BLACKPINK go solo: Rosé’s Gone was the highlight of The Show – will Lisa be next to go solo, and can they ever top Jennie’s record-breaking debut release?
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BLACKPINK are in your area once again – this time with the recent online concert The Show. But why was this event so highly anticipated? Since YG Entertainment announced back in 2018 that all the BLACKPINK girls would eventually debut as solo acts, it’s been a long wait for the rest of the group to get in line behind fast starter Jennie and make a success of their own solo projects. Finally, the live-stream heralded a big step in the right direction: read on to find out more about Rosé’s solo debut at the concert – and whose big solo moment is coming next.
Rosé’s solo debut hints at what’s to come
At the end of January, Rosé performed Gone – one of the songs from her much-anticipated solo album – at BLACKPINK’s online concert The Show. YG Entertainment also disclosed that Rosé had “completed all filming for her solo album title track’s music video in mid-January”, hinting that the music video was a large-scale production with an unprecedented budget and “surely different from BLACKPINK’s usual musical style.” It seems we have a lot to look forward to.
Her short teaser video has already set the internet aflame with a staggering 30 million views, and showed Rosé singing pensively over a romantic guitar melody. For her full album reveal, we’ll have to wait a little longer.
Next up? Lisa’s solo debut
Could BLACKPINK’s Lisa go next? Photo: @lalalalisa_m/Instagram
YG Entertainment confirmed at the end of last year that the band’s richest member Lisa would be next to make her solo debut alongside Rosé, so tongues are wagging about what BLACKPINK’s rapper might bring to the table. While nothing has been confirmed, we can probably speculate that anything Lisa produces will include her signature slaying dance moves – ones that she’s been showing us via solo performances during BLACKPINK’s concerts and on her YouTube channel. Her LiliFilm channel (derived from Lisa’s nickname ‘Lili’) features a series of dance videos that Lisa collaborated with different artists on.
The most recent one was uploaded on July 10 last year, and sees her dancing to the song City Girls by Chris Brown and Young Thug, choreographed by Cheshir Ha. In February last year, she also performed solo for the Fukuoka Paypay Dome tour, dancing energetically to Good Thing and Señorita.
Jisoo will debut her new drama, Snowdrop, first
Jisoo’s first role in a K-drama is expected to arrive on screens in June. Photo: @sooyaaa__/Instagram
Jisoo’s solo debut will take a while longer to materialise, but we’ll get to see her on our screens before then in the JTBC K-drama Snowdrop, which should see its first episode air in late spring. Written and directed by the team behind highly acclaimed production Sky Castle, Snowdrop is a love story set in 1980s Seoul, and will mark the first time Jisoo has played a lead in a K-drama. She’ll partner with Jung Hae-in of Something in the Rain and One Spring Night fame.
Fun fact: When Jisoo was on the set of the new show, Rosé sweetly sent along a stylish coffee truck in support of her bandmate and as a treat for the cast and crew.
Let’s not forget Jennie’s record-breaking solo
Jennie’s Solo reached an impressive 600 million views on YouTube. Photo: YG Entertainment
The frenzied response to Rosé’s solo album sneak peak already hints at big success. As much as we love them as a group, Jennie’s first solo project back in 2018 proved that the BLACKPINK girls could be as strong on their own as they were together: and you only need to look at Jennie’s chart-breaking performance with Solo to see just how strong.
Solo also made Jennie the first female K-pop solo artist to top the iTunes Worldwide Song Chart and to reach the top 10 of iTunes’ top songs in the US. The song is still much loved: Jennie recently became the first Korean solo female artist to have a music video with 600 million views on YouTube
What’s BLACKPINK Up To In 2021? Here’s What We Know
The year 2021 has begun on an interesting note for the Blinks, the fans of the South-Korean band, BLACKPINK. The girl group comprising of four members- Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé- recently collaborated with the pop sensation Selena Gomez for the song “Ice-cream”. BLACKPINK 2021 calendar looks busy with collaborations, a new corporate partnerships, solo debuts, and more.
In October, the Kpop superstars dropped their latest album titled “The Album”. Even the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from providing content to their fans. A documentary based on the life of the group was released on Netflix, titled “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky”. The quartet has ventured upon various new journeys, giving their fans something more to focus upon. So, Blinks do you want to know what your idols are up to these days? Here are a few updates about them:
BLACKPINK’s Virtual Concert
Among the various firsts for the BLACKPINK, their first online concert is also the one. Due to the pandemic celebrities have turned to digital platforms to reach their fans. On 31 Jan, the band hit the stage for their concert, BLACKPINK: The show. The live virtual concert was aired on their official YouTube channel. The fans were updated about it through a tweet shared with their official handle.
Jennie’s YouTube Debut
The K-pop idol gave a surprise to her fans on turning 25. Jennie launched her own YouTube channel, named Jennierubyjane. She greeted the world with a cover of Mandy Moore’s “When Will My Life Begin”. The singer gave us a sneak-peek into her life in the video montage titled ‘Hello world. From Jennie’. Also, the Blinks didn’t hold back from showering love on the idol. Her first video has reached 15 million views so far. Now, we can just wait to see what Jennie has in store for her followers.
Lisa And Rosé Are Going Solo
After Jennie’s super hit single, “Solo”, her group members Lisa and Rosé are next in line. Both the BLACKPINK singers would make their solo debut in 2021 as announced by YG Entertainment. The announcement was made on 30 Dec, wherein they confirmed that the singers are engaged in shooting for their single projects. However, the fans of the group have to wait till later this year for the songs.
Jisoo’s New K-drama
In the list of binge-worthy K-dramas that would drop this year is the Kim Jisoo starrer “Snowdrop” too. The show has been gaining popularity even before the release after the K-pop singer was roped in. Snowdrop is set in the backdrop of Seoul, in 1987, amid the nationwide democracy movement. The love story of Im Soo-ho (Jung Hae-in) and Eun Young-Cho (Jisoo) begins when the former hides in a women’s dormitory to escape the protest. Prior to this, Jisoo landed a cameo role in Netflix’s “Arthdal Chronicles”. Besides the BLACKPINK singer, this Kdrama also stars Jung Hae-in, Kim Hye-Yoon, Yoo In-Na, and Jang Seung-Jo.
Pepsi x BLACKPINK
The four k-pop idols are now the face of the beverage brand, Pepsi. BLACKPINK has been chosen as the brand ambassador for the Asia-Pacific region. They are part of Pepsi’s latest campaign “Go all in for what you love”. As part of the marketing campaign, limited edition products featuring the Korean girl band will be available in various outlets in Singapore and Malaysia.
"BLACKPINK 2021 calendar looks busy with collaborations, a new corporate partnerships, solo debuts and more."