BLACKPINK Reminisces About Their Trainee Period And Highlights Of Their Career

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Not long after BLACKPINK celebrated their 2nd anniversary since their debut, the girl group sat down for a long-ranging interview about their career.

BLACKPINK first debuted on August 8, 2016, quickly becoming one of K-pop’s trendiest girl groups with hits like “BOOMBAYAH,” “Playing With Fire,” and “As If It’s Your Last.” In 2018 they broke their hiatus with “DDU-DU DDU-DU” and have broken several records, including for Korean girl groups on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Before BLACKPINK debuted, there was much speculation about the number of members to be included. The interviewer asked them if it had caused them unease to see some of their fellow trainees ultimately leave the company, YG Entertainment, before they could debut.

“We practiced harder,” they said instead. “We came here for a reason, and thought it would be such a shame if we weren’t able to realize our dream. So we resolved not to give up and went on.”

BLACKPINK then talked about their trainee period. “Even when we were tired and complaining about it, the conversation always turned back to food,” they said. “We shared our favorite restaurants and felt better.”

They then talked about their “no alcohol, no smoking, and no driving” ban. “That was during our trainee days,” they explained. “When we were trainees, we were all minors. Of course, we still voluntarily keep that rule. When we were told about the ban as trainees, we were so young that it seemed like things to do when one was a lot older. We laughed when we first heard about it.”

As for how they relieve stress, Rosé said, “Tears come to my eyes when I eat really good food. Not long ago my mom came and made me food and it was so good.”

Jisoo said, “I play with my dog and take a lot of photos and videos and play around.” Jennie added, “I sleep for about three to four hours a day, so I’d like to sleep for about 10 hours.”

Lisa concluded, “After I finish work for the day, I go back to the dorm and see my cat waiting for me and feel happy.”

When asked if they’d ever snuck out of their dorm without permission, they said, “On a holiday before our debut, the four of us went to a famous shopping mall, visited an aquarium, and ate at the food court. It wasn’t sneaking out though, because we’d been given a two-day holiday.”

Picking some highlights of their 2-year career, they shared, “The creation of our fanclub (BLINK) and our light stick. It made us happy to think that a connection had been forged between us and our fans. There are no regrets. If there are, we try to forget about them when we think of them.”

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GAON Chart and Sales Thread | 2018 | Week 31

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GAON Chart and Sales Thread 2018

Week 31 (18.07.29 – 18.08.04)

DDU-DU DDU-DU

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 4 -1 48,263,872 465,557,863
DOWNLOAD 6
STREAMING 4 -1
BGM 16 -4
MOBILE 2
KARAOKE 14 -4

FOREVER YOUNG

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 8 -1 31,841,567 289,145,463
DOWNLOAD 13 -3
STREAMING 8 -1
BGM 64 +6
MOBILE 33 -5
KARAOKE 59 -3

SQUARE UP

Chart Rank Change Total Sales
ALBUM 11 +11 197,975

AS IF IT'S YOUR LAST

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 52 -2 10,595,871 316,293,440
DOWNLOAD 53 -4
STREAMING 54 -2

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DOWNLOAD 100* -6
KARAOKE 97 -13

*Domestic Chart


MONTHLY CHARTS (JULY 2018)

DDU-DU DDU-DU

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 1 +1 250,700,761 438,581,680
DOWNLOAD 4 -3
STREAMING 1 +1
BGM 6 +3
MOBILE 2
KARAOKE 12 HOT

FOREVER YOUNG

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 6 +2 158,805,767 271,290,067
DOWNLOAD 9 -6
STREAMING 6 +3
BGM 53 -6
MOBILE 25 -14
KARAOKE 59 NEW

REALLY

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 85 -15 30,461,157 69,250,956
DOWNLOAD 99 -77
STREAMING 84 +3

SQUARE UP

Chart Rank Change Sales Total
ALBUM 15 -13 18,992 197,975

AS IF IT'S YOUR LAST

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DIGITAL 51 +11 47,640,563 309,231,880
DOWNLOAD 49 +19
STREAMING 48 +15
MOBILE 96 +45

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Chart Rank Change Gaon Index Total
DOWNLOAD 92 +26
KARAOKE 80 +18

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa And Rosé On Happiness And Hopes For The Future

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A quick story about my lightstick

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It was Amazon Prime Day and I had just moved into my apartment, the first time I’ve lived by myself. I needed some important household items (microwave, bookshelf, coffee table… you get the idea), so I loaded up my cart. I checked out and thought nothing of it. The next day I got an email. “Your package from YG Entertainment has shipped!” Apparently the night before I added the Blackpink lightstick into my cart (blame it on the alcohol), and it had been buried so deep in my Amazon cart that I didn’t even notice it was there. I felt kind of dumb for having bought it, but I thought, No turning back now. I guess I’m getting a lightstick.

Fast forward a few weeks and though my shipment tracker said it was delivered, it was nowhere to be found. I live on a street in Seattle with relatively high foot traffic, so I surmised that USPS had delivered my package outside of my apartment and someone stole it. At this point, my attitude towards the lightstick had shifted from “oops” to genuine anticipation and curiosity. You can imagine that I was disappointed to not receive my accidental purchase. As such, I contacted Amazon, who in turn contacted the seller to issue a replacement (this time with delivery confirmation!), which is en route at the time of this message. Hooray!

Yesterday, however, I opened my mailbox and there was a key inside. This key opened one of the larger mailboxes and lo and behold, there was my original lightstick, the barcode circled in black pen with the words “WRONG ADDRESS” written next to it. I got my lightstick AND I have another on the way! The story of my lightstick took a sudden and unexpected turn and became the story of my lightsticks! That said, I won’t be keeping the second lightstick, opting instead to give it to my dear friend who introduced me to Kpop through Blackpink.

Thanks for reading, blinks! Have a great day!

P.S. I shared this story with a colleague, who is also a fan of Blackpink. Whenever she asks how I’m doing, I always respond “I’m Jisoo I’m okay.” The last text I sent her was “I’m Jisoo I want a replacement.”

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