Here's a Look at BLACKPINK and the Members' Solo Ventures

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K-pop sensation BLACKPINK has been setting benchmarks for other South Korean acts in the global music industry for some time. As its members branch out with solo projects, they are continuing to pave the way for new artistic frontiers.

Unlike past years when solo debuts from within a K-pop group may have suggested trouble or hinted at member rivalries, BLACKPINK's individual endeavors have been additive, supplementing the group's journey while highlighting new artistic dimensions.

Jennie, one of the group's members, released her debut solo single "Solo" in 2018, two years before BLACKPINK dropped its first studio album. Since then, Rosé, Lisa, and Jisoo have also pursued their solo careers, broadening their horizons while maintaining their group's creative essence.

Below is an overview of BLACKPINK and their individual solo endeavors:


The group established its position in the K-pop world with viral hits like "DDU-DU DDU-DU" and "BOOMBAYAH," but it took them four years to release their first studio album, which came out in 2020. "Ice Cream" featuring Selena Gomez became their highest-charting single in the US, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. BLACKPINK made history in 2019 as the first K-pop group to perform at Coachella and, recently, as the first to headline the festival.


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Jennie's debut solo single, "Solo," was released in November 2018, before BLACKPINK's first studio album. It topped Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart for one week. In 2022, she performed "You & Me" during BLACKPINK's Born Pink World Tour, and it is yet to be officially released. Jennie is also set to make her acting debut in the HBO series The Idol.


Credit: Jisoo/Instagram

Jisoo was the first BLACKPINK member to try acting, starring in the JTBC series Snowdrop in 2021. She released her solo debut, ME, in March 2022, comprising two tracks: "All Eyes on Me," a bubbly pop number, and "(FLOWER)," which blends pop and trap with traditional Korean melodies. "(FLOWER)" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts.


Credit: Rosé/Instagram

Rosé was the second BLACKPINK member to pursue a solo career. She released her two-track EP, R, in March 2021, with "On the Ground" debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. The track peaked at No. 70 on the Hot 100. The B-side, "Gone," reached No. 17 on Global Excl. U.S. and No. 29 on Global 200.


Credit: Lisa/Instagram

Lisa, the group's charismatic rapper-singer, released her debut two-track project, LALISA, in September 2021. The lead single "LALISA" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Global 200 and the Hot 100 at No. 84. The B-side "Money" received some radio airplay but peaked at No. 90 on the Hot 100. In 2022, Lisa won the Best K-pop artist category and became the first solo K-pop winner at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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