Ready, Set, Go: A Beginner’s Guide to BLACKPINK

K-pop royalties BLACKPINK will finally be “in your area” for their much-awaited first concert in the Philippines on February 2, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena!

Pinoy BLINKs rejoiced on social media last December upon learning that Manila will be one of the group’s stops in their Southeast Asian tour. And though most K-pop-loving netizens lost their heads about the announcement, some of you might have wondered, “Who is BLACKPINK?” We hear you! Here’s a quick guide on who this record-breaking, female K-pop quartet is.

1. Debuting On Top

“BOOMBAYAH,” one of BLACKPINK’s debut songs

Debuting on August 2016, BLACKPINK signed on with YG Entertainment label, joining the likes of some of the biggest South Korean acts such as Psy, 2NE1, BIGBANG, Winner, and iKon. Their winning debut single Square One featured their first songs Boombayah and Whistle, which took them to the top of Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart. In November of the same year, they released Square Two, with popular singles Playing With Fire and Stay that went to the Top 5 of the same chart.

2. The Four Princesses

BLACKPINK consists of four girls who grew up in different countries – Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. 

The group’s eldest and one of the lead vocalists, Jisoo is the only member raised in South Korea and has appeared in several commercials as well as in the K-drama Producer alongside 2NE1 star Sandara Park.
 
Jennie is the group’s lead rapper and one of the lead dancers. Aside from garnering a massive fanbase from her memorable appearance in BIGBANG’s G-Dragon’s music video That XX, she is also regarded as one of South Korea’s female fashion icons, carrying the moniker “human Gucci” for her stylish Gucci clothing.

Partnering with Jennie as the other lead dancer, Rosé is also the group’s main vocalist. Born, raised and discovered in Australia, Rosé is praised for her unique voice that helped make BLACKPINK’s songs stand out.

The group’s “maknae” (youngest) is Thailand-born Lisa. The first non-South Korean star to sign with YG Entertainment, she is the group’s main dancer and was quite popular for her impressive dancing skills, which she showcased in BIGBANG’s Taeyang’s Ringa Linga music video.

3. Breaking Records and Winning Awards

BLACKPINK with their awards from the 6th Gaon Chart Awards

Even during their debut year, the girls of BLACKPINK were overachievers – reaching the top of the charts with Square One and winning multiple awards like Rookie Artist, Best New Artist, and Best Music Video for Whistle.

Familiar with DDU-DU DDU-DU? That smash hit track from their 2018 Square Up release made them the highest-charting female K-Pop act on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Even its music video broke records, becoming the most-viewed Korean music video on YouTube in 2018 with 36.2 million views in only 24 hours.

Apart from these feats in 2018, they also won Best Dance Video at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, the Bonsang Award at the Seoul Music Awards, and was on the Global Top 10 Fans’ Choice in the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Topping it all, BLACKPINK has had four number-one hits on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart, making them the first female K-pop act to achieve the feat. Now that’s some girl power!

4. A Bright Future

Outside of Asia, the foursome is represented by Interscope and Universal Music Group, with hopes of conquering the global music industry. BLACKPINK recently kicked this off with a powerful collaboration with Dua Lipa for the hit Kiss and Make Up, their second entry in the Billboard Top 100 in 2018. 

Three members of BLACKPINK are also gearing up for their solo releases, starting with Jennie’s debut song Solo last November. YG Entertainment’s CEO Yang Hyun-Suk proudly said, “The biggest strength of BLACKPINK is that each member’s ability and talent as a solo artist is as strong as their teamwork and cohesiveness.”

Hyped to see BLACKPINK live? Satisfy your curiosity and see Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa hit you with that DDU-DU DDU-DU right in front of your eyes as Globe brings the “In Your Area” tour to Manila on February 2! Having brought huge Korean musical acts like EXO, Super Junior, and Wanna One to the country, Globe continues to strengthen its commitment to bring the best in K-Pop and world-class entertainment closer to Filipinos. With BLACKPINK, you’ll surely experience the K-pop revolution.

Find out how you can win concert tickets by visiting globe.com.ph/go/events/blackpink or following Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

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