YG Entertainment’s New Princesses: BLACKPINK
BLACKPINK is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment consisting of four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. BLACKPINK officially debuted on August 8, 2016 with their single Square One, which ended up being their first number-one hit. The single included two tracks, Whistle and Boombayah, and was a hit on the Billboard World Digital Song chart. Their recent album Square Up with title track Ddu Du Ddu Du is also a hit.
BLACKPINK is the highest-charting female K-pop act on Billboard Social 50, peaking at number 15. They are also the first female K-pop act to have three number-one hits on Billboard‘s World Digital Song Sales chart. This has led many people around the world to wonder, “who is actually BLACKPINK?” Of course, these people then try to look for the members’ profiles, wanting to know more about them. At the end of the day, the basic question is, “who the leader of BLACKPINK?”
BLACKPINK’s LEADER NAME
Generally, in the K-pop world, each girl band or boy band has a leader in their group, and the other members each have their own position. Usually, in K-pop, the leader of the group is the oldest member. But what about in BLACKPINK?
After their first appearance, BLACKPINK has achieved more success than any other rookie in their debut year. Yet strangely, since YG first announced their presence, there has been no explanation about who holds the position of group leader, just some bios/data of each member, and their respective positions in BLACKPINK. Many people have asked about this, which led Yang Hyun Suk (a founder of YG) to explain to Allkpop, “We decided to go without a leader of BLACKPINK. Because the four of them spent such a long time together, whenever a project is suggested to them, they discuss it together for the results.”
A year after they debuted, they were invited to ‘Choi Hwa Jung’s Power FM’ where DJ Choi Hwa Jung asked the girls why BLACKPINK doesn’t have a leader.
“We don’t have a leader of the group so we often look for the oldest unnie instead”, said Jennie.
Then Jisoo explained, “We spent many years together during training and are like friends so we decided that it’ll be better for us to go without a leader.”
Despite the, many issues have claimed that the leader is Jennie or Jisso, but the girls always deny this and insist they make all their decisions together.