I was surprised to hear BLACKPINK’s Rosé sing “Eyes, Nose, Lips” by BIGBANG’s TaeYang, her label-mate… because of how unstable and off-tune her voice sounded.
One of the reasons why 2NE1 disbanded is because Minzy – the girl group’s main dancer, lead vocalist, and youngest member – decided to leave YG Entertainment during her group’s ridiculously long, two-year hiatus.
Since YG singers, producers, song writers, etc. work under the strict restrictions of their “company” – which is run by brothers Yang Hyun-suk and Yang Min-suk (both of whom I’ll refer to as the “company” throughout this post) – they seldom see their ideas and dreams realized.
That’s why Minzy left YG, and why CL has either left the company or is most likely leaving the company soon. 2NE1’s members didn’t just suffer from their final group hiatus; they became tired of wishing for group and solo activities to happen (since everything from song and TV appearances have to be checked and approved by their bosses), and annoyed by the lack of support from their company whenever they were criticized (about their appearance, skills, behaviors, and thoughts).
2NE1 will probably reunite. I don’t know how soon, but it’ll probably happen for a YG Family Concert. And it’ll probably be one of the most popular “2nd gen.” K-Pop comebacks of that year.
Jisoo officially serves the visual role in YG Entertainment’s girl group, BLACKPINK.
In BLACKPINK’s latest comeback, she stole the spotlight and captured the hearts of many with her huge vocal improvement, versatile beauty, and powerful dance in the music video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”.
But few noticed how she has always exceeded the expectations of a visual even long before the group’s debut.
A little bit about myself: I don’t consider myself a BLINK (a fan of BLACKPINK), but I do enjoy listening to some songs by BLACKPINK and other K-Pop artists. You have been warned.
BLACKPINK’s comeback didn’t impress me.
The first song I listened to was “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”, and of course I saw the MV on the release day. The song seemed very… bland and flat? I don’t know how else to describe it, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The MV seemed all over the place, and the color scheme was pretty simple – black and pink.
I was kinda hoping for BLACKPINK to release another ballad song different from “Stay”, but I was disappointed to find that no such song existed in the album.
Moreover, the album didn’t feel brand new. All of the songs had that familiar Western vibe. It’s almost as if Teddy and whoever else worked on the album’s four songs was trying to conglomerate Taylor Swift, J-Lo, Rihanna, Beyonce, Calvin Harris’ musical styles… Overall, the songs sound all over the place like “I Got A Boy” by SNSD, yet seem strong enough to compete in the Western music market. Also, since the producers tried to mix Oriental styles into the four tracks unsuccessfully, I thought that the producers were trying to go for a concept that’s similar to “Jai Ho” by PCD.
The comeback felt rushed. It’s as if YG and the producers were really pushing for Western concepts by making BLACKPINK’s “Square Up” mini-album a mix of EDM, Tropical House, and other familiar genres that Westerners are used to listening to. Lyrically, all four songs don’t really have any catchy or unique messages; the lyrics mostly focus on singing to the beat. At least they could make good shopping music.
Would I listen to BLACKPINK’s “Square Up” tracks again? Most likely not. “Square Up”, in my opinion, has got to be their worst album. If I had to rank the songs, I’d say that “Forever Young” is the best, followed by “See U Later”, and then “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” and “Really” are tied for last place.
BLACKPINK’s best song to date is “Stay” because of the song’s interesting usage of harmonica, the shift between sad and happy tones from bridges to choruses, and the good balance between soft-spoken rapping and emotional singing.
If YG were to release a second music video for BLACKPINK, it’d be for the song “Forever Young”. I saw the live performance for “Forever Young” on YouTube, and the choreography for that song is so much better than the choreography for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”. Plus, the song is quite catchy (minus the Oriental music at the end of the song).