Earlier this year, BLACKPINK made history on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts as the highest-ranking K-pop girl group of all time, and now one member is going “Solo.” In the first of what is reportedly planned to be several tracks from the individual members of the quartet, singer-rapper Jennie comes into her own as an independent woman in her new song.
Released on Monday (Nov. 12), “Solo” begins with a plinking, snapping melody before turning into an anthemic dance track rife with EDM synths and beat drops, boisterous, hip-hop-slanting percussion, and squealing whistle effects. Throughout it, Jennie showcases her alternating mellow and soaring vocals and her deadpan, swaggering rap.
"I'm tired of pretending/ I'm done," Jennie says at the start of the track, introducing the song's independent take on being on one’s own. During the pre-chrous, she asserts her position: "This is not a touching love story/ No romance, no sincerity/ I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry/ From today on I'm a shining solo."