You’re making an official debut in Japan by the end of this month. You also hosted a large-scale showcase at Budokan in Japan at the end of July.
▶(JISOO) It is the first time for us to make an official debut in a foreign country, so we were feeling worried and excited. As all the YG artists have been super popular in Japan, we also felt a sense of burden. But more than expected people visited our showcase and showed great interest in us, so we’re so thankful. We were excited as it was our first performance in a foreign country and we have greater anticipation for the future. We’ll keep doing our best with a sense of responsibility, so that fans in Korea can be more proud of us.
▶(JENNIE) Mr. YANG came to our showcase in Japan. After the end of the showcase, he told us “you were good today”. But I still felt somewhat unsatisfactory for my own performances. I thought I will have to present even better performances. After the showcase in Japan, my anticipation for overseas performances grew even bigger.
▶(ROSÉ) It was a burden for us to sing not in Korean but in a foreign language (Japanese). But people liked our performances. I want to learn foreign languages including Japanese quickly, so that I can communicate with foreign fans as frequently as I do with Korean fans.
▶(LISA) The showcase in Japan was our first showcase in a foreign country. I was thrilled to see Japanese fans rooting for us with glow-in-the-dark sticks. When I have an opportunity, I want to give performances in Thailand, my home country, as well.
– What kind of girl group does BLACKPINK wish to be ultimately?
▶(JISOO) I wish BLACKPINK will be a girl group that can give energy to anyone who listens to our songs any time, anywhere. I also wish BLACKPINK can share people’s emotions, making them feel even happier when they are happy and feel comforted when they are sad.
▶(JENNIE) My No.1 priority is to become a good singer, good team, and good artist. I also want BLACKPINK to become an influential girl group in terms of both music and style. I also wish BLACKPINK would become a wanna-be girl group that everyone wants to follow.
▶(ROSÉ) I wish BLACKPINK would become a recognized girl group, who is sought by fans for every new album.
▶(LISA) I wish the name BLACKPINK would become well-known not only in Korea but also worldwide. It would be great if anyone around the world know who BLACKPINK is.
– What his your message to fans in celebration of the 1st anniversary of your debut?
▶(JISOO) I really thank our fans for having great interest in us from debut. It is all thanks to our fans that we could make all the achievements. I’ll continue to work hard to present good performances for our fans. We’ll be a BLACKPINK that BLINK (BLACKPINK’s fandom) can always feel proud of.
▶(JENNIE) I’m grateful as well. I feel touched and surprised every day, seeing our fans trusting us from the very beginning and enabling us celebrate the 1st anniversary of our debut. I really want to be a better artist. I want to stay with the fans always.
▶(ROSÉ) I feel always grateful for fans. They always give me warm energy and support from far away. I want to be with them for 10 to 20 years from now on.
▶(LISA). I think it’s all thanks to our fans that we could make all those achievements so far since our debut. I also want to build more good memories with fans.
– What are BLACKPINK’s plans for August?
▶(BLACKPINK) We’re working on our new album during August in Korea and then go to Japan to carry out some promotions for our debut in Japan.
– Lastly, what are you doing on August 8, the day of the 1st anniversary of BLACKPINK’s debut?
▶(BLACKPINK) We’ll have some enjoyable time with our fans on August 8. We suggested a lot of ideas so we can have fun and meaningful time with fans. Haha.