BLACKPINK not only caught the attention of fans in the K-Pop scene, but they also caught the eye of Rolling Stone Magazine! They made it to the list of the “10 New Artists You Need To Know: September 2016”.
The magazine describes their sound as “a perfect marriage of K-pop and A-town trap“. It was also mentioned that those who are into CL, 2ne1, Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony will definitely take a liking to BLACKPINK. Further compliments them in their description of the girl group as a unit who is “on the verge of breaking with a unique fusion of bubblegum pop and hard-hitting hip-hop.” The publication also noted the extensive training the group went through, which consisted of about four to six years, before they were able to break into the K-pop scene.
Jisoo, a member of the group, looks back on how they started and she couldn’t believe herself how far they’ve come now:
“I couldn’t believe it; it was such a long awaited debut that it was hard to tell if it was all a dream or not. However, once we did debut I also felt a sort of emptiness in my heart thinking that I’ve reached my goals. But now I have even bigger dreams to fill that emptiness. We’ve accomplished the first step by debuting, but I’d also like to achieve other bigger goals soon…”
When asked about their influences, the members dropped the names of Lianne La Havas, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande. Jennie also believes that the group is ready for any music style and dancing. She adds that they have a strong color as a group which will be unveiled in their music.
In closing, BLACKPINK gives due credit to their executive producer, Yang Hyun Suk for choosing their name. The girl group’s name aims to represent their strong features; how they can be fierce on stage and be themselves off stage. They liken it to how black and pink are very diverse colors.
Cheers for more success to BLACKPINK!
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Source: Rolling Stone
Edited By: Sarah Smith
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