While BTS has slowly been taking over the American music charts, another K-pop group is making sure they leave their mark, too. Blackpink is a badass singing and rapping 4-member K-pop girl group from Seoul, Korea that’s topping charts and already making history. They were the first K-pop girl act to perform a set at Coachella and they’re currently the highest charting K-pop girl group on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. Their style and choreography makes their performances anything but boring. Though they’ve already been on the scene for three years, they’re now starting to gain global recognition. Here’s everything you need to know about your new favorite girl group, Blackpink.
The music video for their single “Kill This Love” briefly made history.
According to Billboard, as of April, the “Kill This Love” music video became the most watched video in its first 24 hours in YouTube history by earning 56.7 million views, beating out Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video debut. In three days, it also became the fastest music video to hit 100 million views on Youtube.
Unfortunately, Billboard later reported in April that BTS’s “Boy With Luv” music video, featuring Halsey, surpassed Blackpink’s record, getting 74.6 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours.
Their single “DDU-DU DDU-DU” has also broken a ton of records.
According to Billboard, it’s the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 song by a female K-pop group everrrr. It opened at number 55 in June 2018. They also debuted at number one on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.
They made a fierce American debut.
The girls’ February 2019 American debut included performances at the 2019 Grammy Artist Showcase, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, Strahan and Sara and most recently, The Late Late Show With James Corden. They also covered Billboard Magazine’s March 2019 issue, becoming the first K-pop girl group to land the cover. They’re currently on a world tour that includes North American stops.
The group is made up of four members.
The four members include Jisoo, the lead vocalist, Jennie, the main rapper of the group, Rosè, a main vocalist and Lisa, a rapping, singing and dancing queen.
Their name actually has a pretty cool meaning.
In June 2016, their representative at YG Entertainment said their name is anything, but random. “The meaning of Black Pink aims to contradict the common perception of the color pink. Pink is commonly used to portray prettiness, but Black Pink actually means to say that ‘Pretty isn’t everything.’ It also symbolizes that they are a team that encompasses not only beauty, but also great talent,” they said. So not only are they trying to become you new music obsession, but they’re challenging stereotypes, too.
Their fan base are called Blinks.
According to Fandom, the girls in the group came up with the name themselves. It’s simply a mashup of the two words, “black” and “pink”.
Back home in South Korea, they had their own TV show.
The reality show, called BLACKPINK House, aired in early 2018. It followed the girls everyday lives as they lived in the same house. The 12-episode show showcased more of the girls’ personalities and added to the recognition they have now.