“The dedication is heartfelt,” says Goldenvoice's Susan Rosenbluth of the K-pop group's North American fans.
Just how big is BLACKPINK getting in the States? Big enough to book multiple headlining arena shows as their first proper shows in North America.
Last week, the South Korean girl group announced a six-date live run for the upcoming spring kicking off on Apr. 17 at the Forum in Los Angeles, with tickets going on sale today (Feb. 20). Produced by Goldenvoice and Powerhouse, presented by YG Entertainment and sponsored by Kia, the tour will kick off in between BLACKPINK’s Coachella performances on consecutive weekends in April, and bring the group to Chicago, Ontario, Newark, Atlanta and Dallas/Ft. Worth over the course of three weeks.
BLACKPINK, which formed in 2016 and consists of the members Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rosé, became the highest-charting K-pop girl group in Hot 100 history when their combustible pop-rap track “DDU-DU DDU-DU” debuted at No. 55 on the chart last June. Four months later, BLACKPINK signed to Interscope Records in the U.S. as part of a global partnership with YG Entertainment, and were then announced as part of the Coachella lineup in early January. Yet the recent tour announcement arguably represents the clearest sign to date of BLACKPINK’s burgeoning stateside popularity: the quartet was able to secure arena dates in multiple markets without any track record as a live artist within the continent. (The group is currently on tour in Asia, where it has been playing arenas since July.)