Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment. The members of this super popular group are Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé.
BLACKPINK is now YG’s only girl group to debut under YG Entertainment in six years after 2NE1. YG Entertainment’s well-known producer Teddy is in charge of creating and producing the group and its groove.
The group debuted on August 8, 2016. Their first single album Square One spawned "Whistle", their first number-one song in South Korea, as well as "Boombayah", their first number-one hit on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. “Boombayah” set the record as the most-viewed debut music video by a Korean act.
With the group's early commercial success, they were awarded as the New Artist of the Year at the 31st Golden Disc Awards and the 26th Seoul Music Awards.
As of 2018, Blackpink is the highest-charting female K-pop act on both Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. They peaked at number 55 with "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", and peaking at number 40 with Square Up, respectively.
They are the first and only K-pop girl group to enter and top Billboard's Emerging Artists chart. Additionally, Blackpink is the first female K-pop group to have four number-one singles on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart. At the time of its release, "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" was the most-viewed music video in 24 hours on YouTube, and in January 2019, it became the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on the website.
2016: Debut with Square One and Square Two
Their debut single album Square One, which was released on August 8, 2016. The two lead singles charted at number one and two on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. Blackpink is the fastest act to do so and the third Korean artist or group to hold the top two positions after label mates Psy and Big Bang.
"Whistle" topped the digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts on Gaon in August 2016. Furthermore, Blackpink reached number one on the weekly, popularity, music video, and K-pop music video charts of China's biggest music-streaming website QQ Music.
Blackpink's first music show performance was aired on August 14, 2016. The performance was shown on SBS' Inkigayo. 13 days after their debut, they won first place on Inkigayo. The win broke the record for the shortest time for a girl group to win on a music program after their debut. They wrapped up their promotions for Square One on September 11, 2016, by winning again on Inkigayo.
Blackpink released their second single album Square Two on November 1, 2016. The lead songs for the album were "Playing with Fire" and "Stay". These songs were produced by Teddy Park with R. Tee and Seo Won Jin. They performed their comeback stage on Inkigayo and on Mnet's M Countdown in November 2016. Not long after the release, "Playing with Fire" was their second single to hit number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. In South Korea, "Playing with Fire" peaked at number three while "Stay" managed to reach the tenth spot.
Blackpink named their fan club "Blink" on January 2017. Blink is a blend of "Black" and "Pink".
On June 22, the group released a digital single titled "As If It's Your Last". The song was different from their previous releases. The song became the group’s third song to reach the number one spot on Billboard after one day of tracking. The music video for the song later went on to break the record for the most liked music video by a Korean girl group on YouTube.
On July 20, 2017, Blackpink held a showcase at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. More than 14,000 fans showed up and it was reported that around 200,000 people tried to get tickets for it. The group made their Japanese debut on August 30, 2017.
Blackpink was ranked among YouTube's Global Top 25 Songs of the Summer for 2017. It was their single "As If It's Your Last" that helped the rank on YouTube.
2018–present: Square Up, international recognition and touring
In January 2018, it was announced that the debut Japanese EP of the group would be re-released under the name Re: Blackpink. The digital version included the same songs as the original release, while the physical version included a DVD containing all music videos and six songs in the Korean language.
On June 15, the group released their first EP titled Square Up. The ever so famous single "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" from the EP debuted at number 17 on the Official Trending Chart in the United Kingdom, making them the first female K-pop group to enter the chart since its launch in 2016. The single also debuted as the highest-charting Hot 100 hit ever by an all-female K-pop act in the tracking week ending June 21, 2018. The single also debuted at number 39 on the US Streaming Songs tally, where Blackpink became the first K-pop girl group to chart a title. Blackpink continuously broke records and win nominations until today.
In September 2018, English singer Dua Lipa announced "Kiss and Make Up", a collaboration with Blackpink for the re-released Complete Edition of her self-titled debut album on October 19, 2018. "Kiss and Make Up" debuted at number 93 at the Billboard Hot 100, marking the Blackpink's second entry in the chart. The song also peaked at number 36 at the UK Singles Chart.
In October 2018, YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk announced that each Blackpink member will have solo projects, with Jennie to debut first and Rosé to follow suit. That same month, the group signed with Interscope Records for a global partnership with YG Entertainment. This partnership means that Blackpink will be represented by Interscope and Universal Music Group outside of Asia.
Jennie debuted her solo single, "Solo", at Blackpink's Seoul concert on November 11. The song and its official music video were released the following day. Their first Japanese studio album, Blackpink in Your Area, was made available digitally on November 23. The album debuted at no. 9 on the Japanese album chart, selling about 13,000 copies in its first week.
In January 2019, the group was announced to be part of the lineup of the 2019 Coachella Festival in California on April 12 and 19, 2019. If everything goes well, they will be the first female K-pop group to perform at Coachella.