With an infectious hip-hop song infused with Thai elements, the Lisa Solo Era has finally arrived with the world premiere of the “Lalisa” music video (MV) and launch of her solo debut album “LALISA”.
The popular Thai K-pop idol, who is the main dancer and lead rapper of the world-famous K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, made her solo debut with a lot of swag, thanks to a dazzling and powerful “Lalisa” MV that showed off different facets of Lisa’s personality as well as elements of her beloved homeland. And, yes, that includes Biker Lisa.
In its Twitter coverage of her media showcase this morning, Kpop Herald (the K-pop reporters of Seoul-based The Korea Herald) said Lisa revealed that she requested YG Entertainment head producer Teddy Park to add Thailand-style beats because she wanted her solo debut element to feature a lot of Thai elements.
Queen of K-pop
Lisa’s solo album, which comes five years after she became YG Entertainment’s first non-Korean K-pop idol when BLACKPINK debuted on August 8, 2016, is a big milestone for the young Thai girl who dreamed of becoming a K-pop artist and ended up becoming the Queen of K-pop. Lisa is the most popular female K-pop artist and one of the most popular K-pop idols around the world.
In fact, on Aug. 21 her official YouTube channel Lilifilm Official hit eight million subscribers, extending her lead as the most-subscribed K-pop female individual artist on the platform. She is also the most-followed K-pop artist on Instagram, with 58.9 million followers. Her “LALISA” single album has also set a record for female K-pop artists by surpassing 700,000 stock pre-orders worldwide in just four days.
Her journey to superstardom was not an easy one, but her talent, passion, determination, and hard work made her dream come true. Born Pranpriya Manoban in Buriram Province in Thailand, Lisa changed her name to Lalisa (“one who is praised”) after a fortune teller told her it would bring her prosperity.
As recounted in the excellent “LALISA” fan-made documentary by TIN x LISA, in 2010, a then 13-year-old Lisa beat 3,999 other applicants during her audition. YG Entertainment had decided to hold its very first audition in Thailand. It was an open audition, with not only Thai applicants joining, but also South Koreans and other foreign nationals living in Thailand. The following year, she moved to Korea by herself to follow her dreams — without even knowing how to speak Korean — as YG Entertainment’s first non-Korean trainee.
‘Believe in yourself’
“If you dream of becoming a superstar, and you get a reaction like, ‘Huh?! You?!’, just believe in yourself. You can do it!” Lisa says in a preview clip posted by the “Woody Show”.
In her first official interview in Thailand, Lisa is guesting on very popular Thai TV show hosted by Woody. The episode airs on Sept. 11 at 5 PM Thailand Standard Time.
Lisa also held a LALISA COUNTDOWN LIVE WITH V LIVE and a LALISA COUNTDOWN LIVE on TikTok an hour before the launch of her album and the “Lalisa” MV.
She will perform “Lalisa” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Sept. 10.
Apart from the title track “Lalisa”, Lisa’s first single album features another hip-hop song, “Money”, as well as instrumental versions of the two songs.