Many people are aware of BTS ‘global dominance, but there is another K-pop group following not far behind: BLACKPINK. Since BLACKPINK’s debut in 2016, they have attracted a lot of attention in South Korea and around the world, with numerous American celebrities calling themselves fans of the four pieces.
MEP Rosé recently reflected on her group’s international success and shared a reason behind this phenomenon.
How BLACKPINK became one of the most popular K-pop girl bands around
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BLACKPINK debuted in 201
The two lead singles from their debut album – “Boombayah” and “Whistle” – made the top 10 in both Korea and the US world chart. Notably, “Whistle” rose to number 1 in Korea just 13 days after their debut, which resulted in BLACKPINK becoming the fastest female group to achieve that feat.
Since then, BLACKPINK singles have consistently performed well in both Korea and the US world rankings. As of 2018, they also began making appearances on the Billboard Hot 100.
BLACKPINK has also attracted the attention of many international celebrities. Stars like James Corden, Harry Styles, Halsey and the Smith family have all shown support for BLACKPINK.
BLACKPINK singles went viral last year
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Nowadays, social media fame can go a long way in helping an artist’s career, and BLACKPINK is proving it has what it takes to go viral online.
So far they have released two singles in 2020 – “How You Like That” and “Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)” – and both songs have become popular on the TikTok app. Aside from the dance challenges created with them, many TikTok users love to use the tracks as background music for their videos.
Furthermore, these songs also performed well on the Billboard Hot 100. “How You Like That” was placed at number 33 and “Ice Cream” at number 13. Both are BLACKPINK’s two highest positions on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rosé discusses the international success of BLACKPINK and shares 1 reason
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BLACKPINK seem to be aware of their international success and member Rosé recently sat down with South Korea to discuss it.
First, he shared his thoughts on BLACKPINK’s performance at Coachella in 2019, which was a huge achievement for the group.
“Up until the performance I was really nervous. It was a stage that I dreamed of getting on, so I wanted to do well, “he said, as reported by Soompi.” But once I actually got on stage and saw the crowd that had come to see BLACKPINK, all thoughts of the doing well or working hard have disappeared, I had fun with everyone and expressed myself [my feelings] everytime. The energy I received from the crowd was greater than the energy I was giving them, so all I did was follow them. This was what it meant to become one with the audience. “
As for why she believes people are becoming more receptive to K-pop artists like BLACKPINK, Rosé shared: “When we’re interviewed by foreign press outlets, they often ask us things like, ‘Why do you think BLACKPINK are popular internationally? ‘I think it’s because in this generation, more people accept new music with an open mind, and that’s why we’re able to receive so much love. I’m so grateful for that.’