Since its debut in 2016, BLACKPINK has become one of the biggest groups to rise out of South Korea’s music scene; having over 54.6 million followers on Instagram, 8.8 million followers on Twitter, and 22 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
For those who don’t know, BLACKPINK is a four member K-pop girl group under YG Entertainment consisting of members Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rose. The quartet’s debut song “Boombayah” reached No. 1 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart in 2016. Throughout the years, Blackpink has released various albums and singles, including “Ddu-du-Ddu-du” and “Kill This Love,” which helped push the group into international stardom. Since their debut, they’ve had collaborations with Dua Lipa’s “Kiss and Make Up,” Lady Gaga in “Sour Candy”, Cardi B in “Bet You Wanna,” and “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez.
In 2019, the girl group made music-festival history during their Coachella performance as the first female K-pop group to perform at the iconic festival. Now they are here to set a new standard by headlining for the upcoming festival this April 15-22nd weekend.
Alongside Bad Bunny and Frank Ocean, Blackpink will reign as one of the three headliners for Coachella 2023 with their now two full-length albums, solo music from each member, and multiple world tours to draw on for experience.
“We’re so excited and honored to be able to return to Coachella as headliners,” Jennie says in a interview. “We had the best time in 2019 and can’t wait to experience the energy of the audience again. There are some nerves, but more than anything, we’re just ready to have fun.”
Member Rose says she’s still coming to terms with the opportunity to come back as headliners, but recalls how substantial their first performance was in fueling the quartet’s ambitions.
“It feels absolutely unreal…I think performing for Coachella in 2019 was a moment that really woke us up as BLACKPINK- to be motivated, to dream on and dream big. But we never expected anything as big as being the headliner of a festival we’ve all grown up admiring and hoping someday we could find ourselves in the crowd of.”
After photographs snapped Jisoo and Lisa leaving for the U.S. from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport together earlier this week, the members have stayed relatively quiet- both from public view and on their social media- as they put in final preparations for Weekend 1.