Blackpink World Tour: Since its debut in 2016, Blackpink has established itself as the undisputed leader of subsequent generations of K-pop girl groups. According to the numbers, Blackpink’s reign isn’t going to last. Blackpink has only released two albums, two EPs, and a collection of singles over the course of six years, which, in the cutthroat music industry, where new groups appear weekly and customers’ standards demand new comebacks multiple times a year, should be lost in the shuffle.
Still, on November 14th, Blackpink proved to a sold-out crowd in Newark’s Prudential Center that they can maintain their position at the top of the charts despite having released only a handful of studio albums.
There was a palpable air of excitement as spectators flooded the arena for the show. Blackpink will do their first U.S. performances since the 2019 “In Your Area Tour” in promotion of their 2022 album of the same name with the “Born Pink World Tour.” There were many Blinks (fans of the K-pop group Blackpink) who couldn’t contain their enthusiasm as the group’s music videos played on the big screen while they rushed to their seats.
After the concert venue lights were turned off, the crowd was bathed in the pink light of hundreds of BI-Ping-Bongs (Blackpink’s hammer-shaped lightstick) as videos of each member flashed on the screen to the accompaniment of fresh rounds of applause.
A crescendo of anticipation was reached when the massive screens on stage parted to reveal Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The foursome took the spotlight and launched into an energetic rendition of 2020’s “The Albumlead “‘s single, the brashly boastful “How You Like That.”
The show was broken up into five segments, each of which featured a different video package, set design, and costume change. Blackpink’s first two acts were packed with fan favourites like “Pretty Savage,” “Lovesick Girls,” and “Kill This Love.”
Rosé acted as the group’s de facto spokesperson, thanking the crowd and encouraging them to shout as loud as they could in the small interludes between the flurry of dance numbers that made up the first hour. When the band started playing their latest single, “Pink Venom,” the crowd chanted their name in unison.
In the third act, each performer got an opportunity to showcase their individual skills and flair in a solo showcase. Jisoo started things off with a classy rendition of “Liar” by Camila Cabello. The crowd began chanting “Jennie,” and the singer responded by performing an unreleased song called “You & I (Moonlight),” showcasing her vocal, rapping, and dancing abilities.
Rosé and Lisa, who have each published more substantial solo projects, each played two shortened solo tracks. Rosé’s “Hard to Love” was laid-back and vocally remarkable, while her “On the Ground” was technically flawless and sexually alluring.
Lisa’s performances of the hip-hop single “Money” and her VMA-winning song “Lalisa,” which she took home from the same venue in August, were particularly well received by the crowd. Blackpink‘s discography, which focuses on hip-hop and dance, means that they don’t need to perform with live instruments.
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For this reason, it was especially noteworthy because they were accompanied by a four-piece live band, who shone both during the band’s performances and during a prolonged instrumental outro that followed the album’s main single, “Pink Venom.” A group of about 30 backup dancers provided similar excellent assistance for the group.
During their performances, Blackpink’s dynamic dancers pushed the standard to match the band’s grandiose, theatrical music. Even though Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa exited to prepare for their solo stages, the group still managed to steal the spotlight during the song’s lengthy dance break (“Pink Venom”).
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Blackpink’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU” from 2018 is a perfect example of the band’s cohesive sound and overall aesthetic. Blackpink’s strongest qualities are on full display in their latest single, “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” which has soaring pre-choruses from Rosé and Jisoo, tight rap verses from Lisa and Jennie, and a trap-inspired dancing chorus.
Because of all of these factors and more, it was the overwhelming favourite of the Blinks in the crowd, who enthusiastically danced and sang along. As soon as Blackpink left the stage following their emotional performance of “Forever Young,” the crowd became restless. The gathered Blinks weren’t the least bit surprised by their departure.
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Instead, they were looking forward to the upbeat encore that was sure to cap off a fantastic performance. In contrast to how western musicians tend to save their greatest and most high-energy songs for the encore, K-pop shows us the opportunity to thank and celebrate the audience.
During their farewell performance, Blackpink came out for the last time wearing their own tour hoodies and t-shirts to which the crowd yelled their name. With the concert winding down, the band relaxed their choreography for the final three songs (‘Yeah Yeah Yeah,’ ‘Stay,’ and ‘As If It’s Your Last’), waving and creating hearts with their hands to show their appreciation for the fans in the audience.
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After nearly two hours of beautifully choreographed dance performances, it was a welcome change of pace that gave the members an opportunity to engage with one another and exhibit their personalities. Audience members filed out one by one as the lights came back up and a scrolling line of credits thanked everyone from tour management to security.
Despite its modest scale, the acknowledgement of the tremendous effort that goes into the background was deeply appreciated. Blackpink and their team have demonstrated their commitment to producing only the highest quality performances with every aspect of the “Born Pink World Tour,” from the onstage performance to the lighting and stage design.