K-TREND | March.27.2024

BLACKPINK: The Global Phenomenon and Their Musical Evolution Through Mini Albums

Introduction to BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK, a four-member multinational girl group formed by YG Entertainment, made their debut on August 8, 2016. Consisting of Korean members Jisoo and Jennie, Thai member Lisa, and Rosé, who holds dual nationality from Korea and New Zealand, BLACKPINK has broken the mold as YG Entertainment's first and only group without a designated leader. This decision was made based on the close-knit relationship among the members, emphasizing their unity and mutual respect.



Debut Date

- Korea: August 8, 2016

- Japan: August 30, 2017

- American: February 9, 2019

Debut Album

- Digital Single SQUARE ONE

Genre: Dance, Rap/Hip-Hop, POP, R&B/Soul, Rock/Metal, Folk/Blues, EDM/Moombahton

Company: YG Entertainment

Label in America: Interscope Records

Label in Japan: YGEX

Fandom Name: BLINK

The Multinational Phenomenon: BLACKPINK



The Meaning Behind the Name

The name BLACKPINK carries a profound message, challenging the perception of beauty represented by the color pink with the contrasting image of black. This name signifies the group's philosophy of looking beyond appearances, embodying the message that there's more than meets the eye. Their music aligns with this theme, often exploring deeper meanings and reflecting the group's unique identity.



Discography Highlights


"THE ALBUM": A Milestone Release

Released on October 2, 2020, "THE ALBUM" marks BLACKPINK's first full-length album since their debut with "SQUARE ONE" in 2016. Featuring the hit single “Lovesick Girls”, this album showcases a blend of country-inspired guitar sounds with retro elements, complemented by the powerful vocals of BLACKPINK. The track delves into the complexities of love, highlighting the songwriting and composing talents of members Jisoo and Jennie for the first time.



"BORN PINK": The 2nd Chapter

On September 16, 2022, BLACKPINK released their second studio album, “BORN PINK” further solidifying their status as top global artists. The album, led by the pre-release track “Pink Venom” captivates listeners worldwide, showcasing BLACKPINK's confidence and unparalleled presence. "BORN PINK" features eight unique tracks, including the title song “Shut Down” presenting the group's intense sound and musical diversity.



"SQUARE UP": The Mini Album Debut

“SQUARE UP” released on June 15, 2018, is BLACKPINK's first mini album, continuing the "SQUARE" series and displaying their multifaceted charm. The album's name, meaning to confront boldly, is a testament to BLACKPINK's matured musicality and dual identity, promising a strong and impactful presence in the music industry.



"KILL THIS LOVE": The Record-Breaking EP

On April 5, 2019, BLACKPINK released their second mini album, “KILL THIS LOVE” featuring the eponymous lead single. This album showcases a rich musical spectrum, from charismatic rap to emotional vocals, underpinned by powerful brass and drum sounds. With contributions from top producers including TEDDY and Bekuh BOOM, "KILL THIS LOVE" epitomizes BLACKPINK's unique strengths and musical innovation.



BLACKPINK's Unstoppable Journey

BLACKPINK's journey from their intriguing debut to their latest achievements reflects their evolution as artists and global icons. Through their albums, BLACKPINK continues to challenge musical norms, presenting a diverse array of sounds that resonate with fans worldwide. As they continue to break records and captivate audiences, BLACKPINK's impact on the music industry and beyond is undeniable, marking them as true pioneers in the global music scene.


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