Want to know just how popular Jennie of BLACKPINK is? She celebrated her 25th birthday on Jan. 16 with two impressive YouTube milestones.
On Jan. 15, Jennie Kim became the first Korean female solo artist to have a music video that reached 600 million views on YouTube, for her debut solo single “Solo”. Then, on her birthday itself, she surprised fans with the launch of her own YouTube channel, Jennierubyjane Official, which gained a million subscribers in less than a day and already has 3.3 million subscribers as of this writing. Meaning she earned Silver and Gold Play buttons from YouTube in just one day.
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Jennie officially launched her YouTube channel by posting a video that shows her daily routine and features a cover of Mandy Moore’s “When Will My Life Begin?” from the movie “Tangled”. BLACKPINK fans, known as BLINKS, were caught by surprise by the launch of Jennie’s YouTube channel, and touched that she celebrated her birthday by preparing a cover song for her fans.
While everyone knows that Lisa is my bias, Jennie is my bias wrecker. Plus they happen to be the most popular BLACKPINK ship, Jenlisa. I actually like all four members of BLACKPINK, but Jenlisa holds a special place in my heart.
Jennie is the most outspoken member of BLACKPINK, and the one many consider the unofficial leader of the K-pop girl group. Jennie was the one who trained the longest before she finally debuted — five years and 11 months.
Her candor was on full display in the Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky“, where she and the other members recounted the struggles they underwent as trainees.
‘See the potential in us’
“It’s sad to say the very first group of people that trained with me, none of them are here with me right now. And as soon as Lisa came in, that’s when I thought, ‘Wow, there are people born to do this,’” Jennie said in the documentary.
Lisa, who trained the second longest at five years and three months, said meeting Jennie was a godsend.
“I didn’t speak any Korean. I only knew how to say ‘hello’, so it really was a new start. Fortunately, there was Jennie. She was the only who could speak English among the trainees. I spoke English with her, and if something were to happen, I would talk to her,” Lisa said.
Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa endured day after day of hard training, sacrificed their childhood, and fought all their fears and doubts — all without any guarantee that they would even get to debut.
“All I wanted was people to see the potential in us,” Jennie said.
They did, Jennie.
We all see how wonderful you are. And we’re so happy that the four of you never gave up.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Jennie!