The Album, BLACKPINK’s eight-song venture releasing on 2 October, shall be their first full-length album after dropping a string of hit singles.
Four years after they debuted as the subsequent buzzed-about lady group on the K-pop music scene, BLACKPINK’s lofty desires in music have come into fruition.
Perform at Coachella. Check.
Record a track with Lady Gaga. Check.
Collaborate with Selena Gomez. Check.
Get a verse from Cardi B. Check.
Another main goal: Record their first-full size album after being identified for dropping hit single after single to showcase a deeper, additional individual facet of the group.
Boldly titled The Album, the eight-song venture being launched Friday highlights all of the issues BLACKPINK have develop into identified for: enjoyable, massive, explosive songs that meshes seems like pop, electronica, hip-hop, dance, and lure.
“We had so many things to take a look into. When it comes to one song, the video, the choreography, the fashion, the visual, everything is just put into one — let’s just times that by how many. We were kind of freaking out at first, but then we have been working for it for a long time,” Jennie, 24, mentioned in an interview with The Associated Press. “It gave us enough time to perfect everything and make it into our own.”
BLACKPINK — which additionally contains Rosé, Jisoo, and Lisa — debuted with the singles ‘Boombayah’ and ‘Whistle,’ which shortly topped the South Korean music charts. They’ve had success with different hits and marked their debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018 with the gold-selling ‘Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,’ which has greater than 1 billion views on YouTube, and ‘Kiss and Make Up,’ a collaboration with English hitmaker Dua Lipa. A yr later, they practically cracked the Top 40 with ‘Kill This Love,’ whereas a pair of their EPs reached the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
They carried out on a worldwide tour last yr, taking over U.S. arenas like The Forum in Inglewood, California, and Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. They turned the primary K-pop lady group to carry out at Coachella after they hit the stage there last yr.
Those moments have ready them for The Album, partially recorded throughout the pandemic. Outside of the massive beats and slick choreography, the members needed to get deep on the songs.
“We feel like we tried to put as many personalities of us as we could in the album. We have some very personal songs; songs that are a little closer to our hearts, that speak our story a little more,” Rosé, 23, mentioned. “Personal songs take a little more to record, definitely. We had to bring our souls into the recording studio. It was us being very vulnerable. We heard that our fans can kind of feel that.”
The in-your-face first single, ‘How You Like That,’ set a record on YouTube for many views inside 24 hours for a music video (BTS later broke it); the observe received track of summer season on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards; and it turned their first Top 40 hit within the U.S., peaking at No. 33. Two months later, second single ‘Ice Cream,’ co-starring Gomez and co-written by Ariana Grande, debuted at No. 13 on the Hot 100.
“She’s like the sweetest girl,” Jennie mentioned of Gomez. “As soon as we were talking about collaborating with someone for ‘Ice Cream,’ we all thought of Selena maybe and then it actually came true and we made it happen.”
Cardi B is featured on ‘Bet You Wanna,’ and the ladies couldn’t management themselves after they first heard the Grammy-winning rapper’s verse: “We were screaming. We were literally screaming,” Rosé exclaimed.
“It was our first time having a rapper feature for our song,” Jennie mentioned. “As soon as we heard the verse we were like, ‘Ah! Cardi B!!!’”
The collaborations with Cardi and Gomez come months after BLACKPINK recorded ‘Sour Candy’ for Gaga’s Chromatica album, launched in May.
“It’s crazy because I grew up listening to her songs on the radio. She was always on the radio. I remember when we were talking to her, she just was so sweet and so down to earth and so down to work with us. She was very genuine about it,” Rosé mentioned.
“She was asking us about our opinions and speaking about the message that she wants to put out in the song,” Jennie chimed in. “We were like, ‘Yes, yes. We’re all there.’”
BLACKPINK say they’re excited to see feminine artists open their doorways to the group discovering its means within the worldwide music business. “We feel very supported,” Rosé mentioned.
“The fact that they’re reaching out to us. The fact that they’re featuring us. That move itself kind of speaks to that there are no boundaries and they are willing to create something fun, which we love to do,” Jennie mentioned. “It’s a great feeling and we’re so lucky to be able to make things happen.”
Though BLACKPINK’s rise to fame might need come out of nowhere to some audiences, the performers have educated for years to get up to now. Through South Korean entertainment firm YG Entertainment — which launched the 2012 viral and colourful ‘Gangnam Style’ track and video from Korean rapper PSY — every singer auditioned individually as youngsters, spending years in vocal, dance and language coaching. It’s documented in Netflix’s BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky, the streaming platform’s first K-pop documentary. It shall be obtainable 14 October.
“We’re very nervous that they get to see those sides of us. It’s very new for us to have cameras in the in-progress stages. We’re always very used to showing our fans the final stages — what we’ve already considered 10 times before releasing anything. Just to have an extra eye in there, more like thousands of new eyes now in the progress, we feel very vulnerable, but excited to share,” Rosé mentioned.
“It’s like the unfiltered version of us,” Jennie added. “It’s the best way we could have shown this to our fans.”
Those die-hard followers — known as the BLINKS — have adopted the foursome for 4 years, serving to the ladies construct a powerful social media presence world wide.
“How do I give this back? How do I show that we love you guys more than it might seem? We’re very lucky,” Jennie mentioned of their supporters.
Rosé mentioned she’s hoping The Album could be a vivid spot for his or her followers in a yr stuffed with gloom and doom: “We hope our album can be a little light in your life guys because we love you all and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
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