. According to the members, joining the label as trainees was similar to enrolling in a full-time pop-star academy, with Jennie describing the experience as “more strict than school” and Rosé comparing it to The X Factor with dorm rooms. For members who had left their lives outside of South Korea, the pace of training alongside the culture shock was especially difficult.[13] Preparations for Blackpink’s debut began as early as 2011, when YG Entertainment revealed on November 14 that their new girl group would debut in the early half of 2012 and feature at least seven members.[14] Since then, numerous news and rumors surfaced surrounding the new girl group’s debut being delayed, although there had been no official information.[15][16] It was only until May 18, 2016, that YG Entertainment confirmed the girl group would debut that July, stating that the members were selected through years of stiff competition.[17] The label later confirmed that Jang Hanna and Moon Sua, who were introduced to the public as potential members of the new girl group, were not included in the lineup.[18][19]

Jennie was the first group member revealed, on June 1.[20] She joined YG Entertainment as a trainee in 2010 after moving back to South Korea from New Zealand.[21] She had been introduced to the public for the first time in 2012 in a photo titled “Who’s that girl?” on YG Entertainment’s website on April 10.[22] Jennie continued to be promoted as a member of the new girl class through multiple collaborations: she starred in G-Dragon’s 2012 music video for “That XX” from his One of a Kind EP and featured in the song “Black” from his 2013 album Coup d’etat (2013) and Lee Hi’s song “Special” from her album First Love (2013).[23][24][25] Lisa was revealed as the new girl class’s second member on June 8, 2016.[26] She was the only individual among 4,000 applicants to pass the 2010 YG Entertainment audition in her native Thailand and became the label’s first foreign trainee in 2011.[21] She was first introduced in 2012 in a film that was posted on YG Entertainment’s YouTube channel, titled “Who’s That Girl???”.[26] Lisa also appeared in the music video for Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” in 2013. She became a spokesperson for street-wear brand Nona9on in 2015 and cosmetics merk Moonshot in 2016.[27]

On June 15, Jisoo was revealed to be the new group’s third member. She joined YG Entertainment as a trainee in July 2011 and appeared in several advertisements and music videos in her pre-debut years, including “Spoiler + Happy Ending” (2014) from Epik High’s studio album Shoebox and Hi Suhyun’s music video “I’m Different” (2014). She also made a cameo appearance in 2015 cerita The Producers.[28] Rosé was the penghujung member to be revealed, on June 22, 2016. She ranked first among 700 applicants in the 2012 YG Entertainment audition in Australia, after which she signed a trainee contract with the label and moved to Seoul to begin training.[21] She featured in G-Dragon’s track “Without You” (2012) from One of a Kind, credited as “? from YG New Girl Group” until her official public introduction.[29]

On June 29, YG Entertainment confirmed that the new girl class would have four members instead of the originally planned nine and revealed its official name as Blackpink.[30] According to a label representative, the group’s name meant “pretty isn’t everything” and symbolized that “they are a team that encompasses not only beauty, but also great talent.”[31] Jisoo later disclosed in a press conference that other group names under consideration included Pink Punk, Baby Monster, and Magnum.[32] Blackpink released their first dance practice video on July 6, which garnered much public attention.[33] On July 29, YG Entertainment confirmed that Blackpink’s debut would be on August 8, 2016.[34]2016–2017: Debut, rising popularity, and commercial success

Promotions for their debut began in the first week of August 2016 with the release of teaser images, videos, and advertisements.[35][36] The first girl class to debut under YG Entertainment in seven years,[37] Blackpink released their debut single album, Square One, on August 8, 2016, consisting of tracks “Boombayah” and “Whistle”.[37] They charted at number one and two on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, making Blackpink the fastest act to achieve such a feat and the third Korean artist to hold the klimaks two positions simultaneously, after merek mates Psy and Big Bang.[38] “Whistle” quickly topped the Gaon digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts.[39][40] The class also reached number one on the weekly, popularity, music video, and K-pop music video charts of China’s biggest music-streaming service, QQ Music.[41] Blackpink’s first music show performance aired on August 14, 2016, on SBS’s Inkigayo.[42] They won first place on Inkigayo thirteen days after their debut, breaking the record for the shortest time for a girl group to win on a music acara after debut. They wrapped up promotions for Square One on September 11, 2016, with another win on Inkigayo.