Blackpink (Hangul: 블랙핑크), stylized as BLACKPINK or BLΛƆK PIИK, is a South Korean girl group formed in 2016 by YG Entertainment. The group consists of four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. They are a multinational group, having members from South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and New Zealand.
Pre-debutOn June 1, 2016, YG Entertainment began to reveal members of their upcoming girl group, starting from Jennie, who previously collaborated with artists of the same agency. On June 8, the second member was revealed to be Lisa, who was first introduced in 2012 and featured as a model for NONA9ON. On June 15, they revealed the third member Jisoo, the oldest of the group, who modeled for various brands and appeared in several music videos and made a cameo appearance in KBS's The Producers.On June 22, Rosé was revealed to be the last member, who collaborated with G-Dragon in the song "Without You" in 2012.Finally, on June 29, YG Entertainment uploaded group photos of the members and confirmed BLACKPINK as the name of their new four-member girl group.The agency confirmed that the debut would take place in late July, however, the debut was postponed to August 8.
2016: Debut with their first single album Square OneOn July 29, 2016, YG Entertainment revealed an image confirming the group's debut on August 8 at 8pm. Later it was reported that their stage debut would be on August 14 on Inkigayo.From August 3, individual teaser images of the group members were revealed, starting from Rosé, along with new group images.On August 5, YG Entertainment released a promotional image that revealed the debut song title, "BOOMBAYAH". "BOOMBAYAH" was produced by Teddy Park, and written by Teddy Park and Bekuh Boom. The music video was directed by Seo Hyun Seung who also directed "I Am the Best" by 2NE1 and "Fantastic Baby" by Big Bang. The second title track to be announced was "Whistle", which was produced by Teddy Park and Future Bounce while the lyrics were written by Teddy Park and Bekuh Boom.On August 8, a promotional image was released announcing the title of the first single album, Square One. A few hours later, at 2pm (KST), "BOOMBAYAH" and "Whistle" were released on V-app after the group's showcase. Both singles were officially released digitally via Korean music portals and on iTunes at 8pm (KST).YG reported that Black Pink will not have a leader, because of how all the girls have been so close during training together. YG hopes to see the members make decisions as a group.