BLACKPINK is currently on the road to world domination with the released of their new mini-album, “Square Up”.
Not only did the girls tie with PSY and BIGBANG for the second most No.1s on the World Digital Song Sales chart (only BTS is ahead with 8 No.1s), BLACKPINK is also the second girl group to top both the World Albums and World Digital Song Sales.
Billboard recently sat down with Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa to discuss about their single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” making history, their new EP “Square Up”, and what’s in store for the future.
1. BLACKPINK’s evolution since their last album
“Going for a much more stronger look. And I think that’s portrayed mostly in the music video. We tried to pull off some looks that we, that we wouldn’t have even imagined coming out with previously,” Rosé told the publication.
Jennie added, “As far as the choreography goes, we had a little dance break at the end, which we’ve never done before. So we put a lot of effort into it, and we’re so happy everybody’s enjoying it.”
2. The part where Jisoo was surrounded by masked men in “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”
There were several themes explored in the extravagant music video. During Jisoo’s scenes, it explored today’s celebrity culture. “I’m wearing a pink wig, standing in front of a huge photo of me on the wall. The message is about how people can go crazy about the celebrity figures and how they will aim at the celebrities if they make mistakes. We wanted to portray a scene which is interesting and meaningful to us,” the Korean beauty explained.
3. Fashion outfits in “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” that they would like to keep
Rosé was really digging her statue scene looks, but admitted that it “would be too much to take home”. Lisa, on the other hand, wouldn’t mind taking home her spangle pants, saying it’d be perfect for a disco night out. For Jisoo, she was obsessed with the “moon” outfit that Jennie had on.
4. The foursome’s favourite tracks on the EP
Rosé likes “See U Later” for its sassiness and message of empowerment. Jennie choose “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” because she got to show off her dope rapping skills. Lisa relates to “Forever Young” because the 4 of them are still in their 20s. Jisoo was left with “Really” and explains that the song expresses romance in a cute and innocent way.
5. Future plans
“We would love to have any opportunities as we can to perform in front of you guys, not just in Korea but maybe one day in front of everyone around the world. I feel like we’ll just keep going on with what we’re doing right now,” said Jennie.
Watch the full interview here: