Jennie Makes K-Pop History as First Female Artist With 1 Billion YouTube Views

Jennie Makes K-Pop History as First Female Artist With 1 Billion YouTube Views

Jennie Makes K-Pop History as First Female Artist With 1 Billion YouTube Views, image credit BLACKPINK

Jennie Makes K-Pop History.

Jennie from the hit K-pop girl group BLACKPINK has etched her name in the record books as the first female solo artist in K-pop to surpass 1 billion YouTube views on a single video. Her explosive 2018 debut solo single “SOLO” recently crossed the historic billion-view threshold.

Only one other K-pop artist, PSY, had previously joined YouTube’s billion-view club with his viral 2012 video “Gangnam Style.” So Jennie’s milestone cements her status as K-pop royalty while paving the way for future female soloists.

Jennie’s Breakout Solo Single Makes History

“SOLO” was released in November 2018 as Jennie’s first musical effort outside of BLACKPINK. The hard-hitting hip hop/pop anthem showcased a fierce side fans hadn’t seen from the talented vocalist and rapper.

Propelled by Jennie’s charisma and confidence, “SOLO” was an instant hit, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s K-Pop Hot 100 chart in its first week. Over time, the video’s stylish visuals and viral choreography powered its meteoric rise towards making YouTube history.

On February 19th, 2023, the video surpassed 1 billion cumulative views to make Jennie the first female K-pop soloist to join this exclusive club. The only other K-pop entry is fellow YG artist PSY, demonstrating the company’s promotional prowess.

Jennie’s Milestone Adds to BLACKPINK’s Legacy

As a member of BLACKPINK, Jennie has contributed to multiple YouTube records, including being the first K-pop girl group with a video exceeding 1 billion views (“DDU-DU DDU-DU”) in 2020.

Now flying solo, her billion-view achievement as a solo artist puts her in the highest echelon of female K-pop icons. It also bodes well for the launch of Jennie’s long-awaited solo comeback rumored for later this year.

With members also pursuing acting gigs and individual music labels, BLACKPINK is currently on hiatus. But Jennie’s new benchmark provides optimism that when they reunite, their popularity will keep reaching new heights. Her SOLO success secures Jennie’s place in history and sets the stage for more record-breaking feats.

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