Rosé of BLACKPINK has announced that March 12 will be the release date for her solo debut project, titled R. Also coming that day is her first single, “On the Ground.”
Some fans, though, were confused about the actual date of the release, wondering whether the project is coming March 12 or in December. “WE GOTTA WAIT TILL DECEMBER 3RD?????” one Blink tweeted in response to the announcement.
One of the initial preview images had a few words in English embedded into its hazy image, in which the singer — in a flowing red dress — walks against a smoke-filled background. Just barely visible through the smoke under the K-pop icon’s name in huge letters are the words “No Way Out” and “You Are Now…”
The singer gave a sneak preview of the solo effort during January’s livestream concert, The Show, during which she performed the track “Gone.” A recent teaser trailer for the “Gone” video featured the 25-year-old artist lying on the floor of a bathroom, and also staring blankly into the distance as she sat at a dinner table set for one.
The Show acted as a spotlight for the group’s hits such as “Hod You Like That,” “Sour Candy,” “Kill This Love” and “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.” But it was also a chance for the quartet — Rosé, Lisa, Jisoo and Jennie — to show their personalities, as when Jennie revamped her “Solo” single and Rosé busted out a clip from the “Gone” video, as well as a live snippet of the song that appeared to be sung fully in English.
The group was recently named goodwill ambassadors for the upcoming 26th Climate Change Conference, which will take place from Nov. 1-12 in Glasgow, Scotland. According to the Korea Herald, the quartet was appointed as advocates to raise awareness for the global campaign against climate change and recently received a personal letter from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in which he invited them to the conference.
Check out the announcements for Rosé’s solo project and first single, as well as the “Gone” teaser below.
— BLACKPINKOFFICIAL (@BLACKPINK) March 1, 2021
— BLACKPINKOFFICIAL (@BLACKPINK) March 3, 2021
#ROSÉ ‘On The Ground’ TITLE POSTER
— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) March 4, 2021
Updated with project title.