Blackpink to Make History as First K-Pop Girl Group to Play Coachella
The Seoul-based quartet will perform at the annual music fest alongside American heavyweights Childish Gambino and Janelle Monae, among others.
Blackpink is making history.
The Korean quartet is set to become the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella in the music festival's 20-year history. It was announced on Wednesday night that the Seoul-based act — comprised of members Jennie, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo — are among the annual event's performers. Additionally, they've been given topline billing on day one of the anticipated three-day concert series.
On Friday, April 12, Blackpink will touch down in Indio, California, where the group is scheduled to share the stage with a handful of America's most prominent artists, including Janelle Monae, Diplo, Kacey Musgraves and headliner Childish Gambino, among others. The band will perform again one week later on April 19 during Coachella's second weekend.
Though Blackpink is the first K-pop girl group to play Coachella, this isn't the first time a Korean act has graced the music fest's stage. In 2016, the hip-hop trio Epik High performed alongside headliners Calvin Harris and rock legends Guns N' Roses.
Coachella founder Paul Tollett reportedly traveled to South Korea last year to personally invite Blackpink to participate in this year's lineup. The foursome — who have yet to perform in the U.S. — confirmed the news via Instagram on Thursday morning. "Coachella 2019," wrote the group, who are currently touring Southeast Asia. "See you there."
Japanese electro-pop girl group Perfume and South Korean rockers Jambinai and Hyukoh round out this year's standout Asian acts. Other performers announced include rock band Tame Impala and pop diva Ariana Grande, who will headline Coachella's Saturday and Sunday lineups, respectively.
News of Blackpink's decision to play the famed festival comes days after the group's young women — who range in age from 21 to 24 — wrapped a triumphant year marked by unprecedented commercial success not only in Asia but also stateside. Jennie, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo currently hold the record as the highest-charting female K-pop act on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 55 with their worldwide monster hit "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," and at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their sophomore EP, Square Up, both of which were released in June.
Blackpink's eye-catching, dance-driven visual for "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" previously set the record as the most-viewed Korean music video within a 24-hour period on YouTube, garnering a staggering 36.2 million views. It has since become the fastest K-pop music video to reach 500 million views on the video-sharing platform.
Last month, Jennie — who debuted with Blackpink in August 2016 through K-pop behemoth YG Entertainment — spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the significance of making an impression on American audiences. The group recently signed with Interscope Records and the larger Universal Music Group for representation outside of Asia.
"We never thought our music would reach out to so many people around the world," said the "Solo" singer. "We're very thankful for this great opportunity and we find it important because we can reach out and perform for more fans [and] a bigger audience internationally."