BLACKPINK, the K-pop superstar quartet that has earned the title of the “World’s Biggest Girl Group”, has released their long-awaited second studio album following a two-year hiatus. With the cancelation of a world tour planned for their debut album released in 2020 due to COVID-19, BLACKPINK worked on expanding their fanbase online through virtual concerts and premiering two of their member’s solo projects. During the pandemic, BLACKPINK gained lots of new fans in the growing curiosity of K-pop. Now, old and new fans of the group have the opportunity to see Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa on stage performing their biggest hits and the songs off their recently released (and long-awaited) album. BLACKPINK kicked off their world tour, ‘BORN PINK’ in October, titled after the critically acclaimed album. Beginning in Seoul, the superstar girl group touched down in North America back on October 25, 2022. Having worked their way through Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Hamilton,
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In the midst of their world tour, BLACKPINK has concluded their stay in the midwest of the United States with their back-to-back performances in Chicago’s United Center on the 10th and 11th of November. At this point, they have reached the halfway point of the North American portion of their tour, as they plan to take their tour to Europe and Asia after just four more concerts, two of those being in Newark and the final two taking place in Los Angeles. Those that are contemplating purchasing tickets to attend one of their stadium concerts may be deliberating based on the viral videos on TikTok and Twitter criticizing the group’s performances. Opposing the online haters are the lucky attendees of the tour who give a resounding appraisal of the performance quality and the explosive energy from the concerts. If anyone has any hesitation on purchasing tickets, whether it is from price or fear of a lackluster performance, BLINKS (BLACKPINK’s fanbase) that have attended the tour so far collectively agree that it is worth the money and there will be no disappointments.
BLACKPINK Brings the Energy with a Crowd-Pleasing Setlist
Luckily for all the fans of BLACKPINK’s global chart-topping hits, they can expect their favorite songs from their discography to be on the setlist (as long as your favorite song is not ‘BOOMBAYAH’). From their debut single, ‘WHISTLE’, to their most recent single, ‘Shut Down’, to even the songs that are a little bit more lowkey such as ‘STAY’ and ‘FOREVER YOUNG’, there is no doubt that anyone that likes BLACKPINK will not enjoy the tracks chosen for the tour. In addition to BLACKPINK tracks, the girls each get their own moment to shine with a solo performance designated for each member. Jisoo shows off her elegance by covering a Camilo Cabello song with an original dance sequence. Jennie brings her energy and amazing visuals previewing an unreleased track thought to be titled ‘YOU & ME’. Rosé blesses the crowd with her solo track off the ‘BORN PINK’ album, ‘Hard to Love’, and the title track, ‘On The Ground’, off her solo album. Lastly, Lisa gives a groundbreaking performance showing off her pole dancing skills that blend into two tracks off her solo album, ‘LALISA’, showing off what makes her a respectable contender for the best female dancer in K-pop. Whether you’re a fan of any of the members or all four of them, attendees can expect an impressive stage performance from each of the members.
Aside from the performance of BLACKPINK themselves, BLINKS helps bring out the astounding forceful energy that overpowers many other audiences outside of K-pop. From the unison created with the signature pink-lit lightsticks that create a black and pink field of light, to the incomparable cheering and screams that raise the energy to outstanding levels, there was no lacking in the audience’s presence. Anyone that attends does not have to worry about feeling like the only person knowing the music and loves every second of it.
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There has been lots of debate and speculation on the future of BLACKPINK. As the end of BLACKPINK’s contract approaches (mid-2023), many are left in the dark about whether the four members will decide to renew their contracts for another seven years or disband. A few BLINKS have been outspoken with their assurance that BLACKPINK has already confirmed their contract renewal, but not many credible sources can be found to double down on this. With that being said, this is possibly the last time that fans around the world may be able to see BLACKPINK live. In the worst-case scenario for BLINKS, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa could decide to disband once the world tour is over and it could be the end of BLACKPINK at the end of this tour.
If anyone has been on TikTok or Twitter and kept up with the K-pop community on the apps, they may have seen some short videos pointing out some flaws criticizing BLACKPINK’s ability to deliver a solid performance. The best advice as an actual attendee of the concert is that people cannot judge an entire concert off of a clip showcasing a couple of seconds. Videos don’t capture the true energy that exudes from a live performance being surrounded by the loud music, seeing the idols in person, and the amazing stage presence from BLACKPINK and the crowd. It seems that the BLACKPINK girls have also sharpened their performance since the viral videos labeling their first concert in Seoul as “a mess”. From what was seen in person, the BLACKPINK girls weren’t at all close to what haters have branded them to be online. It was truly one of the best and most energetic live performances.
BLACKPINK’s North American portion of their ‘BORN PINK’ tour will stop in Los Angeles, CA on November 19 and 20. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster for resale.
By Nino Vongphachanh
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