By Salette Vazquez Gonzalez
Blackpink, one of the most well-known K-pop groups in the scene, debuted on Aug. 8, 2016 with the release of a single album “Square One,” under YG Entertainment. The group consists of four members: Jennie, Lisa, Rosé and Jisoo.
Jennie Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She trained to become a star for seven years and is known for her excellent rapping skills and stunning beauty. Lisa Manoban was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She honed her skills for five years and is known for her rapping and dancing skills. Park Chae Young, also known as Rosé on stage, was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia. She practiced for four years and is known for her unique dreamy voice. Finally, Kim Ji Soo trained for five years and was also born in Seoul. She’s known for her beauty, beautiful voice and 4-D personality.
YG entertainment marketed the group by revealing the members one by one. Jennie was the first member to be revealed to be in the new YG girl group. During her trainee period, Jennie received a lot of the spotlight and even gained some fanbase with her 2012 appearance in G-Dragon‘s music video, “That XX.”
Then came Lisa. She was the only one to be accepted to YG in the YG audition in Thailand 2010.
Jisoo was the third member to be revealed. During her trainee days she appeared in TV commercials, music videos and even in a K-Drama.
Lastly came Rosé. Rosé became No. 1 in the 2012 YG entertainment audition in Australia. She was also featured in G-Dragon’s song, “Without You,” in September 2012. Her name was not revealed throughout the album so she was unknown.
Since their debut, Blackpink hasn’t released many songs. However, the songs they do release always do well.
Their most recent song, “Kill This Love,” was described as a mixed genre of music. This was a change of sound from their previous releases. The song was released on April 5, 2019 and gained a lot of attention.
The single has been described as an electropop song, whose lyrics talk about the girls’ decision to end a toxic relationship. This song appeared on the EP that shares the same title. The EP “Kill This Love” consists of five songs: “Kill This Love,” “Don’t Know What To Do,” “Kick It,” “Hope Not” and “Ddu-ddu-ddu-du (remix).”
Blackpink’s “Kill This Love” has officially become the fastest and most viewed K-pop music video on YouTube in less than 24 hours with 46 million views. They also broke the record for the fastest music video in history to surpass 1 million likes on YouTube in 30 minutes.
Simply, the sound of the song “Kill This Love” is captivating. However, once you read the lyrics it gets better. The song is about how love usually is followed by heartbreak. The members soon realize that they don’t deserve this pain and want to move on.
Based on the chorus, Blackpink obviously has hatred toward their lover. The lyrics go: “Let’s kill this love! / Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah / Rum, pum, pum, pum, pum, pum, pum / Let’s kill this love! / Rum, pum, pum, pum, pum, pum, pum”
The song itself is very enjoyable, especially for fans who can relate to the situation. The upbeat tempo and empowering lyrics also make it enjoyable for fans to scream along.
The choreography for “Kill This Love” was created by Kyle Hanagami and Kiel Tutin. The choreography is very enjoyable and easy to dance to. It is also not the hardest dance to learn which is why many people get “turnt up” to it.
K-pop industries really care about appearance and perfection when it comes to their singers. This is why choreography is very important. Everything has to be perfect, down to the hair, make-up, clothing, singing and choreography. Idols also have to practice their dance so much in order for them to be in sync with their members and/or backup dancers.
All the girls have unique talents, but one member that stood out to me when I first got into Blackpink was Lisa. Lisa is very known for her dancing skills and I can see why. She is very inspiring when it comes to fans where their dream is to become a dancer.
From the whole album, my favorite song would have to be “Don’t Know What To Do”. The song’s style is more of my taste compared to the other songs and, not only do I like the song, I also like the choreography for it too.
When I first discovered Blackpink, I didn’t think much of them until they released their song “Ddu-ddu-ddu-du,” which also gained a lot of popularity. When I saw the music video, I was really drawn to the girls that I started watching more videos about them.
They have this captivating aura where once you watch them you can’t get enough of them.
Overall, Blackpink consists of extremely talented girls who have a bright future ahead of them. They are on their path to international stardom because they release meaningful and entertaining songs along with fun and easy to learn choreography.
Featured Image (at the top of this post): This shows the group Blackpink PHOTO CREDIT: Wikipedia