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The Ins and Outs of Blackpink: The K-Pop Sensation That Conquered the World

Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2016. The group consists of four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. They are known for their catchy songs, stunning visuals, charismatic performances, and diverse musical styles. They have achieved global fame and success with their hit singles, albums, tours, collaborations, endorsements, and awards. In this article, we will explore the ins and outs of Blackpink: their history, their music, their personalities, their achievements, and their future.


Blackpink was formed by YG Entertainment after a rigorous audition process that lasted for several years. The four members were trained in singing, dancing, rapping, and languages under the guidance of experienced mentors and producers. They debuted on August 8th, 2016 with their first single album "Square One" which featured two songs: "Whistle" and "Boombayah". Both songs topped the South Korean Gaon Digital Chart and became viral hits on YouTube.

Blackpink Boombayah

The group's name represents their concept of being both fierce and feminine. The color black symbolizes their powerful and edgy image, while the color pink symbolizes their sweet and lovely image. Their fans are called Blinks, a combination of black and pink.

After their debut, Blackpink released two more single albums: "Square Two" in November 2016 which featured "Playing with Fire" and "Stay", and "As If It's Your Last" in June 2017 which became their first song to reach 400 million views on YouTube. They also made their Japanese debut in August 2017 with a self-titled mini album that included Japanese versions of their previous songs.

In June 2018, Blackpink made their long-awaited comeback with their first mini album "Square Up" which featured four songs: "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", "Forever Young", "Really", and "See U Later". The lead single "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" broke multiple records on YouTube and became the most-viewed music video by a K-Pop group. It also topped the Billboard World Digital Songs chart and peaked at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Blackpink Ddu-Du Ddu-Du

In October 2018, Blackpink signed with Interscope Records and Universal Music Group for global distribution. They also collaborated with British singer Dua Lipa for a song called "Kiss and Make Up" which was included in Dua Lipa's re-released album.

In April 2019, Blackpink released their second mini album "Kill This Love" which featured five songs: "Kill This Love", "Don't Know What To Do", "Kick It", "Hope Not", and a remix version of "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du". The title track "Kill This Love" became another smash hit on YouTube and charted on various music charts around the world. It also became the highest-charting song by a K-Pop group on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 41.

Blackpink Kill This Love

In April 2019, Blackpink also made history by becoming the first K-Pop girl group to perform at Coachella Festival in California. They delivered an impressive set that showcased their talent and charisma to thousands of festival-goers and millions of online viewers. They also met other artists such as Will Smith and Ariana Grande backstage.

In June 2020, Blackpink released a pre-release single called "How You Like That" as part of their three-part comeback project called "The Album". The song was an instant hit that broke several Guinness World Records on YouTube such as most-viewed video within 24 hours (86.3 million views), most-liked and fastest video to reach 100 million views (32 hours). The song also topped various music charts around the world.

In August 2020, Blackpink released another pre-release single called "Ice Cream" which featured American singer Selena Gomez. The song was a fun and upbeat summer anthem that showcased a different side of Blackpink. It also became their third song to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 13.

Blackpink Ice Cream

In October 2020, Blackpink finally released their first full-length studio album titled "The Album". The album consisted of eight songs: "How You Like That", "Ice Cream", "Pretty Savage", "Bet You Wanna" featuring American rapper Cardi B, "Lovesick Girls", "Crazy Over You", "Love To Hate Me", and "You Never Know". The album received positive reviews from critics and fans alike who praised its diversity and quality. It also broke multiple records on various platforms such as Spotify and iTunes, and became the highest-selling album by a K-Pop girl group of all time with over 1.2 million copies sold in less than a month.

The lead single "Lovesick Girls" was a pop-rock anthem that expressed the emotions of being in love despite the pain. The song also marked the first time that Jennie and Jisoo participated in writing lyrics for a Blackpink song. The song peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on both Gaon Digital Chart and Billboard World Digital Songs chart.


Blackpink's music is characterized by its versatility and experimentation with different genres such as hip-hop, pop, EDM, R&B, reggae, trap, rock, etc. They are also known for their catchy hooks and powerful rap verses that showcase their vocal and rap skills. Their songs often have themes of empowerment, confidence, love, heartbreak, fun, etc.

Some of their most popular songs include:

  • "Whistle": A minimalist hip-hop track with a catchy whistle sound and an addictive chorus.
  • "Boombayah": A high-energy EDM track with a tropical vibe and an explosive drop.
  • "Playing with Fire": A mid-tempo pop track with a piano melody and an emotional chorus.
  • "Stay": A ballad track with acoustic guitar and harmonica sounds and heartfelt lyrics.
  • "As If It's Your Last": A fast-paced pop track with elements of reggae and moombahton that encourages living in the moment.
  • "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du": A trap-influenced hip-hop track with a powerful beat and an iconic choreography.
  • "Forever Young": A pop track with EDM influences that expresses the desire to stay young and free.
  • "Really": A hip-hop/R&B track with a groovy bass line and witty lyrics.
  • "See U Later": An electro-pop track with a catchy hook and an attitude.
  • "Kill This Love": A brass-heavy trap track with an epic chorus and a marching band sound.
  • "Don't Know What To Do": A pop-rock track with guitar riffs and emotional vocals.
  • "Kick It": A hip-hop track with a rock vibe and a rebellious message.
  • "Hope Not": A ballad track with acoustic guitar and piano sounds and sentimental lyrics.
  • "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du (Remix)": A remix version of "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" with a faster tempo and a different arrangement.
  • "How You Like That": A hip-hop/pop track with a dynamic structure and a catchy hook.
  • "Ice Cream": A pop/R&B track with a sweet and playful concept and lyrics.
  • "Pretty Savage": A hip-hop/R&B track with a confident and fierce attitude and rap verses.
  • "Bet You Wanna": A pop/hip-hop track with a catchy chorus and a collaboration with Cardi B.
  • "Lovesick Girls": A pop-rock track with an emotional chorus and lyrics about love and pain.
  • "Crazy Over You": A hip-hop/R&B track with an oriental sound and a seductive vibe.
  • "Love To Hate Me": An electro-pop track with an upbeat tempo and lyrics about ignoring haters.
  • "You Never Know": A ballad track with piano sounds and vocals that express vulnerability and hope.


Blackpink's members have distinct personalities that complement each other. They are also known for their close friendship and chemistry. Here is a brief introduction of each member:

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    The oldest member of the group who serves as the lead vocalist and visual. She is known for her sweet voice and beautiful face. She is also funny and witty, often making jokes and puns that make everyone laugh. She likes to play video games and watch movies in her free time.
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    The main rapper and vocalist of the group who also serves as the center. She is known for her charismatic rap skills and versatile vocals. She is also fashionable and stylish, often setting trends with her outfits. She likes to cook and take photos in her free time.
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    The main vocalist and lead dancer of the group who also plays the guitar. She is known for her unique voice color and powerful vocals. She is also kind-hearted and caring, often giving advice and comfort to others. She likes to draw and listen to music in her free time.
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    The main dancer, lead rapper, vocalist, maknae (youngest member), and sub-vocalist of the group who also speaks four languages: Thai, English, Korean, and Japanese. She is known for her amazing dance skills and rap flow. She is also cheerful and energetic, often making everyone smile and have fun. She likes to shop and watch TV shows in her free time.

Impact and Influence

Blackpink is one of the most popular and influential K-Pop groups in the world. They have achieved many milestones and records in their career such as:

  • Being the first K-Pop girl group to perform at Coachella Festival in 2019.
  • Being the most subscribed music group on YouTube with over 65 million subscribers as of March 2021.
  • Being the most followed girl group on Spotify with over 20 million followers as of March 2021.
  • Being the first K-Pop girl group to have four music videos with over one billion views each: "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", "Kill This Love", "Boombayah", and "As If It's Your Last".
  • Being the first K-Pop girl group to have a song debut at number one on both Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts: "How You Like That".
  • Being the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Ice Cream" peaking at number 13.
  • Being the first Korean act to receive a certification from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for their single "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" which was certified gold in 2019.
  • Being the first K-Pop girl group to win multiple awards at MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) such as Best Song of Summer for "How You Like That" in 2020 and Best Group and Best Music Video from Home for "Ice Cream" in 2021 .
  • Being the first K-Pop girl group to be featured on the cover of Time magazine in 2021.
  • Being the first K-Pop girl group to have a documentary film released on Netflix titled "Blackpink: Light Up the Sky" in 2020.

Blackpink has also collaborated with many famous artists such as Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, etc. They have also endorsed many global brands such as Adidas, Samsung, Chanel, Dior, etc. They have also inspired many fans and artists around the world with their music and style.


Blackpink is a K-Pop girl group that consists of four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. They debuted in 2016 with their single album "Square One". They have since released many hit songs and albums such as "Square Up", "Kill This Love", and "The Album" . They have also performed at many prestigious events and venues such as Coachella Festival, Tokyo Dome, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They have also received many awards and recognitions such as MTV Video Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, and Guinness World Records.

Blackpink is not only a successful K-Pop group but also a global phenomenon that has captivated millions of fans and listeners around the world. They have also expressed their desire to continue making music and exploring new genres and collaborations. They have also hinted at their future plans such as releasing more solo projects and holding a world tour when the pandemic situation improves. Blackpink is a group that always strives to challenge themselves and exceed expectations. They are truly an inspiration for many people who love music and art.


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