Blackpink’s main rapper, who also sings, Jennie was a “trainee” for just shy of six years — the longest of the members. (Under the trainee system in South Korea, aspiring pop idols audition with entertainment agencies to become trainees with the hopes of one day debuting as an artist.) Jennie lived in New Zealand for a period before moving back to South Korea in 2010, and speaks fluent English in addition to Korean and Japanese. She was the first member of Blackpink to release an individual track, titled “SOLO.” The music video showcased her versatility as both a rapper and singer, while further establishing her as a fashion icon through the more than 20 outfits worn within the three-minute clip.
Member of girl group Blackpink, Jennie, who turns 25 on Saturday (Jan 16), got an early birthday gift when she became the first South Korean female artiste to surpass 600 million views on YouTube – a feat she achieved with her aptly named hit song Solo.
According to her agency YG Entertainment, the music video for the song reached 600 million views at about 5.20am on Friday (Jan 15) – about two years after Solo’s release in November 2018.
The tune, about seeking independence after a break-up, was written and co-produced by Korean-American rapper and songwriter Teddy Park.
Blackpink, who dropped their latest album, titled The Album, in October, also comprise Jisoo, 26, Lisa and Rose, both 23. They are also set to make their solo debuts.
In December, YG announced that Lisa and Rose will be having their solo debuts this year, while Jisoo’s debut album will be pushed back due to her filming commitments for the upcoming TV series Snowdrop.
The quartet will be holding their first live-streamed concert, originally scheduled to take place in late December, on Jan 31.