Updated: Jul 20
Blackpink (Korean:블랙핑크 usually stylized as BLɅϽKPIИK) is a girl group from South Korea that was created by YG Entertainment. The group now consists of four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.
The group made their debut in August of 2016 with the release of their first single album, titled Square One. The album featured two songs, "Whistle" and "Boombayah," both debuted at number one on separate charts: the Gaon Digital Chart in South Korea and the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart.
On January 17, 2017, Blackpink revealed the name of their fan club—"Blink", a portmanteau of "black" and "pink"
Their works generally revolve around themes of independence, female empowerment, and topics addressing breakups and toxic relationships, as well as summer romances
What's the story behind the name Blackpink?
The name of the band was chosen to subvert the notion of femininity that is traditionally connected to the colour pink. At the time of Blackpink's debut, their record label, YG Entertainment, explained that the group's name is meant to suggest that they are more than just pretty faces. Jennie sings the opening lyrics of "Ddu-Du Ddu," which mirror her message, "I may seem nice, but I don't act like it," in the song "Ddu-Du Ddu."
Birth Name: Jennie Kim
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group
Birthday: January 16, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anyang, South Korea
Blood Type: B
MBTI Type: INFP
After spending her childhood in South Korea, Jennie relocated to Australia with her mother when she was 10 years old. Jennie was born and reared in South Korea. Not long after that, she uprooted her life once more and spent the next roughly five years living alone in New Zealand.
Jennie's educational plans included for her to move to the United States when she became fifteen years old. However, when she was in New Zealand getting her things ready for her upcoming relocation to the United States, she had a change of heart and decided that instead of moving to the United States, she would follow her ambitions of being a singer.
After successfully passing her YG Entertainment audition, Jennie was offered a position as a trainee for the company. Her involvement in the projects that her labelmates were working on helped her gain popularity among fans during the course of her six years of training.
She had an acting appearance in the music video for G-song Dragon's "That XX," and she was featured on songs including "Scarecrow" by Lee Hi, "GG Be" by Seungri, and the Korean version of "Black" by G-Dragon.
Jennie made her first appearance on stage with BLACKPINK on August 8, 2016, and since then, she has established herself as one of the most in-demand musicians in her age group. After another year had passed, on November 12th, 2018, Jennie finally made her long-awaited debut as a solo artist with the release of her chart-topping digital song titled "Solo."
a. She is believed to be a member of BLACKPINK who has the finest sense of style, and she has even been given the title "Human Gucci" due to the fact that she wears the brand so frequently. (What a fantastic nickname!)
b. She is renowned as the "YG princess" and honed her skills over the course of 5 years and 11 months of training. (YG Entertainment discovered her when she was just 14 years old and signed her on)
c. Before making her debut, Jennie featured on G-Dragon’s track “Black” and also starred in his music video for “That XX”.
2. JISOO (my favourite 😍)
Birth Name: Kim Ji Soo
Position: Lead Vocalist, Visual
Birthday: January 3, 1995
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Blood Type: A
MBTI Type: INFJ (Her previous result is ESTP)
In August of 2011, while Jisoo was just 16 years old, she became a trainee with YG Entertainment. Prior to beginning her career as a singer, she received training for a total of five years. She joined BLACKPINK in August of 2016, taking on the role of lead vocalist and visualist in the band throughout her time there.
Before she became a trainee at YG, she had already garnered a lot of attention for her stunning appearance. She had a really attractive appearance and a lot of talent, therefore she was extremely well-liked in school. She once attended the School of Performing Arts High School for her education. After a while, when her family relocated to Seoul in South Korea, she ended up transferring to a new school.
She was first made public by YG Entertainment in the form of a teaser entitled "Who's That Girl?" in 2012, and this was followed by the release of two photographs of her in January of the following year.
YG Entertainment revealed on the 18th of August, 2020 that Jisoo will be making her debut as an actress. She will make her acting debut in the leading role of the forthcoming drama Snowdrop, which will air on JTBC.
Jisoo is currently filming her drama, Snowdrop, and it was reported on December 30 2020, that she will be making her solo debut as soon as the production of Snowdrop is over.
a. Jisoo most probably can communicate with fans around the world as she's multilingual. The singer can speak or understand a few languages including Japanese, English, and even Chinese.
b. The artist is also quite the bookworm. Jisoo is known to always carry a book and often recommends a few titles to her fans. She's read In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to name a few.
c. Many Jisoo stans would know that the artist enjoys creating nicknames for the other members of Blackpink. She comes up with different words out of expressions. She would call Jennie"Jendeukie" which is a combination of Jennie and Jjindeuk (clingy), "Pasta" for Rosé and "Nallalisa" for Lisa.
Birth Name: Park Chae Young
English Name: Roseanne Park
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Birthday: February 11, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Zealand
Blood Type: B
MBTI Type: ENFP
Rosé's father encouraged her to try out for the South Korean record company YG Entertainment when she was 15 years old and she did so in Sydney, Australia. There were 700 people in total that took part in the audition. Rosé came in the first place.
She had a strong appreciation for the music released by the label and said that it had all of the "cool" acts. Within the space of four weeks, Rosé left her studies behind, signed on with the record company as a trainee, and relocated to the South Korean capital of Seoul.
During the same year, Rosé was offered the chance to appear on her labelmate G-track Dragon's "Without You," which was included in the extended play (EP) titled One of a Kind (2012). Her name was not made public at the time of the release; the credit for her work was not disclosed until after it was announced that she would be joining Blackpink. The song reached its highest position on the Gaon Music Chart in South Korea at number ten, while it reached its highest position on the Billboard Korea K-pop Hot 100 at number fifteen.
Before being announced as the fifth and final member of the girl group Blackpink on June 22, 2016, Rosé completed her training at YG Entertainment over the course of four years and two months.
On March 12, 2021, Rosé launched their first single album, which was simply titled R. She surpassed the almost eight-year record set by former labelmate Psy's "Gentleman" for the most viewed music video by a Korean soloist in 24 hours with 41.6 million views in 24 hours of the music video for the lead single "On the Ground."
"On the Ground" was the first single released by the artist. The song "On the Ground" became the highest-charting single by a Korean female soloist in the United States, reaching its greatest position on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 70.
a. Rosé was the first K-pop girl group member to hit one million likes on Instagram, along with her fellow BLACKPINK member Lisa.
b. In the past, Rosé revealed that her ideal type is someone who is nice and genuine, and also has a good voice. Additionally, she also confessed that she prefers cute guys over sexy guys. The closest person to her ideal type, according to Rosé herself, is South Korean actor Gong Yoo.
c. Rosé's absolute favourite foods are mangoes and kimchi stew. Her favourite cuisines are Thai, Western, and Vietnamese food, and she has stated in the past that she prefers these three cuisines over Korean food. Rosé is also fond of tea.
Birth Name: Lalisa Manoban / Pranpriya Manoban
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, Maknae
Birthday: March 27, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Blood Type: O
MBTI Type: ISFP (her previous result was ESFJ)
In the year 2010, Lisa, then just 13 years old, went to Thailand to try out for a position with the South Korean musical firm YG Entertainment. Lisa had a fascination with K-pop heroes from an early age. In particular, she looked up to the musicians Big Bang and 2NE1 and hoped that one day she would be able to pursue a career in the same field.
She was the only person out of the 4,000 people who applied who met the requirements, which inspired Yang Hyun-suk, who was serving as CEO at the time, to make an offer to Lisa to become a trainee at YG Entertainment.
Lisa came to South Korea in 2011 to start the official training that would run for the next five years in the capacity of a trainee. On April 11, 2011, she became the label's first trainee who was not of Korean ethnicity. She was also their first trainee overall.
She had a cameo appearance as a background dancer in Taeyang's music video for the single "Ringa Linga," which was released in November of 2013, alongside members of iKon and Winner. Lisa's first modelling work was for the street-wear company Nona9on in March of 2015; in 2016, she modelled for the South Korean cosmetics brand Moonshot.
Lisa made her debut in August 2016 as one of the four members of the South Korean girl group Blackpink. She was also the first member of the group who was not of Korean ethnicity to make her debut under the agency.
On September 17, 2019, after monsoon rain caused flooding in 32 Thai provinces, Thai beauty blogger Koi Onusa, a relative of Lisa, reported that Lisa had contributed ฿100,000 to Thai actor Bin Bunluerit's foundation to support flood victims.
Lisa opened an online account to collect money for a social initiative coordinated by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange and YG Entertainment for Buriram Province in September 2021.
The foundation and YG Entertainment plan to develop a 160-square-meter cultural compound at Non Suwan Phitthayakhom School in Buriram and staff a K-pop dance academy with local teachers.
a. The reason why she changed her legal first name from 'Pranpriya' to 'Lalisa', was because, during a consultation with a Fortune Teller, she was told that the latter name would give her luck, 'Lalisa' means 'one who will recieve praises' in Thai.
b. She is trypanophobic, meaning she is petrified of needles, to the point that she passed out when getting immunizations with Rosé.
c. 2021's Lalisa was Lisa's solo debut. Lisa's lead song had 73.6 million views in 24 hours. It broke the record for the most-viewed solo artist music video in 24 hours.
The album sold over 736,000 copies in South Korea in its first week. Lisa was the first woman to do so. Both Lalisa and Money topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Global 200 charts.
Do you prefer BTS or BlackPink? | My Talk
The first thing that I want to say is that I am both Blink and ARMY, although I am more fond of BTS, but I am judging on an unbiased opinion. And my answer is, that Black Pink has to go a VERY long way to reach what BTS has done.
First, let's talk about their origins. No one, not even a BLINK can disagree that Black Pink was born with silver spoon in their mouth. Their journey is sooooooooooo easy and expected, as is the group of one of the BIG 3 companies in South Korea.
Also, with the fame of BIGBANG and PSY that bought K-pop to the whole world, Black Pink is no doubt one of the rookies that literally EVERYONE was looking forward to. (I am saying this not to say that Black Pink's fame is totally dependent on YG, but just demonstrating that Black Pink has an easy start.)
BTS, on the other hand, didn’t. Their company was one of the smallest in the whole entertainment industry of South Kor