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[INTERVIEW] 170316 BLACKPINK Are Making One Giant Step for K-Pop in North America, So What’s Next?

The highest-charting K-Pop group in Canada are reaching for the sun (baes).

BLACKPINK have emerged as an unavoidable force in the K-pop scene, and the new group is already making moves worldwide. Last year, BLACKPINK became the first K-pop girl group to debut on the Canadian Hot 100 with the single “PLAYING WITH FIRE”, which features a synth-heavy backing and vibrant visuals. The girls switch tongues on the track, blending Korean verses with an English chorus. Internationally, the group’s four music videos on their YouTube channel have amassed nearly 200 million views, proving their popularity knows no borders. Unlike many other K-pop groups, most of BLACKPINK’s members did not grow up in Korea. Only Ji Soo was born and raised in Korea; Jennie was born in Korea but raised in New Zealand, Rosé born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, and Lisa lived in Thailand until Korean age 15.

“While living in New Zealand, I usually made or found Korean food nearby, so when coming back to Korea it was just like coming back home. I lived in Korea when I was young, so it was great to be back, close to my family,” said Jennie. “Getting to know a whole new culture and fitting in was hard but having my members as friends and having them help me throughout everything was always such a blessing. I think I’ve definitely settled in now,” said Rosé.

Social media has been key to amping up anticipation for BLACKPINK’s releases. The group’s initially mysterious Instagram account gained tens of thousands of followers soon after it was launched in June 2016 thanks to shoutouts from iconic labelmates like G-Dragon. A month later, their debut was received with huge enthusiasm by both loyal YG Entertainment fans and general audiences. The group’s first singles “BOOMBAYAH” and “WHISTLE” topped Billboard’s World Digital Songs in addition to Korean charts. The formula of YG’s marketing influence combined with the girls’ undeniably catchy singles, captivating stage presence, strong vocals, and beautiful looks has molded an ideal pop appeal that audiences worldwide can buy into. YG drew out the wait for their new girl group for about four years, but after revealing the members’ names and photos in late June audiences were quick to respond with feverish excitement.”There were times of anxiety and difficulties but our members made it through together,” said Jennie of the anticipation until their debut.

“It was challenging but also definitely worth the wait. Although the wait felt like forever, for some reason, the longer it took the more motivated we became … In fact, I’m very grateful that we were given that time to invest in ourselves and our craft before we were exposed to the public,” added Rosé.”I feel like I’m still a trainee training on a real stage. The only difference is people recognize me and I kind of like it,” said Lisa.

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It seems BLACKPINK’s debut came at an ideal time. K-pop is generally on the rise among Canadian audiences, as reflected by the growing popularity of events like k-pop conventions in Toronto and Vancouver. BLACKPINK’s foothold on Canadian and international charts spells good news for the group, who have been struck by how well “PLAYING WITH FIRE” is doing. “It’s amazing to see that our music is taking over charts not only in Korea but in various countries all over the world. I kept thinking to myself, ‘is this really our music?'” shared Ji Soo.

Jennie mentions Alessia Cara’s “Here” as a Canadian favourite and she and Rosé are both fans of The Weeknd. As for Canadian locations on their travel list, Ji Soo looks forward to enjoying the country’s natural and historic sites, Jennie mentioned Niagara Falls, and Lisa wants to visit Vancouver.”It would be a dream come true to explore such an amazing country and I can’t wait to visit someday,” said Rosé.

The girls describe their connection with fans who don’t understand Korean but still love their music as “an unfathomable feeling” that speaks to music’s power of communication. “It’s really not just about the language, but the mutual understanding that we’re all capable of sharing whether you understand the words or not.”

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Arguably, despite their own merit, the stage for BLACKPINK’s debut chart success was set by their YG Entertainment predecessors like k-pop heavyweights BIGBANG and 2NE1, who the girls claim to be inspired and humbled by. These groups’ past international success has built a lot of the hype surrounding the label and created a platform that was ready to launch BLACKPINK into instant success. Although the girls know it is going to be challenging to reach their “sunbaes”‘ (more experienced labelmates) standards, Lisa shared they look forward to mentoring future groups themselves. They are focused on displaying the best of their own group, and they cite their fans as their main motivation to do well.

“Sometimes when I felt like I couldn’t do it or it felt impossible, I always took the time to kind of meditate on the core reason as to ‘why’ it was important to me. Whatever it is that I do, it’s a lot easier for me to accomplish it when I truly feel the need for it. Sometimes you forget. But all you have to do is stop, re-think, and put it all back into perspective,” said Rosé.

Source: noisey
Article by @real_table

[SHOW] 170214 SBS Inkigayo MC Behind + Interview (Jisoo, GOT7 Jinyoung & Kwanghee) {ENG SUB}

ENGLISH SUBBED (from 170212 SBS Inkigayo Episode)

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[OFFICIAL] 161211 BLACKPINK​ – Interview (Goodbye Stage Greeting) + ‘불장난’ (PLAYING WITH FIRE) on SBS Inkigayo

English Translations (Interview)

Minseok: I’m here with BLACKPINK. Ah, it’s the goodbye stage already, so I’m really sad. So it’s your second comeback, how do you feel?

Lisa: I’m so sad because it’s already our last stage, but I’m really happy because ‘Playing With Fire’ got lots of love! We’ll practice more and work harder and come back next time!

Jisoo: Also we debuted this year, and for the fans who were with us from the beginning, thank you so much! Please keep on loving us!

Minseok: BLACKPINK are pretty and the way they talk are pretty too! We hope to see you back soon! Shall we see BLACKPINK’s performance now?

Translation by Alice at YGDreamers (@blackpinkau)

[MAGAZINE] 161128 BLACKPINK for NYLON JAPAN January 2017 Issue {Interview ENG TRANS}

BLACKPINK is a 4-member girl group, YG’s first 7 years after 2NE1. BLACKPINK, composed of Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé, debuted in Korea on August 8, 2016, shocking the world with their visuals and talent. Their music videos have more than 50M views and have become a hot topic in the world in a very short time. Of course, BLACKPINK has become the new Korean culture icon for Japan’s new generation girls. Even though they haven’t set a Japanese debut yet, they set a special photoshoot in Korea with Nylon Japan.

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The four girls held the photoshoot under a blue sky in Itaewon, Korea. With their slender hands and feet, innocent faces of young girls, and very cutely greeting “Annyeong haseyo” with baby voices, they were completely different from the girls who give powerful performances. These girls will surely be leaders of the next generation of Korean culture. Experience the beginning of that in Nylon Japan.

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[YG-LIFE] 161117 INTERVIEW: 2016 AAA’s Rookie of the Year Awardee BLACKPINK “Wanna be a team that fans always look forward to seeing”

You seem to have good team-work. What do the other members mean to you?

JISOO: We’ve been together and relied on each other for such a long time, so we just can’t live without the others. Every one of our team is so important. I wanna be with them for my entire life.

JENNIE: We’ve spent more time together than with our own families, so we’re like real sisters in our everyday lives. I feel as if we’re close friends who became one team, rather than we’re bound as a team by somebody else.

LISA: Every one of our team has different strengths, so we talk about good things about each other.

ROSÉ: As the four of us are all different, we make up for the other’s weaknesses, while trusting and recognizing each other as well.

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[YG-LIFE] 161113 INTERVIEW: If You Ask Why The Group is Named BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK has charisma. At least on the stage it does. Although it is only a rookie that debuted recently in August, BLACKPINK members have such a mysterious charm that one cannot help falling in love with them once seeing them on stage.

However, BLACKPINK members are surprisingly shy and naïve in person. So much so that it seems unreal. And, they are so lovable too. We met BLACKPINK for an interview after it released its second single album “SQUARE TWO”, and we saw why they were named “BLACKPINK”.

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