Rivals or Friends? The Story of Blackpink and TWICE’s Rivalry and Friendship

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Who Is Superior, Blackpink or TWICE?

Blackpink and TWICE played huge roles in expanding the Korean Wave from Asian countries to the international scene. Many people considered that the groups competed fiercely in getting attention and gaining popularity from the global entertainment industry. Both Blackpink and TWICE debuted in nearly the same period. Each group has its own image, TWICE with its girly and cute concept and Blackpink with its rebellious and exotic concept.

Are Blackpink and TWICE rivals or friends? Find out about their rivalry or friendship in this article.

Blackpink vs TWICE: Debut Popularity

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JYP Entertainment’s TWICE debuted in 2016, a year earlier than YG Entertainment’s Blackpink. TWICE released the EP The Story Begins in October 2015. The album peaked at No. 3 in Australia, No. 43 in Japan, and No. 15 on the U.S. world chart. Blackpink released its debut album single Square One in August 2016. The album failed to peak on the Korean, Japanese, and U.S. world chart. However, two singles from the album, “Whistle” and  “Boombayah” peaked at No. 1 on the South Korean music chart and Billboard chart respectively.

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Arguably, Blackpink gained more popularity from the success of singles “Whistle” and “Boombayah” as compared to TWICE’s “Like Ooh-Ahh.” Both singles reached a peak position on the Korean music chart or Billboard music chart while “Like Ooh-Ahh” only reached the 10th position on the Korean music chart and 6th position on the Billboard music chart.

Blackpink vs TWICE: Concerts

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Blackpink held the Blackpink World Tour concert tour in November 2018 and visited a total of 18 countries and 26 cities all around the world, from Asia, Europe, to North America. The tour sold more than 266,000 tickets and grossed around 38 million USD. It became the most popular world tour from a Korean girl group. TWICE held several regional tours in Japan, Bangkok, and Singapore, and one world tour. The group visited Asia, Europe, South America, and North America.

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Blackpink held a world tour within only two years after their debut while TWICE held a world tour 4 years after their debut. In terms of the number of countries and the continents that each group visited, they are on par with each other.

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Blackpink added gloss to their concert record after becoming the first girl group to perform at the 2019 Coachella concert. Each of Blackpink’s members had experience living in foreign countries or coming from foreign countries before their debut. Fluency in English and their global image helped catapult Blackpink to global stardom.

Blackpink vs TWICE: Album Sales

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It is very rare for girl groups to sell more than 1 million copies of physical albums and Blackpink became the only girl group to did it. Blackpink’s first studio album, The Album, sold more than 1.3 million copies worldwide and no other girl group can match the record.

Based on productivity, TWICE has released five studio albums compared to Blackpink’s one studio album. As of December 2020, TWICE is the only girl group to sell more than 10 million albums. TWICE has an equal fan base both in Korea and Japan, and TWICE is arguably the most popular Korean-based girl group in Japan.

Blackpink vs TWICE: Awards

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There are so many music awards, and it is very hard to set a standard for each award. In Asian countries, TWICE reigns as the most popular girl group. TWICE was nominated for 9 categories at the Japan Gold Disc Awards and they won all of them while Blackpink received only one nomination. Overall, TWICE received more nominations and won more music awards compared to Blackpink, and they are also a regular winner at Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Blackpink vs TWICE: Beauty Ranking

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Blackpink and TWICE’s image concept is very different. TWICE has more of a cute and girly concept while Blackpink has more of a chic and cool concept. Both group members are very beautiful in their own ways, and it is very hard to give a strict judgment. In my opinion, TWICE has tried various kinds of cute and pretty concepts rather than Blackpink, and they look even better in each concept.

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TWICE has nine members compared to Blackpinks’ four members, and fans can never get enough of the beauty of each of TWICE’s members. According to TC Candler’s list of Most Beautiful Faces in 2019 and 2020, Blackpink’s Lisa and TWICE’s Tzuyu are considered idols with the most beautiful faces. In 2019, Tzuyu was selected as the most beautiful face, and in 2020, Lisa was selected as the second most beautiful face.

Blackpink vs TWICE: Fashion

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Each of Blackpink’s members is endorsed by high-end luxury fashion brands, Jennie for Chanel, Jisoo for Dior, Rosé for YSL, and Lisa for Celine. Thanks to the endorsement deals, they can be regular visitors to popular fashion shows, and they get to wear expensive clothes. Among Blackpink’s members, Jennie is considered a fashionista and a living Chanel girl.

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She has a high sense of fashion and always wears the most beautiful and luxurious clothes. In the case of TWICE, Mina gets the most votes for TWICE’s most stylish member. She doesn’t need high-end clothes to show her sense of fashion. Mina looks great in every outfit and every concept, from casual to chic.

Blackpink vs TWICE: 2021 Popularity

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In 2020, TWICE collected more votes than Blackpink and became the Best Female Idol Group according to K-pop entertainment agency CEOs and board of directors. However, Blackpink has started very strong in 2021. According to The Korean Business Research Institute, Blackpink’s brand popularity is the highest compared to other girl groups from January to March 2021. The reasons for the popularity are Blackpink’s online concert and Rosé’s solo debut.

Blackpink and TWICE’s Friendship

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There are very few chances for Blackpink and TWICE’s members to meet with each other. One opportunity is at music award ceremonies. Fans can see the friendship between Blackpink and TWICE’s members. TWICE’s Nayeon is never too shy to stand next to Blackpink’s members and start a conversation. She loves to hold their hands and look at their fingers, just like a genuine girlfriend.

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Each group’s members also give praise to other member’s talents. Lisa praised Momo‘s dance talent, and she can remember most of TWICE’s choreography. TWICE’s choreography is based on the cute concept, the opposite of Blackpink’s energetic choreography. On variety shows, Blackpink’s members showed some of TWICE’s signature choreography such as the T T move or Momo’s signature hip move.

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Each fan has their own favorite girl group between Blackpink or TWICE. Both of them set a high standard for upcoming new girl groups to follow, and they are still very hard to knock from their perch among the best girl groups. Which one is your favorite group? Leave us a comment and don’t forget to share this article with your Twitter account.