The Hottest Girl Band of The Era, Meet BLACKPINK!
Called monster rookies when they debuted back in 2016, Blackpink took over the charts and broke a few records both domestically and internationally. The group believes its multinational identity gives it global appeal: Sweet-voiced Jisoo, a South Korean native; rapper Lisa from Thailand; guitar-playing Rosé, who grew up in Australia; and Jennie, who was born in South Korea but spent some of her formative years in New Zealand. With each new release, they continued to top worldwide iTunes, then they hit another milestone on YouTube by becoming the first girl-group to surpass 20 million subscribers.
They are also the first female K-pop group to have four number-one singles on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. At the time of its release, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” was the most-viewed music video in 24 hours on YouTube, and in January 2019, it became the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on the website. With such accomplishments, they took their opportunity to debut in America by appearing on several television shows. One of the shows was “Good Morning America”. They made their appearance on the show on February 12, 2019. Let’s find out more below!
#BlackpinkonGMA : They Slayed It!
The girls took Times Square by storm with an appearance on “Good Morning America”, the ABC morning show on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019. A crowd camped outside overnight to get a glimpse of the girls. Jennie, Rosé, Lisa, and Jisoo were met with a throng of their loyal fans known as the “Blinks” as they geared up for their first performance on U.S. television. Following a quick appearance at New York Fashion Week events, The Good Morning America appearance preceded the band’s performance at Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the U.S. in April. If it happens as planned, BLACKPINK will become the first K-pop idol band to perform at the festival.
Speaking to the GMA hosts, Jennie expressed the group’s excitement over being at Times Square for the first time, saying “It’s amazing, we’re standing right next to Time’s Square and it’s just amazing to be here and see everyone.” Rosé also said that they celebrated her 22nd birthday on Monday (the night before, and revealed how she spent the evening in the Big Apple, “After work last night, we just had dinner, the four of us. It was at a really nice Italian restaurant“.
Blackpink Performs Ddu-du-Ddu-du on Good Morning America
The group has proven immensely popular ever since their debut. They have more than 18 million subscribers on YouTube and have garnered hundreds of thousands of views for their music videos. Their international fanbase is massive, which has been proven with their record-breaking music video for “DDU-DU-DDU-DU”. The video accumulated 36.2 million views in its first 24 hours, the most for any Korean artist and second, overall.
You can see their “DDU-DU-DDU-DU” performance on the official youtube link here, or check out the other videos below!
Netizens Reactions to #BlackpinkonGMA
On the TV appearance, Blackpink performed their hit song, “DDU-DU DDU-DU”. While it was great to see BLACKPINK make their US television debut by performing at “GMA”, various online communities have been quite disappointed with the girl group’s performance. They criticized the performances, saying their dancing to the choreography was much below their expectations and their whole performance was just lacking in energy, in general.
They also saw that their dancing wasn’t as powerful as that of past Korean performances. Some are criticizing BLACKPINK for having a lack of talent or not practicing enough, but there are also those who are attributing it to the fact that U.S. broadcasting is different from that of Korea. On Korean broadcasts, there is added camera work and lighting effects that enhance the impact of music performances. In contrast, U.S. performances are rawer, without many effects added. Whatever the reason was, some fans were disappointed by their moves that weren’t in sync.