Blackpink and 2NE1
Blackpink, a Korean girl group from YG Entertainment hasn’t even been around for one year and yet they’ve stolen the attention of many netizen. The four-member girl group is referred to as 2NE1’s successor. 2NE1 has disbanded because the members are focusing on their own careers.
However, YG Entertainment assured netizen that Blackpink is not a replacement for their senior, “Blackpink has different characteristics than 2NE1.” Because, Blackpink debuted just four months after 2NE1 was disbanded, many netizen believed that Blackpink was 2NE1’s successor. They have the same member formation, genre, and a concept that’s similar to 2NE1.
The leader of 2NE1, who knew about Blackpink, did not bother about it, she even said, “When 2NE1 debuted first, we were also dubbed the second ‘Big Bang’ so it’s a natural thing because we’re from the same agency. It is evident that 2NE1 has a big influence, so I do not feel sad about it. Blackpink and 2NE1 have different colors. “
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Blackpink as 2NE1 Replacement
The emergence of a new girl group in the Korean entertainment world is already a common thing, but it is a very unusual thing for YG Entertainment to begin a new girl group just four months after 2NE1 disbanded.
Previously YG Entertainment created many boy groups such as, BIGBANG, WINNER, and iKon. They also created the girl group 2NE1, but after the dissolution of 2NE1, YG Entertainment immediately formed a new girl group with four members, Blackpink.
Many netizens assumed that YG Entertainment formed Blackpink in order to replace 2NE1 in the Korean entertainment world, as Blackpink comes up with a concept and style similar to their senior, 2NE1.
Their two debut singles Boombayah and Whistle sound like 2NE1 style songs, thick with electro funk music. Even Rose, the main vocal from Blackpink, has the same singing style as Park Bom who became main vocal of 2NE1. On top of that, Lisa’s rap style in Blackpink’s song Whistle is just like the rap styles of CL and Minzy in 2NE1.
Their concept and style of singing reminds netizen of 2NE1, but the CEO of YG Entertainment denied the statement and said Blackpink performed the songs in their own style and developed them on their own. “At the moment, it’s hard to show 2NE1 on stage again, so Blackpink has to take over as a representation of a YG girl group,” he said.
Admittedly the personal members of Blackpink itself are different from the 2NE1 members who all come from Korea, only Jennie comes from Korea. Jisoo has lived in New Zealand, Lisa is from Thailand, and Rose is from Australia.
Nonetheless, Blackpink and 2NE1 members have the same aura in the Korean music industry. Jennie and CL both have a prominent badass appearance, Rose and Park Bom who both have a golden and unique voice, Jisoo and Sandara have almost similar personalities, and Lisa and Minzy have almost the same rap style.
There is some reason why Blackpink could be the replacement of 2NE1.
1. Position of Members
Either by intent or by coincidence, 2NE1 and Blackpink have a group formation with four members. In 2NE1, it’s CL as the raper, Park Bom as the main vocal, Sandara as thesub vocal and the visual, and lastly Minzy as the main dancer and maknae. These positions iare also the same as the positions in Blackpink. You have Jennie as the rapper, Rose as the main vocal, Jisoo as the sub vocal and the visual, and Lisa’s last as the main dancer and maknae.
2. Blackpink Debut and 2NE1 Disbanded
Previously Blackpink had planned to debut in 2013, it was then postponed until 2015. And they finally debuted in 2016, right after 2NE1 experienced many scandals among its members. Could this be a sign that Blackpink is ready to become 2NE1’s successor?
3. The Success of Blackpink Beat 2NE1?
Blackpink has achieved success since its debut in August 2016. Even their music video has been watched by more than 245 million viewers. And with the success of Blackpink stealing the attention of netizen, it has made YG Entertainment terminate the contract with 2NE1. It has been two years with no group activity from 2NE1.
Blackpink and 2NE1 Similarities
Now, let’s see the similarities between Blackpink and 2NE1. Even the CEO of YG Entertainment said Blackpink and 2NE1 are totally different, but netizen and fans can find some similarities between the junior and senior girl group from YG Entertainemnt.
1. Music Producer
The similarity between the song genres and the concepts of Blackpink and 2NE1 are already obvious, because the music producer that creates songs for Blackpink was the same for 2NE1. Teddy Park has often produced 2NE1 and BIGBANG songs, now he also produces Blackpink songs.
Boombayah and Whistle are songs produced by Teddy. For 2NE1, Teddy managed to produce the songs Fire, I’m The Best and I Don’t Care. Teddy’s music colors are clearly visible between the Blackpink and 2NE1 songs.
2. Genre Music and Concept
The concepts used by 2NE1 were always different from other girl groups, who are cute and funny. On the contrary, the impression of strong, courageous, and unafraid girls expressing their hearts became the main concept of the band that disband in November 2016. The same concept is again reused by Blackpink.
3. BIGBANG and YG’s CEO
The biggest agencies such as YG have the power of a brand that can make the artist’s success high. Before 2NE1 debuted they got help from their senior BIGBANG to promote themselves before their debut. With the song Lollipop, BIGBANG and 2NE1 were able to seize the attention of netizen.
For Blackpink, Yang Hyun-suk got so much great attention by holding a massive showcase to steal the attention of netizen. In fact he was present in the showcase and answered questions directly related to Blackpink.
Blackpink and 2NE1 Differences
Now, let’s see the difference between Blackpink and 2NE1.
1. Ability vs Visual
Before the debut, Blackpink was already making a scene because their photos in circulation have a different look. YG has never previously claimed to have a group with the perfect looks, but with Blackpink YG has won a group that has the perfect looks.
While 2NE1 has only one visual, Blackpink’s members all look like visuals. 2NE1 debuted in 2009 and is known as a group with ability and potential. Park Bom and CL were selected through auditions, and Minzy was selected for attracting Yang’s attention thanks to her video of a dance that was uploaded onto the internet. At the same time, Sandara Park was already famous in the Philippines.
2. One Citizenship vs Multinational
As we know, all of 2NE1 members are from Korea, but in Blackpink only Jennie was born in Korea. Rose is from Australia, Lisa from Thailand, and Jisoo lived in New Zealand. All of the 2NE1 members trained for three years and Blackpink’s members trained for five years.
In 2NE1, CL is full of the charisma needed to be a leader. Though she was seven years younger than Park Bom and Sandara, she already has a leader’s qualities compared to her peers. Blackpink has no group leader. They negotiated and decided not to choose a leader for their group.
3. Style Outfit
Although coming from the same entertainment company, Blackpink and 2NE1 have differences in outfit. 2NE1 is considered more courageous in open dress both on stage and off stage with bold style and dark colors. 2NE1 is able to show their characters as brave women.
On the other hand, Blackpink uses more of a variety of colors which are dominantly bright. Also their model clothes are not too open, appearing more feminine and fresh.
The age difference between Blackpink and 2NE1 also influences their style of dressing. 2NE1, with an average age of nearly 35 years, dresses more boldly; whereas Blackpink, with an average age touching 20, chooses to dress more on the fresh and feminine side.