Big projects are in the pipeline as BLACKPINK gears up for their return. The South Korean quartet, composed of Jennie, Lisa, Rosé and Jisoo, is expected to make their comeback in August with a new album.
At present, their management have yet to reveal much regarding the band’s upcoming musical drop. However, they assured that the band is in the “final stages of recording a new album” in a press statement released today (6 Jul).
The new music drop will be accompanied with a “continuous large-scale project which will extend through the second half of the year”, hinting at an upcoming world tour.
BLACKPINK’s entertainment label, YG Entertainment, have proclaimed that the tour will be the “largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group”.
For context, the most successful world tour to date held by a K-pop girl group is BLACKPINK’s In Your Area World Tour held from 2018 to 2020. It had 31 shows and saw 302,709 attendees.
A close second is Girls Generation’s third Japan Tour which featured 19 shows and 293,324 fans, according to statistics from Korean community forum TheQoo.
The upcoming tour is intended for the quartet to “expand their rapport with fans worldwide”, as their previous concert plans were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Consequently, they resorted to holding a virtual show titled The Show last January instead.
During their lull following their online gig, the quartet mainly worked on individual endeavours. Members Rosé and Lisa made their solo debut with Gone (2021) and LALISA (2021) respectively.
The girls also took on corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects, fronting the United Nations campaign to advocate for its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).