When Blackpink asked how you like "How You Like That", we all responded with a resounding “We like it so much”
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Yes, this was the successful year of BLACKPINK– and by a larger, more global audience than ever – in a part thanks to Netflix documentary Light Up The Sky, which also happened to remind us of another strong girl group you might know: the Spice Girls.
In short, Blackpink crushed it in 2020, making headline after headline and giving us plenty to be thankful for. Here’s our round-up of our top BP stories from the past year.
Their cute beginnings
The more obsessed the world became, the more Blackpink trivia mania ensued. We especially enjoyed discovering what the girls were up to before they were Blackpink. In other words, before they officially became “Jennie, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo”, had a string of smash hits, and found themselves collaborating with Selena Gomez.
It turns out they spent quite a bit of time starring in other people’s music videos – from G-Dragon’s That XX to Big Bang Taeyang’s Ringa Linga. Here’s everything you need to know about Blackpink before they were famous.
They represented Chanel, Saint Laurent, Celine, and Dior as the style queens they are
When the four girls made their grand debut, not only did they catch the world’s attention thanks to their obvious singing and dancing talents – but because of their impeccable sense of style. Sporting mix and match designer outfits that oozed individual style meant it wasn’t long before the French fashion houses came knocking and appointed the girls as ambassadors.
If you’re a true fan, you may already be able to guess who was picked by Chanel, who by Saint Laurent, who by Celine, and who by Dior. Find out who became whose ambassador, and why the luxury brands specifically chose Blackpink, here.
They proved their mettle as unshakeable Samsung ambassadors
In 2020, Blackpink proved that nobody does it like them when it comes to brand deals. Beyond fashion and beauty, their star power attracted one of the world’s biggest tech companies as well. As Samsung ambassadors, they stayed so loyal they wouldn’t even have photos taken with fans who held out iPhones. Here’s everything you need to know about Blackpink’s collaboration with Samsung, including their very own special edition gadgets and much more.
Lisa earned a lot of money, and we learned how she was spending it
When huge fame comes knocking at your door, big money isn’t far behind. Thai Blackpink member Lisa Manoban reportedly became the richest of the K-pop girl group, with a US$10 million net worth. So how did she beat the others out to have the most cash? Turns out her brand endorsement deals with Celine, Bulgari and MAC didn’t hurt; but even before she became famous as the cheeky dancer we know and love, she was from a well-to-do background. From luxury handbags to charity donations, find out how Lisa likes to spend her money.
Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo, and Rosé got so big, they reminded us of another girl group …
No matter where you live, Blackpink seems to be popping up everywhere – from music to fashion, TV to merchandise. With Blackpink’s album topping charts worldwide, the documentary Light Up the Sky quickly jumped to No 1 on Netflix in October, and as ambassadors for a range of big global brands, we were reminded of a similar girl power phenomenon that went before them – the Spice Girls. In fact, you may be surprised to see just how many times they mirrored each other’s moves.
We got jitters about the girls going solo – might it mark the end of Blackpink as we know it?
We’ve seen members exiting from wildly popular girl groups in the past: Geri Halliwell departing from the Spice Girls and Camila Cabello from Fifth Harmony, for starters. Might Blackpink go through a similar phase? In June, the group’s agency, YG Entertainment, announced that all Blackpink members planned to release solo tracks. Jennie already has with her song Solo.
So how are their solo projects coming together, and what do their future plans looking like? Get the lowdown here, and then like us, start praying they’ll stay together for a few more albums.