The most well-known, innovative, and globally popular music genre of the twenty-first century is K-pop, or Korean pop. And the female group Blackpink is among those who rule the K-pop scene. The girl group, which hails from Seoul, South Korea, is skilled in acting, dancing, singing, and rapping. Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa (or Lalisa) make up the group’s four members. The name of the group, Blackpink, encapsulates the idea of the group; the “black” side indicates their more sophisticated, “girl crush” image, while the “pink” side represents their more whimsical and colorful image.
They enthrall people from all over the world with their superb vocal abilities, girl-crush vibe, elegant grace, and charisma. Their singing style has been noted for combining group uniformity with individual preferences. K-pop, EDM, hip-hop, and trap are some of their genres. Blackpink’s music has been described as combining fierce and bold rapping with frequent use of an “edgy” singing style on the vocal front. Themes like independence, female empowerment, breakups, unhealthy relationships, and summer romances are frequently addressed in the songs of the group
The “K-pop Queens,” also referred to as the “largest K-pop girl band on the planet,” made their debut on August 8, 2016, under YG Entertainment. They released their first studio album, “Square One.” “Whistle,” which sold almost 2,500,000 copies in South Korea alone, was among the tracks, along with “Boombayah.” Blackpink received an offer for their first reality TV show, Blackpink Reality, on August 25, 2016, one month after their debut. It has one season and twelve episodes, and it premiered on January 6, 2018.
Since their debut, Blackpink has frequently been mentioned as one of the most well-liked girl groups among fans of K-pop from around the world. “Pink Venom,” “As If It’s Your Last,” “Ready for Love,” “Lovesick Girls,” “Kill This Love,” “Savage,” and others are among their hit songs. These hits propelled the group to have a sizable global fan base of supporters in order to and expanded into Western nations like the U.S. Their enormous popularity in the American market can be linked to their attraction to contemporary progressive American society, which is similar to that of other well-known musicians.
Blackpink has won numerous awards over the years, including six Guinness World Records, nine Gaon Chart Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards, five Melon Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, eight Mnet Asian Music Awards, six Golden Disc Awards, two Seoul Music Awards and a Teen Choice Award. A sequel called “Square Two” was launched on November 1st, 2016. With over 2,500,000 certified downloads as of 2020, the song “Playing with Fire” is featured on this maxi-single. At the 2016 Asian Artist Awards, Blackpink earned one of their first distinctions, the “Rookie Singer Award.”
They later went on to win the 2017 Busan One Asia Festival’s Style Icon Award. Blackpink received two prizes at the 2018 Melon Music Awards, a significant music event annually in South Korea. These were for being among the Top 10 Artists and for Best Female Dance. In the same year, they took home the “Elle Style Awards” K-Style Icon honor from Elle magazine. Aside from that, they became the first Korean female group to top the Billboard World Digital Song Sales list three times, as well as to enter and top the Emerging Artists chart for Billboard.
Blackpink surpasses 80 million subscribers on YouTube, becoming the first music artist to do so. Within 24 hours of its upload in 2018, the group’s music video for “Ddu-du Dhu-du” on YouTube became the most watched video on the platform. With 734 million views in just 9 months, it is also the most watched K-Pop video. After their release of “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” Billboard dubbed them “K-most pop’s visible exponents” of a girl crush.
The largest YouTube premiere ever was surpassed by them on June 26, 2020. Their new music video for “How You Like That” debuted in front of 1.65 million of their fans. From November 2019 to April 2022, Blackpink has over 29 million Spotify followers, making them the most popular girl group. Additionally, they received the Spotify Awards’ Most Listened to K-Pop Artist (Female) honor in March 2020.
Blackpink was also recognized by various international magazines. They were placed #1 in South Korea in 2019 and second in 2020 and 2021 on Forbes’ list of the 40 most powerful celebrities in the country. The popularity of the group and its role in advancing the globalization of the Korean Wave have been acknowledged by international media outlets including Forbes, Billboard, and The Hollywood Reporter. Rolling Stone mentioned Blackpink as an exception to the notion that boy groups are the most popular K-pop bands in the US. Blackpink was listed among the women who are reshaping the music business by People magazine.
Over the course of their career, Blackpink has landed a lot of sponsorship deals in many domains. A toy company, a 3D avatar service, a gaming app, a mobile phone brand, an e-commerce platform, a soda drink brand, a telecommunications company, a sportswear brand, a luxury hotel and resort, a contact lens brand, a hair care brand, a customs service brand, a cosmetic brand, a department store, and luxury fashion houses are just a few of the companies they have endorsed or worked with.
In addition to being among the most celebrated and well-liked musicians, they have not forgotten to give back to the community by assisting those in need. They provide humanitarian aid and donate to NGOs.
What makes Blackpink so well-liked? It is due to their incredible talent, commitment to their albums and songs, labor of love, variety of styles, and hard work.