FIRST LOOK: BLACKPINK Funko Pops spotted
Here’s our first look at the upcoming BLACKPINK Funko Pop figures featuring the four members of the K-Pop girl group.
No official word yet on the release date, price and other variants so let’s just assume for the moment that this is just the regular versions and there could be others coming soon.
BLɅϽKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted in August 2016 with their single album Square One, which featured “Whistle” and “Boombayah”, their first number-one entries on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart and the US Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, respectively.
Referred to as the “biggest girl group in the world”, Blackpink is the most successful Korean girl group internationally. They are the highest-charting female Korean act on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13 with “Ice Cream” (2020), and on the Billboard 200, peaking at number one with their second studio album Born Pink (2022), which is the best-selling album of all time by a female act in South Korea and the first to sell over two million copies. They were the first girl group to top the Billboard Artist 100 and the first Korean girl group to enter and top the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. Blackpink also became the first female Korean act to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with their single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” (2018).
Their 2018 song “Kiss and Make Up”, a collaboration with Dua Lipa, was the first by a Korean group to receive a certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and a platinum certification from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Blackpink’s debut studio album, The Album (2020), became the best-selling album of all time by a Korean girl group and the highest-charting female Korean album on the Billboard 200 at number two, records both surpassed by Born Pink. Born Pink was the first album by a girl group to reach number one on the Billboard 200 since Danity Kane in 2008 and set two Guinness World Records as the first album by a Korean girl group to top the Billboard 200 as well as the UK Albums Chart. The album’s lead single “Pink Venom” (2022) was the first song by a Korean group to top the ARIA Singles Chart and the first song by a girl group to top the Billboard Global 200.
Blackpink has broken numerous online records throughout their career. Their music video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” was the first by a Korean group to surpass one billion views as well as two billion views and is currently the most-viewed by a Korean group on YouTube. Blackpink’s music videos for “Kill This Love” (2019) and “How You Like That” (2020) each set records for the most-viewed music video within the first 24 hours of release, with the latter breaking three and setting two Guinness World Records. They are the most-subscribed music artist and own the most-viewed music channel on YouTube, and are the most-followed and most-streamed girl group on Spotify. Their other accolades include the New Artist of the Year Award at the Golden Disc Awards and Seoul Music Awards, the MAMA Award for Best Female Group in 2020 and 2022, the first MTV Video Music Award won by a Korean girl group, the first Brit Award nomination for a Korean girl group, and recognition as the first female Korean group on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia and as Time’s 2022 Entertainer of the Year. They have been acknowledged as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea by Forbes Korea (placing first in 2019, third in 2020, and second in 2021) and by former South Korean President Moon Jae-in as a global K-pop phenomenon helping spread K-pop content worldwide.