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Blackpink (Korean: 블랙핑크; RR: Beullaekpingkeu, commonly stylized in all caps or as BLɅϽKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted in August 2016 with their single album Square One, which featured "Whistle" and "Boombayah", their first number-one entries on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and the US Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, respectively.




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Referred to as the "biggest girl group in the world", Blackpink is the most successful Korean girl group internationally.[1] They are the highest-charting female Korean act on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13 with "Ice Cream" (2020), and on the Billboard 200, peaking at number one with their second studio album Born Pink (2022), which is the best-selling album of all time by a female act in South Korea and the first to sell over two million copies.[2] They were the first girl group to top the Billboard Artist 100 and the first Korean girl group to enter and top the Billboard Emerging Artists chart.[3] Blackpink also became the first female Korean act to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with their single "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" (2018).[4] Their 2018 song "Kiss and Make Up", a collaboration with Dua Lipa, was the first by a Korean group to receive a certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and a platinum certification from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[5] Blackpink's debut studio album, The Album (2020), became the best-selling album of all time by a Korean girl group and the highest-charting female Korean album on the Billboard 200 at number two, records both surpassed by Born Pink.[6] Born Pink was the first album by a girl group to reach number one on the Billboard 200 since Danity Kane in 2008 and set two Guinness World Records as the first album by a Korean girl group to top the Billboard 200 as well as the UK Albums Chart.[7] The album's lead single "Pink Venom" (2022) was the first song by a Korean group to top the ARIA Singles Chart and the first song by a girl group to top the Billboard Global 200.[8]


Blackpink has broken numerous online records throughout their career. Their music video for "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" was the first by a Korean group to surpass one billion views as well as two billion views and is currently the most-viewed by a Korean group on YouTube.[9] Blackpink's music videos for "Kill This Love" (2019) and "How You Like That" (2020) each set records for the most-viewed music video within the first 24 hours of release, with the latter breaking three and setting two Guinness World Records.[10] They are the most-subscribed music artist and own the most-viewed music group channel on YouTube, and are the most-followed and most-streamed girl group on Spotify.[11] Their other accolades include the New Artist of the Year Award at the Golden Disc Awards and Seoul Music Awards, the MAMA Award for Best Female Group in 2020 and 2022, the first MTV Video Music Award won by a Korean girl group, the first Brit Award nomination for a Korean girl group, and recognition as the first female Korean group on Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia and as Time's 2022 Entertainer of the Year.[12] They have been acknowledged as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea by Forbes Korea (placing first in 2019, third in 2020, and second in 2021) and by former South Korean President Moon Jae-in as a global K-pop phenomenon helping spread K-pop content worldwide.[13]


Blackpink began forming when YG Entertainment held tryouts worldwide for preteen or teenage recruits to create a new girl group after launching its first major one, 2NE1, in 2009. According to the members, joining the label as trainees was akin to enrolling in a full-time pop-star academy, with Jennie describing the experience as "more strict than school" and Rosé comparing it to The X Factor with dorm rooms. For members who had left their lives outside of South Korea, the pace of training alongside the culture shock was especially difficult.[14] Preparations for Blackpink's debut began as early as 2011, when YG Entertainment revealed on November 14 that their new girl group would debut in the early half of 2012 and feature at least seven members.[15] Since then, numerous news and rumors surfaced surrounding the new girl group's debut being delayed, although there had been no official information.[16][17] It was only on May 18, 2016, that YG Entertainment confirmed the girl group would debut that July, stating that the members were selected through years of stiff competition.[18] The label later confirmed that Jang Hanna and Moon Sua, who were introduced to the public as potential members of the new girl group, were not included in the lineup.[19][20]


On June 29, YG Entertainment confirmed that the new girl group would have four members instead of the originally planned nine and revealed its official name as Blackpink.[31] According to a label representative, the group's name meant "pretty isn't everything" and symbolized that "they are a team that encompasses not only beauty, but also great talent."[32] Jisoo later disclosed in a press conference that other group names under consideration included Pink Punk, Baby Monster, and Magnum.[33] Blackpink released their first dance practice video on July 6, which garnered much public attention.[34] On July 29, YG Entertainment confirmed that Blackpink's debut would be on August 8, 2016.[35]


Promotions for the group's debut began in the first week of August 2016 with the release of teaser images, videos, and advertisements.[36][37] The first girl group to debut under YG Entertainment in seven years,[38] Blackpink released their debut single album, Square One, on August 8, 2016, consisting of tracks "Boombayah" and "Whistle".[38] They charted at number one and two on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, making Blackpink the fastest act to achieve such a feat and the third YG Entertainment artist to hold the top two positions simultaneously, after Psy and Big Bang.[39] "Whistle" quickly topped the Gaon digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts.[40][41] The group also reached number one on the weekly, popularity, music video, and K-pop music video charts of China's biggest music-streaming service, QQ Music.[42] Blackpink's first music show performance aired on August 14, 2016, on SBS's Inkigayo.[43] They won first place on Inkigayo thirteen days after their debut, breaking the then-record for the shortest time from debut for a girl group to win on a music program. They wrapped up promotions for Square One on September 11, 2016, with another win on Inkigayo.


Blackpink released their second single album, Square Two, consisting of tracks "Playing with Fire" and "Stay", on November 1, 2016. The group began promotions on Inkigayo on November 6 and on Mnet's M Countdown on November 10.[44] "Playing with Fire" was Blackpink's second single to reach number one on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart and the first K-pop girl group song to chart on the Canadian Hot 100.[45][46] In South Korea, "Playing with Fire" peaked at number three, while "Stay" placed in the top ten.[47] Blackpink's commercial success in their first five months earned them several rookie awards at major Korean year-end music award shows, including the Asia Artist Awards,[48] Melon Music Awards,[49] Golden Disc Awards,[50] Seoul Music Awards,[51] and Gaon Chart Music Awards.[52] Additionally, Billboard named them one of the best new K-pop groups of 2016.[53]


On January 6, 2018, Blackpink released the first episode of their first reality show, Blackpink House, which comprised 12 episodes released throughout 2018 following the four members spending 100 days of vacation as they moved into their new dorm, via their official V Live and YouTube channels.[67] On March 28, Blackpink re-released their debut Japanese EP under the name Re:Blackpink. The digital version included the same songs as the original release, while the physical version included a DVD of all their music videos and six songs in the Korean language.[68]


On June 15, 2018, the group released their first Korean-language EP, Square Up.[69] In South Korea, Square Up debuted at number one on Gaon Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) for selling 250,000 units.[70] The lead single, "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", peaked at number one on the digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts on Gaon for three weeks, while "Forever Young" peaked at number two; both songs were certified Platinum by the KMCA for surpassing 2,500,000 downloads and 100,000,000 streams in the country.[71][72][73][74] "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" debuted at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Blackpink the highest-charting Korean girl group in the US, and at number 39 on the U.S. Streaming Songs chart, making Blackpink the first K-pop girl group to enter the chart.[75] Square Up also brought the group their first entry and the highest-charting album by an all-female K-pop group at the time of its release on the Billboard 200, debuting at number 40.[76] The EP also topped the Billboard World Albums chart.[75] YouTube's official tally saw the music video for "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" garner a total of 36.2 million views within 24 hours after its release, making it the most-viewed online video in the first 24 hours by a Korean act and the second most-watched music video of all time in first 24 hours of release at the time.[77]


Blackpink embarked on their sold-out first Japan tour, Blackpink Arena Tour 2018, in Osaka from July 24 to 25 to promote their Japanese EP. The tour was initially set for six shows across Osaka, Fukuoka and Chiba, but an additional show in Chiba was added due to overwhelming demand.[78] A final tour stop was later added for December 24 at Kyocera Dome Osaka as a Christmas gift for fans, where Blackpink performed to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 people.[79] On September 12, it was announced that the group would hold their first concert in Seoul, Blackpink 2018 Tour [In Your Area] Seoul x BC Card, at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena.[80] The concert was the first show of the In Your Area World Tour, which continued throughout 2019 and early 2020 in North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia. By the end of its run, the tour became the highest-grossing tour by a Korean girl group.[81] 041b061a72


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