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.
BLACKPINK’S LEAD DANCER
Before BLACKPINK debuted, YG released a dance practice video of them. The girls were dancing to Rihanna’s song Bitch Better Have My Money, and people were amazed at their dancing skills. The caption of the video stated that the choreography was by Parris Goebel, and people have praised BLACKPINK a lot due to this. They began asking, “who is BLACKPINK,” and were curious about their debut time. Let’s take a look at their pre-debut video.
Soon after their debut, the positions and facts for each member were released. Basically, all four of them are multi-talented. They have good vocals, dancing skills, visual, and are fluent in several languages. The lead position is always determined carefully, and in a K-pop girl band or boy band, the term of “lead” means the second best or the second ranking of a category. Meanwhile, the term “main” usually means the best of the best. For example, Jennie may be the main dancer while Jisso is the lead dancer.
The truth is, between four of them, Lisa and Rosé are the best at dancing, yet the queen of dance is Lisa. The members admit it, and people recognized Lisa’s dancing skills in the pre-debut and debut videos. Therefore, the position of BLACKPINK’s “Main Dancer” is owned by Lisa, while Rosé gets the position of “Lead Dancer”.
BLACKPINK’s Oldest Member
Usually, the oldest member of the group is the leader, but BLACKPINK is the exception to this rule. The youngest is called the “maknae,” and the order from the oldest to the youngest is Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and finally Lisa. So, the oldest member is Jisoo and the maknae is Lisa.
Kim Ji-soo (known as Jisoo) was born on January 3, 1995. Jisoo joined YG Entertainment as a trainee in July of 2011, when she was 16 years old. She trained at YG for five years, the same amount of time as Jennie. Jisoo and Jennie are the unnies of BLACKPINK, and they only have a one-year age gap. Rosé and Lisa are the maknaes of the group, as both of them were born in the same year, 1997.
As the oldest member, Jisoo is typically supposed to lead and guide the other members of the group with a little help from Jennie as a second oldest in the group. In truth, however, Jisoo is afraid and dislikes many things, yet Lisa, Jennie, and Rosé still say that Jisoo is the mood maker of the group.