15 May 2018

15 May 2018 - BLACKPINK - '붐바야'(Boombayah)

Today, let's talk about Korean girl groups.  Specifically, let's start with the new kids on the block.

BLACKPINK are a somewhat manufactured band that debuted in 2016 with this video.  From a Global chart standpoint, few Korean acts have done nearly as well, and they've done all this in a very short time.  With names like Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa, very easily translated to English, it's my suspicion that this was always the plan.They were always meant to take over the world.

Mission accomplished. Their songs historically perform stronger on the US Global Chart - with all five of their singles thus far making the top 5 on that chart, with 3 #1 hits - than even in Korea. But let's be fair - they're big stars back home. too. 

This song is catchy, even in Korean.  I mean, there's a fair amount of English in here.  You'll be singing about BLACKPINK in your area before you know it!



  1. The only correction I would say is, Blackpink is a "group" and not a "band". Also "manufactured" is the norm when it comes to k-pop groups, but considering the training and instruction these young people go through over the course of 4 to 6 years before they debut, cultivated might be a better phrase.

    1. Cultivated is probably an excellent word in these cases. Since I've posted this, I've learned a lot about the K-Pop process, and I'll be going through that on a later post.