BLACKPINK Makes History As The First K-Pop Artist To Headline Coachella

A stage fit for the K-pop queens

This story was first published on 7 November 2022.

Blinks, it’s the perfect time to sing along to “When we pull up you know it's a shutdown” because BLACKPINK is once again smashing records and is now the first K-pop act to headline Coachella.

BLACKPINK at the 2023 Coachella

BLACKPINK members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa are slated to perform at Coachella, which will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on 15 and 22 April 2023. The girls performed at the famous music festival back in 2019 and became the first K-pop artists to do so.

Other headlining acts joining them are Bad Bunny, who is also a first-time headliner and the festival’s first Latin musician (for 14 and 21 April) and R&B artist Frank Ocean (for 16 and 23 April). Other popular artists in this year’s lineup are The Kid LAROI, Charli XCX, Labrinth, Becky G, Jackson Wang, and more.

BLACKPINK’s Born Pink comeback

BLACKPINK is officially back with Pink Venom from their latest album Born Pink. The song officially entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts at number 22. 

On 31 July, the group released a trailer for its upcoming album Born Pink. The teaser revealed that BLACKPINK will launch a pre-release single in August, while the full album will drop in September.

Ahead of the release, the group announced its plans for the physical release of the album. It includes a CD, package box, lyrics sheet, and an 80-page photo book. On top of that, there are also photo cards, postcards, a sticker, and two instant films. You can order the box — and more goodies — here. The album is also available for streaming online. You can check out our full review of the album here.

BLACKPINK also performed Pink Venom at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards last 29 August 2022. This production number marked the group's first time performing at an awards show in the United States.

BLACKPINK posing while on stage

BLACKPINK will soon be back “in your area”. (Photo from: @blackpinkofficial)

The girl group is also on a world tour right now, touted to be the "largest-ever world tour for a K-Pop girl group". The tour officially started last October 2022 and will end in June 2023. The quartet is coming to Singapore on 13 May 2023.

The tour dates.

Before the official announcements, there were several clues that BLACKPINK will be releasing new tracks. Here are some hints that point to the idol group’s imminent comeback.

Jennie’s new hairstyle

Jennie’s always on top of beauty trends. Sometimes, she even creates them. But her new hairstyle might be more than her keeping with what’s in vogue, it may also be a huge clue that BLACKPINK is having a comeback soon.

New hair, new album?

The 26-year-old singer and rapper dyed her signature black locks with a light orange shade, that fans speculate is related to the concept of BLACKPINK’s new release in 2022.

Jennie’s guest appearance at The Game Caterers 2

The next clue also came from Jennie. She mentioned BLACKPINK’s comeback in passing during an episode of The Game Caterers 2, a novelty show on producer Na Young Suk’s YouTube channel where he plays games with different celebrities.

Jennie reveals BLACKPINK comeback at an episode of “The Game Caterers 2”.

“BLACKPINK [is] preparing for a comeback. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but since I’m here on my own today, I’ll say what I want. Please cheer us on a lot,” Jennie said during the segment. A report by Sports Donga on the comeback alluded to Jennie’s statement and added that a source has told them that it’s happening in June.

Jisoo teased that “the song” is really good

The mystery “song” is speculated to be the upcoming hit from the K-pop quartet.

Jisoo also teased BLINKS via the Korean app and web platform Weverse with a post that translates to “the song is really good.” This led fans to believe that the upcoming single is already in its final stages and is ready to drop.

Somi’s accidental leak during an Instagram Live

An unreleased BLACKPINK song played in the background.

Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer Jeon Somi, who is under the same label as BLACKPINK, accidentally revealed a portion of an unreleased BLACKPINK track while on Instagram Live. It was only about two seconds but fans were delighted with the unplanned “teaser”.

Are you excited? We definitely are!

This article will be updated with details on BLACKPINK’s comeback as soon as more information becomes available.

(Cover photos from: @blackpinkofficial, @BLACKPINK)

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